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Supreme Court Narrows the Scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
by George H. Pike
With an unusual array of votes, the U.S. Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which is pleasing data scrapers, but raises concerns about trade secret protection. The CFAA, enacted in 1986, provides for civil and criminal penalties against anyone who "intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access," thereby obtaining certain sensitive information.

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W3C Announces Web Audio API as an Official Standard
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has made Web Audio API an official standard. This JavaScript API is "for creating, shaping, and manipulating sounds directly in a Web browser."
Clarivate Publishes Report on the Importance of Subject Diversity in Research
Clarivate released "Subject Diversity in Research Portfolios," a new Global Research report that "examines the ability of nations and institutions to respond to unexpected challenges or opportunities in science, medicine, technology and social sciences based on the diversity of their research activities and expertise."
'Legible Launches Browser-Based Reading and Publishing Platform' by Ed Nawotka
Ed Nawotka writes the following for Publishers Weekly: "Legible.com is a new browser-based, mobile-first digital reading and publishing platform that is currently in beta. The site ... presently functions much like an online bookstore, allowing users to purchase books, but it also plans to offer several additional options for publishers and consumers. ..."
IGI Global's New Book Looks at Blockchain and AI in Scholarly Publishing
IGI Global has published the book Transforming Scholarly Publishing With Blockchain Technologies and AI, edited by Darrell Wayne Gunter of Gunter Media Group.
eLife Ups Preprints' Usefulness for Medical Research
eLife is adding "refereed preprints" to medRxiv that have undergone rigorous peer review. They give researchers a detailed assessment of the research, comments on its potential impact, and perspectives on its use.

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Pew Research Center Looks at Where We Are Now
by Brandi Scardilli
NewsBreaks often covers recent surveys and reports from Pew Research Center, "a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world." Its website has 12 topic sections, each showcasing the latest research, which is collected in reports, fact sheets, or other formats that extrapolate respondents' answers to cover the entire U.S. (or other) population. The following are some of the latest 2021 reports.

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