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Library Web sites see boost in mobile traffic

December 31st, 2012
Tech companies aren't the only ones that should invest in mobile. Study finds mobile users accessed library Web sites twice as much this year compared with 2009. [Read more]



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Study: Earth microbes could survive Martian conditions

December 28th, 2012
If NASA isn't extremely careful about sterilization, then life on Mars could end up being exactly the same as certain forms of bacteria life on Earth. [Read more]



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Study suggests hands evolved to fight

December 21st, 2012

A study from the University of Utah on Wednesday suggested that the size and shape of human hands evolved not only to manipulate tools but also so that men could form fists and fight.



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FTC Tightens Online Child Privacy Rule

December 19th, 2012
After publishing a study last week showing serious breaches of children's digital privacy, the Federal Trade Commission has adopted final amendments to regulations under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA.

The revised COPPA Rule aims to strengthen children's privacy protections and give parents greater control over the personal information that Web sites and online services can collect from children under 13.

In 2010, the FTC launched a review to make sure that the COPPA Rule keeps up with evolving technology and changes in the way children use and access the Internet, including the increased use of mobile devices and social networking. In the wake of that review, COPPA is getting stronger.

"The commission takes seriously its mandate to protect children's online privacy in this ever-changing technological landscape," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. "I am confident that the amendments to the COPPA Rule strike the right balance between protecting innovation that will provide rich and engaging content for children, and ensuring that parents are informed and involved in their children's online activities."

Amending the Rule

The final amendments modify the list of "personal information" that cannot be collected without parental notice and consent, clarifying that this category includes geolocation information, photographs, and videos. The new amendments also offer companies a streamlined, voluntary and transparent approval process for new ways of getting parental consent.

Other amendments close a loophole that allowed child-directed apps and Web sites to permit third parties to collect personal information from children through plug-ins without parental notice and consent, require that covered Web site operators adopt reasonable procedures for data retention and deletion, and strengthen the FTC's oversight of self-regulatory safe harbor programs.

What's more, the definition of "collection of personal information" has been changed so that operators may allow children to participate in interactive communities without parental consent, so...



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4G LTE smartphone shipments to triple next year — study

December 19th, 2012
Strategy Analytics forecasts that shipments will zoom to 275 million next year, up from 91 million this year, thanks largely to Apple and Samsung. [Read more]



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Cheese 1st made by humans 7,000 years ago, study says

December 12th, 2012

Scientists have found the first clear evidence that humans made cheese more than 7,000 years ago in prehistoric Europe.



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People young and old enjoy getting news on mobile devices

December 11th, 2012
A new study shows that all age groups are inclined to read or watch news on a smartphone or tablet. However, men and college-educated users tend to be the most engaged news consumers. [Read more]



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Extroverted gorillas live longer, study suggests

December 6th, 2012

An international team of researchers has discovered that extroverted gorillas tend to live longer, suggesting that character can affect life span.



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African lion populations dwindling as humans take over

December 4th, 2012

The lions that roam Africa's savannahs have lost as much as 75 per cent of their habitat in the last 50 years as humans overtake their land and the lion population dwindles, according to a new study.



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Researchers Find That Antarctic Ice is Melting Faster Than Previously Expected

November 30th, 2012

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While scientists have long agreed that global warming is having an impact on the planet, there hasn’t been any clear agreement as to the extent to which this warming has impacted polar ice melt. But that has changed now due to a recent study released by over 20 polar research teams, which shows that ice in Antarctica and Greenland is melting significantly faster than previously thought.

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