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  • "The Consumer Reports poll shows that consumers are trying to take steps to limit the information that is being collected and shared about them online. For example, over one-third (35%) use alternate email addresses to avoid providing real information; over one-quarter (26%) have used software that hides their identity; and one-quarter have provided fake information to access a website (25%).

    Among the other findings of the poll:

    • 61% are confident that what they do online is private and not shared without their permission;
    • 57% incorrectly believe that companies must identify themselves and indicate why they are collecting data and whether they intend to share it with other organizations;
    • 48% incorrectly believe their consent is required for companies to use the personal information they collect from online activities;
    • 43% incorrectly believe a court order is required to monitor activities online.

  • "The chairman and CEO of General Electric Co. branded U.S. energy policy a failure in remarks to a smart grid conference yesterday, saying that other nations, led by China, are speeding past the United States in developing the next generation of energy technologies.

    "It's just stupid what we have here today," said Jeffrey Immelt, who heads the largest U.S. new energy technology company, speaking to the GridWise Global Forum in Washington. "Energy is one of the places I worry about most," he added. "The rest of the world is moving 10 times faster than we are. The United States will remain an underdog in clean energy competition unless Congress can get past its partisan deadlock and produce effective national energy policies, he said."

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  • "The idea of the new site is to bolster both content and audience — on the cheap. (JRC, you’ll recall, declared bankruptcy last February; since Paton took the helm of the company shortly after that — with an advisory board that includes new media thinkers the likes of Jay Rosen and Jeff Jarvis — it’s been engaged in the Herculean task of restoring a network of small, Rust Belt papers to profitability. Remarkably, it’s getting close.) The new effort will tap into Philly’s existing content infrastructure — the hyperlocal blogs that have already sprung up to cover the area — and then give that content, via the hyperlocal news provider, a singular publishing platform. The details are still being worked out, but the idea is a mutualization of resources and revenues that will benefit all involved, from the local bloggers to the Journal Register Company to its partners — to, of course, the site’s consumers. Think TBD, Philly edition."
  • IMHO: It'll be interesting to see how heavily Patch relies on unpaid interns for its editorial operations. I support internships, including unpaid ones. I benefited from several in j-school. But Patch might lean on them too much. We'll see…

    "Hopefully Patch will provide a balance for its interns. As reporting becomes digitalized, learning social media skills provided by a hyperlocal site is critical for journalists' careers. Yet after students have built the necessary skill set, Patch and other news organizations should seek to offer fair compensation and possible room for growth. Early this year the UK implemented guidelines to protect journalism interns from being exploited for their writing, such as limited unpaid work to less than two months. Will PatchU be mutually beneficial to students, or will the internship program be perceived as merely an attempt to obtain free content?"

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