07 février 2020

Yahoo! Is All Over Facebook

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Yahoo! Is All Over Facebook
I have commented in the past that Facebook is most like Yahoo! - if you visit Yahoo, you'll see groups of people, games to play, news to read, and much more. And it's interesting to see so many Yahoo! applications reaching into Facebook. More...

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Deconstructing Facebook Beacon JavaScript

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Deconstructing Facebook Beacon JavaScript
Via Simon Willison: "How Facebook's new Beacon service (also known as 'Facebook ruined Christmas') actually works." You want to read this article - the first part of it, at least - in order to understand what the furor is about. Basically, "you create a Page for your brand or product, advertise it through Social Ads to a very targeted market, learn about your success through Insights, and connect to your off-Facebook (off-Book?) service via Beacon." The applications turn Facebook into a giant tracking, advertising and sales engine, which is why its worth $15 billion. The latter part of the article gives some practical advice for consumers and then turns to a very detailed analysis of the Javascript code. The key bit of advice: "don't leave yourself logged into Facebook." More...

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05 février 2020

Obtenir la certification Qualiopi avant fin 2020 : une priorité pour certains prestataires de formation

Défi métiers a participé au Certif’Tour 2020 organisé par la Fédération de la formation professionnelle le 23 janvier dernier, en animant un atelier portant sur la certification qualité des prestataires de formation. Plus...

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Développer une culture commune de l'apprentissage

C2RP Carif-Oref Hauts-de-FranceLa 17e édition de l'Université d'hiver de la formation professionnelle (UHFP) organisée par le Centre Inffo se tient à Biarritz du 29 au 31 janvier 2020. L'occasion d'un bilan sur les initiatives menées depuis la réforme du 5 septembre 2018. Plus...

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03 février 2020

Amazon Kindle: Books You Can Never Share

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Amazon Kindle: Books You Can Never Share
How Amazon (and presumably its publishing partners) views the world of books: "You may not sell, rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense or otherwise assign any rights to the Digital Content or any portion of it to any third party, and you may not remove any proprietary notices or labels on the Digital Content. In addition, you may not, and you will not encourage, assist or authorize any other person to, bypass, modify, defeat or circumvent security features that protect the Digital Content." More...

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I Have Learned My YouTube Lesson

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. I Have Learned My YouTube Lesson
What I learned yesterday browsing through YouTube is that milk bags are uniquely Canadian (who know?) and how to make PVC-tube rockets (I watched October Sky on the airplane home from Holland). Jim Groom, meanwhile, found the debate between Malcolm X and James Farmer. Kind of makes me look like a low-brow. ;) Anyhow, Groom comments, "YouTube is the most powerful example of how these small pieces can be so easily and effectively joined for a teaching and learning context." More...

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OpenSocial On Facebook (Sort-Of)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OpenSocial On Facebook (Sort-Of)
I subscribed today to a new Facebook application "that appears to make Facebook an OpenSocial container." Basically, what it does is export my friend lists for use by external applications. Jimmy Guterman writes, "One of the developers is from Google. It's unclear what's happening here -- Could this be the beginning of a guerilla attempt to lure Facebook into OpenSocial?" More...

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The Future of Reading

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Future of Reading
The e-book reader rears its head again, this time as the Kindle (named "to evoke the crackling ignition of knowledge"). It is about the same size as a paperback, with a bulge along the 'spine'. The Kindle is backed by Amazon, which gives it a bit more heft that previous attempts; there will be more than 88,000 titles available for sale on launch. Also, you can subscribe to newspapers such as Le Monde, or "You can also subscribe to selected blogs, which cost either 99 cents or $1.99 a month per blog." The device will cost $US 399 at launch, according to this article - which puts it in range of the small computers being manufactured for learning - like the Asus Eee (See Miguel Guhlin). Which raises the question of why you would buy a device that is deliberately inhibited in function instead of the computer? And are there any blogs you really want to pay every month to read. More...

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02 février 2020

Webometrics Publishes Google Scholar Ranking

The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), publisher of the Webometrics rankings, has released the new edition of its ranking of universities according to the Google Scholar Citation profiles of their top researchers. The latest ranking indicates that American and, to a lesser extent, British and Canadian universities remain well in the lead for research influence. The ranking is based on the top 110 individual public profiles with the top 10 excluded in order to remove outliers. More...

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BigTech vs BigBang: Competition in Financial Services

On 18 June 2019, Facebook announced the launch of Libra, a decentralised digital currency, or stablecoin. Borderless, it has the ambition to be used by 2 billion people. Policy makers’ reaction was swift but ultimately their efforts amount to only slowing down a more significant trend: the entrance of BigTech in finance. More...

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