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This week’s interesting reads leaning towards culture and the web:

University of Bristol research finds that professionals do not realise their vulnerability online, that principles of professionalism apply to social networks, and that most do not understand privacy guidelines. Now there’s a surprise!

And on the subject of motivation and use of praise as a tool, Carol Dweck’s research finds praise may make a student avoid challenge. In other words, praise may have a significant cost to self-esteem and motivation. Fascinating read.

Joe Kraus of Google Ventures talks about slow-tech and how tech is creating a culture of distraction.

Finally, do you have a bunch of energetic, curious kids on your hands this summer? In London, look up GoToTech. In New Delhi, look up Newton Club for Kids. Yes, you are welcome!

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This week’s eclectic, interesting reads:

At the cusp of technology and regulation, Matthew C Nisbet argues why scientists must join food activists in examining regulation. This in the context of GE crops.

The designer of all things i – Sir Jonathan iVe, oops, Ive – on his quest for simplicity, and why simplicity isn’t simple.

This is the week when the inventor of the remote control, Eugene Polley, died. Have you ever thought of remote control as subversive technology? If not, do read the link.

Finally in the week of Facebook’s IPO, read Doc Searls’s post questioning much including the advertising-will-make-us-free (excuse the pun!) model being funded all over the planet. If you have never heard of him, I’d suggest you get a clue and read The Cluetrain Manifesto. He is one of those who wrote the book. Literally and figuratively.

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This week’s eclectic, interesting reads:

If, as an air traveller, you have wondered about the logic behind airport security, you will want to read this debate between the TSA’s Kip Hawley and Bruce Schneier. Or not.

Here is more on those 100ml bottles we can take through airport security. Link via @beastoftraal.

Two related articles on work:

Sheryl Sandberg leaves work at 5.30pm.

CEOs spend a third of their time in meetings, finds a Harvard research study of their schedules.

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This week’s links on this sometime-series of interesting reads:

Why academic publishing is ripe for disruption: a Cambridge mathematician makes the case against publishing giant Elsevier. The Economist weighs in.

MIT launches MITx, the act of a truly educational institution, writes Kevin Carey.

As Facebook IPOs, scrutiny shows its board is male and pale, if not stale.

And in the wake of Jaipur Lit Fest’s brouhaha over Salman Rushdie, see how easy it is to ban e-books in India and how tricky to challenge the bans.