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E-Commerce Times: "Twitter Experiment Elicits Howls of Disapproval"

08/19/2014

E-Commerce Times: "Twitter Experiment Elicits Howls of Disapproval"

. . . For many users, the existing policy already creates a fire hose of information on their Timelines. Now Twitter is proposing to turn that fire hose into a water cannon -- a change those members find very vexing.

"Why do they find this process annoying?" asked Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at Pace University. "Because they view their Timeline as almost sacred."

"The Timeline is the way they keep up with people they wish to follow, and they do not want redundant or irrelevant material appearing in their Timeline," he told the E-Commerce Times. "Such material can be distracting and viewed as a waste of time by some of the people on Twitter."

- See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Twitter-Experiment-Elicits-Howls-of-Disapproval-80911.html#sthash.pcFnfHdu.dpuf

 

For many users, the existing policy already creates a fire hose of information on their Timelines. Now Twitter is proposing to turn that fire hose into a water cannon -- a change those members find very vexing.

"Why do they find this process annoying?" asked Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at Pace University. "Because they view their Timeline as almost sacred."

"The Timeline is the way they keep up with people they wish to follow, and they do not want redundant or irrelevant material appearing in their Timeline," he told the E-Commerce Times. "Such material can be distracting and viewed as a waste of time by some of the people on Twitter."

- See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Twitter-Experiment-Elicits-Howls-of-...

For many users, the existing policy already creates a fire hose of information on their Timelines. Now Twitter is proposing to turn that fire hose into a water cannon -- a change those members find very vexing.

"Why do they find this process annoying?" asked Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at Pace University. "Because they view their Timeline as almost sacred."

"The Timeline is the way they keep up with people they wish to follow, and they do not want redundant or irrelevant material appearing in their Timeline," he told the E-Commerce Times. "Such material can be distracting and viewed as a waste of time by some of the people on Twitter."

- See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Twitter-Experiment-Elicits-Howls-of-...

 

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New Yorker: "What Makes a Family of Artists"

08/18/2014

New Yorker: "What Makes a Family of Artists"

. . . As Baptiste Barbot, the director of the Individual Differences in Development Lab at Pace University and a researcher at Yale’s Child Study Center, points out, Francis Galton’s view held sway well into the twentieth century. “For a very long time, creativity was perceived as genius,” Barbot said. “It was a view that some people are creative, and some aren’t. It’s a gift.”

As the science has evolved, however, it’s become clear that that view is far too simplistic, not only because most nature-nurture debates are now seen as moot (the conclusion, nearly always, is that both play a role) but because we no longer perceive creative ability as some monolithic entity. “We now consider creativity as a general ability,” Barbot said. “Everyone is creative. We’re just creative to a different degree.” After a decade of research, Barbot has discovered that, if we are to understand the hereditary and environmental nature of creativity, we need to think of creativity as a constellation of factors that come together in the right way, at the right moment—“maybe a bit of intelligence, some associative thinking, some divergent thinking, and then some personality traits, like the tendency to take risks, your motivation, and your specific interests.” he said. “These factors are partly genetically based, and, of course, partly environmental.”

How, then, do you even begin to study the links? Last year, he attempted to answer that question by reviewing the literature on genetics and creativity. When he examined all the studies that had looked at the hereditary nature of creative thought, he found that the most successful work—the work that had been replicated over time—didn’t set out to study creative ability as such. Instead, confirming Barbot’s thinking, it looked at skills that we know to be associated with creativity, breaking the process down into its component parts. Rather than a trait, Barbot concluded, creativity was a “synergistic interaction among a cluster of more fundamental characteristics.”

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/makes-family-artists

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Westchester County Business Journal: "CPA group counters Obama on corporate inversions"

08/15/2014

Westchester County Business Journal: "CPA group counters Obama on corporate inversions"

. . . “Foreign corporations are still subject to taxes on earnings derived from U.S. sources,” explained Philip G. Cohen, a professor of legal studies and taxation at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and a retired vice president of tax and general tax counsel for Unilever United States Inc. Those same corporations, however, cannot be taxed on foreign earnings, and therein lies the benefit in an inversion transaction — corporations that do a large portion of business overseas reduce their tax bills by making sizable portions of their income untouchable by the Internal Revenue Service.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/64906/cpa-group-counters-obama-on-corporate-inversions/

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Law360: "Politically Connected Cos. Face Lower SEC Threat, Study Says"

08/15/2014

Law360: "Politically Connected Cos. Face Lower SEC Threat, Study Says"

. . . John Alan James, a professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and chairman emeritus of its Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation, says that political contributions play a much larger role in the drafting of legislation than they do in enforcement actions.

James pointed to the development of regulations as mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, which he said have been carried out by the staffs of the congressional committees and the individual members of the Financial Services Committee and subcommittees.

“The various financial institutions spent hundreds of millions of dollars in lobbying those regulation design teams to obtain concessions, delete unwanted aspects and frame the regulatory examinations that would measure the effectiveness of individual firms impacted by the regulations,” he said.

Read more: http://www.law360.com/articles/566913/politically-connected-cos-face-low...

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TechNewsWorld: "Snowden Blows NSA's MonsterMind"

08/15/2014

TechNewsWorld: "Snowden Blows NSA's MonsterMind"

. . . "Cyberwarfare is a genuine threat to the stability of the U.S., and it's understandable that the NSA and other agencies are working tirelessly to identify the sources of threats, methods of defense, and ways to fight back," said Darren Hayes, assistant professor and director of cybersecurity at Pace University's Seidenberg School of CSIS.

"If the U.S. government was not working on a cyberwar defense program, we should be concerned," Hayes told TechNewsWorld. "An attack on our financial system or utilities by a foreign government would lead to a loss of confidence and perhaps result in a loss of lives."

The high speed at which cyberattacks occur requires the development of automated defenses, Hayes argued.

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/80887.html

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E-Commerce Times: "Yahoo, Google Team Up to Fight Email Snoops"

08/13/2014

E-Commerce Times: "Yahoo, Google Team Up to Fight Email Snoops"

. . . Another potential obstacle to broad use of the new encryption features when they're rolled out is that they won't be turned on by default.

"When something is not on by default, people are much slower to adopt it," Darren Hayes, a computer science professor at Pace University, told the E-Commerce Times.

- See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Yahoo-Google-Team-Up-to-Fight-Email-Snoops-80882.html#sthash.kSON6Tqd.dpuf

 

nother potential obstacle to broad use of the new encryption features when they're rolled out is that they won't be turned on by default.

"When something is not on by default, people are much slower to adopt it," Darren Hayes, a computer science professor at Pace University, told the E-Commerce Times.

- See more at: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Yahoo-Google-Team-Up-to-Fight-Email-...

 

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TechTarget: "New site to collect feedback on healthcare interoperability plan"

08/13/2014

TechTarget: "New site to collect feedback on healthcare interoperability plan"

. . . Lixin Tao, chair of the computer science department at Pace University, said computer professionals have been dealing with digital information exchange incompatibility problems for 20 years and that the Health Level 7 protocol (HL7) can facilitate data exchange between providers. Tao did caution that the two most recent versions of HL7, versions two and three, each offer unique benefits. The most recent HL7 v2 is dated – based on a spec more than 26 years old – but it’s backwards-compatible, meaning it works with older v2 editions. HL7 v3 is more powerful and current but lacks backwards compatibility.

Read more: http://searchhealthit.techtarget.com/healthitexchange/healthitpulse/new-site-to-collect-feedback-on-healthcare-interoperability-plan/

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AACSB eNEWSLINE: "Interview with Industry: Bringing the Reality of Business to the Business School"

08/11/2014

AACSB eNEWSLINE: "Interview with Industry: Bringing the Reality of Business to the Business School"

. . . It was precisely because of my career ranging from Fortune 50 senior executive to internet entrepreneur that I sought to be Dean of the Lubin School of Business, says Neil Braun. When I asked myself in what context could my full range of experiences, temperament, passion for involvement with my own alma mater, and personal strengths be most valuable, I realized that being a dean of a business school was a strong possibility. Having just finished my fourth year as dean, I am more excited and challenged than ever to make sure that Lubin educates the whole person—all the dimensions that are necessary for success. The traditional academic learning goals are as necessary as they ever have been, but they are clearly not sufficient in this fast-changing global economy. We are, therefore, implementing curriculum and new programs to address the technical skills necessary for today's work environment, to ensure that our students achieve a level of social intelligence that is necessary to be effective in the working world.

Read more: http://enewsline.aacsb.edu/Interview-with-Industry-Bringing-the-Reality-of-Business-to-the-Business-School.asp

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THE Journal: "High School Students Create Mobile Apps at STEM Summer Camp"

08/08/2014

THE Journal: "High School Students Create Mobile Apps at STEM Summer Camp"

After participating in a two-week coding and design camp, 16 high school students from across New York recently debuted their own mobile apps as part of a two week summer camp designed to foster coding and design skills.

The STEM Collaboratory Camp, held at New York’s Pace University, brought together students from around the city with existing interests in math, science, and technology. The students learned basic skills in coding, robotics, cyber security, design, and more, and then worked in teams with a mentor to design and execute a number of smartphone apps.

In addition to the classes, students in the program participated in workshops and field trips to places like AT&T’s cyber security facility (AT&T sponsored the program).

Read more: http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/08/07/high-school-students-create-mobile-apps-at-stem-summer-camp.aspx

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Hartford Courant: "CL&P Pushes Higher Fixed Customer Fee On Electricity Bills"

08/07/2014

Hartford Courant: "CL&P Pushes Higher Fixed Customer Fee On Electricity Bills"

. . . Some, like Karl R. Rábago, executive director of the Energy and Climate Center at Pace University in New York, take issue with the view that utilities like CL&P need to get paid in the same manner in which they make investments. Rábago said that thinking is found nowhere in the canon of economic literature.

"If that were the case, there would be a cover charge on coffee shops," said Rábago, who has served as a public utility commissioner in Texas and deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy. He called the rush of power companies to fixed charges a "choir effect" and their philosophy of having fixed revenues for fixed costs "a meme in the utility world."

Read more: http://www.courant.com/business/hc-clp-rate-increase-59-percent-service-...

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