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"Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds" -
A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.
An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.
Wait, fraud aside: 12 people was a sufficient sample size for publishing something this sensitive?
PlaceIQ Raises $15M -
In 2013 we grew by more than 70 (bit over 5x) and ended the year in the black.
In a little over month we’ve announced our Rentrak partnership (which allows us to tie TV viewing behaviors to mobile audiences), revealed a great round of funding, struck another agency partnership, and have literally outgrown our office (we move into our second floor in about a month).
And there’s so much more brewing we can’t wait to share.
Russia Applauds America's Efforts To Exclude Gay Athletes From Professional Sports
The Economist on Sochi and the Current State of Russia -
These facts caught my eye:
In short: the state is built on high gas prices and cronyism, and has not invested in any diversification or infrastructure.
The great products really come from secret development. You put small teams of great people on them and they aren’t bothered by other people commenting on what they’re doing while they’re doing it. A whole new category of products doesn’t happen very often. It might happen once a decade. Sometimes you have to wait for one of those to come about. —
Would like to see a list of products created in this way outside of Apple. I can think of the original Motorola RAZR and little else that was fundamentally new and successful.
"Reporter for iPhone tracks your whole life, one quiz at a time" -
Ellis Hamburger reviews our app for the Verge:
Felton still has a Narrative lifelogging camera clipped to his lapel and a Fitbit in his pocket, but he feels like these gadgets only tell part of the story. “Fitbit is missing when you got married or bought a car,” he says. “That context is missing and these events have such a huge impact on your activity.” In building Reporter, Felton and Breunig hoped to add a customizable human input to lifelogging. The app’s workflow has been manicured so thoughtfully that it takes just moments to report. Logging events and activity has long been a preoccupation for Felton, who got his first chance to bring his ideas to life at scale while at Facebook.
(Via The Verge)
So to my mind, the big question is not what Healthbook will look like but whether Apple will make it easy to get our data out of it. If they do, this will be a massive game changer for the quantified self, health, and wellness markets. —
A VC, on iOS8, Health Data, and Open Data
Can you imagine a future where health data will not eventually be on government servers?