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  • July 2010 The results are in and Design C received the most votes. Design C will be used to proceed, with minor modifications based on usability testing and user feedback.
  • You may have noticed the more infrequent updating of EduDemic and EduDatum over the past week or two. That’s because our (small) crack squad of designers and developers have been hard at work creating something due to popular demand. It’s a new educational social network that’s free, easy to use like Facebook, and open to educators, education administrators, students, and other like-minded people who have a passion for learning.

    Look again, this isn't Facebook!
    Socially Learning

    The new social network is called Socially Learning and features a robust set of tools to help you meet teachers, tweachers (we love that word it turns out!), and other new friends. You can even join regional groups where people from your area are conversing, sharing information, and perhaps even planning a meet-up.

  • Companies selling DNA kits have been deceiving customers with "fictitious" and "misleading" medical advice, an undercover sting operation by Congressional watchdog the GAO has discovered. One of the companies, 23andMe, was co-founded by Mrs Sergey Brin – Anne Wojowcki – and boasts veteran Silicon Valley socialite Esther Dyson as a director. All the companies investigated have been referred to the Food and Drugs Administration and the Federal Trade Commission for "appropriate action".

    The GAO investigation [summary – text] titled Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Tests: Misleading Test Results Are Further Complicated by Deceptive Marketing and Other Questionable Practices sent DNA samples to four companies, and followed up with undercover calls for medical advice.

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