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* eLife announced that beginning Jan. 1, 2017, it will start charging a $2,500 fee for publication in order to cover a portion of its costs. All papers submitted after this date and accepted for publication will be subject to the fee, although authors can apply for a fee waiver. Charging for publication is part of the journal's long-term financial strategy. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust will continue to provide it with support. Source: eLife (elifesciences.org)

* Cengage Learning acquired WebAssign, an online instructional company, for an undisclosed sum. This purchase strengthens Cengage's market-leading position in the STM fields thanks to WebAssign's flagship product of the same name, which is an assessment and homework solution for STEM disciplines. Cengage already uses Enhanced WebAssign as the core platform for its math, statistics, and physics offerings. Source: Cengage Learning (cengage.com)

* Pew Research Center's Internet, Science & Tech division published "Digital Readiness Gaps," a new report that explores "the degree to which people succeed or struggle when they use technology to try to navigate their environments, solve problems, and make decisions," according to the report's summary (pewinternet.org/2016/09/20/ digital-readiness-gaps). Pew assessed people using five main factors: "their confidence in using computers, their facility with getting new technology to work, their use of digital tools for learning, their ability to determine the trustworthiness of online information, and their familiarity with contemporary 'education tech' terms" Additionally, this division released "Book Reading 2016" (pewinternet . …

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