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This fall the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a case of great interest to the $1 trillion non-profit healthcare industry: whether that sector, especially non-profit HMOs, will continue to qualify for tax-exempt status.
In 2002, the Internal Revenue Service stripped Vision Service Plan — a national HMO that reimburses for optometry services not [...]
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Misleading Marketing Tactics Used By HMOs
There are a number of ways people are lured into signing up for Health Maintenance Organizations or HMOs. The best method so far is advertising or rather misleading advertising, in which HMOs appear to offer more than they actually deliver....
Computing in the Cloud, January 14-15 in Princeton
The agenda for our workshop on the social and policy implications of “Computing in the Cloud” is now available, along with information about how to register (for free). We have a great lineup of speakers, with panels on “Possession and ownership of data“, “Security and risk in the cloud“, “Civics in the cloud“, and [...
Nanotechnology, tomorrow's mass tort
There's an "ominous cloud of uncertainty" over the manufacture of ultra-small objects, per Chuck Moellenberg and Robin Juni of Jones Day [Jane Genova]...
Cloud computing requires savvy
For the London Free Press Read this on Canoe TECHNOLOGY: Storing or sharing personal information on remote computers controlled by others is a common practice fraught with potential problems Cloud computing is touted as the solution to many users’ problems — but is cloud computing itself a problem? Cloud computing is not bad per se...
Cloud computing and security
Into the Cloud: Very interesting article on "cloud computing" and the security and privacy issues raised thereby. This is a very live issue, and draws several articles a day on the InfoWeek website.
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Creative Commons licensing has been highlighted in a couple prominent discussions of “cloud computing” documents recently. Last week Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz wrote about Sun’s cloud computing strategy: Second, we announced the API’s and file formats for Sun’s Cloud will all be open, delivered under a Creative Commons License...