Daily Dispatch: Facebook and Skype to integrate messaging; Medical school gives students textbooks on iPhones

Consumer Reports News: September 29, 2010 02:23 PM

In today's Digital Dispatch:

Facebook and Skype Readying Deep Integration Partnership (BoomTown)

...according to sources close to the situation, Facebook and Skype are poised to announce a significant and wide-ranging partnership that will include integration of SMS, voice chat and Facebook Connect.

University gives students text books on iPhones (BBC)

...Using the iPhones is a cost effective way of ensuring that students have the text books they need "at any time of day or night, wherever they are working", says the university.

Mobile App Helps Breast Cancer Patients Understand Their Diagnosis (ReadWriteWeb)

...The app allows patients to enter their diagnosis information, with the goal of providing patients with a mobile version of their pathology report so that when they visit other doctors they will have accurate information.

Doctors caught revealing secret patient information in Facebook posts (Sunday Telegraph)

...The NSW Medical Board has cautioned one doctor for making "flippant and derogatory" comments, and warned others to "think twice" before disclosing patient details on social networking sites.

Procter & Gamble Aims For 100% Sustainable Packaging, Zero CO2 Emissions (Fast Company)

...The first set of incremental goals (for 2020), include replacing 25% of petroleum-sourced raw materials with renewable materials, powering operations with 30% renewable energy, cutting manufacturing waste to under 0.5%, and cutting packaging by 20% per consumer use.

Hearing impaired? Steering wheel can guide you (cnet)

Researchers at the University of Utah have been studying devices on steering wheels that guide drivers by pulling skin on index fingers to the left or the right, and are giving the technology two thumbs up.

Lighter side: Husky Dog Sings with iPAD - Better than Bieber! (YouTube)

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