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Top Stories: January 2-6, 2012

Welcome to the feedback economy, a guide for empowered patients, and 3 developer topics that will define 2012.

Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.

The feedback economy
We’re moving beyond an information economy. The efficiencies and optimizations that come from constant and iterative feedback will soon become the norm for businesses and governments.

Epatients: The hackers of the healthcare world
The epatient community uses digital tools and the connective power of the Internet to empower patients. Here, Fred Trotter offers epatient resources and first steps.

The three topics that will define the developer world in 2012
It’s a brand new year, time to look ahead to the stories that will have developers talking in 2012. Mobile will remain a hot topic, the cloud is absorbing everything, and jobs appear to be heading back to the U.S.

Understanding randomness is a double-edged sword
While Leonard Mlodinow’s “The Drunkard’s Walk” offers a good introduction to probabilistic thinking, it carries two problems: First, it doesn’t uniformly account for skill. Second, when we’re talking probability and statistics, we’re talking about interchangeable events.

Traditional vs self-publishing: Neither is the perfect solution
In this video podcast, author Dan Gillmor talks about the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing.


Tools of Change for Publishing, being held February 13-15 in New York, is where the publishing and tech industries converge. Register to attend TOC 2012.

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