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Daily Archives: July 2, 2014

The Massachusetts Big Data Report

“The purpose of the 2014 Mass Big Data Report is to provide an assessment of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Commonwealth in big data. The Mass Big Data Report is intended to highlight prospects for growth in areas such as talent and workforce, ecosystem, and public data access; and to identify opportunities to promote and expand the Mass Big Data sector, while enhancing the Commonwealth’s position as a global leader. The 2014 Mass Big Data Report is intended to serve as a baseline assessment of the Massachusetts Big Data ecosystem and related economic factors. Subsequent updates to the report will track changes, trends, and metrics based on this foundational data. Conducted by Nexus Associates and staff from the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology  Collaborative, the study is based on a broad spectrum of sources, including interviews with 16 key industry stakeholders; the results of the first annual Mass Big Data Survey of over 60 Massachusetts big data companies; an analysis of publicly available federal, state, and university data; input from social media sources, including LinkedIn; and an extensive literature review.”

Number of People Living in ‘Poverty Areas’ Up, Census Bureau Reports

“One in four U.S. residents live in “poverty areas,” according to American Community Survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau from 2008 to 2012, up from less than one in five in 2000. These areas of concentrated poverty refer to any census tract with a poverty rate of 20 percent of more. The numberContinue Reading

3D printer constructs 10 buildings in one day from recycled materials – ComputerWorld

Lucas Mearian: “A Chinese company has become the first to construct multiple buildings using 3D printers that extrude recycled building materials at breakneck speed. Using four huge 3D printers, Yingchuang New Materials Inc. was able to print the shells of 10 one-room structures in 24 hours and at a cost of only about $5,000 per building. TheContinue Reading

Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization in the United States

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – HHS – “Report provides important reassurances about the safety of commonly used vaccines. AHRQ Publication No. 14-E002-EF, July 2014. The report found scientific evidence that addresses several common concerns about a variety of vaccines.  For example, the report found strong scientific evidence that: There is not a link between measles, mumpsContinue Reading

Children and armed conflict – UN Report

“In 2013, children were recruited and used, killed and maimed, victims of sexual violence and other grave violations in 23 conflict situations around the world. These are some of the findings unveiled today in the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict. “We have documented the cases of children recruited and usedContinue Reading

Venezuela Country Analysis Brief – Energy

EIA – “Venezuela is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of crude oil. It has consistently been one of the largest exporters of crude oil in the Americas. As a founding member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Venezuela is an important player in the global oil market. While production hasContinue Reading

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Report on NSA Surveillance

Report on the Surveillance Program Operated Pursuant to Sec7on 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Pre-Release July 2, 2014. “During the course of this study, it became clear to the Board that each program required a level of review that was best undertaken and presented to the public in a  separate report. As such, theContinue Reading

Could your mobile carrier be hiding third-party charges on your phone bill that you never authorized?

“The FTC says that T-Mobile charged consumers not only for regular phone services, but also for third party content – including monthly subscriptions for ringtones, wallpaper, horoscope texts, flirting tips, and celebrity gossip – that consumers neither knew about nor agreed to.  According to the FTC, here’s how it happened: On the first page of theContinue Reading

Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders (M3) Full Report

Via the U.S. Census - Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders, Full Report Release (XLS), Last Revised: July 2, 2014