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Google announces ways to share street smarts in Google Maps

Via Google Maps Blogs: “Each day, we make million of updates to Google Maps throughout the world. But it’s still not enough to ensure that every single restaurant, shop or landmark worldwide has the most accurate information possible. That’s why we’ve been rolling out new, easy ways for you to help keep the neighborhoods and… Continue Reading

Pokémon Go‘ app – infographic on data usage and battery drain

“Have you spotted people gathering around places and staring into their smartphones while being dressed as a yellow stuffed animal in the last days? There is a real hype going on in the press and social media, so you probably already know this is due to the ‚Pokémon Go‘ app which was launched in some countries recently. ‚Pokémon Go‘ is… Continue Reading

Annual Update for HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base in Its 30th Year

“This annual update of the interactive global resource on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths coincides with the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. First developed in 1987, this marks 30 years of database releases. The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base is a compilation of information from widely scattered small-scale… Continue Reading

GAO – DHS Management, Federal Travel, IRS 2017 Budget, Oil and Gas

DHS Management: Enhanced Oversight Could Better Ensure Programs Receiving Fees and Other Collections Use Funds Efficiently, GAO-16-443: Published: Jul 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2016. Federal Travel: Opportunities Exist to Improve Data and Information Sharing, GAO-16-657: Published: Jul 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2016. IRS 2017 Budget: IRS Could Improve Presentation of Budget… Continue Reading

Study – Are Links Still a Powerful Ranking Factor?

Stone Temple Consulting Group – Are Links Still a Powerful Ranking Factor? (New Study), 20 July 2016 by Eric Enge: “This report will demonstrate the continuing importance that links play in rankings. [The author] share[s] data that shows that all that talk of a decline in the importance of links as a ranking factor is grossly… Continue Reading

EPA Research – Corrosion in Majority of Diesel Fuel Underground Storage Tank Systems Studied

News release: “In a report released today on corrosion inside diesel fuel underground storage tanks (USTs), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found moderate or severe corrosion that could affect metal components inside both steel and fiberglass underground tank systems. Corrosion inside USTs can cause equipment failure by preventing proper operation of release detection and… Continue Reading

McCaul – Warner Commission on Digital Security

“Chairman Michael McCaul and Senator Mark Warner introduced the Digital Security Commission Act on February, 29, 2016. The purpose of this Commission is to collectively address the larger issue of protecting national security and digital security, without letting encrypted communications become a safe haven for terrorists. This Commission brings together the most capable experts and stakeholders from… Continue Reading

WHO Report – Seven strategies for Ending Violence Against Children

World Health Organization (WHO) – “Globally, hundreds of millions of children — up to one billion — have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence in the past year. INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children identifies a select group of strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. They are: implementation and… Continue Reading

Explore the full text of Trans-Pacific Partnership with convenient chapter summaries

Read the Deal Explore the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, along with convenient chapter summaries, on Medium. Continue Reading

Unlocking Economic Advantage with Blockchain – A guide for asset managers

Unlocking Economic Advantage with Blockchain, .P. Morgan or Oliver Wyman, July 2016. “There is a growing realization that distributed ledger technology — popularly known as blockchain — will bring a radical shift in the way we think about financial assets and the way the financial industry will operate in the future. The blockchain journey is… Continue Reading

Physical cryptographic verification of nuclear warheads

Published online before print July 18, 2016, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1603916113. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. PNAS, July 18, 2016. “How does one prove a claim about a highly sensitive object such as a nuclear weapon without revealing information about the object? This paradox has challenged nuclear arms control for more than five decades. We… Continue Reading

Commentary – Classism and the Politics of SNAP

Despite mounting evidence that the majority of SNAP recipients are engaged in work, Americans of all political stripes often view beneficiaries as “lazy” or “moochers”—and this heavily affects how we treat them. Joel Berg from July 14, 2016. Continue Reading