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Daily Archives: May 30, 2013

Google Resources on Password Security

Google Official Blog: “Knowing how to stay safe and secure online is important, which is why we created our Good to Know site with advice and tips for safe and savvy Internet use. Starting today, we’ll also be posting regularly with privacy and security tips. We hope this information helps you understand the choices and control that you have over your online information.”

Accenture: Public Transportation Users Predict Big Increases in the Use of Smartphones, Paperless Travel and Social Media

News release: ‘Three out of four travelers (75 percent) who use public transportation in some of the world’s major cities believe that electronic ticketing would make travel easier, and an overwhelming 92 percent would welcome paperless travel, a new global survey by Accenture reveals. The survey of 4,500 urban travelers in nine major cities in… Continue Reading

Google introduces nutrition info in search

Google Inside Search Blog: “Figuring out how to make smart choices about some of our favorite foods can often be a cumbersome and daunting process. So we’re hoping we can make those choices a little bit easier: starting today you will be able to quickly and easily find extensive nutrition information for over 1,000 fruits,… Continue Reading

White House Memo: Affordable Coverage in Health Insurance Marketplace 2014

Early Results: Competition, Choice, and Affordable Coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014, May 30, 2013 “This memorandum describes early information on the likely competition and choices in the new Health Insurance Marketplace, based on data that States have released and information submitted by health plans that the Administration will have a role in… Continue Reading

The Economist – Towards the end of poverty

The Economist: “In his inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that “more than half the people in the world are living in conditions approaching misery. For the first time in history, humanity possesses the knowledge and skill to relieve the suffering of those people.” It has taken much longer than Truman hoped, but the… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Reducing Obesity and Tobacco Use, Employing People with disabilities, Export-Import Bank, Affordable Health Care and the states, Patient protection and insurance, IRS data

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Lobbying Policies and Monitoring for Program to Reduce Obesity and Tobacco Use, GAO-13-477R, Apr 30, 2013 Employing People With Blindness or Severe Disabilities – Enhanced Oversight of the AbilityOne Program Needed, GAO-13-457, May 30, 2013 Export-Import Bank, Additional Analysis and Information Could Better Inform Congress on Exposure, Risk,… Continue Reading

EPIC Announces TSA “Unplugs, Boxes Up, and Ships Back” X-Ray Body Scanners

EPIC: “The TSA has completed removal of the x-ray body scanners from US airports. The devices revealed detailed images of a person’s naked body and have been described as “digital strip searches.” The TSA action follows an Act of Congress and several lawsuits by EPIC. The TSA was forced to remove the machines after Congress… Continue Reading

CDC – Bloodstream infections in ICUs cut by more than 40% in study of over 74,000 patients

News release: “Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs. A new Department of Health and Human Services-funded study released May 29, 2013 tested three MRSA prevention strategies and found that… Continue Reading

TRAC: ICE’s FOIA Office Backlog Shows Ballooning Wait Times

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “The median time FOIA requests have been waiting unanswered in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s backlog has climbed 64 percent in just the last sixty days. During this period according to ICE records, receipts of new FOIA requests and monthly closure numbers have not noticeably changed so the rise may reflect… Continue Reading

New on – Job Swaps and Library Exchanges – 2013 update

Via LLRX: Job Swaps and Library Exchanges – 2013 update – This guide by Katie Thomas completely updates her previous article from 2006, and focuses on resources that promote and disseminate information about international visits and exchanges for librarian around the world. Continue Reading

2013 Internet Trends Report – Slides from Mary Meeker and Liang Wu

Published May 2013 by Mary Meeker and Liang Wu – “The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report finds continued robust online growth. There are now 2.4 billion Internet users around the world, and the total continues to grow apace. Mobile usage is expanding rapidly, while the mobile advertising opportunity remains largely untapped. The report reviews the shifting… Continue Reading

SSRN Launches New Cyberspace Law – Student Authors and Intellectual Property Law Section

“We are pleased to announce the creation of Cyberspace Law – Student Authors and Intellectual Property Law – Student Authors eJournals within the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN). These eJournals are designed for submissions by students or others without or prior to receiving an advanced academic degree. They can include Law Review student notes or other… Continue Reading