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Haitian relief effort spurred by donations via cellphone and social media

Friday, January 15th, 2010

According to an article in today’s New York Times, Americans are using their cellphones and social media like Facebook to make a donation to the Haiti relief effort.

The American Red Cross said it had raised $5 million this way as of Thursday.

USGS maps of the Haiti Earthquake

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Here’s where to find USGS maps of the Haiti Earthquake:

Great product, but where’s the help?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

“Google’s celebrated algorithms may power the Web’s most popular search engine, but they have not yet been programmed to answer a call when a customer has a problem.”

The New York Times, January 13, 2010

Owners of the new Nexus One touch screen smartphone from Google are complaining that they can’t call the company for help and the company warns that it may take up to 48 hours to respond to emails.

Comeback predicted for tech sector

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The technology sector is poised for a comeback in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday morning by Forrester Research, an industry analysis group. IT firms will benefit as companies and governments restart their spending on tech infrastructure and software, the firm predicts.
–Daily Finance

Spies and climate scientists collaborate

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The C.I.A. and climate scientists are collaborating to maximize the use of the federal government’s intelligence assets, which include spy satellites and other classified sensors, to gain knowledge into environmental change. Imagery of natural phenomena such as clouds and glaciers that have up until now been considered classified information have been declassified in order to aid in scientific analysis.

C.I.A. Is Sharing Data With Climate Scientists by William J. Broad, The New York Times, (registration required), January 4, 2010

News bytes

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Mumbai’s civic body to map city’s underground Sandeep Ashar, DNA, January 4, 2010

Up Front: NGA Supports Samoan Island Recovery Efforts, by Susan Meisner, Doing Business with the Intelligence Community, January 2, 2010

Brentwood wants to register wireless numbers, by Bonnie Burch, The, January 1, 2010

Google announces Nexus One

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Google is set to launch its first own-brand mobile phone today. It includes a five-megapixel camera and is lighter and thinner than Apple’s iPhone, according to press reports.

The Nexus One is the first smart phone designed by the company’s own engineers and is expected to be unveiled at a press conference at its headquarters in California.

Unlike other mobile phones, it will be available from Google itself, allowing customers to use the network of their choice.

The launch of the Nexus is seen as Google’s latest bid to promote the Android operating system which it designed in 2007 and which is already used on other phones, including Motorola’s Milestone.

City Council contender aims for citywide GIS

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Arnie Fielkow seeks second term on New Orleans City Council: “I also believe a single, citywide GIS (Geographic Information System) database, with established protocols for sharing and updating of information — and completely accessible both within and outside government — needs to be established. The city and the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office should find a way to unify behind this need. This is an extraordinary tool for making sure that everything from transportation routes to new developments to health clinics are placed where they are most needed and can be used by the most people.  GIS will help us deal with blight, fight crime, and protect ourselves better from flooding. It will also keep the citizenry plugged in and informed on city land issues.”
-Bayou Buzz

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Location predicted to be big in 2010

Monday, January 4th, 2010

In The New York Times (Jan. 4, 2010) Five Tech Themes for 2010, by Jenna Wortham notes Location as one of the five big predictions for the new year:

Productivity gains with geospatial

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Reports that show productivity gains using geospatial around the world include:

The Socio-Economic Impact of the Spatial Data Infrastructure of Catalonia (April 2008)

Spatial Information in the New Zealand Economy

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