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Monday, October 31, 2011

Several news agencies are reporting that China has hacked two earth observing satellites, Landsat-7 and Terra AM-1. Bloomberg broke the news last week and claimed that the cyber attacks were alleged to occur during four occasions in 2007 and 2008 at a Norwegian ground station according to a congressional report.

Other reports:

-- BBC News
--TPM Idealab
-- The Guardian
-- io9

by Joe Francica on 10/31 at 06:48 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A number of publications are confirming the acquisition. Per ReadWriteWeb.

Today blogger Michael Arrington reports that the company has been acquired in an all-stock deal by fast-growing Portland, Oregon startup UrbanAirship.

Urban Airship is a push notification solution. It's unclear how these two will mesh. 


by Adena Schutzberg on 10/31 at 12:03 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Our goal is become an international 311 system. We have a ways to go to that end, but on a national level, we get closer and closer with the signing of new cities every day.”

- Ben Berkowitz, co-founder of describing what's ahead for the company, quoted in GovTech.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/31 at 05:22 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


After 4.5 million downloads of MyTown, Booyah is back with MyTown 2, a new take on gaming that incorporates more of a CityVille approach while still using the real world as a game board.

It's more along the lines of Monopoly, with property prices based on demand of other players. Check-ins are not required, but can result in more points.

- GigaOm

Street Fight Summit

Poynter highlights four take-aways from the two day event:

1. Local businesses need hand-holding, full-service partners. Local news sites may have an opportunity to fill that function.

2. Geo-tagging may soon be as important as SEO for local publishers.

3. The Daily Deals honeymoon is over.
4. Hyperlocal publishing is as much about sales as about content.
A new free service for neighborhood networks.
Nextdoor (, the first private social network for neighborhoods, announced today the nationwide availability of its free online platform specifically designed to foster neighbor-to-neighbor communication. Starting now, neighborhoods across the country can take advantage of this new type of social networking service to build happier, safer places to call home.
Austin-based Loku, a new startup focused on providing information on local neighborhoods, has launched today [Oct 25], helping local users to find information on restaurants and bars, local news, and more. The firm is headed by Dan Street. Locu's site includes restaurant reviews, local event listings, police reports, local deals and coupons, and more, all represented in an easy to navigate, visual interface.
It seems the visual interface is to be the big thing, but it does not wow me.
Speaking with the Guardian iDownloadBlog’s Oliver Haslam said: "It appears that iOS 5′s GM release introduced a bug that causes the Setting Time Zone function to keep the location tracking circuitry running constantly, draining battery power considerably.”

He added: “Switching it off may mean that your iPhone will no longer set its own time zone when you travel, but that's a small price to pay for having your iPhone last more than 12 hours on a full charge.”
- T3
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/31 at 05:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The seven billionth person to join us on the planet is expected to be born around this date. And that means a chance to look at the population of our little blue planet via maps. Here's a samplng of offerings on the Web.

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/31 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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