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Thursday, December 15, 2011

The data visualization map will show check-ins from both President Obama’s and the Republican presidential candidates’ campaigns as they travel across the country. NBC reporters embedded with the Republican candidates will also provide real-time check-ins.

“Understanding where candidates go on the campaign trail and why they go there is a fascinating story that we wanted to share with consumers,” said Paige Westmsnbc.com‘s creative director, in the press release

- Media Bistro

Hipstamatic is rolling out an iOS app that allows a group to shoot digital pictures ot a roll of 24. Until the 24 pics are taken, no one can see the shots. But when it's done, everone can see them. (Huh?) More interesting to me is a future company project:

For early 2012, [Hipstamatic CEO] Buick said there are already plans to release location-based cameras that can only be used in certain areas as well as project-based public cameras - to be used, for example, at music festivals - with everyone shooting to one roll of unlimited exposures for a specific amount of time.

I guess sharing to Flickr with tags is not good enough? Or sharing via Facebook?

- Mashable

The also added the oft-requested feature of putting dates on the Street View imagery. It's been a fun game to try to determine when imagery was captured, but now they tell you the month and year right on the imagery while you're viewing it!

Excellent!

- Google Earth Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/15 at 05:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

An official statement on the report (not yet public) on testing of LightSquared interference leaked and reported on last week was made public on Wednesday. In short:

Government tests showed that "LightSquared signals caused harmful interference to the majority of…general purpose GPS receivers," said Anthony Russo, director of the National Coordination Office for Spaced-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing, a government and industry advisory board, in a statement late Wednesday.

- WSJ

The Dept of Defense and Dept of Transportation issued their own statement, including this text.

However, the testing did show that LightSquared signals caused harmful interference to the majority of other tested general purpose GPS receivers.  Separate analysis by the Federal Aviation Administration also found interference with a flight safety system designed to warn pilots of approaching terrain.

- press release

The testing found no interference with cell phones. The House passed a bill stating FCC could not approve LightSquared use of spectrum until the Dept of Defense cleared its concerns. 

In addition, language passed by the House in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains a provision that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) shall not provide final authorization for LightSquared operations until Defense Department concerns about GPS interference have been resolved. That language was authored by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) who chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

- PC Mag

In perhaps related news FCC chief of staff Eddie Lazarus resigns, though the sense is that had more to do with net neutrality and the recent mergers in the telcom arena.

- WaPo

In response to the leaked report info (and presumably the official statement), Javad Ashjaee, Ph.D.m CEO of Javad (the first company to offer a filter) suggested other low end GPSs would fail when near FM signals. He asked the FCC to establish guidelines for GPS receivers, including that they include details of their signal to noise ratios.

- Letter to FCC/press release

And of course, LightSquared offered its response:

While we are eager to continue to work with the FAA on addressing the one remaining issue regarding terrain avoidance systems, we profoundly disagree with the conclusions drawn with respect to general navigation devices.
 
LightSquared has had the legal and regulatory right to use its spectrum for eight years over two administrations. The testing further confirmed that the interference issues are not caused by LightSquared's spectrum, but by GPS devices looking into spectrum that is licensed to LightSquared. 

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/15 at 04:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Success! Expert Scholar Atenas Entchev and Family Out of Detention

- Change.org (which was involved in his defense activities)

Prominent New Jersey Scholar And Son Released From Detention

- Paramus Post (NJ paper)

Clock ticking for North Brunswick family facing deportation

- My Central NJ (NJ paper)

North Brunswick Family Reunited After Husband and Son Detained (added 12/16)

- New Brunswick Patch

There's still work to be done to keep the family in the U.S. longterm and hopefully this press coverage will help.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/15 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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