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July 31, 2015

What social media platform did Russian hackers use to break into U.S. computer networks?

Answer: Twitter

July 30, 2015

In the Digital Era, 'Print Wikipedia' Project Explores the Value of a Book

A City University of New York faculty member leads a team that made Wikipedia printable and quantified the massive amount of data on the crowdsourced website.

July 30, 2015

Boston Releases Open and Protected Data Policy

Mayor Martin Walsh announced a new policy governing the proper method of opening departmental data in the city.

July 30, 2015

How U.S. Open Data Saved State-Level Open Legal Data

States nationwide are adopting model legislation that requires them to make published legal data verifiable, which will effectively force them to publish legal data as PDFs -- bringing an era of expanding legal data availability to an end. So U.S. Open Data stepped in.

July 30, 2015

The FBI Built a Database That Can Catch Rapists — Almost Nobody Uses It

The system was rooted in the belief that some criminals' methods were unique enough to serve as a kind of behavioral DNA — allowing identification based on how a person acted, rather than their genetic make-up.

July 30, 2015

Has the FCC Banned Tele-Town Halls?

Wheeler told members of the House Energy and Commerce's subcommittee on communications and technology that his agency had effectively banned tele-town halls.

July 30, 2015

Glendale, Calif., Considers Changing Rules for Rooftop Solar Installation

The policy change would expedite the building-and-safety review inspection.

July 30, 2015

Can Coding Schools Help Fill IT Jobs, Skill Gaps?

New players in the education industry promise to solve the demand for coding developers — which is off the charts.

July 30, 2015

School Innovation Networks Rife with Technical, Logistical Challenges

After two years, a network of nine semi-autonomous schools known as Project LIFT is now embracing closer coordination with the system-wide strategy of the very district to which it was supposed to be an alternative.

July 30, 2015

Los Angeles Lawmakers Question Ride-Sharing Pick-Up at LAX

Six Los Angeles City Council members say they want to re-examine new rules that would allow Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport.

July 30, 2015

Drone Helps Orland, Ill., Firefighters Battle House Blaze

In addition to standard equipment, firefighters also deployed a drone — the first live test of a technology they've been piloting for about two months.

July 30, 2015

Firefighters in Washington Train with High-Tech Air Packs

The apparatus protects the face and eyes, provides breathable air, warns when that air is running low, allows firefighters to communicate and sounds an alarm when a firefighter is disabled.

July 30, 2015

How much do city’s cracked and broken streets cost in additional fuel and maintenance?

Answer: $1,044 per year in San Francisco

July 29, 2015

Researchers Develop, Test GPS-Equipped Water Drone in Bridge Inspections

The Florida Department of Transportation has funded research on autonomous waterborne vehicles that could make bridge inspections faster, safer and more efficient.

July 29, 2015

Microsoft Releases Windows 10, Tests New Collaborative Culture

Wednesday’s release of the newest version of the company’s operating system comes with typically high stakes.

July 29, 2015

Suffolk County, N.Y., Lawmakers Place Limits on Drones

The measure bars flights of any UAV equipped with a camera above any county facility without authorization, and bans flights over county parks without a permit.

July 29, 2015

Detroit Uses Tech to Modernize City Parking

The new ParkDetroit system is made easier with the download of the ParkDetroit smartphone app.

July 29, 2015

University of Chicago’s 'Plenario' Changes How We Use Open Data

Plenario lets users access, combine, download and visualize disparate sets of data all in the same place.

July 29, 2015

Arizona Department of Education Launches New School Data Collection System

AzEDS collects data relevant to allocating about $6 billion in funding for school districts and charters, including attendance, special services and transportation records.

July 29, 2015

Social Media: The True Threat to Digital Privacy

Every time you click on a link, search the Internet or post a photo to social media, personal information is being collected, says Washington state's first chief privacy officer.