To Defeat Terrorists, Start Using the Library: Scott Helfstein

[From the article: The revolution in information
technology has opened a new vein of intelligence collection and analysis that
in many instances can prove more useful than traditional forms of spycraft. In
the world of espionage, information and the clandestine means of gathering it
are both treasured. “Open source” intelligence, by contrast, is a commodity
with little inherent value. Instead, the capacity to organize and analyze these
public streams of information becomes a key asset. This represents a drastic
shift, with far-reaching implications for intelligence agencies. …In another
recent effort, the Combating Terrorism Center used Google Trends — hardly a
cloak-and-dagger operation — to assess the popularity of the Muslim
Brotherhood in the midst of the Egyptian uprisings. In the U.S., fears of the
Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda dominated public discussion. Not so in Egypt,
where Google Trends indicated that during the revolution, Internet searches for
non-Brotherhood political figures dwarfed those for the Brotherhood. Do such
open-source data provide scientific proof of public consciousness? No, but they
challenge hard-baked conventional wisdom and provide a corrective to guesswork.
By tapping the open source of Google Trends, we threw light on a complex mass
phenomenon for which traditional intelligence gathering was ill- suited.]

Defeat Terrorists, Start Using the Library: Scott Helfstein

By Scott Helfstein

August 30, 2011


Texas Governor Signs Budget Cutting State Funding for Library Services by 88 Percent

[From the article: The new state
biennial budget (FY 2012-13) in Texas, signed Tuesday by Governor
Rick Perry, will reduce state funding for the Texas State Library and Archives
Commission by 64 percent and will cut state funding for the agency’s library
programs by 88 percent.

According to figures provided by the state
library, the overall state library budget will shrink from $19.8 million each
year of the two-year budget to $7.2 million. Funding for the state agency’s
library programs will go from $12.8 million to $1.6 million. The Library Development
and Library Resource Sharing divisions will be merged into a single division.]


Governor Signs Budget Cutting State Funding for Library Services by 88 Percent

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By Michael Kelley Jul 29, 2011

Donate CPU Time for Cash

[From the article: The eight-month-old startup [CPUsage,] wants to pay folks so
it can harness their idle compute time to sell to corporations. CEO and
Co-Founder Jeff Martens estimates an average user donating four hours of
compute time every day could score about $10 a month. Martens and his two other
co-founders want to turn their Portland, Ore.-based startup into the
Folding@home or SETI@home of the for-profit world. The goal is to enroll users
and use their computers to help corporate customers (the startup already has
two) speed up their analysis jobs. The company’s software breaks up a job into
bits and sends those bits to the user’s computer for parallel processing. One
customer uses the service for decoding agricultural DNA. Martens knows it’s not
right for all jobs, as latency is high and there might be security concerns.]

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Apple, publishers conspired against $9.99 Amazon e-books, says lawsuit

[From the article: “Terrified” by Amazon’s Kindle e-reader and
discounted e-book pricing, five major publishers allegedly acted together to
increase e-book prices and compel Amazon to abandon its discount sales
strategy. That’s the gist of a new class action antitrust lawsuit filed
in the US District Court for the Northern District of California by the Hagens Berman
litigation group
. The five book sellers named in the suit are
HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, Penguin Group Inc., and Simon
& Schuster Inc, plus one more defendant: Apple. … The essence of the claim
is that these publishers, in coordination with Apple, conspired to nix the low
price e-books that Amazon launched in 2007. Amazon wanted to quickly gain
market share with its Kindle, the court filing observes, the first version of
which sold out in less than a quarter of a day. And so, capitalizing on its “first
mover” advantage, Amazon sold e-books at prices conspicuously lower than
physical books—many titles were made available for $9.99. This had to be
stopped, the class action charges.]

publishers conspired against $9.99 Amazon e-books, says lawsuit

By Matthew Lasar | August