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[NEW] Parenting Experts Explain Why We Should Focus On Our Babies, Not Our Screens: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/parenting-screen-time-babies_55ba7dcce4b0b23e3ce1fd33?g8i1kyb9 
No matter how many different ways we ask the question, the answer from child development experts remains the same: humans under age 2 learn best from people, not screens.  "The real emphasis shouldn't
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Over the centuries, many projects with stratospheric ambitions, from pneumatic trains to space ships -- have come to naught. Facebook's project to provide airborne Internet to remote regions through an
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My God they don't need  this 
You can "transmit data down power lines"
Does anybody remember GE making this Tech for home landlines just repeat this on a larger scale and add repeaters

Oh P.S they also use for home networks !!!!
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OK, Google: What's the best time & route to cycle home today?

Over the next year, more +Google  Street View cars will collect sensor data about the levels of methane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, black carbon, particulates and volatile organic compounds around the Bay Area.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pollution-data-from-street-view-cars-adds-layer-of-accountability_55b8e2c1e4b0a13f9d1ae7d7

The data will add another layer to Google's maps of the world. If this data is released to governments and the public at large, it will provide more insight beyond the air quality measurements that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state departments of public health and the environment currently gather through stationary monitoring stations. 
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No, Google+ isn't dead. While Google+ is being disconnected from various Google properties, Google+ itself will continue as a standalone service aimed at helping people connect.
Google VP Bradley Horowitz says ending the requirement to use Google+ to engage with other Google products will allow the company to make a "slew of improvements" to the core social network.
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An interesting view on what ailed Google+ and what it may become. 
 
Google+ is Google No More

When Google+ launched over 4-years ago, the idea was to both promote a new social network, and create a unified account system and social spine for all things Google.

As this latest blog post from +Bradley Horowitz admits, they didn't get it all right.  Google+ the identity layer was forced on people who had no desire to use the network; integrations with the network became nearly ubiquitous across properties; the 'social spine' became a privacy nightmare for some people; and the effort became at times so obnoxiously in-your-face it soured people on both the social network and the larger ecosystem.

In short, Google+ was the branding equivalent of New Coke.  Much like the Coca Cola Corporation, Google is recognizing this, as recent deintegrations (removals of Google+ features from other Google properties) have shown.

Now the final, major step will be made: instead of Google+ accounts, Google will now simply use Google accounts, which by themselves aren't tied into social anything, private and unsearchable.

So is Google+ dead?  No, fortunately not.  While the Google brand reverts to Google Classic, Google+ will finally receive the type of focus many of us suggested it always needed: no longer a would-be "Facebook killer", the network can now presumably focus on what its most passionate users agree it is good for: discovering great content and accounts to follow (i.e. Twitter without the obnoxious limitations and fewer bots).

Google+ (the social layer) is Dead.  Long live Google+ (the network)!
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I'm about to go on vacation. Should I: 
A) Set up an "out of office" auto-responder and triage my email every night
B) Set up a tool to hide it but archive it all to go through on return
C) Set up a tool to delete it all and start afresh
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/huffpost-email-deletion-tool-vacation_55ba97a8e4b0b23e3ce21f5f

What do you do?
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As we prepare to leave the Bay State, it's great to see Massachusetts move forward with new rules on public records requests under Governor Baker: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/07/30/baker-announces-new-rules-for-handling-massachusetts-public-records-requests/vh6Nqh8HQNQ5jvphyioCwM/story.html Rules here: http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/fy2016/new-procedures-for-public-records-requests-introduced.html 

Next up: whether the legislature passes reforms to some of the nation's weakest public records laws.
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“The fundamentals of shooting don’t change even if the gun is hacked.” http://www.wired.com/2015/07/hackers-can-disable-sniper-rifleor-change-target/ Adding wifi to rifles may have downsides, though.
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The White House​ cleared its backlog of online petitions today and committed to responding more quickly and directly to future epetitions that cross the 100,000 signature threshold for responses. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-house-clears-the-backlog-of-we-the-people-epetitions_55b788dde4b0074ba5a6165a
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Yes, Software And Robots Eat Jobs. Now What?
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On Friday, DHS quietly updated its mobile FOIA app. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a Fixed text entry issue and removed CoreLocation - the exact issues that were raised in my article. Still no word from their privacy office on demonstrated demand for mobile requests prior to development.
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I'm a writer and editor, focused upon how shifts in technology are changing journalism, government and society.

From January 2014 to May 2015,  I contributed a weekly column to TechRepublic, a division of CBS Interactive. From August 2013 to May 2014, I was a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, where I collaborated on research and the past, present and future of data-driven journalism. In 2013, I was also a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Innovation and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 2010 to 2013, I was the Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media, where I covered the voices, technologies and issues that are changing government, technology and society. Prior to joining O’Reilly, I was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com at TechTarget, where I wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing, spanning the issues of online identity, data protection, risk management, electronic privacy and cybersecurity. 

Along with my correspondence for the O'Reilly Radar, I have contributed to the National Journal, Forbes, Slate, the Huffington Post, Govfresh, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, CBS News' What's Trending, Govloop, Governing People, the Association for Computer Manufacturing and the Atlantic, amongst others. I have appeared multiple times as an on-air analyst for Al Jazeera English and a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, along with commentary for NPR's All Things Considered and other public radio shows.

I've been a speaker and moderator at conferences in Washington and beyond, including Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Alfred University, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), NIST, Club de Madrid, Cato Institute, the New America Foundation, the World Bank, the Social Security Agency, the U.S. National Archives, the Web 2.0 Summit and Expo, Gov 2.0 Summit and Expo, Social Media Week, DC Week, SXSWi, Strata, GOSCON, AMP Summit, Tech@State, CAR/IRE, and the State of the Net, the Open Government Partnership Annual Conference, In 2011, I was visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute.

I'm a native of upstate New York, where I was born on a farm in a county that had more deer than humans. At age 8, I moved to Philadelphia and spent a decade growing up in one of America's great cities, attending Germantown Friends School until 1994. I graduated from Colby College four years later, with a bachelor of arts degree in biology (and a minor in sociology), and then enjoyed living in New England for another decade in Boston, Somerville and Cambridge. 

I'd describe myself as a geeky outdoorsman, cyclist, angler and photographer. I'm an unabashed fan of great science fiction and fantasy books, movies and games. I currently live in Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia with my wife, daughter and a growing number of pots, pans and houseplants. When I'm not working or parenting, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, ambitious cooking and good books. 

You can find me online at E Pluribus Unum | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Linkedin | Wordpress | YouTube 

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