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Apple acknowledges Meltdown and Spectre security flaws

Follow-up to previous posting – Tech giants responding to massive chip vulnerability alert – via the Washington Post: “…On Thursday, Apple confirmed that all Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but that no known exploits have impacted its customers. In a post on its website, Apple said updates to its operating systems for iPhones… Continue Reading

DC guide on how to pre-pay property taxes in 2017

“After Congress passed tax reform legislation, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt announced that District property owners can pre-pay their property taxes in preparation for the upcoming tax year. The tax reform legislation limits the amount of state and local income and real property taxes that individuals may… Continue Reading

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Share of Americans living without a partner has increased, especially among young adults

Pew Fact Tank – “In the past 10 years, the share of U.S. adults living without a spouse or partner has climbed to 42%, up from 39% in 2007, when the Census Bureau began collecting detailed data on cohabitation. Two important demographic trends have influenced this phenomenon. The share of adults who are married has… Continue Reading

CrimeSolutions.gov helps justice professionals improve effectiveness

“It’s important to celebrate milestones, and CrimeSolutions.gov has hit a big one — 500 rated programs. That’s 500 opportunities for the criminal and juvenile justice and victim service practitioners and policymakers we serve to learn about what works, what doesn’t, and what’s promising. While I am relatively new to the National Institute of Justice, I… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – 15 Cities Where You Can See the Total Solar Eclipse

“Eclipse-mania is sweeping the United States. From Oregon to South Carolina, 14 states will experience a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. It will be the first event of its kind in the continental U.S. since 1979. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, fully or partially blocking… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – Cities Adding the Most Jobs in Every State

“As the United States recovered from the recession and began one of its longest periods of economic growth, the unemployment rate fell to 4.4%, nearly its lowest point in a decade and far less than its peak of 10.0% in October 2009. One driver of economic growth was the nation’s cities, which together added approximately… Continue Reading

Digital Planet 2017: How Competitiveness and Trust in Digital Economies Vary Across the World

“Every day, billions of people around the world use the internet to share ideas, trade with one another and keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. With worldwide internet penetration at nearly 50 percent, the global digital economy has become a space of immense opportunity. Similarly, it’s clear that both business and consumer transactions… Continue Reading

National Geographic Photographer of the Year Winners

The National Geographic award winning photos for 2017 are magnificent – enjoy them:  Nature – Cities [includes a remarkable photo modern interior of the city library in Stuttgart, Germany] – People. Continue Reading

Pew – Local TV News Fact Sheet

“Local television news programming has shed audience over the past decade, including this past year in most timeslots studied. Even with these viewership losses, local TV news still garners more viewers on average than cable and network news programs. However, for election news in particular – a big part of last year’s news agenda –… Continue Reading

United Nations Digital Library Now Free to All Users

[Via Ramona Kohrs, External Relations Coordinator, UN Depository Libraries Programme]:”We are pleased to inform you that the United Nations Digital Library (UNDL) (URL: https://digitallibrary.un.org) is now available and can be accessed globally free of charge.  The new platform runs on innovative open source technology developed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and is… Continue Reading

Report – changing face of business and the part artificial intelligence has to play

Accenture via World Economic Fortune: “Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be the single most disruptive technology the world has seen since the Industrial Revolution. Granted, there is a lot of hype out there on AI, along with doomsday headlines and scary movies. But the reality is that it will positively and materially change how we engage… Continue Reading