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June 25, 2012 By

L.A. City Council Approves Free Wi-Fi at LAX

Free Wi-Fi will be coming this summer to Los Angeles International Airport after all. The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted 11-1 to uphold a two-year, $633,333 contract awarded to Miami- based Advanced Wireless Group to provide free wireless Internet access to travelers passing through LAX.

Poll: People Don't Realize Libraries Loan E-Books

Twelve percent of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.

Libraries Help Job Hunters Learn Web Skills

An Internet platform launched in Yolo County, Calif.'s libraries and modeled after social gaming is teaching job seekers the skills needed to land their next job. It's called JobScout. In it, users become "scouts" who pick up Internet skills to look for work, from finding job sites to writing résumés, and submitting online applications to creating social network profiles.

NYC Housing Authority Hires Company to Clean up its Online Image

If you want good news, just pay for it yourself. That’s exactly what the New York City Housing Authority is doing, The Post has learned. The financially strapped agency has secretly contracted with a Seattle-based firm that specializes in suppressing negative Google-search results to “manage” the authority’s image online.

Candidates Want Printed Statewide Primary Guide

Thurston County, Wash., voters are getting a printed guide to local candidates appearing on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot. But the Office of Secretary of State is publishing its statewide guide only on the Internet for key races such as governor, Legislature, and the new 10th Congressional District.

New York City’s Getting a Tech Upgrade

New York City is looking to double down on its status as a technology-first metropolis as city officials announced this week five new initiatives with the goal of expanding New York’s booming tech sector.

Mayor of Pasadena and Others to Speak at Unveiling of Major Solar & Electric Vehicle Project in Pasadena

Solar installation is the first medium-sized type of its kind in Pasadena Water and Power’s service area, and will be a showcase for electric vehicle infrastructure with green, clean power.

ShotSpotter Alerts Officers to Shooting

The body of a man has been found in Northern California hours after police got a ShotSpotter gunfire alert. East Palo Alto officers responded to the alert at about 1 p.m. Sunday and found evidence that a shooting had occurred but there was no sign of a victim.

Oklahoma City Targets Online Prostitution

This week’s sting operations have focused mainly on the internet, with police then arresting the women at local hotels. “It used to be there was a dividing line, on the internet they were considered high class escorts. Not any more,” said Bates.

California City Could Declare Bankruptcy This Week

Stockton, Calif., is set to declare bankruptcy as early as this week, according to local officials, a move that would make it one of the largest U.S. cities ever to file for reorganization.

Bullying of Teachers More Damaging Online

The bullying that bus monitor Karen Klein endured on a ride home from an upstate New York school was painful and egregious, but also shows how student harassment of teachers and administrators has become more spiteful and damaging in the online era.

City Closes Libraries, Use Booms

Two years ago, Camden, N.J., took its first steps toward shedding its library system — a move decried by critics. The library’s main branch, strapped for cash, shut its doors in 2010. The Ferry Avenue branch, a modern facility plagued by underfunding, was absorbed by Camden County’s library system in February 2011. Now county officials say the Ferry Avenue site is going through a renaissance. “When we came in, there was no computer system at all. We’re talking about a library where we used rubber stamps to check things out.”

Federal Judge Bans Sex Offenders from Social Networking

A federal judge has upheld an Indiana law banning registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social-networking sites used by children. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said in an 18-page order Friday that the state has a strong interest in protecting children and that the rest of the Internet remains open to those who have been convicted.

U.S. Cyber Challenge and Virginia Tech to Host Cyber Security Executive Roundtable

Jim Duffey, Virginia Secretary of Technology; Dr. Ernest McDuffie, Lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute of Standards and Technology; and Karen Evans, National Director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge will host a roundtable discussion featuring national experts from government, technology and academia on June 26th at 11:15am at the Holiday Inn Ballston in Arlington, Virginia (4610 N Fairfax Drive).


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