September 1, 2011 By Wayne Hanson from News Reports
App Lets Drivers Sell Public Parking Spots to Highest Bidder
A new mobile device application called Parking Auction, lets drivers auction off their parking spot -- even a free, curbside spot -- to the highest bidder. "People say, 'Oh that's ridiculous, I'll never pay for free parking.' But they don't understand how much they're already paying in time and gas wasted," said Parking Auction's Brian Rosetti, who co-founded the business with fellow NYC Upper West Sider Nick Oliva. DNAInfo.com
Juror Pleads Guilty After Friending Defendant
Jurors and defendants are not meant to be friends — even if it's just Facebook friends. Four charges of contempt of court probably drilled this point home for 22-year-old Jonathan Hudson of Arlington, Texas. While on jury duty, Hudson sent a Facebook friend request to the female defendant in the case. USA Today
Project Develops New Floating House Technology for Low-Lying Countries
Venice may soon be sharing its "Floating City" moniker thanks to a research project developing "amphibian houses" that are designed to float in the event of a flood. The FLOATEC project sees the primary market for the houses as the Netherlands, whose low-lying land makes it particularly susceptible to the effects of rising sea levels. Gizmag
Do You Trust Your Neighbors?
Guess who distrusts their neighbors more, people at the financial top or the financial bottom of a specific neighborhood? Boston.com
Analyst Casts Doubt on Economic Benefit of Downtown L.A. Stadium
The office that advises the California Legislature voiced doubts Friday about the level of economic benefit that would come from an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, saying studies commissioned by the project's developer "likely overstated" the financial boost it would deliver. Los Angeles Times
Solar Company That President Obama Once Touted Shuts Down
A California solar-panel manufacturer once touted by President Obama as a beneficiary of his administration's economic policies -- as well as a half-billion-dollar federal loan -- is laying off 1,100 workers and filing for bankruptcy. Solyndra LLC of Fremont, Calif., had become the poster child for government investment in green technology. The president visited the company in May 2010 and noted that Solyndra expected to hire 1,000 workers to manufacture solar panels. Other state and federal officials such as former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Energy Secretary Steven Chu also visited the company's facilities. Fox News
Is the Energy Grid Safe From Cyber Attack?
As the 9/11 anniversary approaches, experts wonder if the United States could withstand a breach of its power network, or whether the so-called "smart grid," which promises more efficient energy use, is more vulnerable to cyber attacks than the old one. The answers are yes and yes. Fox News
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.