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April 17, 2014

Vinay Shet, Product Manager, reCAPTCHA: “Have you ever wondered how Google Maps knows the exact location of your neighborhood coffee shop? Or of the hotel you’re staying at next month? Translating a street address to an exact location on a map is harder than it seems. To take on this challenge and make Google Maps […] The post Report – Street View and reCAPTCHA technology just got smarter appeared first on beSpacific.
INFORMATION SECURITY: SEC Needs to Improve Controls over Financial Systems and Data, GAO-14-419: Published: Apr 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2014: “Although the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had implemented and made progress in strengthening information security controls, weaknesses limited their effectiveness in protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of a key financial system. For this system’s […] The post New GAO Reports – Information Security at the SEC, IRS and Large Partnerships appeared first on beSpacific.
“This report by CBO presents an analysis of the proposals in the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2015, as submitted to the Congress on March 4, 2014. The analysis is based on CBO’s economic projections and estimating models (rather than the Administration’s), and it incorporates estimates of the effects of the President’s tax proposals […] The post CBO – An Analysis of the President’s 2015 Budget appeared first on beSpacific.
NOAA news release: “Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (as amended), an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has been declared for dolphins and whales (cetaceans) in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Texas/ Louisiana border through Franklin County, FL) from February 2010 through the present.These numbers are preliminary and may be subject to change. As of April 13, 2014, the UME involves […] The post 2010-2014 Cetacean Unusual Mortality Event in Northern Gulf of Mexico appeared first on beSpacific.
“It’s a multi-screen world, and with that comes the steady rise of connected devices enabling consumers to watch streaming or downloaded video when & where they want. Nearly half of all US adults watch internet video during a typical week and among the millennials segment, 7 in 10 are consuming streaming or downloaded video. With […] The post Experian – Cross-device video analysis appeared first on beSpacific.
Omondi, Ojwang George, ETFs Growth Prospects: A Review of Global Trading in Year 2013 (April 17, 2014). Available at SSRN: “Investment is a multidisciplinary function that should not be left to investment consultants and private bankers without the investor taking a leading part in its course. The capital markets are for the better part channels […] The post ETFs Growth Prospects: A Review of Global Trading in Year 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.

April 16, 2014

“The New York City Department of Records and Information Services, announced the addition of 30,000 photographs to its on-line gallery. The new additions consist of pictures drawn from the Municipal Archives vast holdings and include 187 historical pictures from the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Alien Squad.” “Welcome to the New York City Municipal […] The post New York City Adds 30,000 Photos to Online Gallery appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Atlantic Council and Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) have released a pioneering report, Beyond Data Breaches: Global Interconnections of Cyber Risk, to better prepare governments and businesses for the cyber shocks of the future. Through a combination of stable technology, dedicated technicians and, resistance to random outages, the Internet has been resilient to attacks on a day-to-day […] The post Beyond Data Breaches: Global Interconnections of Cyber Risk appeared first on beSpacific.
Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District - Prepared at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and based on information collected before April 7, 2014. This document summarizes comments received from businesses and other contacts outside the Federal Reserve and is not a commentary on the views of Federal Reserve officials. “Reports […] The post Federal Reserve Board Beige Book – April 16, 2014 appeared first on beSpacific.
CRS – The Distribution of Household Income and the Middle Class. Craig K. Elwell, Specialist in Macroeconomic Policy, March 10, 2014 “The shape of the income distribution is not itself a subject of legislation, but Members of Congress appear to consider it in their decision-making process concerning a number of policy issues such as taxes, means-tested benefits, and […] The post The Distribution of Household Income and the Middle Class appeared first on beSpacific.
CRS - The Bureau of Prisons (BOP): Operations and Budget. Nathan James, Analyst in Crime Policy, March 4, 2014 “The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is the largest correctional agency in the country, in terms of the number of prisoners under its jurisdiction. The BOP must confine any offender convicted and sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a federal court. Changes in federal criminal […] The post The Bureau of Prisons: Operations and Budget appeared first on beSpacific.
ARMY MODULAR FORCE STRUCTURE: Annual Report Generally Met Requirements, but Challenges in Estimating Costs and Assessing Capability Remain, GAO-14-294:  Published: Apr 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2014. DEFENSE CONTRACTING: DOD’s Use of Class Justifications for Sole-Source Contracts, GAO-14-427R: Published: Apr 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2014. FOREIGN AID: USAID Has Increased Funding to Partner-Country Organizations but Could Better […] The post New GAO Reports – DoD Contracting, Foreign Aid, NASA, Environmental Policy Act appeared first on beSpacific.
Press release (includes charts and graphs): “Since the crisis started in 2008, the European Commission has worked hard to learn all the lessons from the crisis and create a safer and sounder financial sector. The Commission has proposed 28 new rules to better regulate, supervise, and govern the financial sector so that in future taxpayers […] The post Banking union: restoring financial stability in the Eurozone appeared first on beSpacific.
Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General, Evaluation Report, EVL-2014-006, April 16, 2014.  Recent Trends in Federal Home Loan Bank Advances to JPMorgan Chase and Other Large Banks. “The Federal Home Loan Bank System (System) is comprised of 12 regional Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) and the Office of Finance. The FHLBanks make secured loans, known as advances, to […] The post Recent Trends in Federal Home Loan Bank Advances to JPMorgan Chase and Other Large Banks appeared first on beSpacific.
“Personal income tax has risen in 25 out of 34 OECD countries over the past three years, as countries reduce the value of tax-free allowances and tax credits and subject higher proportions of earnings to tax, according to new data in the annual Taxing Wages publication. The increases in tax burdens on labour income in 2013 were largest […] The post Tax burdens on labour income continue to rise across the OECD appeared first on beSpacific.
“The PRA has updated its website with information about data requests that will be sent to a number of life and general insurance firms in 2014- 2015 to support preparations for, and the transition to, Solvency II. The PRA will send the first data request directly to all firms in early May 2014. The deadline for […] The post PRA publishes information on data collection requests relating to life and general insurance firms appeared first on beSpacific.

April 15, 2014

Eileen Appelbaum, Heather Boushey, and John Schmitt |April 15, 2014: “Over the past three decades, there has been a steady rise in the share of women, especially mothers, in the workforce. As indicated by the data, the majority of women and mothers work, and many work full time and full year. This dramatic increase in women’s […] The post The Economic Importance of Women’s Rising Hours of Work appeared first on beSpacific.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly – April 11, 2014 / 63(14);312-318: ”The U.S. teen birth rate has continued to decline, from 84.1 births per 1,000 teens aged 15–19 years in 1991 to an all-time low of 29.4 in 2012 (1). Despite this trend, approximately 305,000 infants were born to teens aged 15–19 years in 2012 , and […] The post Vital Signs: Births to Teens Aged 15–17 Years — United States, 1991–2012 appeared first on beSpacific.
Standardisation in the area of innovation and  technological development, notably in the field of Text and Data Mining - Report from the Expert Group, 2014. “Text and data mining (TDM) is an important technique for analysing and extracting new insights and knowledge from the exponentially increasing store of digital data (‘Big Data’). It is important to understand the […] The post EU Report – Text and Data Mining appeared first on beSpacific.
“In 2013, 12 states accounted for 80% of U.S. wind-generated electricity, according to preliminary generation data released in EIA’s March Electric Power Monthly report. Texas was again the top wind power state with nearly 36 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity. Iowa was second, with more than 15 million MWh, followed by California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, […] The post Twelve states produced 80% of U.S. wind power in 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.