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Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Last week a group of Senators demanded answers from the FAA regarding the status of the FAA’s drone regulations.  The letter was signed by Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Heidi Heitkamp, John Hoeven, and Cory Booker.  Unfortunately, the letter amounts to too little action, and action that has come far too late.

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The Premise:
Yelp for services aimed at children with special needs. Using Love My Provider, parents can anonymously share experiences from and reviews of summer camps, attorneys, physical and speech therapists, tutors, dentists… just about any sort of service provider aimed at children with special needs (meaning: autism, OCD, developmental issues, extreme phobias and anything else that may require extra or specific care).
The goal: Make it as easy to use the Internet to find a quality prover as it is to find a decent brunch or bar. 
The Story:
After spending a number of years conducting quality assurance for the state of California, Sara Gershfeld saw the number of service providers aimed at autistic (and other special needs) children skyrocket. But still, there was no good way for parents to escape the the constraints of word-of-mouth when it came to finding providers they could trust.
That’s the basic idea behind Love My Provider, which launched in March of 2014: Provide a directory of such services, and tame it with a now-expected layer of reviews
“Before, parents were finding providers by word of mouth or through super-old Web 1.0 websites that had top-10 lists of providers that were specific to that area,” Gershfeld says. 
Gershfeld says that a reviews are especially important in this field, since many health care workers who make provider referrals are often unable—due to legal, liability, or other restrictions—to provide parents with their opinions about specific providers. Love My Provider seeks to sidestep this issue by giving parents who have worked with providers a place to share their experiences and opinions. The idea is to help parents find a good provider from the start, instead of forcing them to systematically (and expensively) going through different options until they find one that works—a dance that many parents know all too well. 
Another goal of the site: Take the many disconnected lists of providers, and put them all in a single, up-to-date destination.

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How to build a city that uses resources — water, fuel, electricity — efficiently presents a big challenge and opportunity for tech companies. Panasonic just inaugurated a town near Tokyo that is experimenting with sustainable designs, and it’s worth taking a look at what’s been done.

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I have been told that buying gifts for me is difficult.  I’m obviously passionate about my PCs and technology in general, but I already have access to virtually all of the latest gadgets and PC hardware out there. Friends and family often come to my place to check out the latest gear, before heading into a store. I’m also somewhat picky about what products I’ll use, so when it comes time for a loved one to choose a gift, it usually ends up being a gift card or gift certificate to my favorite restaurant. I’ll use them, but they’re not particularly fun.

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Egypt and Kuwait have signed an agreement for trade and industry cooperation, and are eyeing a bilateral cooperation council that would convene its first meeting in January, Egypt’s Ministry of Trade and Industry said.
The agreement seeks to boost the exchange of commodities and technology, according to Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, who is currently in a visit to Kuwait.
The five-year cooperation agreement eyes a qualitative shift in common economic relationships by setting a suitable atmosphere for private sector investors in both countries to create investment partnerships that would secure more job opportunities. 
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah said Kuwaiti businessmen are eager to increase their investments in the Egyptian market, especially in the major projects adopted at present.
Kuwait has been a major financial supporter of Egypt following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsy.
Kuwaiti investments in Egypt exceed US$3 billion, while Egyptian exports to Kuwait are estimated by more than $300 million.

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