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“WE REMEMBER; WE REBUILD; WE COME BACK STRONGER”  President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama look out onto the World Trade Center Memorial from 1WTC — which is still under construction — during a visit to lower Manhattan on June 14; the President signed a steel beam that will be installed at the top of the building. (Photos: Carolyn Kaster / AP [top]; Justin Lane / EPA via the New York Daily News)

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Insurance giant launches tech spin-off

An information technology venture that will spin off from Allianz Global Assistance USA could grow to several hundred employees in a few years, says Jon Ansell, the new company’s chairman.

"We have built this technology and ability, and applied it primarily in the travel business here and abroad," Ansell said. "We believe there are opportunities well beyond tourism and travel."

"It really speaks to all the [global] megatrends, mobile, digitization, personalization, offering [people] products and services just in time, what they want when they need it."

Read full story here.


Kenyan village chief mobilizing through twitter, scares off thugs

WHEN the chief in a western Kenyan village received an urgent call that thugs were invading a school teacher’s home, he sent a message on Twitter.

Within minutes residents in this village of stone houses gathered outside the home, and the thugs fled.

The tweet from Chief Francis Kariuki was only his latest attempt to improve village life by using the micro-blogging site Twitter.



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/kenyan-villagers-embrace-twitter/story-e6frfro0-1226272345298#ixzz1xTiJB0Js

Gearing up for windy season: Text, don’t call when natural disaster strikes

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - It is better to send text messages than to call when natural disasters strike a nd networks get congested, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, also urging people to add battery-powered cell phone chargers to their storm emergency kits.

Craig Fugate, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told reporters that forecasts for a “normal” Atlantic hurricane season should not keep those in potentially affected areas from getting ready for storms that could make landfall.

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The tweet that saved hijacked man trapped in his own car

An sms and social network frenzy saved a Joburg man who was trapped in his car boot after being hijacked at the weekend.

The man was driving through Honeydew, north-west Joburg, on the way to Florida on the West Rand at about 9pm on Saturday when two armed men hijacked his Golf 3.

They forced him into the boot of the car and sped off.

But they forgot one thing: his cellphone. From inside the boot, he sent an SMS to his girlfriend.

“Be on the look for DSS041GP,” she tweeted shortly after. “my boyufriend has just been hijacked and is in the boot please RT (retweet).”

Read the whole story in IOL South Africa.

Japan: An airbag for your house

One year after the tsunami, and Japan is showing just how resilient they are. And their homes are about to get even more quake-proof, with an airbag for houses. 

See the video of the demo here.

theweekmagazine:

Thousands of paper cranes, memorializing the victims of Japan’s 2011 tsunami, line the walls of the emergency operation center at the Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima. In case you missed it, a look back at a year in photos, as the country commemorates the anniversary of the disaster. 

theweekmagazine:

Thousands of paper cranes, memorializing the victims of Japan’s 2011 tsunami, line the walls of the emergency operation center at the Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima. In case you missed it, a look back at a year in photos, as the country commemorates the anniversary of the disaster. 

theweekmagazine:

The children of Syria’s revolution: The Red Cross is still shut out of Homs’ Bab Amro district — which was a rebel stronghold before a ruthless crackdown — and the latest reports from inside tell grisly tales of the military targeting boys for execution. Nevertheless, across the country, Syrians of all ages continue to protest President Bashar al-Assads’ violent reign. More photos available here

Queensland Police top of the class: - Using twitter to reach out to community

With heavy rains ravaging the Sunshine Coast, the busy Queensland Police is using their twitter account to reach out to flood-hit communities.

Here, concerned citizens can find with up to the minute updates on road-closures and warnings.

The popular twitter-account is not a new initiative, however. Scroll back in time, and you will find reports on massive pot-holes, oil-spills, and crime.

With over 22 thousand followers, and 15 thousand tweets, @QPSmedia has become the go-to place for safety-minded Queenslanders. No wonder, with all the flash-floods and tropical cyclones this region has to deal with year in and out.

brooklynmutt:

Obama to Iran and Israel: ‘As President of the United States, I Don’t Bluff’
Read: Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic