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06 Oct 2010

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Location-Based Services Used to Scout “Worst Neighborhoods” in U.S.

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Location-based services are used for pretty much anything these days. From gather situational data of key restaurants and hot spots (in real time) while you walk the street of Paris, to telling you where the most dangerous neighborhoods are in the U.S. According to Time Magazine, NeighborhoodScout, a consulting company that works in risk assessment and location-based analysis, has released a list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the country. The rankings came about after analyzing the rates of violent crime per 1,000 people, with data provided by 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the country. The top spot went to the Chicago neighborhood of West Lake Street, contained within the 60612 zip code. If you live in that area code, according to their statistics, you have a 1 in 4 chance of being the victim of a crime. Neighborhoods in Cleveland, Las Vegas and Atlanta also made the list. Why is this important? Well, because this is the first study that uses location-based data to study neighborhoods, as opposed to entire cities. Plus, we want to avoid those neighborhoods where we may get car-jacked. Read more here.

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27 Sep 2010

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Intel Analysts “Insanely Happy,” Mastering the “Sale” in the IC, and Who is Bruce Carlson?

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post from got geoint? As always, we hope you had a restful weekend. Although weekends are great, like all great things, they often have to come to end (nothing gold can stay – as they say). Anyhow, enough The Outsider’s references. It’s Monday and it’s game on. As always, we have pulled together all the actionable GEOINT stories you need to get the week started on the right foot. Fire up that second cup of coffee and read on!

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14 Sep 2010

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Burglary Ring Using Location-Based Services to Target Victims Busted

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We all know that sharing too much information can sometimes be a bad thing. Especially when it comes to sharing your whereabouts 24/7. You just checked arrived at JFK airport? Well, guess what…this means you are not home. While we have covered the hypothetical dangers of letting everyone know that your home is empty, a crime ring has emerged that actually targeted those who let the world know that their home is ripe for being broken into. According to Media Post, police in the town of Nashua, New Hampshire have busted a three-man burglary ring which stole at least $100,000 worth — and perhaps twice that amount — of cash, consumer electronics, jewelry and other valuables (not to mention ammunition and fireworks) in more than 50 break-ins targeting the homes of people who shared their whereabouts on location-based online networks, including Facebook’s new location-based service, “Places.” So, here’s what the got geoint? staff is doing…we are letting everyone know that we will be working from home, seven days a week, from here on out.

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30 Aug 2010

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Hurricane Katrina and Google Earth, Major Space Changes, and Consumers NOT Digging Location-Based Services

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post. We hope everyone enjoyed the last official August weekend of 2010. Whether you were watching Entourage, or watching the Emmy Awards (go Modern Family!) last night, the inevitable was going to happen: Monday morning would eventually arrive. But fret not. We have pulled together all the news you need to ease the transition back into the real world. So, as we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on!

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12 Nov 2009

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New Facebook Application Uses Facial Recognition; Location Next?

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FacebookLet’s face it. Everyone who is on Facebook has surely untagged photos of themselves on the social networking site. Many of us are “friends” with bosses, co-workers, clients and business partners; and that photo of you doing tequila shots in Cancun may not go over well with your professional network. Well, how would you feel about a new application that uses facial recognition technology to alert you when a photo of yourself — tagged or untagged — appears on Facebook? Check out this TechCrunch article on the application. Of course, this begs the question: when will there be a Facebook application that focuses on location? Not only targeting where Facebook users are in real-time, but also gives the geo-location of each photo? It’s only a matter of time.

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