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DOE: $2.9 billion in smart grid investment yields $6.8 billion in economic output
Smart Grid News
Judging from a DOE analysis of smart grid projects, spending on Smart Grid Investment Grants and Smart Grid Demonstration Programs is more than paying off. As of March 2012, the $2.9 billion spent on projects has yielded a total economic output of $6.8 billion. Also, the analysis indicated that high tech, industrial and service businesses usually involved in smart grid projects record higher than average labor income and boost job numbers in the economy through "indirect and induced mechanisms."
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Competition to PNDs coming from all angles
GPS World
It isn't the same old news that the portable or personal navigation device has lost a lot of ground to mobile applications found on smartphones. The reason it isn't old news is that the drop in sales is being measured by the millions — from a high of 33 million in 2011 to a little more than half of that amount. While consumers' tastes are shifting, a smartphone is still the device of choice for quick navigation, location-based services and other features.
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Twitter testing new local discovery features
Twitter may be the best way to figure out what's happening around the world right now. But it sure ain't great at telling me what's going on in my world — that is, what's happening down the block from me. That may change. According to multiple sources, Twitter is in the process of testing a new feature that lets you discover tweets from people within a certain distance of your location.
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When government shuts down open government
GIS User
An interesting issue is unfolding in Canada, and quite frankly its darned amazing! Imagine this: You have a website and offer some kind of product or service. You also use a map so users can search your product by Postal Code. ... Uh oh, now you get a letter from Canada Post stating that they are suing you!

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Esri releases results of LGA Benchmark Study
Spatial Source
One of the highlights of SSSC 2013 was the release of the results of Esri's 2013 LGA Benchmark Study, in the form of the "2013 GIS in Local Government Benchmark Study: Preliminary Report." The preliminary report is the culmination of a collaborative effort between Australia's councils, SSSI and Esri Australia. This report, which contains the study findings, was compiled by an independent research agency.

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News from the National Geospatial Advisory Committee
National Geospatial Advisory Committee
The primary focus of the NGAC for 2013 is support for the development of a strategic vision for the FGDC. The committee's April meeting focused largely on background and the need for a refreshed vision and plan for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. In addition, the NGAC is providing on-going advice and comment concerning upgrades to the Geospatial Platform and revisions to Circular A-16. Following the successful launch of Landsat 8 on Feb. 11, NGAC's Landsat Advisory Group is actively engaged in future mission planning and discussions of data access.

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Cellphone network upgrades make location tracking almost as precise as GPS
Advances in cellphone networks make a legal distinction between cellular location tracking through the network and through GPS increasingly obsolete, said cybersecurity researcher Matt Blaze during a congressional hearing. Blaze, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Pennsylvania, testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee in the second in a series of hearings on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.
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Shooting in high-def from outer space with UrtheCast
Bloomberg Businessweek
Google Earth provides Web users with basic global satellite imagery periodically updated. "It's always sunny," says Scott Larson, "and the car is parked out front." Soon, Larson says, his startup, UrtheCast, will begin broadcasting high-resolution, near-live global images and video from the cameras it's planning to affix to the International Space Station.
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Waze CEO: Maps are for mobile what search is for the Web
All Things D
Of course the CEO of a mobile mapping company is going to say maps are super important. But Waze CEO Noam Bardin has an interesting way of putting it. "What search is for the Web, maps are for mobile," Bardin said at our D: Dive Into Mobile conference. The latitude and longitude of a location, he argued, are the equivalent of the URL for a Web page.
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Russia launches another GLONASS-M satellite
Inside GNSS
Russia launched another GLONASS-M satellite on a Soyuz 2-1b rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. Designed, manufactured, and prepared for launch by Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Joint Stock Company, the spacecraft will replace an aging satellite in orbital plane 1 that is expected to fail soon, according to Sergey Revnivykh, director of the PNT Center, Central Research Institute of Machine Building, for the Russian Space Agency.
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