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Battle of ideas pits tech talent in London docks

The clicking of keyboards fills the hall at a former London dockyard hosting a 24-hour "hackathon" to design applications ranging from the whimsical to the practical and even the potentially life-saving.

dateApr 29, 2015 in Business
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Twitter as a flood rescue tool

As a social networking tool used by millions, Twitter can be a great help in disaster operations, said researchers Tuesday who created real-time flood maps using data from tweets.

dateApr 14, 2015 in Internet
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US approves drone flights for insurer AIG

Insurance giant American International Group Wednesday announced that it had won US government approval to use drones to survey disaster areas, including territory that may be otherwise inaccessible.

dateApr 08, 2015 in Engineering
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Twitter chief vows to help Indonesia fight disasters

Twitter chief Dick Costolo said Thursday the microblogging site planned to work with Indonesian authorities to warn people about natural disasters that regularly hit the archipelago, from earthquakes to volcanic ...

dateMar 26, 2015 in Internet
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UN disaster meeting opens in tsunami-hit Japan

Policymakers gathered for a ten-yearly meeting on disaster risk reduction Saturday, with hopes high that the conference in tsunami-hit Japan might provide a springboard for efforts to tackle natural disasters ...

dateMar 14, 2015 in Environment
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