Headlines from around the Web for Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Compiled by Melanie Bender
The New York Times
The city announced it will start a pilot program on Monday that will deliver alerts by text messages, e-mail messages and phone calls, warning about flooding, chemical spills and other emergencies to anyone who signs up.
Research shows that nearly 20 percent of CIOs cite networking as the single job area in which they expect to see the most growth.
Author Don Tapscott notes that the Net Generation's work habits are different from those of their parents, because they have been profoundly influenced by technology like instant messaging, video games, mobile phones and search -- but they are not lazy.
First announced in 2001, MIT's OpenCourseWare includes syllabuses, homework assignments, exams, reference materials and video lectures when available. The information is published under an open license that allows for reuse, distribution and modification of the materials for noncommercial purposes.
The Birmingham News
The Birmingham mayor signed a purchase agreement for 15,000 laptops from One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit foundation whose goal is to provide every child in the world with access to technology.
The Houston Chronicle
City officials in Houston are planning to use part of the $5 million penalty fee that EarthLink paid in September to finance a "digital inclusion" program intended to help students and the elderly in low-income neighborhoods access the Internet.
Federal Computer Week
Although the Homeland Security Department terminated a controversial visual analytics data mining program this summer, it continues to engage in visual analytics research in a separate program, a spokeswoman confirmed.
Through the end of 2006 and 20 years prior, Finnish security vendor F-Secure counted a total of 250,000 samples of malicious software, said the company's chief research officer. This year alone, 250,000 samples have been counted.
The Arizona Republic
The Arizona Secretary of State's Office is rolling out a Web-based campaign finance reporting system designed to make it easier for campaigns to enter information. Deputy Secretary of State Kevin Tyne said the simplified process will help get the information to the public sooner.
The Pentagon is experimenting with using microformats with mashups to help expose legacy information for broader reuse.