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Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – November 16, 2011

first_img SharePrint Related”Souvenirs” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoNovember 2, 2010In “Community”Geocaching.com Refer a Friend Challenge – 2012June 27, 2012In “Community”Become Trackable on Geocaching.com – Tattoos to Travel BugsSeptember 13, 2011In “Community” Geocaching.com APIThree little letters: an A, a P and an I are helping to expand your geocaching adventure. An API (application programming interface) is kind of like the genetic code that runs Geocaching.com. Select partners are using our new public API to bring Geocaching.com to you on new platforms and allow you to use Geocaching.com in creative ways.Do you want to geocache using your BlackBerry? Check out: CacheSense. Interested in validating solutions for geocaching puzzles? Certitude is for you. The desktop application GSAK even offers an all-in-one geocaching management tool.Check out http://www.geocaching.com/live/ for the latest on the growing list of Geocaching.com API partners.We currently have over 100 independent developers testing applications and services using the API. These services and more will be made available to you in the coming year.New Geocaching.com FeatureThere were a lot of exciting updates in last week’s Geocaching.com release, but perhaps none was more anticipated than the change to Mystery and Multi-Cache pages. Puzzle lovers will be pleased to see that they can now change the initial coordinates on a Mystery or Multi-Cache page to the coordinates for the next stage or final location of the cache.To use this feature, click on the pencil icon next to the coordinates, paste the new coordinates into the field and click ‘submit.’ Don’t worry about spoiling the cache for others. The new coordinates will only be visible to you.When you download the GPX file from the cache page, your new coordinates will be included. Pocket Queries will add this functionality in an upcoming release. For more information, click here.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Olive Ridley mass nesting: Devi river’s loss is Rushikulya’s gain

first_imgThe late recurrence of mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles at the Rushikulya rookery coast in Odisha may be due to inter-rookery migration of these endangered marine reptiles.While the turtles appeared for two spells of mass nesting at the Rushikulya rookery coast this year, they gave the Devi river mouth, another nesting site to the north of Rushikulya, a miss.Divisional forest officer (DFO) Ashis Behera said the turtles may have found the Devi river mouth unsuitable for nesting. He added that turtles that had reached the river mouth for mating and nesting may have preferred to migrate to the Rushikulya rookery coast to lay eggs.Suitable locationAccording to reptile experts, female Olive Ridleys have the capacity to store fertilised eggs inside their body for a long period ranging up to two years. They do not lay eggs after mating if they do not find suitable location for the purpose.“It can be suspected that the female Olive Ridleys that had come to mate and nest near the Devi river mouth stored their fertilised eggs within their body and searched for conducive beach for their nesting, which they found near the Rushikulya rookery”, said the DFO. It may be the reason behind the late recurrence of mass nesting at this place, he said.In February this year, the Rushikulya rookery witnessed the highest-ever number of turtles nesting —4,45,091. Even as the mass hatching of eggs was on, the Olive Ridleys appeared again for nesting.According to forest officials, around 36,000 mother turtles had laid eggs till Sunday morning during the second phase of mass nesting that started on the morning of April 14.This year, natural forces had made the Rushikulya rookery coast more conducive for mass nesting. A sandbar near Podampeta village was completely eroded and its sand got deposited on the coast. Due to this, a stretch of the beach widened up with an increase in height, too. This could have saved Olive Ridley nests from the vagaries of erosion caused by tidal waves. Added to it, the strict restrictions enforced by the forest department drastically reduced human and predator intervention. This may have attracted the mother turtles from the Devi river mouth region to nest here.However, nothing can be said for sure as there is no mechanism available to track the Olive Ridleys.This leaves it open for serious scientific study on the life and migration of Olive Ridleys by wildlife experts.last_img read more

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Ellies 2009 Fast Company Editor We Know Were Lucky to be Doing

first_imgMansueto Ventures’ Fast Company, the 725,000-circ. business magazine, has been nominated by the American Association of Magazine Editors for general excellence in the 500,000 to 1 million circulation category at tonight’s National Magazine Awards. (The magazine won a general excellence Ellie in 1999 and was a finalist in 2000.)Fast Company editor and managing director Robert Safian [pictured] spoke with FOLIO: about this year’s general excellence nomination.FOLIO:: How did you react when you found out Fast Company was nominated?Safian: I was very excited. I sent an email to the staff titled, “Let the celebrations begin.”  I’m mindful that being nominated is a tremendous recognition. Even if we don’t come back with an Ellie, the team should feel like winners. They’ve earned it. FOLIO:: The nomination is for several issues. Why did you submit those particular issues? What was the biggest story you covered there?Safian: We chose the issues we felt were most eclectic, dynamic and accessible. The one issue we knew we had to include was June, because it features a 19,000-word, 24-page article written by Richard Behar and edited by executive editor Will Bourne titled “China Storms Africa” [which is also nominated for excellence in reporting]. It was our single biggest editorial investment of the year.FOLIO:: What was your biggest challenge in putting those issues together?Safian: We are a smaller publisher, with fewer resources than most of our competitors. Our challenge is to do more with less. Fortunately, the writers and editors on our team have an uncanny ability to mix discipline with creativity.FOLIO:: It’s a tough time for magazines and for business magazines in general. How do you keep your editors motivated and optimistic?Safian: We know that we’re lucky to be doing what we do.FOLIO:: Will Fast Company exist in print five years from now?Safian: There will be plenty of print magazines in five years. We certainly hope to be one of them.last_img read more

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FCCs Ajit Pai wont meet Congress about phonetracking scandal

first_img 7 The best PCs for privacy-minded people Don’t expect to see FCC Chairman Ajit Pai brief the House Committee on Energy and Commerce anytime soon. Alex Edelman / Getty Images Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai won’t brief a Congressional committee Monday about mobile carriers’ ability to share their subscribers’ location data with third parties.Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., the chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, sought Pai for an emergency briefing after a Motherboard investigation revealed carriers are selling customers’ location data. But the committee was told the FCC boss wouldn’t appear due to the ongoing government shutdown.”In a phone conversation today, his staff asserted that these egregious actions are not a threat to the safety of human life or property that the FCC will address during the Trump shutdown,” the New Jersey Democrat said in a statement. 22 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Stronger data privacy laws may be coming to the US 1:41 Commentscenter_img It noted that the investigation would continue once normal FCC operations resume.Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who questioned last May why cops can track any phone in seconds, reportedly slammed Pai for tweeting “cat videos and tired memes” instead of briefing Congress.”It’s a new low for someone who has spent his tenure at the FCC refusing to do his job and stand up for American consumers,” Wyden said in a statement to Gizmodo.One of the third parties using the location data is credit reporting company Microbilt, which is offering to “track down delinquent debtors” via its Mobile Device Verify service.Ajit Pai on net neutrality: Congress was right not to restore the regulations, the FCC chairman says.A boost for 5G and Wi-Fi: The FCC votes to make more wireless spectrum available. FCC Privacy Security Politics Share your voice Pallone noted that Pai is still working, even though the shutdown resulted in the FCC ceasing most of its operations on Jan. 3.”There’s nothing in the law that should stop the Chairman personally from meeting about this serious threat that could allow criminals to track the location of police officers on patrol, victims of domestic abuse, or foreign adversaries to track military personnel on American soil,” he said.The FCC, however, stood firm in an emailed statement.”The Commission has been investigating wireless carriers’ handling of location information,” a spokesperson wrote. “Unfortunately, we were required to suspend that investigation earlier this month because of the lapse in funding, and pursuant to guidance from our expert attorneys, the career staff that is working on this issue are currently on furlough.” Tagslast_img read more

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