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New Google Watching Service Launched by ArnoldIT.com

Blogger and technology expert Stephen Arnold has launched a free service (www.arnoldit.com/overflight) that aggregates the headlines from Google’s own blogs. Overflight, "An ArnoldIT.com Intelligence Service," is an RSS aggregation service that aggregates the headlines from Google’s 74 weblogs. The most recent headlines are grouped using the same categories that Google favors. A fee-based service offers more bells and whistles.

Arnold says he is making this service available for the following three reasons:

1. A number of people have discovered that my studies of Google … are two or three years in front of Google. I thought that it would be easier to put up a version of Overflight to show people how open source intelligence can reveal significant information before the high profile media outlets or the big buck, dead tree tech writers reveal a scoop that is to me "old news."
2. I funded a new award at the JBoye 08 conference to acknowledge individuals who are putting actionable intelligence in the hands of European information and technology professionals. At the JBoye 08 conference, I explained that I wanted to "give back" cash, recognition, and tools. I am nearing the end of my career, and I don’t really feel the need to keep the Google Web log collection under cover any longer.
3. Google has spawned an amazing number of news services, stories, and Web log postings. Frankly, I was tired of seeing information that was stale. Many of the stories appear on the Google Web logs and then these are recycled as breaking news. I decided to put the source in front of people so individuals can decide if they want to get Google information that is a bit fresher.

The site is a demonstration project at this time. Although Arnold has used the Overflight system for client engagements, such as the Threats Open Source Intelligence Gateway (www.tosig.com), this is the first public access to the system. Arnold says he plans to leave the service up for at least 6 months. If there is interest in the service, he may make available some additional content processing tools.

Source: ArnoldIT.com



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