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Weekly News Digest

September 9, 2010 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

CLICK HERE to view more Weekly News Digest items. Prize Platform Invites Citizens to Solve Nationís Challenges

U.S. chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra and U.S. chief information officer Vivek Kundra have unveiled, a new online site and digital platform to help mobilize American ingenuity to solve some of our nation’s most pressing challenges. is an online site where entrepreneurs, innovators, and citizen solvers can compete for prestige and prizes by providing novel solutions to tough national problems, large and small. features more than 35 challenges posed by more than 15 government agencies. They range from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Challenge for the university that best reduces and recycles waste at college football games to a $10 million prize, sponsored in part by the Department of Energy, for building vehicles with fuel-efficiencies exceeding 100 miles per gallon., spearheaded by the General Services Administration, makes it simple and free for Federal agencies to post rules and resources for challenges; allows anyone interested to submit a solution; and helps manage the selection process. It showcases virtually any kind of government challenge, regardless of that challenge’s technology platform, providing “one stop shopping” for innovators and entrepreneurs looking to compete in government-sponsored challenges. is the latest milestone in the Administration’s commitment to use prizes and challenges to spur innovation. In his September 2009 Strategy for American Innovation, the President called on agencies to increase their use of tools such as prizes and challenges to promote and harness innovation and solve tough problems. In March 2010, the White House Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum to all agency heads affirming the Administration’s commitment to this problem-solving approach and providing a policy and legal framework to guide agencies in using prizes to stimulate innovation to advance their core missions.

Source: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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Posted By Carolee McCauley12/31/2010 9:09:01 PM

Simple Idea--Huge Challenge for All

If you are nostalgic for Made in the USA, as I am, it can happen again. It must start obviously with huge money. I do not have the connection for people with the big money, but I know they are there and love their country, as I do.

Here's the idea: There are many empty warehouses and steel mills that could be purchased by wealthy patriots, since banks and unwilling to lend at this time and allow the hard-working and trained individuals who are now 99ers to utilize their skills. Mentors also will be needed and allow these people to become share holders, and in time, pay the patriots back thier investment with interest. This could allow the employees to take a lesser wage, but knowing that their service would be reimbursed with shares.

If we could solicit business schools, like the Wharton School of Business, and retired executives who care about their country, I know this could work. God Bless the USA.

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