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U.S. Might Use Facebook, Twitter to Broadcast Terrorism Alerts

The U.S. government is considering using Facebook and Twitter to issue terrorism warnings, as part of its revamped terror alert system. According to a draft of a Homeland Security plan obtained by the AP, the government would broadcast the warnings via Facebook and Twitter "when appropriate," and only after federal, state and local officials have already been alerted. But these warnings won't b...

Facebook to Launch Amber Alert Pages

Facebook is joining forces with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Department of Justice to broadcast Amber Alerts across the social network. Each state will soon have its own Amber Alert page, where concerned users will be able to find the latest updates on children who have gone missing in their areas. The official announcement is expected to come at a press conferenc...

Thief Nabbed After Swiping iPhone Used for GPS Testing

A useful tip to all would-be iPhone thieves: when stealing said iPhone, it's a good idea to make sure it's not running a real-time GPS tracking program. Unfortunately for Horatio Toure, he had to learn this life lesson the hard way. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the 31-year-old Toure recently stole an iPhone from a seemingly ordinary woman, Jordan Sturm, whom he stealthily targeted wh...

FEMA: Don't Worry About National SMS Alert System, We're On IT

The FCC has already given its stamp of approval on a system to modernize the US's ages-old emergency broadcast infrastructure, relying largely on voluntary participation by the nation's wireless carriers to help get the word out to their subscribers in the event of a crisis. Left open, though, was the question of exactly who would be responsible for taking the reigns at the federal level, managin...

Campus Text Alerts Not Catching On

After last year's Virginia Tech shooting, many thought that an automated text alert system, something that would fire instant messages to every person on campus, could have saved lives. So, naturally, there was quick adoption of such systems by campuses across the country. Unfortunately, though, the students and faculty on those campuses haven't been quite so eager to jump on board. When a school ...

New Japanese Phone Offers Earthquake Alerts

Those mobile mavens over at NTT DoCoMo, a major Japanese cell phone provider, are taking the lid off of a feature called Area Mail. Area Mail will blast all phones in a predetermined area with a text message. Pairing this location specific messaging service with a special ringtone could lead to a powerful emergency alert system. In the event of an earthquake or Godzilla attack an alert could be...

NYC Hopes to Launch Subway Text Message Alert System

The New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is looking for a vendor to put together what may end up being the largest text message and e-mail alert system in the country. The MTA said that, following massive flooding of the NYC subway tunnels on August 8th, the need for such a system became clear. The alerts will inform passengers about construction, train re-routing, and unpla...

Emergency Alert System 2.0

Ever since the tragedy at Virginia Tech, more and more companies are making dispersing emergency alerts on college campuses much easier. Virginia-based Omnilert achieves this by leaving no communication device or medium unturned. The company's new e2Campus service allows alerts to be sent to campus Web sites, mobile phones, e-mail addresses, social networking sites like Facebook, RSS feeds, Blackb...