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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Is Spokeo a Threat to Internet Privacy?

Information-sharing website Spokeo has recently come under fire for allegedly providing detailed personal information about individuals to anyone who types in their name. According to this FoxNews article, Spokeo “purports to know your income, religion, spouse’s name, credit status and the number of people in your household. It even offers a satellite shot of your house, complete with an estimated value.” Does this sound like the type of information you’re okay with sharing publicly? I’m not okay with it. So I went to Spokeo to see which of my personal details were accessible. A search on my first and last name revealed six profiles that included addresses. Four of the profiles were not me. One profile listed my former residence and another listed my current residence. When I clicked on the profile with my current address, a pop-up appeared with a menu of personal data options. For a fee, I could gain access to a “full report.” I signed up for a 3-month account at $4.95 per month and gained access to the following details about me: Basic information: ethnicity, age, gender Complete home address with street and satellite views The number of occupants in my home (inaccurate) An average demographic

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Gogobot, a New Social Site for Travelers

Travis Katz thinks the online travel business  is in need of innovation. The former GM of MySpace is aiming to fill that void with Gogobot, a new social network for travelers. The site is designed to ease the unknowns and tedium of travel planning by tapping into a user’s network of family and friends for more personalized recommendations. Community members can post questions about a specific place (e.g., “What are the best two islands to visit in Greece?”), share travel experiences (e.g., “We enjoyed the most delicious steak at Mastro’s in Las Vegas.”) and showcase the places they’ve been to through a visual feature (photos, maps) called Passport. As Kara Swisher of All Things Digital puts it,  Gogobot is “like Facebook for trips.” However, as Travis clarified with us in an interview, “Gogobot is not trying to replicate Facebook — we’re simply building on top of existing social networks where people already have a core group of connections.” Gogobot users have the option of logging in through Facebook or Twitter and sharing travel questions/reviews to these networks. When we asked Travis to describe Gogobot in a nutshell, he responded: “People love going on trips but hate planning them. It’s hard