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August 13, 2007

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Two Nevada companies have recently made headlines and have capitalized on this desire by government to crunch data on us.

Jeff Jonas' Las Vegas based Systems Research & Development (SRD) was acquired by IBM in January 2005. He started the company crunching non-obvious data relationships to catch scammers and cheaters in casinos and now it's used to not only protect privacy, but to catch terrorists. His blog is at http://jeffjonas.typepad.com. He's a really cool guy and despite him saying that he hates speaking, if you ever get a chance to hear him speak about his company/profession, jump at it.

And in not necessarily "great news", our Governor is embroiled in a scandal over 'perhaps' assisting Reno-based eTreppid in gain millions in contracts from the government in hunting down terrorists using their technology. Their software helped stop the terrorist plot to blow up jetliners leaving London for the US in August 2006, and helped lead to the US airstrike that killed al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last year in Iraq.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20145701/

The interesting subnote is that eTreppid is funded by Warren Trepp of Incline Village and former partner to Michael Milken. Warren Trepp and our Governor have been linked together as friends.

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