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Industry notes

'Scrapers' dig deep for data on Web. In the latest installment of its "what they know" series on online privacy, the Wall Street Journal examines how software can be deployed to "scrape" the contents of online forums, including personal conversations on sites such as patientslikeme.com where people exchange stories about their emotional disorders. The company to blame for the scraping, in that case, was Nielsen, the media-research company. "Firms offer to harvest online conversations and collect personal details from social-networking sites, résumé sites and online forums where people might discuss their lives." http://bit.ly/bOuHLI

Gates Foundation gives $20 million for online courses. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said Monday it will offer $20 million in grants for technology projects that help students finish college and earn a degree. They are particularly interested in online course models for high-enrollment classes such as introductory math, science and English aimed at community colleges, as well as analytics that allow teachers to monitor student progress. http://bit.ly/achESV

Microsoft unveils Windows-based smartphones. Microsoft unveiled nine new smartphones based on its Windows operating system on Monday in an attempt to gain ground in the mobile market. Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer introduced the devices at a launch event in New York. AT&T will sell Windows phones built by HTC, LG and Samsung starting Nov. 8; each will retail for $199.99 with a two-year service contract. T-Mobile USA will also carry Windows phones, including an offering from Dell. http://bit.ly/a4Jw2L

Virgin Galactic makes first manned commercial space flight. Virgin Galactic successfully completed the first manned commercial spaceflight on Sunday. The company announced that SpaceShipTwo, dubbed the VSS Enterprise, was successfully released from its mothership at an altitude of 45,000 feet and steered safely to Mojave Air and Space Port. The Obama administration has pushed to cut much of NASA's human space flight program in favor of funding to help boost the commercial space flight industry. http://bit.ly/b3EcfZ

Oracle and IBM agree to work together on Java. Oracle and IBM have agreed to cooperate on Java development. The move comes after Oracle sued Google, claiming its Android operating system illegally used ideas and code from Java. http://nyti.ms/c9j57U

Schedule

The Free State Foundation will hold a panel discussion on broadband policy at the Capitol Visitor Center. Speakers include Neil Fried, senior counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee, David Quinalty, professional staff member, Senate Commerce Committee, Daniel Sepulveda, senior adviser to Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryFor the sake of national security, Trump must honor the Iran deal Bernie Sanders’s 1960s worldview makes bad foreign policy DiCaprio: History will ‘vilify’ Trump for not fighting climate change MORE (D-Mass.) and Bruce Wolpe, senior adviser, House Energy and Commerce Committee. Details: http://bit.ly/bX5N16

The FedTalks conference, hosted by FedScoop, runs from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Sydney Harman Hall (610 F Street N.W.) and includes such speakers as U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Vice President for Government Affairs at Microsoft Fred Humphries, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin and Rep. Jim MoranJim MoranDems face close polls in must-win Virginia Billionaire Trump donor hires lobbyists to help vets Lawmakers: Chaffetz has a point on housing stipend MORE (D-Va.). The agenda: http://bit.ly/cb5Nwy 

On the airwaves:

Digital Politics with Karen Jagoda: Kate Kaye of ClickZ and Rick Shenkman of Vote iQ will discuss the role of online ads and social networks in the home stretch of the campaigns. 3 p.m. EST. Listen here: wsRadio.com

Kojo Nnamdi, Tech Tuesday: The show looks at how companies are integrating accessibility into their design process. President Obama signed a law last week applying accessibility expectations the latest devices. 12:06 p.m. EST on WAMU. http://bit.ly/9WBmtt

Watercooler

SECOND LIFE…The San Jose Mercury News looks at how the world's biggest social network deals with death. "With Facebook claiming more than 500 million users worldwide, it's fair to wonder how many may be apparitions." Here's the policy, according to the report: "Unless the company is presented evidence that a user has died, such as a death certificate or newspaper obituary, the digitized persona will reside indefinitely in its system. The request for proof is understandable to minimize pranks and harassment; but despite its verification policy, Facebook reportedly once mistakenly memorialized the page of a user who was, in fact, alive." http://bit.ly/bOuHLI