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During the Iraq war, the U.S. military used open-source data, from news reports to Facebook photos, to help detect patterns in the violence. The six finalists of the Publishing Hackathon held over the weekend in New York focus on discovering books in new ways -- whether it's by browsing book jackets or getting recommendations based on your web browser history. A new startup is using financial incentives and penalties to help employers encourage their employees to lose weight and lower their risk for chronic disease. Knewton, a New York-based adaptive learning startup, has partnered with education publisher Macmillan. Many publishers treat obnoxious comments as a problem to be solved -- Above the Law takes the opposite approach, and embraces readers as they are. Many companies rely on multiple databases, but what if you could take bits and pieces from each and make queries that way? Orchestrate. Startup ConsultingMD has raised $10 million to enable patients to reach the country's leading medical specialists for second opinions delivered online. AppGuru will work with LogMeIn's own web conferencing; cloud storage and screen sharing applications as well as Google App sand Office 365, says LogMeIn CEO Michael Simon. Those on the autistic spectrum often display highly focused and analytical traits. SAP is the latest company - and the first major multinational - to move to harness these characteristics for IT-related work. The multinational-targeting cloud platform is currently based on in-house technology, but France Telecom's business services arm is considering options such as OpenStack for the future.