Amber Alerts Get Net Connection In 11 States

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The nation's Amber Alert system was connected to the Internet yesterday, reports USA Today. It was a major technological boost that users say should make it easier to thwart child abductions by transmitting messages over pagers, cellphones, and BlackBerrys. Until now, Amber Alerts have been based on radio technology, meaning that messages have depended on the old and sometimes unreliable emergency alert system to notify citizens of natural disasters. The new Web-based system can transmit emergency information more quickly and to a wider variety of devices. It comes with software that pinpoints the location of an abduction . . .

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