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Projects hashed out included a mobile wash station that people could use to take showers and launder their clothes.

Another would eliminate lines for homeless shelter beds by setting up touch-screen kiosks to make and check reservations.

Organizers of the Creative Currency project surveyed community organizations, residents and businesses in the city’s Mid-Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods to ensure “hackathon” participants had an informed sense of their needs.


Sky News Arabia hits the airwaves from capital

ABU DHABI — A new pan-Arab news channel partly backed by the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi has hit the airwaves.

Sky News Arabia began broadcasting Sunday evening from the United Arab Emirates capital, which hopes to rival nearby Dubai as a media hub.

The Arabic-language network will compete for viewers with established services such as Qatar-based Al-Jazeera and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya, broadcasting from Dubai.

Sky News Arabia is a partnership between the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corp. and British Sky Broadcasting, whose biggest shareholder is media magnate Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

The channel has been in the works for more than two years. It says its news management is separate from Sky’s London’s headquarters.

From wire dispatches and staff reports