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Geotagged Social Media, New York Health Care, Boots Pharmacy, More: Thursday Buzz, May 25, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

Forbes: New ‘Geosocial Index’ Ranks Global Locations By Social Media Activity. “A new startup called HYP3R, which connects social activity to real-world locations, is monitoring and measuring tweets, shares, and posts from tens of thousands of locations in the U.S. and around the planet, starting with stadiums, hotels/conference centers, and hospitals.” And that’s it for the moment, but more venues will be added over time.

New York: NY State of Health Launches Online Tool Giving Consumers Access to Valuable Health Plan Information. “The New York State Department of Health, in collaboration with NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, today announced the launch of the NYS Provider & Health Plan Look-Up, an online tool that consumers can use to research provider networks and health plans. With this tool, consumers shopping for health insurance can search for their preferred health care providers, including doctors and hospitals, to see which health plans have those providers in their network. … The NYS Provider & Health Plan Look-Up will initially include information on the health care providers that participate with plans offered on the NY State of Health Marketplace, including Qualified Health Plans, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus and Medicaid Managed Care.”

UK pharmacy giant Boots now has a digital archive. “Now images offering a snapshot of the health and beauty giant’s 168-year history – including its iconic buildings, products and adverts – have resurfaced and been made available to the public. Nottingham’s largest firm has launched a new digital archive consisting of about 20,000 documents that can be accessed for free via a new dedicated online catalogue.”

It’s a Google Trends tweak focusing on emoji. From The Verge: New emoji tool lets you know when your favorite symbol is no longer cool. “Emojipedia has a new tool to track which of your favorite icons are having their moment in the sun, and which symbols are slowly going the way of the fax machine emoji. With the new ‘trends’ feature, Emojipedia pulls data from Google Trends and builds graphs, going back five years, to show the climbing and falling of each icon.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Ubergizmo: You Can Now Live Stream With A Friend On Facebook Live. “Facebook Live enables users to broadcast video to their friends and followers live from anywhere in the world as long as they have an internet connection. The world’s largest social network announced today that it’s now enabling users to live stream with a friend. Facebook Live can now be used to share the live stream screen with a friend even if they’re in a completely different part of the world.”

USEFUL STUFF

Social Media Examiner: How to Run an Instagram Story Takeover. “Want to reach more people with your Instagram stories? Have you considered hosting an Instagram Story takeover to grow a larger following? Collaborating with highly engaged Instagram users will introduce their followers to your content. In this article, you’ll discover how to plan and execute an Instagram Story takeover.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Alan Levine: If Dave Pell Won’t Attribute His Images I Guess Someone Has to Help. “I don’t know Dave Pell but I read his medium posts. He’s a good writer, and publishes NextDraft “a quick and entertaining look at the day’s most fascinating news.” Dave has 126,000 followers on medium. He uses great lead photos in his posts. He never, ever, as far as I can see, attributes the sources of his photos.”

ARC: Microsoft And Google Are At The Start Of An Epic AI Arms Race. “Artificial intelligence, driven through the increased power and ubiquity of the cloud, is poised to change how all human business and behavior are performed. Two companies—Google and Microsoft—are poised to dominate the era of artificial intelligence and over the past few years have built nearly identical portfolios of machine learning and artificial intelligence products they are selling to developers and corporations across the world.”

Phys.org: China shuts some live streaming sites, punishes companies . “Chinese authorities have punished dozens of companies involved in live online broadcasting and shut down 10 platforms for showing content that was pornographic, related to gambling or involved content considered superstitious and harmful to minors.”

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

Reuters: Wikipedia can pursue NSA surveillance lawsuit: U.S. appeals court. “A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a Wikipedia lawsuit that challenges a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) program of mass online surveillance, and claims that the government unconstitutionally invades people’s privacy rights.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EFF: New Twitter Policy Abandons A Longstanding Privacy Pledge. “Twitter plans to roll out a new privacy policy on June 18, and, with it, is promising to roll back its longstanding commitment to obey the Do Not Track (DNT) browser privacy setting. Instead, the company is switching to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s toothless and broken self-regulatory program. At the same time, the company is taking the opportunity to introduce a new tracking option and two new targeting options, all of which are set to ‘track and target’ by default. These are not the actions of a company that respects people’s privacy choices.”

Tidepool: Announcing the Tidepool Big Data Donation Project. “Today, we are announcing the Tidepool Big Data Donation Project, a program that lets you securely and anonymously donate de-identified diabetes device data to researchers, device makers, and other innovators who deeply need it. Now the diabetes community will have the opportunity to make an impact in diabetes research and innovation on a scale worthy of the label ‘big data.’ By donating your data, you will lead researchers to better insights and discoveries into diabetes management, help researchers build better algorithms for closed loop systems, help device makers bring safer, more innovative products to market, and enable Tidepool and other diabetes nonprofits to become stronger, more impactful organizations.” Good morning, Internet…

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