Hate Crimes, Android O, Facebook, More: Sunday Night Buzz, August 20, 2017

Don’t usually do Sunday Night newsletters, but I needed to catch up from the posts I missed during the week. I’m caught up. Normally-timed posts resume next week. I hope.


ProPublica: Track News Stories About Hate With the Documenting Hate News Index. “The Documenting Hate News Index is updated every day. You can use it to search and filter by keyword and date range to see what hate incidents have been reported in local and national news outlets. It’s by no means a complete accounting of all hate in America. It includes only incidents reported by a news outlet indexed by Google News. And in addition to cataloging violence, harassment and vandalism, the project includes stories about hate crimes legislation and programs designed to combat hate in local communities.”


TechCrunch: Google to livestream Android O launch event timed for total solar eclipse. “Google is using a astronomical event to debut its newest Android operating system update: Android O is set to arrive on August 21, with a livestreamed unveiling event timed for 2:40 PM ET in NYC – which is roughly when the maximum solar eclipse is set to occur for New York.” I personally will be paying attention to the eclipse, and not Google’s livestream!

Engadget: Facebook patent reveals more details about its AR glasses . “Mark Zuckerberg showed off a render of the AR glasses Facebook is working on last year, but he didn’t reveal a lot of details about the device. Now, we finally know a bit more about it, thanks to a new patent application filed by members of Oculus’ advanced research division. The application, obtained by Business Insider, is for ‘waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner’ that ‘may augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer-generated elements.'”


Lifehacker: Search Flickr Better With Google Images. “At a for-profit editorial outlet like Lifehacker, when we need an image for our posts, we can’t just do a Google image search and slap up the first result. We have to use properly licensed photos. Sometimes we use our own original photos, sometimes Getty images that we pay for, sometimes the millions of Flickr photos licensed for free use through Creative Commons. But since 2014, Google Images has also let users filter photos by license. And unlike Flickr, Google Images uses the most sophisticated search algorithms on the planet. So it can unearth some Flickr photos that even Flickr can’t.”

Spotted on Reddit: a Python script to archive Reddit accounts. Looks fairly straightforward; see the Reddit thread for a few comments.

The Next Web: Get started in cryptocurrency with this beginner’s directory. “Bitcoin was founded in 2009. It represented the first decentralized cryptocurrency. It’s the oldest, and, as of August 17th it reached an all-time high of over $4,500. Just six months prior it was worth about $900. While you’re trying to wrap your head around that, keep in mind Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency. How many cryptocurrency offerings are there? Over 850 are currently listed on CoinMarketCap. Before you decide which one to blow your speculation money on, make sure you have all your crypto-ducks in a row.”


Quartz: African Instagrammers documenting rare, hidden hotspots on the continent are disrupting tourism. “Traveling around Africa was once considered unsafe, costly, and lacking in variety. There were the usual places to visit and the usual things to do: safari in Kenya, pyramids in Egypt, and river rafting in Zambia or Zimbabwe (depending on which side of Victoria Falls you live on). But young African innovators and diaspora entrepreneurs are turning people’s desire to see a ‘different side of Africa’ into a business.”

Digital Trends: NBC Jumping On The Snapchat Train With Original Content. “… in addition to adding new content for existing shows, NBC has also decided to launch programming that is entirely exclusive to Snapchat, like its show Stay Tuned. First debuted in July, the twice-daily headline news show features around four to five news stories focusing on the day’s most important events. And thus far, it looks to be doing very, very well. According to NBCU, over 40 percent of Stay Tuned’s viewers are watching at least three times a week, and the show already boasts 29 million unique viewers. As TechCrunch points out, that’s about three times the number of viewers who watch NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. ”


The Register: Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding. “You may never read those lengthy terms and conditions attached to every digital download or app but, in America at least, they are legally binding. Sorry. That’s the conclusion of a panel of appeal judges earlier this week when shining beacon of corporate responsibility Uber insisted its users had agreed not to sue the company somewhere in its long list of lengthy legal locutions.”


Engadget: AI creates fictional scenes out of real-life photos. “AI’s not quite ready to build photorealistic worlds on its own. But it’s getting pretty close. Researcher Qifeng Chen of Stanford and Intel fed his AI system 5,000 photos from German streets. Then, with some human help it can build slightly blurry made-up scenes.” Good evening, Internet…

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