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Maryland Interns, Punk Music, Artificial Intelligence, More: Wednesday Buzz, January 10, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

WTOP: in-MD.org promises better way to find an intern (and land an internship). “The idea is to make it easier for small technology companies or biotechnology companies that may not have a big HR department or internship department to connect with students. And to keep Maryland’s newly minted tech talent in Maryland, who might otherwise be looking out-of-state for intern opportunities. Through a partnership with the Maryland Tech Council, in-MD.org is also helping smaller companies offer paid internships.”

Los Angeles Magazine: L.A.’s Female Punk Pioneers Are Writing Themselves Into Rock History. “When Tanya Pearson was an undergrad at Smith College, she wanted to write a paper about representations of women in 1990s rock media. Then she encountered a problem: Even among bands who were well known in that era, there was a dearth of research material. Pearson decided to change that. She’s the founder and director of the Women of Rock Oral History Project, a grand-scale attempt to document the histories of musicians whose contributions are often omitted from mainstream rock narratives. The project is housed at Smith’s Sophia Smith Collection, but the videos are available to all via the Women of Rock website.”

Phys .org: New artificial intelligence index tracks the emerging field. “Since the term “artificial intelligence” (AI) was first used in print in 1956, the one-time science fiction fantasy has progressed to the very real prospect of driverless cars, smartphones that recognize complex spoken commands and computers that see. In an effort to track the progress of this emerging field, a Stanford-led group of leading AI thinkers called the AI100 has launched an index that will provide a comprehensive baseline on the state of artificial intelligence and measure technological progress in the same way the gross domestic product and the S&P 500 index track the U.S. economy and the broader stock market.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

FINALLY. Google Apps updates: Search within a folder in Google Drive. “You can now search for content in a specific folder in Google Drive. Select the drop-down in the search bar and choose the folder you want from the Location menu, or right-click on a folder and search within that folder. Only folders that are within your My Drive or within Team Drives can be searched; if you have a folder that is shared with you, first add the folder to your My Drive.”

TechCrunch: YouTube offers non-apology over Logan Paul controversy. “YouTube has finally responded to that disgusting Logan Paul video. In a series of tweets the site says ‘The channel [Logan Paul] violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.’ The statement spans five tweets and ends by saying the site will reveal steps it’s taking to prevent this from happening again. But as of publication, Logan Paul’s channel is still on YouTube, so whatever.” Yup.

eWeek: New Geocoding Engine Boost Bing Maps’ Routing Accuracy. “Building on the fleet management capabilities that were recently introduced in its Bing Maps APIs, Microsoft has also enhanced the platform’s geocoding and routing capabilities, improving the speed and accuracy of apps based on the software giant’s mapping technology.” YES. More maps competitors please.

USEFUL STUFF

Gizmodo: How to Easily Switch Your Two-Factor Security to a New Phone. “When you’re switching phones after an upgrade or an accident, the job of checking up on your two-factor verification apps can get lost in the hustle of transferring photos, contacts, messages, and all the other stuff that more quickly comes to mind. Without your security codes, though, you might get locked out of your key online accounts—here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Irish Examiner: Dawn of a digital Irish revolution as archives go online. “THE letters, official documents, secret military orders, and other papers from figures in Ireland’s political and military revolution are to be made available online. A project to digitise some of the most important manuscript collections held in the National Library of Ireland (NLI) will mean the documents are easily accessible to researchers and others interested in the history of the period that led to Irish independence. The NLI’S ‘Towards A Republic’ project will see large tranches of documents made available in a number of phased releases.”

Chicago Tribune: In rare showing, Google arrives at CES to battle Alexa and Siri. “More than 3,900 companies are on hand to show off their latest technologies at CES this week, but there’s one giant name that stands out from the pack: Google. This is the first time in several years that the Mountain View, California, titan has had a big, stand-alone booth at the show and its presence not only reflects the changing dynamic of the show, but also serves as a declaration of war on the battlefield of digital assistants.”

Digital Journal: Utah.Gov Launches First Utah State Government Google Home App (PRESS RELEASE). “The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Technology Services announced the introduction of the Utah driver license practice exam on Google Home. The convenient, voice-activated practice exam allows new drivers to review Utah rules of the road with Google’s popular voice-controlled speaker and digital assistant, Google Home.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Guardian: Rhinoceros DNA database successful in aiding poaching prosecutions. “A large database of rhinoceros DNA is successfully being used to prosecute poachers and those trading rhino horns, new research has revealed. While numbers of the southern white rhino – the only wild subspecies of white rhino in Africa – have grown to about 20,000, fewer than 5,500 black rhinos are thought to exist in the wild, and both species are affected by poaching.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Yahoo Finance: Google Trends is a surprisingly good way to predict Netflix subscriber growth. “Netflix (NFLX) stock watchers are constantly trying to evaluate the company’s subscription growth. As an ad-free streaming company, subscriptions – which begin at $7.99 a month – are the chief source of revenue. In a research note circulated Monday, Piper Jaffray detailed its analysis of Netflix (NFLX) and explained exactly how it models subscriber growth. Instead of complicated proprietary systems, the analysts revealed a surprisingly simple method: tracking Netflix and Google searches.” Good morning, Internet…

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