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Graduate School Scholarships, Quartz, Online Photo Editors, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, March 13, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Business Wire: Sallie Mae Launches Free Scholarship Search Tool for Graduate Students (PRESS RELEASE). “Sallie Mae, the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company, today launched the new go-to destination for graduate school scholarships. Sallie Mae’s free Graduate School Scholarship Search is now available to current and prospective graduate school and professional students and is home to more than 850,000 graduate school scholarships worth more than $1 billion.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Adweek: Quartz’s New Chatbot Is Bringing Conversational News to Facebook Messenger. “This year’s South by Southwest has been a world filled with over-the-top brand activations, surprise visits from Elon Musk and plenty of new products. Quartz took advantage of the atmosphere of the festival and released Quartz for Messenger on March 8. With its new chatbot, Quartz hopes to deliver the news and other content to users on Facebook’s Messenger.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: 5 of the Best Online Photo Editors You Can Use for Free . “Adobe Photoshop is the obvious go-to when it comes to photo-editing software, but there are plenty of people who might not want to a) fork out all that money and b) download bulky software that uses a lot of hard drive space and memory. The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can do advanced photo editing online, in your browser, for free. These are our picks of the best online photo editing you can use for free.”

MakeUseOf: How to Manage Your Chrome Extensions Without Any Bother. “Extensions make Chrome a great tool for any task. But if you don’t know how to manage them, you can end up with a cluttered, slow browser. And no one wants that. So let’s take a look at a few ways to manage your Chrome extensions. We’ll go through the built-in extension manager, then look at a powerful extension that can replace it. After that, we’ll move on to a few tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your extensions.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: Google’s March Madness AI contest offers $100,000 in prizes. “Prizes can be useful incentives. They encourage people to take on challenges, say flying across the Atlantic Ocean or developing a self-driving car or finding large prime numbers. Now, Google has a great big incentive that will get almost the entirety of the country interested: $100,000 in prizes for computer scientists who write the best AI software to predict the outcome of the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament.”

SBS News: Google slammed for anti-Semitic search results in Sweden. “Google on Monday said it was taking measures to address criticism against the internet giant for allowing the spread of anti-Semitic propaganda through various search results, which had triggered outrage in Sweden.”

The Next Web: The ‘splinternet’ is coming: Why countries will break away from today’s internet. “With domestic and geopolitical tensions rising, governments are finding it increasingly hard to function amid a constant barrage of uncontrollable information and potential cyber-attacks, making them grow more wary both of the internet’s influence and their ability to control it. The fallout from this means we are facing the prospect of countries around the world pulling the plug on the open, global internet and creating their own independent networks. We might be about to see the end of the world wide internet as we know it.” Would not surprise me in the least.

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Judge rules that Yahoo Mail data breach victims can sue Yahoo. “You just have to think of Yahoo when talking about security data breaches, and that’s because Verizon’s newest subsidiary was the victim of repeated hacks from 2013 to 2016 that exposed the personal data of all its users to attackers. If you’re one of the US-based victims of these breaches and are seeking some sort of retribution/compensation, you can take your chance against the company knowing that your case will go forward. Judge Judy Koh just ruled that victims can sue Yahoo following the hacks, dismissing Verizon’s request to dismiss these suits.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

TechCrunch: We need to improve the accuracy of AI accuracy discussions. “Experts are increasingly recognizing that the ‘accuracy’ of artificial intelligence is overstated. Furthermore, the accuracy numbers reported in the popular press are often misleading, and a more nuanced evaluation of the data would show that many AI applications have much more limited capabilities than we have been led to believe. Humans may indeed end up losing their jobs to AI, but there is a much longer road to go.”

Phys. org: Using artificial intelligence to investigate illegal wildlife trade on social media. “Illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity conservation and is currently expanding to social media. This is a worrisome trend, given the ease of access and popularity of social media. Efficient monitoring of illegal wildlife trade on social media is therefore crucial for conserving biodiversity. In a new article published in the journal Conservation Biology, scientists from the University of Helsinki, Digital Geography Lab, argue that methods from artificial intelligence can be used to help monitor the illegal wildlife trade on social media.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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