Slack, Google, Google Podcasts, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 26, 2019


Business Insider: $7 billion Slack just made it easier to search for channels as it takes on Microsoft. “Slack launched a new update on Monday that makes it easier to search for channels. A channel, basically a chat room on Slack devoted to a specific topic or group of people, is one of the primary ways that people interact on the service.”

Reuters: Google launches global council to advise on AI and tech ethics. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Tuesday it was launching a global advisory council to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.”

CNET: BBC blocks its content from Google Podcasts app, Assistant. “If you search ‘BBC’ in the Google Podcasts app today, you’ll be disappointed. Most BBC podcasts have been removed from the app and apparently aren’t searchable through Google Assistant either.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Colorful Time Trackers That Help You Visualize Time Differently. “Time plays tricks on our minds. You may have realized that you tend to overestimate time for many projects. And underestimate it in some others. Planning fallacy can disrupt all your projects. Time trackers can help you better estimate where your time is slipping away. Then you can visualize your time and put together a more efficient workflow. Here are five beautifully designed time trackers to visualize your time in different ways.”


Kokomo Perspective: How social media devastated two local restaurants . “It may only take seconds to click post, but in the internet age, social media posts can almost instantly devastate restaurants that have existed for decades in the community. That’s what two business owners have learned in recent months, falling victim to social media posts that cost them thousands of dollars in lost profit. One restaurant, Great Wall, is in the midst of informal legal negotiations that may or may not result in a civil suit after one Facebook user falsely claimed maggots were in the establishment’s napkin dispensers.”

HJ News: ‘We were here’: USU helps Shoshone Nation digitize historical collection. “After years of collecting their history, the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation announced that they are in the process of converting and cataloging their historical documents into an online archive hosted by Utah State University.”

Search Engine Land: The majority of listings for car accident attorneys on Google are fake. “If you work with attorneys, you may have noticed recently that there is a massive amount of spam that seems to be growing like weeds in Google’s local results. Let me explain what I mean. This was a search done earlier this week in a prominent zip code in Manhattan, New York. All three of these listings in the three-pack are fake.”


TechCrunch: Android users’ security and privacy at risk from shadowy ecosystem of pre-installed software, study warns. “A large-scale independent study of pre-installed Android apps has cast a critical spotlight on the privacy and security risks that preloaded software poses to users of the Google developed mobile platform.”

City A.M.: Tech firms slam ‘simplistic’ copyright reforms passed by European Parliament. “Tech firms have launched an attack on new copyright rules voted through by the European Parliament today, saying they could damage both competition and freedom of expression.”


EurekAlert: Virtual reality enables real-time, internal view of patient anatomy during treatment. “Immersive virtual reality (VR) may enable interventional radiologists to improve treatments using real-time 3D images from inside a patient’s blood vessels. New research presented today at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting shows that the interactive technology could provide faster, more efficient treatment, with less radiation exposure and greater precision, ease and confidence.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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