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Belarus Military History, Apple Transparency, Email Tracking, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, July 5, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Belarus News: New website about Belarusian partisans launched in Minsk. “The database of partisans and underground movement members who fought in the territory of Belarus during the Great Patriotic War and the website ‘Partisans of Belarus’ were launched in Minsk on 1 July, BelTA has learned.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Make Tech Easier: Apple Provides List of Which Countries Made Most App Removal Requests. “Apple provided a transparency report that shows not only which countries are making the most app removal requests but also the requests it has received worldwide for device data. These requests were made July 1 through December 31, 2018.”

USEFUL STUFF

The Verge: Everything You Need To Know About The Invisible E-Mail Tool That Tracks You. “You know how every image on the internet is stored on a server, and your computer automatically downloads them as you browse? Years ago, some genius figured out that your computer’s image requests can let those same servers track your activity across the web — and when it comes to email, they can let the sender see when you’ve opened a given message just by sneaking in an image.”

Analytics India: 5 Alternatives To Google Colab For Data Scientists. “Google Colaboratory is a cloud service that can be used for free of cost, provided by Google. It supports free GPU and is based on Google Jupyter Notebooks environment. It provides a platform for anyone to develop deep learning applications using commonly used libraries such as PyTorch, TensorFlow and Keras. It provides a way for your machine to not carry the load of heavy workout of your ML operations. It is one of the very popular platforms of the kind. But there are some others which form as efficient alternatives of Colab. These are the best alternatives available out there for Google colab.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Gaystar News: Record your journey to Pride in London and you could end up in a museum. “Today we are beginning to put the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary people and our allies back at the centre of how we talk about human history as a whole. Part of this is making sure we are recording our lives here and now. History doesn’t have to mean ancient. A photograph from yesterday is every bit as much a part of history as an old pot from 300BC! Moreover, museums aren’t static, they must keep collecting things from today so we can record our lives and experiences for future generations.” I know it’s July and Pride month was last month, but Pride in London takes place on July 6.

BBC: Missing husband found on TikTok app in India. “An Indian woman has been reunited with her husband, who had been missing for three years, after she spotted him on the TikTok app. Police said that the man had fled in 2016 and since then had been in a relationship with a transgender woman.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Public Technology: Foreign Office to bring 14,000 treaties into single online public database. “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is to bring together two databases to create a single online public platform containing information on the 14,000 international treaties to which the UK is a signatory.”

The Verge: France wants to fine Facebook over hate speech. “The provision, which is part of a larger internet regulation bill, was adopted by the lower house of the French Parliament on Thursday. If it were to be fully approved, it would create a 24 hour deadline for social networks to remove hate speech from their platforms once it’s flagged. According to the New York Times, the bill will move to the body’s upper chamber, their Senate, for discussion next.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

TechCrunch: An optimistic view of deepfakes. “The negative implications of deepfakes are troubling, and the better we understand them, the better we’ll be able to prevent their worst consequences. For better or worse, the technology is here to stay. But there is a ‘better’ here—deepfakes have much in the way of lighthearted upside.”

The Harvard Gazette: Debunking old hypotheses. “Sometimes disproving an old hypothesis is as important as proving a new one. In a new paper in Nature, Cassandra G. Extavour manages to do both, while helping create a tool that will enable similar big-data studies moving forward.” Good evening, Internet…

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