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Women in STEM, London Cycling, Mississippi River Flooding, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, August 2, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Australian Academy of Science: New database to boost the visibility of women in STEM. “Australian women in STEM will be more visible thanks to a new resource showcasing the depth of talent of those working in the field. STEM Women is an online directory of women in Australia working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”

UKAuthority: TfL launches Cycling Infrastructure Database. “Transport for London (TfL) has launched the Cycling Infrastructure Database for the city, describing it as the largest of its kind. It contains the location of more than 240,000 pieces of infrastructure such as cycle lanes and parking spaces, and has been made available to all of London’s boroughs and released as open data for third party developers.”

St. Louis Public Radio: A New Tool Can Help Mississippi River Cities Plan For Future Floods. “The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) and the U.S. Department of the Interior created an electronic portal in response to this year’s near-record flooding. The MRCTI Imagery and Information Viewer aggregates maps, weather forecasts and up-to-date data on floods and droughts — all information necessary for cities to better plan for natural disasters.” The tool contains historical water level data as well.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNN: Pinterest hits 300 million monthly users and its stock is soaring. “While massive online platforms like Facebook (FB) are coming under heavy scrutiny from regulators for their market dominance, some of their smaller rivals are showing renewed signs of growth. On Thursday, Pinterest (PINS)reported hitting 300 million monthly users for the first time during the quarter ending in June, a 30% increase from the same period a year earlier.”

Search Engine Land: Google launches new algorithm to better understand useful & timely information. “This new update aims at making sure that the answers Google gives you for some questions are not just accurate but also timely. Google confirmed that this algorithm update aims at better understanding useful and timely information.”

Bloomberg: Google to Ask Rivals to Bid to Be Default Search on Phones. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google will require rivals to bid in order to become listed as alternative search providers on Android smartphones, a move to try to keep additional antitrust scrutiny at bay.” The article says Google will present the user with four choices to use on its smartphone. I REALLY want to see the design of that presentation, because right now I have visions of dark patterns dancing in my head.

USEFUL STUFF

Amit Agarwal: How to Download your Google Slides Presentation as a Video File. “Google Slides doesn’t offer an option to save presentations as videos but there’s a new add-on in town – Creator Studio – that brings new export capabilities to your Google Slides. With Creator Studio, you’ll be able to save your decks as animated GIFs, image sequences and HD video (with audio).”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Reuters: U.S. FTC probes Facebook’s acquisition practices – WSJ . “The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook Inc acquisitions were aimed at buying up potential rivals before they could become a threat to the social media company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Google blocks websites certified by DarkMatter, after Reuters reports. “Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google has blacklisted websites approved by a United Arab Emirates-based security company after Reuters reports tied the firm to a state hacking operation.”

CNET: Fake tech-support scams on Twitter could cost you, study warns. “Researchers are warning Twitter users to double-check tech-support accounts before handing over their credit card numbers. A report from cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, published Tuesday, detailed some of the latest ways cybercriminals are using the social media platform to defraud users of their cash.”

CNN: Apple has stopped letting contractors listen to Siri voice recordings. “Apple has temporarily stopped a practice that allowed contractors to listen to user commands given to its voice assistant Siri. The tech company also said it’s conducting a review of the program after news reports raised concerns about the scope of recordings that contractors were listening to.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Ubergizmo: DeepMind AI Will Be Able To Predict Acute Kidney Injuries 48 Hours Before It Happens. “Thanks to computers being able to do thousands of calculations and processes in a short amount of time, it has made our lives a lot more efficient. This is especially true in the medical sector, where thanks to the use of AI, we have seen how it could potentially save lives as it can pick up on diseases and illness before a regular human doctor can.” Good morning, Internet…

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