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Japanese Cuisine, Google Play, Minecraft Education, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 10, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Google Blog: Japanese food and flavors come to Google Arts & Culture. “The Japanese word ‘meshiagare’ means ‘enjoy your meal.’ And don’t we all enjoy our food more when we know its story? ‘Meshiagare! Flavors of Japan’ is a new online exhibition designed to help us do just that. Presented by Google Arts & Culture and 20 partners, including the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, it brings together thousands of photos and videos exploring the people, places and traditions that make Japanese cuisine so special.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Google teases Play Pass is ‘coming soon’. “Google is getting ready to throw the doors open on Play Pass, a mysterious offering that could be subscription service for Android apps and games found in its Play Store. The first hints about the service surfaced last year, but things seem to be picking up steam with the rival Apple Arcade looming.”

Neowin: Minecraft: Education Edition gets a new world focused on the Māori culture. “Now, Minecraft: Education Edition’s New Zealand team has unveiled a brand new world for learners, focusing on the indigenous Māori culture in the country. Coromandel-based Piki Studios, the driving force behind the creation of the first official world for the title based in New Zealand, has now also become an official member of the Minecraft Partner Program.”

USEFUL STUFF

Social Media Examiner: 5 Steps to LinkedIn Group Success: How to Create and Manage a Successful Group. “Do you want to connect with ideal clients and prospects on LinkedIn? Have you considered a LinkedIn group? In this article, you’ll learn how to create a valuable and engaged group on LinkedIn.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Voice of America: Social Media Use by Iran’s Sanctioned Officials Poses Dilemma for US . “The continued use of Twitter and Instagram by senior Iranian officials sanctioned by the Trump administration in recent months has put U.S. authorities and social media executives in a predicament.”

Bloomberg Quint: India Will Create Online Database For All Cities By 2024, Says Government. “India will have an online database of all cities by 2024 on infrastructure, education and health facilities among others as it aims to create a ‘culture of data’ to address urban challenges of the country, an official said on Monday.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ars Technica: Algorithms should have made courts more fair. What went wrong?. “Kentucky lawmakers thought requiring that judges consult an algorithm when deciding whether to hold a defendant in jail before trial would make the state’s justice system cheaper and fairer by setting more people free. That’s not how it turned out.”

New York Times: How Each Big Tech Company May Be Targeted by Regulators. “Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have been the envy of corporate America, admired for their size, influence and remarkable growth. Now that success is attracting a different kind of spotlight. In Washington, Brussels and beyond, regulators and lawmakers are investigating whether the four technology companies have used their size and wealth to quash competition and expand their dominance.” This is a pretty good overview but even it doesn’t include all the investigations (that might be too much for one article.)

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Atlantic: YouTube Videos Are a Gold Mine for Health Researchers. “Using passive social-media or smartphone data to infer someone’s health status or to study health dynamics broadly is called digital phenotyping, and it’s a growing field of study. Researchers are now using the great wealth of information that users provide to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram to create algorithms that might detect HIV, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, and suicide risk, allowing, they hope, for preventative interventions.”

Phys .org: Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology . “First discovered in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds looking for a lost sheep, the ancient Hebrew texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls are some of the most well-preserved ancient written materials ever found. Now, a study by researchers at MIT and elsewhere elucidates a unique ancient technology of parchment making and provides potentially new insights into methods to better preserve these precious historical documents.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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