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Yahoo Japan, DuckDuckGo, Google Image Search, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 14, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Yahoo Japan and Line are reportedly going to merge. “According to Nikkei, messaging app Line and Yahoo Japan are about to merge and form a single tech company. Despite the name, Yahoo Japan is currently 100% owned by Z Holdings, a company that is controlled by Japanese telecom company SoftBank (Yahoo Japan isn’t related with TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon Media). Line Corporation is owned by Naver Corporation, a South Korean internet giant.”

Search Engine Land: DuckDuckGo joins World Wide Web Consortium . “DuckDuckGo has joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the search engine announced on Monday. As a member of the international organization, DuckDuckGo says it will contribute to ‘global standards with privacy in mind as part of our mission to raise the standard of trust online.'”

USEFUL STUFF

Daily Dot: Everything you need to know about Google Reverse Image Search . “We’re living in the Instagram age, an era dominated by photos and images, it’s often very hard to determine if the photo you are looking at has been altered or not; image enhancement is almost considered protocol when it comes to creating online content, and photo-editing apps are too plenty to count. Along with this, the internet is home to a thriving repost culture, making it hard to pinpoint where a photo came from, and whether or not you are seeing it straight from its original source. For both instances, there’s one thing you can do to investigate a picture’s origin and authenticity, and that’s to use Google reverse image search.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Wired: African AI Experts Get Excluded From a Conference—Again . “At the G7 meeting in Montreal last year, Justin Trudeau told WIRED he would look into why more than 100 African artificial intelligence researchers had been barred from visiting that city to attend their field’s most important annual event, the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, or NeurIPS. Now the same thing has happened again.”

Japan Times: Taiwan candidate chooses ex-Google executive as running mate. “The pro-China opposition candidate in Taiwan’s presidential election set for early next year has chosen a former Google executive as his running mate.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

BuzzFeed News: A Popular YouTuber Mom Who Was Charged With Child Abuse Has Died. “A woman who operated a popular YouTube channel featuring videos of her children until earlier this year when she was arrested and charged with child abuse died Tuesday, officials said.”

Ubergizmo: US Federal Court Rules That Suspicionless Phone Searches At The Border Is Illegal. “As some of you might have heard, it seems that people wanting to get a visa to the US will need to hand over social media information. In some cases, some visitors to the US have even had their phones and electronic devices searched at the border, which some believe is a violation of a person’s privacy.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MIT News: Visualizing an AI model’s blind spots . “Anyone who has spent time on social media has probably noticed that GANs, or generative adversarial networks, have become remarkably good at drawing faces. They can predict what you’ll look like when you’re old and what you’d look like as a celebrity. But ask a GAN to draw scenes from the larger world and things get weird.”

University of New Mexico Health Sciences, and I really really really hate this headline: The Devil is in the Data. “In a paper published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, the team reported their finding that instances of self-harm among people with major mental illness seeking medical care might actually be as much as 19 times higher than what is reported in the billing records.”

Food Manufacture: Arla to create climate database to tackle emissions. “Dairy processor Arla has set out to create the world’s largest climate database as part of its drive towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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