Twitter, ByteDance, SMS, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 16, 2019


Mashable: Twitter’s Election Labels return to help you make sense of 2020 elections . “With 2020 around the corner, it’s about that time to actually start paying attention to who’s running for what. That’s why Twitter is bringing back its Elections Labels feature, which provides you with information on political candidates.”

Reuters: ByteDance unit establishes venture with Chinese state media firm. “A unit of ByteDance, the owner of video-sharing platform TikTok, has established a joint venture with a Chinese state media group, official registration documents showed.”


Hongkiat: Send Emails to Any Mobile Number With This Chrome Extension. “Afraid of having your urgent email being lost in the recipient’s email account? Why not send it directly to the recipient’s phone number instead. CloudHQ has created an Chrome extension that lets you do just that directly from Gmail itself.” I took a cursory look at CloudHQ and didn’t see anything alarming, but I still wouldn’t use this for anything sensitive.

How-To Geek: How to Count Blank or Empty Cells in Google Sheets. “When you’re analyzing data in a spreadsheet, counting empty or blank cells could help you focus on specific areas. This is why functions like COUNTBLANK, COUNTIF, COUNTIFS, and SUMPRODUCT are so important in Google Sheets.”


Tech dot Africa: Google Loon signs overflight agreement with the Ugandan Government. “The agreement was signed in Kampala with representatives from Loon and the Ugandan government. The overflight permissions in Africa are key as Loon works towards the provision of service in Kenya and beyond.”

Route Fifty: A State’s Sassy Approach to the Social Media Game. “With a ‘your mom’ joke and a lot of state-specific content, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s digital team tackles Twitter in a whole new way (while also getting serious when the news is serious).”


CPO Magazine: Department of Homeland Security Updates List of Top 25 Software Vulnerabilities. “In an effort to help software developers and security researchers eliminate common software vulnerabilities, MITRE and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have released a list of the Top 25 most dangerous software errors.”

Techdirt: Hungary Has Fined Facebook For ‘Misleading Consumers’ Because It Promoted Its Service As ‘Free’. “Perhaps one of the more annoying points that people like to make when you point out that certain services are ‘free’ is for them to point out, pedantically, ‘but you pay with your data’ or some other such point. This is annoying because it’s (1) obvious and (2) not the point…. it appears that Hungary’s Competition Authority is playing this pedantic game on a larger scale and has fined Facebook approximately $4 million because it advertises its services as ‘Free and anyone can join’ on its front page.”


Arabian Aerospace: Qatar Airways launches augmented reality game with Facebook. “Qatar Airways has launched a new Augmented Reality (AR) experience that allows customers to play an innovative football game where they must ‘Blink to Score.’”

Brookings: Assessing employer intent when AI hiring tools are biased. “In this paper, I discuss how hiring is a multi-layered and opaque process and how it will become more difficult to assess employer intent as recruitment processes move online. Because intent is a critical aspect of employment discrimination law, I ultimately suggest four ways upon which to include it in the discussion surrounding algorithmic bias.” Good evening, Internet…

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