World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches New Publication Series with Leading Judgments on Intellectual Property Rights; China Is First Contributor . “The World Intellectual Property Organization has published the first edition in a new publication series collecting landmark intellectual property (IP) judgments from some of the most dynamic litigation jurisdictions around the world.” The first publication is available as a PDF with a CC-BY license.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Ubergizmo: Google Maps Can Now List The Right EV Charging Stations For Your Car. “Google Maps already offers users the ability to look for EV charging stations, but like we said, due to different cars using different connectors, the nearest EV charging station to you might not be the right one. For example, Nissan’s EVs use the CHAdeMO connector, while BMW and Volkswagen use CCS, while Tesla has its own proprietary connector (although in their defense, they also have their own dedicated stations).”
Salt Lake Tribune: FamilySearch, owned by the LDS Church, adds same-sex couples to its database. “A year and a half ago, FamilySearch.org projected it would include same-sex parents and same-sex couples in its genealogy website sometime in 2019 — and it has, with three weeks to spare.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
CNET: 10 most-downloaded apps of the 2010s: Facebook dominates the decade. “In 2019 alone, people worldwide are on track to download a record 120 billion apps across iOS and Android devices — a 5% increase over the year before, according to a Monday report from app analytics firm App Annie. This number only represents new downloads, not reinstalls or app updates, the report noted. Spending on apps is growing even faster, approaching $90 billion worldwide this year — up 15% from last year.” There are going to be a lot of these “best of the decade” and “best of the year” for the next couple of weeks. I’ll try to pace them such that they’re not tedious.
BuzzFeed News: This YouTuber’s Videos Were Demonetised. He Says It’s Because Of His Aussie Accent.. “Two years ago, Australian YouTuber Fynnpire quit his day job to make videos full-time. The Brisbane-based creator has more than half a million subscribers on his gaming channel, and he derives income from advertising revenue. That’s why he was so annoyed when he saw that YouTube had restricted advertising on one of his videos.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
The Register: Your workmates might still be reading that ‘unshared’ Slack document. “Security researchers have uncovered a flaw in messaging app Slack that allows a file shared in a private channel to be viewed by anyone in that workspace – even guests.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
MIT Technology Review: Making deepfake tools doesn’t have to be irresponsible. Here’s how.. “Synthetic media technologies—popularly known as deepfakes—have real potential for positive impact. Voice synthesis, for example, will allow us to speak in hundreds of languages in our own voice. Video synthesis may help us simulate self-driving-car accidents to avoid mistakes in the future. And text synthesis can accelerate our ability to write both programs and prose. But these advances can come at a gargantuan cost if we aren’t careful: the same underlying technologies can also enable deception with global ramifications.”
NDTV: Now, Instagram Is Being Used As A Tool To Cope With Miscarriage Distress: New Study Finds . “The study found that the content posted by Instagram users included rich descriptions of the medical and physical experiences of miscarriage, and the emotional spectrum of having a miscarriage and coping with those emotions, the social aspect, and family identity.”
Arizona State University: ASU professors to help Gulf Coast communities assess climate risks. “Melanie Gall, research professor and co-director of the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security at ASU, and Natasha Mendoza, associate professor in the School of Social Work, are working with researchers from eight other institutions to create a new information platform that will tell residents the likelihood that they’ll face a weather disaster and how much it might cost to avoid it. The work is made possible by a $3.4 million grant from the Gulf Research Program, which is funded by settlements from the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil spill in 2010.”
OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL
Fast Company: This GPS-based haiku generator writes poems about your current location . “A new website, OpenStreetMap Haiku, is an online poem generator created by Satellite Studio, a firm made up of a small team of designers and developers dedicated to creating data visualizations and maps with the help of technology. The geo-fueled generator uses a map location and OpenStreetMap data to create randomized poems using a database of coordinate-dependent words.” I just took half an hour I do not have to play with this. It’s so good. Good afternoon, Internet…
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