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Roy Thomas, CES 2020, IP Addresses, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 2, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Bleeding Cool: The Official Roy Thomas Characters, Concepts and Creations Database Launches For 2020. “Happy New Year everybody! In celebration of a new decade, my manager and friend John Cimino and I have a special treat for comicbook fans both new and old. What you are about to see is a Herculean labor called The Official Roy Thomas Characters, Concepts and Creations Database.” You can learn more about Roy Thomas here.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Bloomberg: Amazon and Google to Hit CES With Digital Assistants in Tow. “The world’s biggest technology companies are heading to Las Vegas for the annual CES trade show next week, with even Apple Inc. making a rare official appearance. But don’t expect any breakthrough new hardware.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: How to Trace an Email to Its Source IP. “If you have doubts about the validity of an email, you can check the original IP address. The IP will help you by showing where in the world the email came from. Locating the IP does not guarantee that the email is valid, but it will give you more information about the sender to help you decide whether to trust it or not.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Sites to Search and Find the Best Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for You. “From MIT to Coursera, there are some amazing websites that offer free college courses online. But go to any and you’ll be overwhelmed by the choices on offer. Plus, these sites limit themselves to courses available on their own platform. So how do you search for or discover the best MOOC? These websites offer robust search engines, filters, reviews, and guided paths for free online courses.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Buffalo News: New state website to help consumers compare hospital costs. “New York State residents will soon have a new tool to help them decipher health care costs, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday. As part of his 2020 State of the State agenda, Cuomo plans to direct three state agencies to develop a new website, called NYHealthcareCompare, that will let consumers search cost and quality information for medical procedures at hospitals in the state.”

Global Voices: Hirak protests and a presidential election triggered a surge of disinformation in Algeria. “Algeria’s popular protest movement, ‘Hirak’ [meaning ‘movement’ in Arabic], brought a glimpse of online freedom, but also an aggressive wave of ‘fake news’ and disinformation on social media platforms. With little means to confront or fix the problem, the battle against the spread of disinformation is far from over.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

ABC 7 News: Mountain View’s controversial head tax, meant to alleviate Google’s impact on traffic and social services, now in effect. “Mountain View’s controversial employee head tax went into effect on New Year’s Day. The tax, which charges businesses based on the number of employees they have working in the city, was designed to alleviate Google’s big impact on the city’s traffic and social services.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Australian: Buried Roman city ‘discovered’ by Google Earth. “Thanks to the clever use of electrical sensors, some ancient sources and Google Earth, Ostia Antica, the excavated, sprawling Roman city that rivals Pompeii is about to get bigger. The buildings set to emerge in the unassuming field on the edge of town could also change the way historians view the once-bustling port at the mouth of the Tiber.”

London Free Press: Local inclusion champion lends voice to Google’s Down syndrome project. “Matthew MacNeil, 29, an inclusion champion who’s appeared before the United Nations as an advocate, is helping Google in partnership with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) to better understand the voices of people with Down syndrome. Known as Project Understood, people with Down syndrome are being urged to record thousands of phrases, often misheard because they have different facial skeletal and muscular systems, to make Google Assistant more accessible.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Kottke: A Free-to-Use Library of Very Canadian Stock Photos. “Cira, the organization that manages the .ca top-level domain, is offering a free stock photo library featuring typically Canadian scenes, like ‘lumberjack and hockey player discuss quarterly numbers’ (above). They also have their version of the distracted boyfriend photo (‘hockey player checks out lumberjack while woman in Canadian tuxedo looks on in disbelief’).” These are adorable. I apologize to any offended Canadians. Good evening, Internet…

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