TWEAKS AND UPDATES
CNBC: Alphabet’s legal chief David Drummond is leaving the company: Reports. “Former senior contracts manager Jennifer Blakely published about her relationship with Drummond last summer, alleging he broke company rules by having multiple affairs — some with other employees— and says he neglected her and their son, withholding contact for long periods of time. Days later, Drummond married a 37-year-old current legal employee he had been dating named Corinne Dixon.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: State launches more consumer-friendly website with inspection reports on healthcare facilities. “A month after a glitch took the state’s healthcare facility website offline, the Georgia Department of Community Health on Thursday restored online access while launching a new version of the website with crucial licensing and inspection information for thousands of facilities.”
ZDNet: Want to analyse your tweets? How to import Twitter JSON data exports into Excel. “It used to be easy to analyze your Twitter data: you’d go to your settings and ask for a download, and there among all the files would be a CSV file full of your tweets and the associated metadata. You could then load the CSV into Excel, convert it into a table, and save the resulting workbook. Once it was all in hand you were able to apply filters, searches, and, well, whatever analytical techniques you liked. But things have changed at Twitter, and if you request a download of your data it comes as a set of JSON files.”
Lifehacker: How to Curb Your Twitter Addiction. “Every year, for at least the past four years, I have resolved to spend less time on Twitter. This year, after trying and testing many different ways of avoiding the site (including an electric shock bracelet), I think I’ve finally got it figured out. If you also want to stay off Twitter this year, here’s what I’ve learned—and what I can recommend.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
CBC: ‘Something scuzzy’: Marketplace investigation uncovers fake locksmith listings and reviews on Google. “If you’re locked out of your house with nowhere to turn, chances are you’re going to have to call a locksmith. But picking a locksmith may prove trickier than picking a lock itself, especially if your search begins online. A Marketplace investigation into the locksmith industry uncovered a sprawling network of fake locations and fake five-star reviews cluttering local Google Maps in the Greater Toronto Area.” This infuriates me because fake locksmith listings on Google are a problem that’s at least six years old. And, yet, still not fixed.
BetaNews: New Year’s resolutions go digital as people vow to cut screen time. “If you haven’t made or broken any New Year’s resolutions yet, here are some you might like to try. Research from Kaspersky indicates that 40 percent of people plan to change their digital lifestyle in 2020 with most aiming to reduce the time they spend with their gadgets.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Mashable: Ring admits its employees tried to access customers’ private video. “We knew hackers were creeping on Ring video feeds, but Ring’s own employees? In a Jan. 6 letter addressed to five U.S. Senators, Amazon-owned Ring admitted that, yes, an unspecified small number of employees have at least tried to inappropriately access customers’ home surveillance videos. Which, well, damn.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
PR Newswire: IEEE Open Journal of the Computer Society–Now Accepting Submissions (PRESS RELEASE). ” IEEE Computer Society, known as the premier organization empowering the people who drive technology, is now accepting submissions for consideration in the new IEEE Open Journal of the Computer Society (OJ-CS).”
Phys .org: Model shows Welsh language in no danger of extinction but te reo Māori is on its way out. “A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in New Zealand has developed a mathematical model that can be used to predict whether a language is at risk of disappearing. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the group describes their model and how it can be used.”
BuzzMachine: In defense of targeting. “In defending targeting, I am not defending Facebook, I am attacking mass media and what its business model has done to democracy — including on Facebook. With targeting, a small business, a new candidate, a nascent movement can efficiently and inexpensively reach people who would be interested in their messages so they may transact or assemble and act.” Good evening, Internet…
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