Motherboard: Verizon Launches ‘Private’ Search Engine After Years of Violating Its Customers’ Privacy. “Verizon has spent the better part of the last decade mired in privacy scandals and lobbying the government to ignore or legalize its bad behavior. Now it’s launching a new privacy-centric search engine, apparently hoping you forgot all of that ever happened.” It’s apparently Bing in a privacy wrapper, and I’m as cynical about the offering as this Motherboard article.
WPSD: McCracken County Public Library publishes WPSD digital archive dating back to 1957. “A lot’s changed at WPSD over the years. Some of you may remember when we had a bowling alley in the building. We taped and aired ‘Romper Room,’ hosted ‘Dance Party,’ and held a Saturday night wrestling match. Of course, people remember legends like Tom Butler. Now, you can relive our history, thanks to the McCracken County Public Library.”
KGW8: The Oregonian launches database of grocery store grades. “Unlike other states, Oregon did not have a quick and easy way to get information on how local grocery stores where doing on routine state food safety inspections. That changed Jan. 10 when The Oregonian launched a searchable database that provides thousands of grocery store inspections online. Records are shown for stores that have a retail license and handle or prepare raw food, The Oregonian said.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
CNET: You soon will be able to Instagram DM from the web. “After years of limiting direct messages to its mobile apps, Instagram is finally opening up. On Tuesday the Facebook-owned site announced that it is in the process of testing direct messaging from its website, giving those who want to message friends on the platform from a computer a new way to do so.”
The Guardian: Internet to be partially restored in Kashmir but social media ban stays. “Internet is to be partially restored in Kashmir after an unprecedented five-month blackout, but only for institutions providing ‘essential services’, while social media sites will still be banned.”
Neowin: Google provides a timeline for phasing out Chrome Apps. “Google today provided a timeline as to when and how it will start phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems. The company had first announced back in 2016 that it was doing away with Chrome Apps.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
7Labs: Budget video editing tools for YouTube – Filmora 9 v/s FilmoraPro . “The need for editing professional videos is more prominent now than ever, as being a YouTube creator became the next big thing. Not only YouTube, people these days want to put out different content across all of the social media. But, despite the various set of tools available to generate more content online, creators still need to spend a lot of time and effort. And, when it comes to video editing, there’s a learning curve involved as well.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Mashable: College students demand schools ban facial recognition. “Prolific digital rights activism organization Fight for the Future has partnered with the group Students for Sensible Drug Policy to stop facial recognition technology from coming to college campuses. The coalition put out a petition that students, faculty, employees, and community members can sign demanding that university administrations ‘clarify policies’ on contracting with security companies that use facial recognition, and that they ultimately not use the tech at all. ”
RESEARCH & OPINION
EurekAlert: Vermont releases report by nation’s first state-led AI taskforce. “Vermont, the first state in the nation to form a taskforce examining the role of artificial intelligence (AI), has released its final report on the topic today. The 35-page report includes several recommendations, the foremost of which is the establishment of a permanent commission on AI to support its development and to propose policy initiatives to make that development responsible.”
Health IT Analytics: FDA Makes Real-World Data Available on Google Cloud Platform. “The FDA’s MyStudies platform, a tool that aims to collect real-world data to improve clinical trials and advance medical research, is now available on Google Cloud Platform. Launched in November 2018, the MyStudies open-source technology platform supports drug, biologic, and device organizations as they collect and report real-world data for regulatory submissions.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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