EurekAlert: ADDF launches over 200 in-depth Cognitive Vitality Reports . “The scientific reports, written by ADDF neuroscientists, expand the Cognitive Vitality platform by making public a collection of in-depth analyses of drugs, drugs-in-development, supplements, nutraceuticals, food/drink, non-pharmacologic interventions, and risk factors related to brain health.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Neowin: Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is now available for purchase. “After announcing the product last May, Google’s Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is now available for purchase for anyone. Previously, certain partners could grab one to start developing solutions for businesses, but now Google is aiming it at all developers.” Oh, I so could have used these in my last job…
BetaNews: New website creation platform delivers advanced capabilities for web professionals. “Since its launch in 2007, cloud-based platform Wix has established itself as a favorite of people who want to build their own websites. Now though the company is branching out with the launch of Editor X, a new platform aimed at designers, web professionals and agencies.”
The Verge: Google Fiber is dropping its TV package to focus solely on high-speed internet service. “Google Fiber announced today that it will be dropping its TV package option to focus solely on providing high-speed internet service. It will still provide the service to existing customers who pay for it, but the company says ‘customers today just don’t need traditional TV’ anymore when so many options are available online through over-the-top TV services and streaming platforms.” Maybe this will speed the Google Fiber rollout, but I’m not holding my breath.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
CNET: Byte vs. TikTok: Which video app will live up to Vine’s legacy?. “It was a dark day in 2017 when Twitter announced it was shutting down Vine, the six-second video-looping social app. In less than four years, Vine became a hub for micro-video memes, creating the rise of a generation of young Vine stars with its potential for quick and quirky humor. As users consoled themselves with YouTube compilation videos of their favorite Vines, a new app seized the opportunity Vine’s death created.”
Slate: Curly Hair on Dial-Up. “Mainstream society was not friendly to curly hair in the 1990s, particularly if it grew from a black woman’s head. But my modem led me to the natural hair underground.”
New York Times: Widespread Outcry in China Over Death of Coronavirus Doctor. “They posted videos of the Les Misérables song, ‘Do You Hear the People Sing.’ They invoked article No. 35 of China’s Constitution, which stipulates freedom of speech. They tweeted a phrase from ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’ The Chinese public have staged what amounts to an online revolt after the death of a doctor, Li Wenliang, who tried to warn of a mysterious virus that has since killed hundreds of people in China, infected tens of thousands and forced the government to corral many of the country’s 1.4 billion people.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Mashable: Report claims U.S. government is using cellphone location data to track undocumented immigrants. “The Department of Homeland Security has bought a commercial database that tracks movements of ‘millions’ of cellphones in America, and is using it to curb undocumented immigrants, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter and documents it has seen.”
Motherboard: Shadow’s Cancelled Nevada Caucus App Had Errors, Too. “As the app used to report caucus results in Iowa failed, volunteers for the Nevada State Democratic Party encountered errors while testing their own version of the app made by the same company, Motherboard has learned. Once a test version of the app was distributed, volunteers were quickly met with an error when trying to submit caucus results, according to a source and a review of the app by Motherboard. Volunteers encountered the error when they received the app earlier this month and up until this week, according to the source. The Nevada caucus is scheduled for February 22.” The app will not be used, but this is concerning.
BuzzFeed News: A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.. “Ancestry.com, the largest DNA testing company in the world, was served a search warrant to give police access to its database of some 16 million DNA profiles, but the company did not comply.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
The Next Web: Court orders moratorium on black box AI that detects welfare fraud amid human rights concerns. “The Hague District Court in The Netherlands yesterday ordered the Dutch government to halt its use of a black box AI system designed to predict welfare fraud. The ruling was issued over privacy concerns and is being heralded as a civil rights victory by activists and privacy advocacy groups.”
The Register: Social media notifications of the future: Ranger tagged you in a photo with Tessadora, Wrenlow, Faelina and Graylen. “Choosing a name for one’s offspring can be incredibly difficult. You don’t want them to be the ninth Jaxon in class, but you also don’t want them to be bullied mercilessly for the rest of their lives. Even so, parents are increasingly pulling appellations out of their arses, in some cases to give their child a ‘unique’ identity on social media.” Good morning, Internet…
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