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Quibi, Google, Face-Touching, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 9, 2020

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

New York Times: Quibi Is Coming. Here Are the Famous People Making Shows for It.. “Quibi, set to launch on April 6, stands for ‘quick bites,’ which refers to the service’s plan to offer short segments (10 minutes or less) designed for small screens (your phone).”

Engadget: Google explains how it’s tackling the coronavirus outbreak. “Google’s efforts to inform people about the coronavirus outbreak extend well beyond a search alert. The company has outlined all the ways it’s addressing COVID-19, including a bid to stamp out misinformation.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: Use This Website to Stop Touching Your Damn Face With Your Virus Hands. “For those who are terrified of the Coronavirus, or just want to practice better habits as it relates to any infectious diseases, I recommend keeping ‘Do Not Touch Your Face’ as a pinned browser tab for the time being. Or, better yet, get it working on your kid’s computer so they stop touching their face with their gross, unwashed hands.” Unfortunately this only works if you don’t mind having a webcam pointed at your face all day.

Fast Company: 8 great free web tools you didn’t know you needed. “The wondrous, whimsical World Wide Web is still wonderful after all these years. And there are still plenty of helpful and powerful sites out there to discover. Here are eight that deserve a place on your bookmarks bar.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: As COVID-19 pushes classes online, some students are caught in the broadband gap. “As COVID-19 spreads within the United States and across the globe, public health officials are calling for fewer public gatherings — which is pushing many activities online. The issue is particularly severe for schools, where the risk of spreading the disease is high. But as many US schools try to shift to online lesson plans, they’re running into the limitations of our threadbare broadband networks, which leave many students unable to connect to their new online classrooms.”

Business Insider: Google’s ambitious push into gaming is floundering, and it’s due largely to too few games on its Stadia platform — here’s why developers have held back. “This concern — that Google might just give up on Stadia at some point and kill the service, as it has done with so many other services over the years — was repeatedly brought up, unprompted, by every person we spoke with for this piece.” I like to call that the Google Reader Curse.

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Coronavirus fraud: UK victims lose 800,000 pounds in scams. “Victims in the United Kingdom have lost more than 800,000 pounds ($1 million) to coronavirus-linked scams since last month, with criminals tricking fearful people who wanted to buy protective masks, police said on Friday. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) said there had been 21 reports of fraud since Feb. 10, many of which involved scams over masks, with one victim paying 15,000 pounds for masks that never arrived.”

Ars Technica: FCC to require anti-robocall tech after “voluntary” plan didn’t work out. “Phone companies would be required to deploy technology that prevents spoofing of Caller ID under a plan announced today by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Geekologie: Woman Trains Neural Network To Create Self Portraits Of Her. “This is a short video of the generative adversarial neural network self portraits created by Ellie O’Brien using the NVIDIA StyleGAN model retrained with 7000 images of herself.”

Slashgear: NASA wants the public to help track light pollution from VLEO satellites. “NASA wants the public to help it track very-low Earth orbit (VLEO) satellites and the potential light pollution issues they may cause. The space agency launched a public science project that anyone can participate in, stating that it only requires a tripod, smartphone, and the use of a website that reveals when satellites will be overhead.” Good evening, Internet…

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