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Tech Industry Corporate Culture, Vehicle Accessibility, Apple, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 9, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Inside Indiana Business: Powderkeg Launches Culture Directory. ” Indianapolis-based tech networking platform Powderkeg has launched a new tool it says will showcase tech companies through their culture. The company says the Culture Directory, which currently features more than 300 tech firms, allows tech professionals to learn about company cultures. At launch, the directory includes companies in the Indianapolis area. However, Powderkeg says the directory will expand in 2020 with new features and locations, including Denver, Charlotte, Raleigh, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.”

AT Today: New online car search tool to help elderly and disabled people find a suitable vehicle for their accessibility needs. “The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) has launched a new online car search tool, with data on over 1,700 vehicles to help disabled and older people shortlist suitable vehicles using specific accessibility measurements.” This resource is UK-based but I saw car brands from all over the world when I played with it.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Apple rejects coronavirus apps not from a ‘recognized institution,’ report says . “Apple is reportedly cracking down on apps related to the coronavirus outbreak, banning apps that don’t originate from a ‘recognized institution’ like governments or hospitals. The move is apparently aimed at stemming the flow of misinformation surrounding the illness.”

Ars Technica: Let’s Encrypt changes course on certificate revocation . “Earlier this week, Let’s Encrypt announced that it would revoke roughly three million—2.6 percent—of its currently active certificates. Last night, however, the organization announced that it would delay the revocation of many of those certificates in the interest of Internet health.”

Engadget: Google will start ranking sites by their mobile version in September. “Google will start indexing all websites by their mobile versions beginning in September. Google was already using mobile-first indexing for new domains, but this change will apply the phone-friendly indexing to all domains.”

USEFUL STUFF

I tried this and it is a wow. The Next Web: This tool automatically removes the background from any video or GIF
. “It’s pretty easy to isolate a background from an image, but things get trickier when we’re dealing with video — unless you use an app that does it automatically for you. Enter Unscreen. This free tool practically lets you drop any video or GIF, and then removes the background for you, leaving only the subject in.”

MakeUseOf: The 8 Best Chrome Privacy Extensions for Better Security. “Google Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser. But it isn’t the world’s most private browser—not by a long shot. Chrome receives consistently poor reviews regarding its approach to privacy. As the world’s largest advertising company, Google is a prime position to exploit the millions of Chrome users around the globe. Thankfully, you can take steps to increase your Google Chrome privacy using extensions. Here are the 8 best privacy extensions for Google Chrome.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Just Security:
A Model for Countering Foreign Disinformation and Interference in Elections
. “The lessons from 9/11 are instructive and should be internalized in considering what an effective whole-of-government response might look like in the context of countering foreign disinformation and interference in elections.”

Lifehacker: Playing This Free Game Might Help Find a Coronavirus Vaccine. “Want to help researchers understand and find a vaccine for the coronavirus? Help them out by playing this video game. Foldit is a free puzzle game that tasks players with folding protein chains to change the way they behave.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Boing Boing: This cool online radio station lets you listen to popular songs from any decade and country from 1900 to now. “When you go to Radiooooo you see a map of the world. You click on any country on the map, and select a decade beginning with 1900. It will start playing music from that country and decade.” I tried United States / 1940s and the site started playing a lovely little groove called “Hot Dog” by Chris Powell & The Five Blue Flames. Good afternoon, Internet…

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