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DoNotPay, Raspberry Pi Alternatives, Coronavirus Visualizations, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 10, 2020

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

VentureBeat: DoNotPay now lets you share online subscriptions without divulging your password. “DoNotPay, the digital lawyer that shot to prominence for its bot that helps drivers appeal parking tickets, has launched a new product aimed at consumers. With the DoNotPay Subscription Sharing Chrome extension, anyone can share access to their online accounts — like Spotify, Netflix, Disney+ — without divulging their password.”

USEFUL STUFF

ReviewGeek: The 7 Best Raspberry Pi Alternatives for Bigger (and Smaller!) Projects. “Raspberry Pi computers are inexpensive, powerful, and supported by a vast community of fans. But if your project requires hardware options that don’t exist on the Pi, then it’s time to shop for a new SBC (single board computer). Here are some of our favorites.”

DataWrapper Blog: 17 responsible live visualizations about the coronavirus, for you to use . “To cover the coronavirus is a challenge. Journalists should inform the public, but also don’t want to create a panic with harmful consequences. We’re trying to help. Here are more 20 charts, maps and tables that show the latest numbers about the coronavirus.”

Lifehacker Australia: Tell Google Maps Your Dietary Preferences To Get More Customised Search Results . “We all have food preferences of some kind. Maybe you’re a vegetarian or allergic to shellfish, or perhaps you just really don’t like pizza. When you’re using Google Maps to find food recommendations; however, by default, it will show you all the options out there, not just the ones you’re likely to want to eat. That is, unless you tell Google Maps what those preferences are.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

E&T: Google faces challenge of ‘brittle’ and opaque AI, says internet pioneer. “Internet pioneer and Google vice-president Vint Cerf has appeared before a House of Lords committee, defending the approach Google takes towards search ranking and content moderation.”

CNET: The coronavirus impact: Here’s how COVID-19 has affected the tech industry. “The novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in the global technology industry. Many companies have shut factories and banned business-related travel, and major industry events like Facebook’s F8, the Geneva Motor Show, Google I/O and Mobile World Congress continue to be called off because of the outbreak.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

ZDNet: Spying concerns raised over Iran’s official COVID-19 detection app . “Google has removed today an Android app from the official Play Store that was developed by the Iranian government to test and keep track of COVID-19 (coronavirus) infections. Before being removed from the Play Store, controversy surrounded the app, and several users accused the Iranian government of using the COVID-19 scare to trick citizens into installing the app and then collecting phone numbers and real-time geo-location data.”

Mashable: Want medical records on your smartphone? Federal rules just made it easier.. “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has its hands full with this whole containing a disease outbreak thing. Which meant that the release of its new rules to modernize access to medical records — controversial, much anticipated, and delayed for over a year — dropped Monday not with a bang, but a plop.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Neowin: Neural networks are now being used to track exotic particles at CERN. “Research within the domain of physics has profited from the rise of artificial neural networks and deep learning. In the past, we’ve seen them being applied to study dark matter and massive galaxies. Continuing this pattern, we now have artificial neural networks being used in the study of exotic particles.”

Phys .org: ‘Data feminism’ examines problems of bias and power that beset modern information. “Suppose you would like to know mortality rates for women during childbirth, by country, around the world. Where would you look? One option is the WomanStats Project, the website of an academic research effort investigating the links between the security and activities of nation-states, and the security of the women who live in them.” Good evening, Internet…

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