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Medications and Pregnancy, Google, Pinterest, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 25, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Well+Good: New Database Explains If Your Medication Is Safe To Take During and After Pregnancy . “From anti-anxiety medications to constipation aids, you can find information on lactating– and pregnancy-safe medications and others that are unsafe. Each listing includes classification, any scientific names and common brand names, what it’s used for, pregnancy risks and recommendations, and lactation risks and recommendations. You’ll also find links to references, in case you want to dig a bit deeper into the sources cited.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Next Web: Google asks for government approval to experiment with 6GHz Wi-Fi. “Google is gearing up to trial a secret 6GHz network in numerous states across the US, according to a series of FCC filings spotted by Business Insider. The company has requested government approval to experiment with the next-gen Wi-Fi technology in dozens of states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.”

CNET: Pinterest adds first Black board member amid allegations of discrimination. “Pinterest… appointed Andrea Wishom, president at Skywalker Holdings and former executive at Harpo Productions, to its board of directors. Her appointment comes as Pinterest faces allegations of racial and gender discrimination.”

USEFUL STUFF

More Digital Inspiration, because it’s too Amit to quit: Measure Core Web Vitals of your Websites with Google Sheets. “If you are looking to automatically measure core web vitals for multiple websites, maybe that of your competitor’s websites as well, here’s a Google Sheet that can help. The spreadsheet will not only help you measure vitals for multiple URLs but you can also visualize the change in various metrics over time with the help of sparklines.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

HuffPost: ‘Devastating’: The Census Bureau Is About To Severely Undercount Tribes. “The U.S. Census Bureau unexpectedly announced it will end 2020 census field operations early, a decision that will disproportionately hurt Native American tribes that are already historically undercounted, hard to reach and rely on accurate census data for lifesaving federal dollars.”

The Ringer: One Twitter Account’s Quest to Proofread The New York Times. “On October 18, 2019, a New York Times standards editor emailed seven other Times editors to alert them to the existence of a new Twitter account that they would soon grow to respect—and, at times, resent. According to the characterization of one of the editors on the email, the message advised its recipients ‘that there was a lawyer on Twitter aggressively pointing out typos, and that we should consider following him.’ A little more than a month after the Twitter account’s creation on September 16, The New York Times had taken note of @nyttypos, or Typos of the New York Times.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Axios: Scoop: Open Technology Fund sues administration for $20M in missing funds. “The Open Technology Fund (OTF) is suing the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) over roughly $20 million in congressionally appropriated funds it says the government is refusing to provide, Axios has learned.”

Business Standard (India): Google tax contributes merely 1% of direct tax kitty in major cities. “The IT hubs of Bengaluru and Hyderabad have topped the chart of collections from Google tax so far this year. However, the mop up from the controversial levy made up just up to one per cent of the total from direct taxes in these circles till August 20. The collections from Bengaluru were Rs 176.9 crore [About $23,829,006 USD], or 0.57 per cent of the total direct tax receipts in the region. Hyderabad got Rs 118.3 [About $15,935,400 USD] crore from the levy, or 1.1 per cent of the direct tax receipts there.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: Smartphones can tell when you’re drunk by analyzing your walk. “Your smartphone can tell when you’ve had too much to drink by detecting changes in the way you walk, according to a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.”

MIT News: Rewriting the rules of machine-generated art. “Horses don’t normally wear hats, and deep generative models, or GANs, don’t normally follow rules laid out by human programmers. But a new tool developed at MIT lets anyone go into a GAN and tell the model, like a coder, to put hats on the heads of the horses it draws. In a new study appearing at the European Conference on Computer Vision this month, researchers show that the deep layers of neural networks can be edited, like so many lines of code, to generate surprising images no one has seen before.” Good evening, Internet…

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