WIPO-Lex Judgements, Inorganic Materials Data, Native American Treaties, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, September 29, 2020


World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches New Free Database of Judicial Decisions on Intellectual Property from Around the World . “As technological innovation often outpaces the ability of legislatures and governments to create new rules and regulations, courts across the world are increasingly facing common issues of a highly sophisticated nature. WIPO-Lex Judgments contributes to a greater overall understanding of how courts are handling these issues, by making available judgments – selectively curated by the relevant authorities in participating member states – that establish precedent or offer a persuasive interpretation of IP law in their jurisdiction. At launch, WIPO Lex-Judgments contained over 400 documents from 10 countries.”

PRWeb: ASM International Launches Online Access to World’s Largest Archive of Inorganic Materials Data (PRESS RELEASE). “The ASM Materials Platform for Data Science (MPDS) is the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of inorganic materials data comprised of phase diagrams, crystal structures, and a broad range of properties – physical, mechanical, electrical, optical, magnetic, to name a few. This massive data archive contains more than 1 million experimental and calculated data properties that allow users to dive deep into highly technical materials information that are now easily accessible in one place. In addition, utilizing concise searching technology, MPDS offers effective progressive data discovery of the massive data repository.” Searching appears to be free, while getting detailed search result information appears to be paywalled.

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs: MIAC Presents Virtual Event for New Online Treaties Explorer Resource. “The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC), in partnership with the U.S. National Archives Office of Innovation, is pleased to announce an online launch event of the Indigenous Digital Archive’s Treaties Explorer, also known as ‘DigiTreaties.’ Thanks to an anonymous donor, the U.S. National Archives has been able to conserve and make the first-ever scans of its holdings of 374 Ratified Indian Treaties.”


Google Blog: Create compelling Web Stories on WordPress. “Web Stories bring a familiar full-screen, tappable story format to the wide audience of the web. Now it’s even easier for creators to create and publish Web Stories with the new Web Stories for WordPress plugin. We introduced the beta version of the plugin earlier this year, and after incorporating your feedback and adding features, it’s now available for everyone within the WordPress plugin directory.”

Engadget: ‘FarmVille’ is shutting down for good on December 31st. “If you don’t remember, FarmVille was a farming simulator that let friends work together as neighbors — and post all about it on their Facebook timelines. As Eurogamer notes, it was the most-played game on Facebook for years. But with Adobe planning to stop distributing and updating Flash Player for web browsers, the FarmVille developers have decided to sunset the game.”

Neowin: Opera now lets you sync data between Android and PC with a QR code. “Opera has introduced a new update to its web browser for Android and PC that makes it easier to sync data between its mobile and desktop versions. The company has also added Flow to Opera on Android, a native chat feature in the browser.”


USA Today: Trump used Facebook to suppress the Black vote in battleground states during 2016 election, report says. “Channel 4 News says it obtained a leaked database of voter profiles used by the Trump campaign that included a category called ‘deterrence,’ meaning voters who were likely to cast their ballots for Clinton or to not vote at all. These 3.5 million voters, who were disproportionately Black, were targeted with ‘dark’ ads to dissuade them from backing Clinton, according to the report. The report credits Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-connected data analysis firm that gained unauthorized access to tens of millions of Facebook profiles, with orchestrating the strategy.”

The Verge: Mark in the Middle. “In 2020, Facebook would be roiled by a global pandemic, internal protests over racial injustice, a deeply polarizing election, and the ongoing threat of multiple state and federal investigations into antitrust and privacy. But on the morning of July 16th, Mark Zuckerberg found his workforce asking for something else: their missing office snacks.”


CNET: Twitter faces class-action privacy lawsuit for sharing security info with advertisers. “Twitter faces a class-action lawsuit for providing advertisers access to people’s phone numbers without consent. The complaint, filed [September 21] in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, seeks $5,000 in damages for every person in the state affected by Twitter’s privacy misstep.”

Reuters: Study says Google market power has grown despite EU order to play fair. “U.S. tech giant Alphabet Inc’s GOOGL.O Google has boosted its market power in the three years since EU antitrust enforcers ordered it to stop favouring its own price comparison shopping service, a study of 25 of its rivals showed on Monday.”


EurekAlert: When bots do the negotiating, humans more likely to engage in deceptive techniques. “Recently computer scientists at USC Institute of Technologies (ICT) set out to assess under what conditions humans would employ deceptive negotiating tactics. Through a series of studies, they found that whether humans would embrace a range of deceptive and sneaky techniques was dependent both on the humans’ prior negotiating experience in negotiating as well as whether virtual agents where employed to negotiate on their behalf.”

Phys .org: Automatic database creation for materials discovery: Innovation from frustration. “A collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Argonne has developed a technique that generates automatic databases to support specific fields of science using AI and high-performance computing. Searching through reams of scientific literature for bits and bytes of information to support an idea or find the key to solving a specific problem has long been a tedious affair for researchers, even after the dawn of data-driven discovery.” Good morning, Internet…

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