New Jersey Child Services, Time Out For Black Lives, Firefox, More: Saturday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 27, 2021


StateScoop: New Jersey launches child services data portal with Rutgers U.. “Hosted on the website of Rutgers University, which is located in New Brunswick, the portal includes 20 pages of data sets plotted onto maps that users can dig into, with demographic, year and county filters to better understand the landscape of child services in the Garden State. An additional map view allows users to plot data sets by age group, county or data source onto a map of the state.”


Manhattan College: New Videos Added to Time Out for Black Lives Digital Library. “Time Out for Black Lives features an interactive website… where coaches and student-athletes from [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference] basketball programs contribute their time and resources to read children’s books in entertaining videos, all focusing on Black culture, history, music and myths. Posted videos feature short biographies on each coach or student-athlete, with kid-friendly information such as the reader’s hometown, favorite book and favorite basketball player.”

Engadget: Firefox’s Total Cookie Protection aims to stop tracking between multiple sites. “As part of its war on web tracking, Mozilla is adding a new tool to Firefox aimed at stopping cookies from keeping tabs on you across multiple sites. The ‘Total Cookie Protection’ feature is included in the web browser’s latest release — alongside multiple picture-in-picture views (more on that below) — and essentially works by keeping cookies isolated between each site you visit.”


CNET: Golden Globes 2021 livestream: Start time, nominations, how to watch Sunday. “The Queen’s Gambit could see Anya Taylor-Joy complete her star transformation with a win for best actress (limited series), and Rosamund Pike could score in the best actress (comedy or musical) category with her memorable performance as Marla Grayson in I Care a Lot. Keen to tune in? Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2021 Golden Globes, including nominations, start time and livestream options.”


BNN Bloomberg: Google’s Stadia Problem? A Video Game Unit That’s Not Googley Enough. “From the beginning, Google’s approach to video games wasn’t very Google-like. The Alphabet Inc. company tends to launch bare-bones products and test them as they grow. With Stadia, it came out big. Flashy press conferences and ad campaigns promised high-quality games with innovative features playable on Android smartphones or on the TV through Chromecast. Gamers would have access to a library of exclusive titles and well-known favorites like Assassin’s Creed without having to dish out $500 for Sony Corp.’s PlayStation or Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox.”

TechCrunch: BeGreatTV to offer MasterClass-like courses taught by Black and brown innovators. “BeGreatTV, an online education platform featuring Black and brown instructors, recently closed a $450K pre-seed round from Stand Together Ventures Lab, Arlan Hamilton, Tiffany Haddish and others. The goal with BeGreatTV is to enable anyone to learn from talented Black and brown innovators and leaders, founder and CEO Cortney Woodruff told TechCrunch.”


Bloomberg: Judge in Google Case Disturbed That Even ‘Incognito’ Users Are Tracked. “When Google users browse in ‘Incognito’ mode, just how hidden is their activity?The Alphabet Inc. unit says activating the stealth mode in Chrome, or ‘private browsing’ in other browsers, means the company won’t ‘remember your activity.’ But a judge with a history of taking Silicon Valley giants to task about their data collection raised doubts Thursday about whether Google is being as forthright as it needs to be about the personal information it’s collecting from users.”

PCMag: New Facebook Tools Help Prevent Child Exploitation. “Facebook is testing new tools to prevent child exploitation on its apps. The company this week announced a focus on deterrence, as well as recent improvements to detection and reporting functions.”


The Conversation: AI can now learn to manipulate human behaviour. “Artificial intelligence (AI) is learning more about how to work with (and on) humans. A recent study has shown how AI can learn to identify vulnerabilities in human habits and behaviours and use them to influence human decision-making.”

EurekAlert: Smartphones could help to prevent glaucoma blindness – study. “Smartphones could be used to scan people’s eyes for early-warning signs of glaucoma – helping to prevent severe ocular diseases and blindness, a new study reveals. Some of the most common eye-related diseases are avoidable and display strong risk factors before onset, but it is much harder to pinpoint a group of people at risk from glaucoma.” Good evening, Internet…

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