International Coaching Federation, Ozy Media, TweetDeck, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 3, 2021


PR Newswire: ICF Thought Leadership Institute Launches Global Digital Library (PRESS RELEASE). “The International Coaching Federation (ICF) Thought Leadership Institute today announced the launch of its Global Digital Library, which houses its growing body of knowledge, rooted in insights from researchers and artists in fields as diverse as economics, anthropology, education, coaching, and even poetry. These uncommon experts tackle critical issues ranging from the future of work, to the effects of technological change, to the future of cities in a post-COVID-19 world.”


The Verge: Ozy Media shuts down just one week after most of us found out it exists. “In the space of six days and five New York Times reports from media columnist Ben Smith, Ozy Media has gone from a largely unknown content producer to closing its doors. The eight-year-old media startup was unrecognizable to most. It operated in anonymity despite a roster including some well-known journalists, the high-profile guests who appeared on CEO Carlos Watson’s show, or NYC subway riders who were occasionally inundated with advertisements for its Ozyfest event.”

Search Engine Journal: Twitter Rolls Out 7 Updates to TweetDeck. “Though Twitter owns and maintains TweetDeck, its first priority is always Twitter-dot-com. When new features get added to the main version of Twitter they aren’t brought to TweetDeck until sometime afterward, if at all. As Twitter plays catchup to appease its loyal TweetDeck users, here’s an overview of all the updates on the way.”


BBC: Pandora Papers: Secret wealth and dealings of world leaders exposed. “The secret wealth and dealings of world leaders, politicians and billionaires has been exposed in one of the biggest leaks of financial documents. Some 35 current and former leaders and more than 300 public officials are featured in the files from offshore companies, dubbed the Pandora Papers.”

New York Times: Whistle-Blower to Accuse Facebook of Contributing to Jan. 6 Riot, Memo Says. “The whistle-blower, whose identity has not been publicly disclosed, planned to accuse the company of relaxing its security safeguards for the 2020 election too soon after Election Day, which then led it to be used in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to the internal memo obtained by The New York Times. The whistle-blower planned to discuss the allegations on ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday, the memo said, and was also set to say that Facebook had contributed to political polarization in the United States.”

Lookout Local Santa Cruz: Free broadband service is available to many Californians. Here’s how to apply. “As of Sunday, 732,201 households in the state had enrolled in the program, according to the FCC. As large as that number may seem, it’s only about 20% of the households that are likely to be eligible. And Sunne Wright McPeak, chief executive of the California Emerging Technology Fund, said the bulk of the Californians who have signed up appear to be people who already had broadband through the internet service providers’ discount programs for low-income residents — not people with no access to the internet. The problem, McPeak said, is that eligible Californians don’t know about the program, “and nobody is telling them.”


The Conversation: The rise of dark web design: how sites manipulate you into clicking. “Dark design has proven to be an incredibly effective way of encouraging web users to part with their time, money and privacy. This in turn has established ‘dark patterns’, or sets of practices designers know they can use to manipulate web users. They’re difficult to spot, but they’re increasingly prevalent in the websites and apps we use every day, creating products that are manipulative by design, much like the persistent, ever-present pop-ups we’re forced to close when we visit a new website.”

The Register: Brit law firm files suit against Google and Deepmind over use of hospital patients’ data. “A UK law firm is bringing legal action on behalf of patients it says had their confidential medical records obtained by Google and DeepMind Technologies in breach of data protection laws. Mishcon de Reya said today it planned a representative action on behalf of Mr Andrew Prismall and the approximately 1.6 million individuals whose data was used as part of a testing programme for medical software developed by the companies.”


Ubergizmo: Ophthalmologist Uses The iPhone 13 Pro’s Macro Camera To Check On Patients’ Eyes. “In a post on LinkedIn, Dr. Tommy Korn, an ophthalmologist has shared how he actually manages to use the iPhone 13 Pro’s Macro mode when looking into the eyes of his patients. It turns out that Macro mode might have more uses beyond capturing close up photos of flowers and insects, because based on the sample photos he attached to his post, the details are actually surprisingly good.”

Women Love Tech: Ada Twist, Scientist Encourages Kids to Enjoy Science with Netflix. “Netflix has released Ada Twist, Scientist with the goal of making science fun and accessible for everyone. The animated show follows 8-year-old Ada, a small scientist with a big sense of curiosity. She explores science to discover the truth about everything from chain reactions to evaporation. The series encourages children to be curious about their surroundings and take an active interest in why things happen and how things work.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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