Utah Courts Xchange, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Twitter, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 4, 2022


Standard Examiner: Does your date have a criminal record? Find out for $5. “Earlier this week, the online database, called Utah Courts Xchange, became available to the general public. Logging in as a guest, a user can pay $5 to get up to 24 hours of access to search for district and justice court records of individuals, businesses and other entities…. After a guest user logs into Xchange, they can run keyword searches by name. Results may show everything from infractions to felonies, with basic details about charges and convictions.” The headline does the database a bit of a disservice; this looks like court records search for Utah for a $5 day pass.

USPTO: New PTAB resources for inventors. “Over the past year, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has gathered feedback from across the intellectual property (IP) community through our many outreach events. One thing we heard repeatedly is that inventors want to learn more about the Board and what it does. So, to address this feedback, we acted by creating a number of new programs and resources dedicated to inventors, or anyone who is new to practice before the PTAB.”


BeeBom: New ‘Twitter Articles’ Feature Being Tested to Let Users Post Longer Tweets. “From TikTok-like video tweets to emoji reactions, the micro-blogging platform Twitter is often seen experimenting with new features it might launch soon. As the latest addition to this list, it is now said to be working on a ‘Twitter Articles’ feature, which will let you create long-form tweets. Here are the details.”

CNET: Google Chrome logo gets simpler and brighter, the first change in 8 years. “For the first time in eight years, Google is changing its Chrome browser logo, adopting a simpler look intended to better match Google’s current brand, a company designer said Friday. But you might not even notice.”

The Verge: Google Stadia has reportedly been demoted, but it might show up in your Peloton. “One year after Google revealed it now saw Google Stadia cloud gaming idea as a mere ‘technology platform for industry partners’ rather than a true rival to Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, Business Insider is reporting that some Stadia gamers’ fears have come true: the entire Stadia project has been demoted within Google, and its new priority is to power experiences from companies including Peloton, Bungie, and Capcom rather than attracting more games to Stadia itself.”


BBC: Koo: India’s Twitter alternative with global ambitions. “Can Indian microblogging app Koo beat Twitter? That’s certainly the goal, according to co-founder Mayank Bidawatka, who says Koo expects to surpass Twitter’s 25 million-strong user base in India this year.”


Reuters: Philippines passes law to tackle anonymous social media abuse. “Philippines lawmakers have approved legislation requiring social media users to register their legal identities and phone numbers when creating new accounts, a senator said on Thursday, in an ambitious move to thwart online abuse and misinformation.”

CNN: Suspected Chinese hackers hit News Corp with ‘persistent cyberattack’. “News Corp suffered a ‘persistent cyberattack,’ the company said Friday, and investigators believe Chinese spies may be responsible. Dozens of journalists at the News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal were targeted in the hack, which appeared to focus on reporters and editors covering China-related issues, two people familiar with the matter told CNN.”

Gizmodo: Gettr Fired Its Entire Cybersecurity Team and Never Replaced Them, Former Employees Say. “Gettr, the MAGA-minded social media platform that recently saw a big spike in users, seems to be on a mission to get hacked. Or at least, that’s what you’d be led to believe by the company’s reported decision to fire pretty much everybody in charge of making sure the company doesn’t get hacked.”


New York Times: Air Force taps Clearview AI to research face-identifying augmented reality glasses.. “The U.S. Air Force is looking into keeping its airfields safer with help from the facial recognition start-up Clearview AI. The Air Force Research Laboratory awarded Clearview $49,847 to research augmented reality glasses that could scan faces to help with security on bases.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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