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Wolfram Language / Mathematica, Twitch, Reverse Phone Number Lookup, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 2, 2022

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Stephen Wolfram Blog: Launching Version 13.1 of Wolfram Language & Mathematica 🙀🤠🥳. “In recent years we’ve established something of a rhythm, delivering the fruits of our development efforts roughly twice a year. We released Version 13.0 on December 13, 2021. And now, roughly six months later, we’re releasing Version 13.1. As usual, even though it’s a ‘.1’ release, it’s got a lot of new (and updated) functionality, some of which we’ve worked on for many years but finally now brought to fruition.”

TechCrunch: Twitch’s new Guest Star mode will let anyone turn their stream into a talk show . “Twitch wants to make it easier for creators to pull guests into their livestreams, talk show-style — and everybody gets to be a creator. The company is announcing Guest Star, a new feature that will tie into existing streaming software, allowing stream hosts to bring up to five guests into a stream and swap them in and out fluidly.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 7 Sites to Identify the Owner of a Phone Number. “Phone numbers are a little like fingerprints; they can reveal a lot about a person, for example, their name or where they live. If you received a call from a number you don’t recognize, the following resources can help you identify the caller before you ring them back. One option even calls the number for you.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Boing Boing: YouTube removes criticism of dangerous fractal wood burning instructions, but leaves up the lethal tips. “It is extraordinarily dangerous, and dozens of people have been killed following instructions contained in viral videos. Ann Reardon recently posted a thorough debunking of the method, which quickly became popular in its own right… But YouTube has removed Reardon’s video, claiming it is harmful and dangerous—while leaving up fractal wood burning videos demonstrating methods that have killed, at latest count, 34 people in America.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Digital Library of Georgia Awards Digitization Subgrants to 6 Georgia Cultural Heritage Institutions Across the State. “The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) announced today the 6 recipients of its 10th set of digitization service awards. Among the awardees are four new partners. Awardee projects include documentation of the Augusta Jewish community and Evans County African American genealogical materials.”

9to5 Google: ‘Google Public Sector’ is a new subsidiary focused on US government, education. “Google today is home to two divisions that have their own CEOs: Cloud and YouTube. ‘Google Public Sector’ was announced today as a ‘new Google division that will focus on helping U.S. public sector institutions.'”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Bloomberg: Deadly Abortion Misinformation Rings Alarm Bells for Doctors, TikTok. “TikTok and other social media platforms are attempting to clamp down on posts highlighting certain toxic herbs that some say might stop a pregnancy, as doctors sound the alarm over their potentially fatal effects for the person taking them.”

Protocol: How lax social media policies help fuel a prescription drug boom. “The U.S. is almost alone in embracing direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertisements. Nations as disparate as Saudi Arabia, France and China all find common ground in banning such ads. In fact, of all developed nations, only New Zealand joins the U.S. in giving pharmaceutical companies a direct line to consumers. As it so happens, Americans are also highly medicated.”

The New Times (Rwanda): Activists renew call to return UN court archives to Rwanda. “Following the appointment of the new president of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), activists have renewed call to bring to Rwanda physical archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).”

RESEARCH & OPINION

WIRED: DALL-E Mini Is the Internet’s Favorite AI Meme Machine. “The outwardly simple app, which generates nine images in response to any typed text prompt, was launched nearly a year ago by an independent developer. But after some recent improvements and a few viral tweets, its ability to crudely sketch all manner of surreal, hilarious, and even nightmarish visions suddenly became meme magic.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. Thanks for the phone number ID sites item.
    I now have additional sites to look for phone numbers at my volunteer gig, Area Office on Aging.
    Sometimes we misplace phone numbers of clients or get wrong information from referrers
    This will be a big help!

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