Our Bodies Ourselves Today, New York Overdose Prevention, Google, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 10, 2022


Teen Vogue: Our Bodies Ourselves Today Launches Sex and Health Website For a New Generation. “Our Bodies Ourselves Today launched its new website on September 9, bringing a new look and more evidence-based information to women, girls, and gender-expansive people. The new organization, which worked with the blessing of the original 1970s group, aimed to make an inclusive and comprehensive place where people of all experiences can go to see themselves reflected, and to learn about their bodies and their health in a time when not everyone has that access.”

State of New York: NYS OASAS Announces Launch of New Website to Promote Overdose Prevention Education. “The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports today announced the launch of the new ‘Project COPE’ website, which promotes overdose prevention and harm reduction education in New York State. The goal of this initiative is to empower people to learn how to prevent overdoses and save lives in their community.”


Search Engine Land: Google helpful content update is now done rolling out. “Google has confirmed that the helpful content update is now finished rolling out. The update took 15 days to roll out, starting on August 25, 2022 and ending on September 9, 2022. Google has posted it completed today, September 9th. As a reminder, Google’s helpful content update is a sitewide signal. It targets websites that have a relatively high amount of unsatisfying or unhelpful content, where the content is written for search engines first.”

Axios: Exclusive: Yahoo buys The Factual to add news credibility ratings. “Yahoo has acquired The Factual, a company that uses algorithms to rate the credibility of news sources, Yahoo president and general manager Matt Sanchez told Axios.”


Cairo Scene: The Digital Archive Preserving The Fading Art Of Egyptian Typography. “Exclusively focused on Arabic street typography in Egypt, the Egyptian Type Archive has amassed a loyal community on Instagram. They collectively document any text they stumble upon, from the quirky to the horrific to the beautiful, whether it’s an ancient sign on a vintage shop or an announcement sprayed on the walls of a local cafe.”

WIRED: Google and Amazon Want More Defense Contracts, Despite Worker Protests. “HUNDREDS OF GOOGLE workers and their supporters gathered near the company’s downtown San Francisco offices Thursday, raising signs that read ‘No Tech for Apartheid’ and filling the air with chants of ‘Tech from Amazon and Google! You can’t claim that you are neutral!’ Similar scenes unfolded outside Google and Amazon offices in New York and Seattle, and a Google office in Durham, North Carolina.


Engadget: The IRS says it accidentally exposed confidential information involving 120,000 taxpayers. “Around 120,000 taxpayers who filed a Form 990-T will be hearing from the IRS in the coming weeks, telling them that the agency inadvertently exposed their information on its website. Exempted organizations, including charities and religious groups, with unrelated business income are required to file Form 990-T. As The Wall Street Journal notes, though, people with individual retirement accounts invested in assets that generate income, such as real estate, are also required to file the form.”

Reuters: Google, Apple facing anti-competitive complaint in Mexico. “Apple (AAPL.O) and Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google are facing a probe over anti-competitive practices in Mexico after the country’s former telecommunications chief filed a complaint, he said in a statement on Twitter on Friday.”


University of Alberta: AI researchers improve method for removing gender bias in natural language processing. “Researchers have found a better way to reduce gender bias in natural language processing models while preserving vital information about the meanings of words, according to a recent study that could be a key step toward addressing the issue of human biases creeping into artificial intelligence.”

New York Times: How Tree Rings Helped Identify a Rhode Island Whaler Lost at Sea. “New research, published last month in the scholarly journal Dendrochronologia, allowed researchers to identify the shipwreck to a high degree of certainty, said Ignacio Mundo, the lead author and an adjunct researcher with the Dendrochronology and Environmental History Laboratory at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Mendoza, Argentina. The finding was possible because of the analysis of a kind of fingerprint of the ship itself: The rings on its wooden planks and futtocks, or curved timber pieces.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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