Minnesota Elder Care, Google Play, Twitter, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 2, 2022


StarTribune: Searching for a senior home? A new tool helps Minnesotans screen out unsafe providers. “An elder advocacy group launched an online tool, called Elder Care IQ, that provides access to state inspection reports for 2,000 nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and home health agencies across Minnesota. The tool can help people identify providers that have a history of abuse and neglect of residents, as well as those that received a clean bill of health from state inspectors.”


Google Blog: Google Play’s best apps and games of 2022. “The winners are in for Google Play’s Best of 2022 awards. Every year we recognize the best apps and games on Google Play and the developers who bring them to life. Their bold ideas and creativity help us reach people across all kinds of devices — from phones and watches to Chromebooks and tablets.”

Financial Times: EU and US turn up the heat on Elon Musk over Twitter. “The European Commission on Wednesday threatened Musk with a ban unless Twitter abides by strict content moderation rules, as US Treasury secretary Janet Yellen indicated that Washington was reviewing his purchase of the social network.”

TechCrunch: Twitter is going to show you more tweets from people you don’t follow. “As new Twitter owner Elon Musk tinkers around with the social network’s feature set, more algorithmic recommendations are apparently on the way.”


The Scotsman: Val McDermid backs Save Our Stories appeal launched to secure future of ‘fragile and brittle’ newspaper treasure trove. “The guardians of Scotland’s biggest newspaper archive have launched an appeal to secure the future of ‘fragile and brittle’ collections said to be at risk of being lost forever due to their declining condition.”

The Verge: Why the worst recipes imaginable are blowing up on TikTok. “[Eli] Betchik is one of TikTok’s premiere rage-bait chefs: influencers who make videos of gruesome and often disgusting recipes, which they then consume in front of a camera. Most creators in the space claim to be driven by curiosity rather than fame, but their reliance on outrage to fuel their online presence is undeniable.”


Engadget: LastPass reveals another security breach. “LastPass CEO Karim Toubba has revealed that the password manager has been breached again. Toubba said the company detected an unusual activity within a third-party cloud storage service that it shares with its parent company GoTo, which was formerly known as LogMeIn.” I’m a longtime customer of LastPass, but I’m going to have to think about that.

The Verge: The scary truth about AI copyright is nobody knows what will happen next. “The last year has seen a boom in AI models that create art, music, and code by learning from others’ work. But as these tools become more prominent, unanswered legal questions could shape the future of the field.”


Australian Financial Review: Australia’s crackdown on Google, Facebook ‘worked’ . “A government review into Australia’s media bargaining code, which extracted millions of dollars from the global tech giants, found the legislation corrected the ‘imbalance’ between news publishers and tech platforms. But media outlets such as The Conversation and SBS remain upset that Facebook has not entered into agreements with them.”

Berkeley News: Massive traffic experiment pits machine learning against ‘phantom’ jams. “Many traffic jams are caused by human behavior: a slight tap on the brakes can ripple through a line of cars, triggering a slowdown — or complete gridlock — for no apparent reason. But in a massive traffic experiment that occurred outside of Nashville last week, scientists tested whether introducing just a few AI-equipped vehicles to the road can help ease these ‘phantom’ jams and reduce fuel consumption for everyone. The answer seems to be yes.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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