TWEAKS AND UPDATES
CNET: Twitch Coming Back Online After Suffering Major Outage. “Twitch, the livestreaming platform, is up again after being down in a major outage. The Twitch Status page shows the site is now operational.”
Search Engine Journal: LinkedIn Announces 7 Updates Coming In 2023. “LinkedIn previews seven new features coming in 2023, including improved video accessibility, updates to job search, post scheduling, and content analytics.”
Lifehacker: 10 of the Best Apps to Track Every New Year’s Resolution. “A New Year’s resolution can quickly turn into an empty promise (usually by the second week). But if you’re determined to make 2023 your year and want a fighting chance at keeping your resolution, here’s the secret: Track the hell out of it. Take notes, monitor your progress, and keep yourself engaged so that given enough time, your resolution turns into an automatic habit. But to get there, you might need some help.” Slideshow.
AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD
Johns Hopkins University: A Forgotten Era Of Filmmaking Finds A New Home At Johns Hopkins. “The Sheridan Libraries has acquired the Academic Film Archive of North America, an eclectic collection of more than 7,600 vintage 16-mm films.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Financial Times: Google develops free terrorism moderation tool for smaller websites. “Google is developing a free moderation tool that smaller websites can use to identify and remove terrorist material, as new legislation in the UK and the EU compels internet companies to do more to tackle illegal content.”
WIRED: The Password Isn’t Dead Yet. You Need a Hardware Key. “You likely have dozens or even hundreds of digital accounts, and even if they all supported hardware tokens it would be difficult to manage physical keys for all of them. But for your most valuable accounts and those that are a fallback for other logins—namely, your email—the security and phishing resistance of hardware keys can mean significant peace of mind.”
BuzzFeed News: Sam Bankman-Fried Has Pleaded Not Guilty To Fraud And Other Charges. “Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX, appeared in a federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to eight counts of defrauding customers, laundering money, and violating campaign finance laws. If convicted, he faces up to 115 years in prison.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Engadget: There’s never been a better time to stop tweeting. “There’s never really been a shortage of reasons to spend less time on Twitter. Even before Elon Musk’s chaotic takeover, the platform was long plagued by misinformation, hate speech, harassment and other ills that made it less than welcoming. There’s never been a better time to quit Twitter. The Elon Musk-induced chaos at the company has breathed new life into a crop of alternative platforms, and has inspired a new wave of competing efforts to win over disillusioned Twitter users.”
Princeton University: ‘Learning to see and learning to read’: Artificial intelligence enters a new era. “For artificial intelligence to realize its potential — to relieve humans from mundane tasks, make life easier, and eventually invent entirely new solutions to our problems — computers will need to surpass us at two things that we humans do pretty well: see the world around us and understand our language.”
OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL
Hackaday: Wearable Skobots Full Of Steam And Vanishing Indigenous Languages. “[Danielle Boyer] is Ojibwe: Sault Ste Marie Tribe and passionate about preserving vanishing indigenous languages. She’s invented a shoulder-worn talking companion, called a SkoBot, to teach STEAM to children through building robots programmed with indigenous language lessons and founded the STEAM Connection to give them away.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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