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Chrome, Video Game Development, Command Line Tools, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 9, 2020

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: With Chrome 80, Google is making website notifications STFU. “When Mozilla released Firefox 72 yesterday, users were happy to find that the company had tamed the popup messages that ask whether a website should be allowed to send notifications. Now, with Chrome 80, Google has done the same.”

Google Blog: Come celebrate the art of indie games with us. “This year we will host three competitions for indie game developers from Japan, South Korea and several European countries. The top 20 creators in each region will be chosen to showcase their games at public events in Tokyo, Seoul and Warsaw. Players, industry experts and the Google Play team will vote to select the top 10, and from there, three winners for each regional contest will be crowned.”

USEFUL STUFF

I’m not going to lie to you, sometimes I include stuff because I want it for later. Make Tech Easier: Thirteen Useful Tools for Working with Text on the Command Line. “GNU/Linux distributions include a wealth of programs for handling text, most of which are provided by the GNU core utilities. There’s somewhat of a learning curve, but these utilities can prove very useful and efficient when used correctly. Here are thirteen powerful text manipulation tools every command-line user should know.”

Databox: 25 Tips for Properly Setting Up Google Analytics On Your Website. “What percentage of visitors stay on your site for more than 2 minutes? How many visitors end up subscribing to your newsletter? Or, make a purchase on your site? These are all questions that you can be answered by setting up Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a robust and powerful tool that can help understand what people are doing on your website. The best part – it is free to use.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Washington Post: Article or ad? Teen Vogue removes glowing Facebook story without explanation.. “The laudatory article carried a lofty headline, praising Facebook for fighting misinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential election. One of the tech giant’s executives, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, liked it so much, she posted it to her own page, calling it ‘great.’ But the ‘article,’ published online Wednesday by Teen Vogue, appeared without a byline and read more like a 2,000-word news release than a piece of journalism, prompting some to ask whether Facebook had paid to place it.”

CNET: Google says 2,000 people across the company work on inclusion and diversity in products. “Google on Thursday said it has an ‘inclusion champion group’ of more than 2,000 employees to try to make sure the search giant’s products are not biased when it comes to people’s race, age or other characteristics.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: Headless Body in Cave Is Identified as 1916 Ax Murder Suspect. “Since 1979, the authorities in Idaho had been trying to identify a torso that had been stuffed in a burlap sack in a cave. Now, they have learned that the torso belongs to [Joseph Henry] Loveless. Given that the bootlegger appears to have died in 1916, his case is almost certainly the oldest to be cracked with forensic genealogy, a rapidly expanding forensic technique that uses individuals’ relatives in genealogy databases to identify human remains and crime scene DNA.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: Report builds framework for ‘digital political ethics’ in 2020. “With the 2020 elections looming and amid continuing concerns over social media’s role in U.S. politics, four top universities have published a comprehensive new report recommending how candidates, tech platforms and regulators can ensure that digital political campaigns promote and protect fair elections.”

Science: Russian journals retract more than 800 papers after ‘bombshell’ investigation. “Academic journals in Russia are retracting more than 800 papers following a probe into unethical publication practices by a commission appointed by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). The moves come in the wake of several other queries suggesting the vast Russian scientific literature is riddled with plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and so-called gift authorship, in which academics become a co-author without having contributed any work.”

Vice News: This Map Shows You Where Violence Could Break Out Because There’s Not Enough Water. “Here’s how it works: Using satellite image data, scientists can measure how much moisture is transpiring from crops, which gives them a sense for how healthy they are. If the crops aren’t doing well, the risk factor for conflict goes up. They combine that data with more traditional methods of predicting conflict, like political instability, to paint a fuller picture of how likely a fight is to break out.” Good evening, Internet…

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