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8 TikTok accounts to follow if you’re tired of COVID misinformation

Mashable – “…Increasingly, medical professionals are using the app to share myth-busting information about things like the COVID-19 vaccine, rates of infection, and COVID treatments, all through succinct, engaging videos that will hopefully reach the people who need them. At the very least, they offer a link for other viewers to send to their more stubborn friends and relatives. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation has been a long battle led by government officials, news outlets, and health professionals. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has its own guide to combatting misinformation, and other social media platforms, like YouTube, have even gone so far as banning content that contains vaccine misinformation. TikTok has taken its own steps to ensuring its users get the most accurate information about COVID-19 and the vaccine, like information centers with links to government resources, FAQs, and videos from official health organizations built directly into the app (just search “covid” or “covid vaccine” and click the top link). The app even places information banners on videos that mention the virus. Beyond these resources, though, creators have taken on the task of addressing misinformation in their own comments and on trending videos by fellow TikTok users. The eight accounts highlighted below actively share videos about the COVID vaccine, treatment, and the realities of medical science…”

Visualizing Undersea Internet Cables

“The Submarine Cable Map is based on the authoritative data found in TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Research Service. Search Cables The information presented on the map can be filtered by the following data points: Cable system, e.g. “ARCOS” Country connected by cables, e.g. “France” Known cable landing location, e.g. “Porthcurno” Ready for service year, e.g. “2010”… Continue Reading

Google search redesign adds continuous scrolling

Fortune: “Google has adapted to social media’s topography. On mobile devices, its search results will now be displayed in one continuous scroll, rather than on multiple pages. According to Google’s announcement today, the new design is more “intuitive” for users and encourages curiosity in our Information Age. Google notes in a tweet however that “continuous… Continue Reading

Court Says Google Translate Isn’t Reliable Enough To Determine Consent For A Search

TechDirt: “The quickest way to a warrantless search is obtaining consent. But consent obtained by officers isn’t always consent, no matter how it’s portrayed in police reports and court testimony. Courts have sometimes pointed this out, stripping away ill-gotten search gains when consent turned out to be [extremely air quotation marks] “consent.” Such is the… Continue Reading

Amazon Puts Its Own “Brands” First Above Better-Rated Products

TheMarkUp – “The online giant gives a leg up to hundreds of house brand and exclusive products that most people don’t know are connected to Amazon… An investigation by The Markup found that Amazon places products from its house brands and products exclusive to the site ahead of those from competitors—even competitors with higher customer… Continue Reading

Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Searched A Sexual Assault Victim’s Name, Address And Telephone Number

Forbes: “The U.S. government is secretly ordering Google to provide data on anyone typing in certain search terms, an accidentally unsealed court document shows. There are fears such “keyword warrants” threaten to implicate innocent Web users in serious crimes and are more common than previously thought…It’s a rare example of a so-called keyword warrant and,… Continue Reading

What Is Google Socratic and How Does It Work?

MakeUseOf: “Need detailed or specialized information? Google Socratic is the scholar’s Google, and here’s how it works…Google Socratic helps connect students to helpful educational resources from all over the web through a mobile phone app for free. Using technology like text-to-speech and photo analysis, Socratic uses artificial intelligence to enhance its search capabilities to help… Continue Reading

You’ve decided to quit Facebook. Here’s how to migrate your online life elsewhere

Washington Post: ‘Every time there’s a Facebook scandal, you may have thought about quitting the social network, and this time for real. But you run into the same problem every time: Where exactly should you go? After a rough month of revelations about Facebook’s business practices, culminating with a whistleblower testifying in front of lawmakers… Continue Reading

Climate and energy choices this decade will influence how high sea levels rise for hundreds of years

Climate Central: Which future will we choose? Search VisualsView risk maps for 180 cities around the world (Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, South America). Media Type – Photorealistic Image, Flyover Video, Google Earth Image, Animated GIF. Present-day sea level 1.1°C, 1.5°C, 2°C, 3°C, 4°C. View risk maps| See the research Continue Reading

Find Your Ancestors Quickly Using FamilySearch’s New Discovery Search Experience

FamilySearch: “If you find yourself struggling to know how to find your ancestors, FamilySearch has a new search experience that can help you find your ancestors in a quick and easy way without having to sign in. The FamilySearch Discovery Search experience provides a way to quickly search select databases on FamilySearch—the tree, records, memories,… Continue Reading

Google launches new features to help users shrink their carbon footprints

The Verge: “Google announced a suite of new features that it says will help people who use their platforms make more sustainable choices. The new services focus on reducing planet-heating greenhouse gas emissions and are primarily found on Search, Maps, Travel, and Nest. But before we get into the details of how their new tools… Continue Reading