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Career development for journalists-turned-parents in Korea

Managing work and home life is never an easy task, and parents around the world would agree that it doesn’t get any simpler with children. Now couple that with a career in journalism: if parenting is a full-time job, the news never stops either.For reporters in Korea, the pursuit of worabael, or "work-life balance," means making a difficult choice between advancing their careers and spending time with their families. Taking parental leave can be a major career setback—so parents working in the n...
Tags: Google, Asia Pacific, Korea, Seoul, Diversity and Inclusion, Google in Asia, Seoul Economic Daily, Google News Initiative, Google News Initiative GNI, Aimee Moon, Journalists Association of Korea, JARANDA, Seojung Chang, Unor, Naree Lee, Sewon Yim


'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay

Experts say the coronavirus has given the Chinese government a pretence for accelerating the mass surveillanceOver the last two months, Chinese citizens have had to adjust to a new level of government intrusion.Getting into one’s apartment compound or workplace requires scanning a QR code, writing down one’s name and ID number, temperature and recent travel history. Telecom operators track people’s movements while social media platforms like WeChat and Weibo have hotlines for people to report ot...
Tags: Technology, China, Social Media, Surveillance, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Telecom, Weibo, Coronavirus outbreak


Are People With ADHD Better at Creative Tasks?

"ADHD may also bring with it an advantage: the ability to think more creatively," argues a new article in Scientific American: Three aspects of creative cognition are divergent thinking, conceptual expansion and overcoming knowledge constraints... Previous research has established that individuals with ADHD are exceptionally good at divergent thinking tasks, such as inventing creative new uses for everyday objects, and brainstorming new features for an innovative cell phone device. In a new stud...
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Twitter applies its new “manipulated media” label to video retweeted by Trump

A video retweeted by Donald Trump is the first to be marked with Twitter’s new “manipulated media” tag. The company formally unveiled a new policy last month that said media that has been “significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated” is likely to be labeled if it is determined to be deliberately misleading. The video, originally tweeted by White House director of social media Dan Scavino and shared by Trump, used footage taken during a speech by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Bide...
Tags: TC, Twitter, White House, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Biden, Kansas City, Donald Trump, Trump, Kim Jong, Dan Scavino, Zakrzewski, Reuters Institute and New York University


'How Wikipedia's Volunteers Became the Web's Best Weapon Against Misinformation'

Fast Company just published a 4,000 appreciation of Wikipedia's volunteer editors: [W]hile places like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter struggle to fend off a barrage of false content, with their scattershot mix of policies, fact-checkers, and algorithms, one of the web's most robust weapons against misinformation is an archaic-looking website written by anyone with an internet connection, and moderated by a largely anonymous crew of volunteers. "I think there's a part of that that is encouraging,...
Tags: Wikipedia, Massachusetts, Tech, Fast Company, Wikimedia Foundation, Facebook YouTube, Ryan Merkley


Meet the Man Being Sued By the FTC Over His Kickstarter Campaign for a High-Tech Backpack

The Verge takes a 5,000-word look at a Kickstarter campaign "that raised more than half a million dollars, only to never ship and leave behind thousands of angry backers." "The difference in this story, however, is that for only the second time, the Federal Trade Commission is coming for the creator." The agency claims Doug Monahan took his backpack funds and spent them on "personal expenses," including bitcoin purchases, ATM withdrawals, and credit card debt. The agency says he threatened bac...
Tags: Texas, Tech, Federal Trade Commission, Samsung Galaxy Note, Ftc, Monahan, Doug Monahan


Apple offers free repairs for 3rd-gen iPad Air with blank screen issue

The problem affects iPad Air units made between March 2019 and October 2019
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, iPad Air, Ipad Air 3


US Homeland Security Official Charged with Stealing Confidential Government Software, Databases

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: In a press release Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice charged a former Acting Inspector General for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the theft of proprietary software and confidential government databases. The indictment named Charles K. Edwards, a former DHS Acting Inspector General between 2011 to 2013, but also his former aid, 54-year-old Murali Yamazula Venkata. DOJ officials claim that between October 2014 and April 2017 -- after Edw...
Tags: US, Tech, Dhs, Doj, OIG, U S Department of Agriculture, U S Department of Justice, Edwards, United States Postal Service USPS, US Department of Homeland Security DHS, Dhs Oig, Venkata, Charles K Edwards, Murali Yamazula Venkata, Edwards Venkata, DHS Office of Inspector General OIG Edwards


Twentyseven Month Hiatus

its not that i have not been anywhere it is just that where i was i was too occupied to sit for hours recording my adventures. am also getting too lazy to use capitols because i have a new Lenovo laptop and the left hand shift button is half the size ... t
Tags: Travel, Lenovo


A secret initiative at Amazon known as 'Project Gesundheit' is working to create a cure for the common cold

A secret project at Amazon known as "Project Gesundheit" is working toward developing a cure for the common cold, CNBC reported. The secretive project is part of Amazon's "Grand Challenge" R&D initiative lead by Babak Parviz, who previously led an R&D group at Alphabet, Google's parent company.  While developing a cure to the many viruses that cause a common cold has long been thought as impossible, recent breakthroughs, like one at Stanford University, have indicated it might be more likely t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Stanford, US, Trends, Italy, Antarctica, Cnbc, Stanford University, Centers for Disease Control, Alphabet Google, Babak Parviz, CNBC CNBC, CNBC Amazon, Pellini, Mike Pellini


Burn the EARN IT Act

I want to talk about malignant incompetence on the part of our elected officials, and this isn’t even about the pandemic. Rather, it’s about the spectacularly misguided, counterproductive, expensive, and overbearing approach to end-to-end encryption by the USA along with Australia, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand — the so-called “Five Eyes.” Consider the TSA Lock program. (Bear with me; this is important.) It’s an initiative to ensure all luggage locks can be opened by universal keys, held by th...
Tags: TC, Usa, UK, Opinion, Tech, New Zealand, Tsa, CSAM, WhatsApp Facebook Messenger, Stanford Center for Internet and Society, Australia Canada, Riana Pfefferkorn, TSA Lock, TSA Locks


Tim Cook Offers Work From Home to Most Apple Staff Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Apple CEO Tim Cook has today offered employees at most of its global offices the ability to work from home, and announced new policies in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Image via David Paul Morris/Bloomberg Employees at several global offices have been told to "feel free to work remotely if your job allows,” for the week of March 9 to 13, according to an internal memo that was obtained by Bloomberg and later confirmed by an Apple spokesman. This extends the company’s policy from Friday, w...
Tags: Apple, California, China, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Seattle, Apple Stores, South Korea Japan Italy, COVID-19 Coronavirus, David Paul Morris Bloomberg Employees, Apple Stores COVID


Apple CEO Tim Cook tells office employees to work from home as the company plans to reduce 'human density' in stores amid coronavirus outbreak

In a memo sent to employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook urged the company's global office employees to work remotely this week amid the spread of the novel coronavirus.  While the policy is only applicable to workers at Apple's offices, the company has also instituted new efforts to limit "human density" at its retail locations.  Apple's decision to allow employees to work remotely mirrors decisions made by other tech companies like Microsoft, Facebook, and Alphabet.   Visit Business Insider's homepag...
Tags: Apple, UK, Cook, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Elk Grove, Cupertino, San Francisco Bay Area, Cupertino California, Santa Clara Valley, Microsoft Facebook, Bloomberg News Cook, Facebook Twitter Microsoft Amazon


China Roundup: Enterprise tech gets a lasting boost from coronavirus outbreak

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, a post from Sequoia Capital sounding the alarm of the coronavirus’s impact on businesses is reaching far corners of tech communities around the world, including China. Many echo Sequoia’s observation that the companies that are the “most adaptable” are the likeliest to survive. Others cling to the hope of “[turning] a...
Tags: TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Enterprise, China, America, Tech, Beijing, JD.com, Sequoia Capital, Sequoia, China Growth Capital, Zoom, Nyse, MindWorks Ventures, Luo


Apple’s Cook offers work from home this week to many global employees

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook offered employees at most of its global offices the ability to work from home and called the coronavirus outbreak an “unprecedented event” and a “challenging moment.” Cook told employees at several global offices to “please feel free to work remotely if your job allows” for the week of March 9 to 13, according to a memo Cook sent that was obtained by Bloomberg News. That extends the company’s move last Friday to encourage employees in California and...
Tags: Apple, Cook, California, Advertising, Tim Cook, Elk Grove, Seattle, Apple Inc, Santa Clara Valley, Bloomberg News That, California Seattle South Korea Japan Italy


Original Content podcast: ‘Love is Blind’ adds a touch of reality to a silly premise

Even by the standards of romantic competition reality shows, “Love is Blind” has a doozy of a concept: A group of men and women “date” by talking in pods where they can only hear each other’s voices. In just a little over a week, they’re expected to start proposing marriage to someone who they’ve never seen. On this week’s episode of the Original Content podcast, we’re joined by TechCrunch marketing director (and reality TV expert) Alexandra Ames to review the just-wrapped first season of the Ne...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, NICK, Blind, Vanessa Lachey, Original Content Podcast, Alexandra Ames


Can Researchers Finally Cure the Common Cold?

Medical researchers are trying to make history, reports CNBC -- including a 100-person R&D group within AWS: Amazon is working on a cure for the common cold in a years-long, top secret effort called "Project Gesundheit," according to three people familiar with the effort... The team is hoping to develop a vaccine, but is exploring a variety of approaches to the problem. Internally, the effort is sometimes referred to as the "vaccine project...." Amazon isn't the only organization throwing res...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Stanford, Tech, University Of California, Cnbc, Priscilla Chan, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub


An AI Surveillance Company is Watching Utah

An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard: The state of Utah has given an artificial intelligence company real-time access to state traffic cameras, CCTV and "public safety" cameras, 911 emergency systems, location data for state-owned vehicles, and other sensitive data. The company, called Banjo, says that it's combining this data with information collected from social media, satellites, and other apps, and claims its algorithms "detect anomalies" in the real world. The lofty goal of Banjo's sys...
Tags: Utah, Tech, Cctv, Banjo, AI Surveillance Company, Time Intelligence, Utah Banjo


Why we need more women to build real-world AI products, explained by science

Did you know the TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring the latest work culture trends and the future of work this year? Check out the full program here. The most exciting breakthroughs of the twenty-first century will not occur because of technology, but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human. — John Naisbitt Before we dive into why more women should lead AI teams, I want to share a fascinating story I heard from Tania Biland, a 3rd-year student of Lucerne...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, John Naisbitt, Tania, Syndication, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, Tania Biland


Something Weird Just Happened That We Can't Really Explain With Existing Physics

"Why did this particle mysteriously disintegrate?" asks Popular Mechanics. Slashdot reader aeropage shared their report: Scientists have proposed a new kind of subatomic particle to explain another particle's mysterious disintegration. The kaon, a special case of meson particle, is made of one quark and one antiquark. All are part of the overall family called hadrons. When kaon particles decay, a very rare few undergo a change that has baffled scientists. Can it be explained by existing physics ...
Tags: Tech, Popular Mechanics Slashdot


New Google Assistant feature turns the internet into one giant audiobook

The Read It feature is available on browsers and Android smartphones
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Google Assistant


Google celebrates with a new doodle

Google's doodle for International Women's Day celebrates the achievements of women of all geographic and generational backgrounds.
Tags: Google, News, Stories


Google celebrates International Women's Day with a new doodle

Google's doodle for International Women's Day celebrates the achievements of women of all geographic and generational backgrounds.
Tags: Google, Cnn


If we could see alternate realities, would we want to take a look?

Well, here we are. After many weeks (and a somewhat inconsistent publishing schedule), we have arrived at the final story of Ted Chiang’s Exhalation collection, number nine of nine. It has been a fun journey reading each of these speculative science fiction stories, and I do think they have much to tell TechCrunch readers. Even if you missed some of the discussions, these stories are timeless: What’s Expected of Us was first published in 2005. So jump in now, or jump in later — they will be w...
Tags: Science Fiction, Book Review, Tech, Reddit, Ted Chiang, Dana, Jorge, Chiang, Vinessa


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Promises Home-Testing Kits for Coronavirus

An anonymous reader quotes the Seattle Times: Testing for the novel coronavirus in the Seattle area will get a huge boost in the coming weeks as a project funded by Bill Gates and his foundation begins offering home-testing kits that will allow people who fear they may be infected to swab their noses and send the samples back for analysis. Results, which should be available in one to two days, will be shared with local health officials who will notify those who test positive. Via online forms,...
Tags: Tech, Bill Gates, Bill, Seattle, South Asia, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle Times, Saharan Africa, Dowell, COVID, Scott Dowell


Crooks Keep Revealing Their Crimes on Social Media

Quartz tells the story of a large-scale heroin and methamphetamine dealer named Francisco Ruelas-Payan who's now serving 15 years in prison: While phone records and GPS location devices were useful in helping investigators keep tabs on Ruelas-Payan's location and near-term plans, it was his public Facebook activity that not only confirmed many of these leads but also offered additional clues authorities used to build their case. Ruelas-Payan posted lengthy videos to the social media network of h...
Tags: Facebook, India, New York City, Social Media, Tech, Facebook Live, Drug Enforcement Administration, John Jay, Francisco Ruelas Payan, Ruelas Payan


Study Finds More Younger Adults are Being Diagnosed With Alzheimer's

The five years between 2013 and 2017 saw a 200% increase in the number of commercially-insured Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or early-onset dementia between the ages of 30 to 64. "While the underlying cause is not clear, advances in technology are certainly allowing for earlier and more definitive diagnosis," says a Blue Cross executive. The data was collected by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (and its licensee Independence Blue Cross) in a report titled Early-Onset Demen...
Tags: Tech, Blue Cross, Independence Blue Cross, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association


Study Finds More Younger Adult are Being Diagnosed With Alzheimer's

The five years between 2013 and 2017 saw a 200% increase in the number of commercially-insured Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or early-onset dementia between the ages of 30 to 64. "While the underlying cause is not clear, advances in technology are certainly allowing for earlier and more definitive diagnosis," says a Blue Cross executive. The data was collected by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (and its licensee Independence Blue Cross) in a report titled Early-Onset Demen...
Tags: Tech, Blue Cross, Independence Blue Cross, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association


How the information system industry became enterprise software

Aziz Gilani Contributor Share on Twitter Aziz Gilani is a Managing Director at Mercury, where he focuses on investments in enterprise SaaS, Cloud and data science startups. More posts by this contributor The True Impact Of The Snapchat Writedown For Entrepreneurs If you were a software company employee or venture capitalist in Silicon Valley before 1993, chances are you were talking about “Informati...
Tags: Column, Enterprise, Entertainment, Tech, Star Trek, ERP, Spock, Gartner, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Lotus, Patrick Stewart, Paramount, Leonard Nimoy, Sap, Bmc


Here are the first 10 things you should do on your brand new Samsung Galaxy S20 phone

I tweaked 10 different things on the stock Galaxy S20 to make the phone look and work better. Out of the box, Samsung's default settings don't take full advantage of its own capabilities, like the super smooth 120Hz screen. Many of these tweaks are aesthetic, so pick out the ones you like.  Others are functional and can give you a better experience with the Galaxy S20.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the things I love about Android phones is how much control you g...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Samsung, Trends, Samsung Galaxy, Don, Bixby, Gboard, Advanced Features, Gboard Samsung



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