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Daily Archives: July 13, 2017

Pew – Globally, More Name U.S. Than China as World’s Leading Economic Power

“The past decade has witnessed significant changes in the global economy as many nations around the world have struggled with the Great Recession and its aftereffects. While the United States and other relatively wealthy Western nations have slowly bounced back from the crisis, economic growth rates have been low compared with those of China, India and other emerging economies. Still, the prevailing view among publics around the world is that the U.S. is the top global economic power. Across 38 nations polled by Pew Research Center, a median of 42% say the U.S. is the world’s leading economy, while 32% name China. Across all of the countries surveyed in Latin America, as well as most in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, publics tend to believe the U.S. is the top economy. And by a 51%-35% margin, Americans name their own country rather than China…”

Pew – Local TV News Fact Sheet

“Local television news programming has shed audience over the past decade, including this past year in most timeslots studied. Even with these viewership losses, local TV news still garners more viewers on average than cable and network news programs. However, for election news in particular – a big part of last year’s news agenda –… Continue Reading

Pew – Growth in mobile news use driven by older adults

“Mobile devices have rapidly become one of the most common ways for Americans to get news, and the sharpest growth in the past year has been among Americans ages 50 and older, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March. More than eight-in-ten U.S. adults now get news on a mobile device (85%),… Continue Reading

Paper – Distributed Persistent Identifiers System Design

Golodoniuc, P., Car, N.J. & Klump, J., (2017). Distributed Persistent Identifiers System Design. Data Science Journal. 16, p.34. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/dsj-2017-034 “The need to identify both digital and physical objects is ubiquitous in our society. Past and present persistent identifier (PID) systems, of which there is a great variety in terms of technical and social implementation,… Continue Reading

September 1942 Making the New York Times

Mashable – September 1942, Making the New York Times, Page one from square one, by Alex Q. Arbuckle. More than two dozen black and white photos with captions provide a view onto the multiplicity of different expert jobs performed, machines engaged their respective roles  performed to publish one day’s copies of the New York Times… Continue Reading

Google AI has learned to walk, jump, run and climb

Business Insider: “Google’s artificial intelligence company, DeepMind, has developed an AI that has managed to learn how to walk, run, jump, and climb without any prior guidance. The result is as impressive as it is goofy.” Continue Reading

Subjects: AI

Browser extension locates books and ebooks from your local library

Library Extension – “The #1 Browser Extension that lets you instantly see book and e-book availability from your local library. Easily see what titles are available at your local library as you browse for books! As you browse books and e-books, the Library Extension can check your library’s online catalog and display the availability of… Continue Reading

New York Public Library Photographic Views of New York City 1870s-1970s

OldNYC: “This site provides an alternative way of browsing the NYPL‘s incredible Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s collection. Its goal is to help you discover the history behind the places you see every day. And, if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even discover something about New York’s rich past that you never knew before!… Continue Reading

New site focuses on selling food and household essentials for $3 or less

Fast Company – This New Site Sells Food And Household Essentials–All For $3 Or Less “Brandless wants to do away with corporate markups on everyday products, from corkscrews to organic maple syrup…Sharkey and Leffler set out to create a new landing point for a consumer who’s looking for quality and transparency, and eschews brand loyalty… Continue Reading

Using location sharing apps and privacy impact

The New York Times: “Location-tracking features have stirred controversy for the last decade. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit, said location-tracking technologies enabled law enforcement agencies to monitor people’s movements or advertisers to connect people’s online activities with their real identities. In other words, used carelessly, location tracking may hurt your privacy. But used… Continue Reading

2017 Annual Report – Board of Trustees of Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds

The 2017 OASDI Trustees Report, officially called “The 2017 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds,” [other wise known as Social Security] presents the current and projected financial status of the trust funds.” The bad news just continues to grow – US… Continue Reading

Another week another Senate health care bill

Follow up to multiple previous postings included here – Senate version of House health care repeal and replace bill eliminates coverage for 22 million Americans – today via the Washington Post – Revised Senate health-care bill still lacks the votes to pass: “The Senate GOP’s latest attempt to rewrite the Affordable Care Act showed few signs… Continue Reading