How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without You Noticing | WIRED
But Krieger says Instagram doesn’t really share data with the wider Facebook operation. He indicates, for instance, that Facebook can’t use your behavior on Instagram to target ads on Facebook proper—or vice versa. “One of the things we had to do was really silo the information, which ends up being important for privacy and other reasons,” he says.
6 days ago
For 'New York Times' Obit Writers, 'Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline' : NPR
This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Our guest today - a veteran journalist who spent years writing evocative profiles of people they typically never met. Margalit Fox and Bruce Weber have each written more than a thousand obituaries for The New York Times. Their subjects have ranged from celebrities and politicians to, as you'll soon hear, the inventor of Stove Top stuffing. Fox and Weber are among those featured in a new documentary about The Times obituary department called "Obit." It's directed by Vanessa Gould.
6 days ago
Few Police Officers Have Been Convicted in High-Profile Cases Involving Deaths of Blacks
We looked at 15 high-profile cases from the last three years that rose to national prominence and increased racial tensions, often prompting protests around the country.

In some of the cases, the police offered an explanation for their actions, but raw videos led many to conclude that their actions were unjustified.

Officers were indicted or charged in eight of the cases. Trials are pending in five cases. Just two cases have resulted in guilty pleas or convictions so far.
6 days ago
In Conversation with... Charles Ornstein | AHRQ Patient Safety Network
CO: Good reporters have a variety of sources of information. Reporters who routinely cover the hospitals in their communities should be constantly looking at state inspection reports, lawsuit data about payouts, their Joint Commission accreditation, and how they're doing with their training program. All these types of things should be on the radar screen and monitored regularly. But nothing can replace talking to employees in the facilities and the patients that receive care there—trying to get an on-the-ground perspective. It's important to be out there as a reporter. You need to get to as many people as you can, handing out your business card and urging people to call you. Even the best hospitals in the country have problems, and there are problems that they can fix. But if employees have raised their concerns internally and the problems are not fixed and they feel like they cannot get traction, that's really the time to start calling the media. There's nothing like a call from a reporter to get things moving.
8 days ago
POI Homicide Database Project - Home
Our project explores un- and under-reported incidents of police officer involved (POI) homicides, both justified and unjustified. To fill gaps found in existing government and local databases pertaining to POI homicides, we deploy participatory action research methods through community involvement in mining and analyzing social media data related to these incidents. Through these methods, social media information operates in concert with publicly available government and local databases to create a clearer representation of the lived realities of communities experiencing police homicides in the United States. Los Angeles County is our first community of study.
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8 days ago
10-Year-Old Shames Boston Globe into Updating Its Database of Murder Victims
Kristen Lartey was a 22-year-old recent graduate of St. John’s University, active in youth ministries and running her own nail design business when she and two friends were shot to death on a Sunday evening in August 2012. That’s according to a story in the Boston Globe a few days after the tragic murder.
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8 days ago
Journalist, 9, Responds to Her Critics and Becomes a Media Star
A 9-year-old journalist from Selinsgrove, Pa., became a media sensation this week, with articles in The Washington Post and The Guardian and an appearance on “Good Morning America,” with more to come.

It all started when Hilde Kate Lysiak, the publisher of and a reporter for The Orange Street News, a monthly newspaper (circulation 200), broke the news about a killing in her neighborhood on Saturday.
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8 days ago
Steven Rich: I failed again at getting my colleagues to use an actual spreadsheet for data. One day...
.@Fahrenthold & I are tracking every event where somebody rented a room at Mar-a-Lago since the election. Are we missing any? Help us out!
9 days ago
A16Z AI Playbook
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a set of computer science techniques that, as Stanford professor Andrew Ng is fond of saying, gives your software super powers.

Building on our Primer on Artificial Intelligence, this microsite is intended to help newcomers (both non-technical and technical) begin exploring what's possible with AI. We've met with hundreds of Fortune 500 / Global 2000 companies, startups, and government policy makers asking: "How do I get started with artificial intelligence?" and "What can I do with AI in my own product or company?"

This site is designed as a resource for anyone asking those questions, complete with examples and sample code to help you get started.
9 days ago
Prison tattoos: A statistical analysis of the art on convicts’ bodies | The Economist
If people’s ethnicity and sex determines their tattoos, can the same be said of their types of crime? Using data from the FDOC, The Economist built a series of statistical models to predict the likelihood criminals had committed particular crimes based on their demographic traits and choices of tattoos (see table).

14 days ago
FDA Calendar • BioPharmCatalyst
Biotech Catalyst and FDA Calendar for your biotech stock investing. Use our tools on your road to profit in the stock market. Biotech stocks with key binary events/catalysts - FDA Approval/PDUFA, Advisory Committee and Phase 2 & 3 trial data releases dates.

Refer to the Biotech Historical Catalyst Calendar for completed biotech catalysts.

The catalyst date is the LATEST expected date for the catalyst to occur by. For example, if the catalyst date is 12/31/17, the event is expected to occur BY 12/31/17. It does NOT necessarily mean that the catalyst will occur ON this date. In most cases it will occur BEFORE.
14 days ago
Google Guidelines for Raters

Though each task is brief, a rater's work isn't easy. Before they begin at Leapforce, all raters must pass a series of rigorous exams to make sure they understand the 160-page book of guidelines that Google provides to raters. "It's hard to pass," one rater told Ars. "I have referred nine people to this job. Every one of them failed the exam."
google  search  seo  teaching  guide 
22 days ago
Google rater fired after speaking to Ars about work conditions | Ars Technica
Last week we reported on the lives of Google raters, people whose job is to provide Google with data on the usefulness of its algorithms. The 10 anonymous raters we spoke with were all contractors at Leapforce, a staffing firm that provided rater services to Google. Yesterday, one of those raters, Kyle Martin Medeiros, was fired by Leapforce for an unspecified "breach of contract." Every Leapforce rater signs a contract that includes a broad NDA.
journalism  algorithms 
22 days ago
Hell hath no fury like The New York Times scorned by Hollywood - Columbia Journalism Review
At the very least, The Post has occasioned some wry inside humor. “I am looking,” quips Neil Lewis, a Times correspondent for 24 years, “for help in writing a screenplay about how the Times broke the Watergate story.”
case-study  journalism 
22 days ago
Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms - The New York Times
When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. visited Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last month, he was asked a startling question, one with overtones of science fiction.

“Can you foresee a day,” asked Shirley Ann Jackson, president of the college in upstate New York, “when smart machines, driven with artificial intelligences, will assist with courtroom fact-finding or, more controversially even, judicial decision-making?”
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23 days ago
Color Oracle - Design Tips Design for the Color Impaired
To learn more about the design of information graphics and maps that are accessible for color-impaired readers, please have a look at one of our articles:
colors  design 
27 days ago
Early Nintendo programmer worked without a keyboard | Ars Technica
Any programmer of a certain age likely has a horror story about some rinky-dink coding and workflow environment that forced them to hack together a working app under extreme hardware and software constraints. Still, we're pretty sure none of those stories can beat the keyboard-free coding environment that Masahiro Sakurai apparently used to create the first Kirby's Dream Land.
keyboard  gmail 
27 days ago
Calvin and Hobbes: You can tell this is an in-depth story because it's got an article next to the chart
this is basically what I thought about data visualization before going to a Tufte seminar.
data-visualization  wtfviz 
27 days ago
SSH Port
Anyway, I designed SSH to replace both telnet (port 23) and ftp (port 21). Port 22 was free. It was conveniently between the ports for telnet and ftp. I figured having that port number might be one of those small things that would give some aura of credibility. But how could I get that port number? I had never allocated one, but I knew somebody who had allocated a port.
history  linux  ssh 
4 weeks ago
Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria - The Atlantic
oogle’s secret effort to scan every book in the world, codenamed “Project Ocean,” began in earnest in 2002 when Larry Page and Marissa Mayer sat down in the office together with a 300-page book and a metronome. Page wanted to know how long it would take to scan more than a hundred-million books, so he started with one that was lying around. Using the metronome to keep a steady pace, he and Mayer paged through the book cover-to-cover. It took them 40 minutes.
4 weeks ago
Stats and Stories: Episode 30: Do's and Don'ts of Data Journalism
Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) is a freelance data journalist and a former quantitative editor at FiveThirtyEight.com . He writes about economics, trade, welfare, sports and more.
5 weeks ago
Edward Tufte forum: PowerPoint and Military Intelligence
I work at the Office of Naval Research. A colleague there attended a briefing at the Pentagon, and according to him, it ended with the following statement made by the military officer who requested the briefing: "You're not going to win the next war by using PowerPoint. You're going to win by making the other dumb bastard use PowerPoint."
powerpoint  wtfviz  best 
5 weeks ago
TOP SECRET POLO STEP - Iraq War Plan Assumed Only 5,000 U.S. Troops Still There by December 2006
Washington D.C., February 14, 2007 - The U.S. Central Command's war plan for invading Iraq postulated in August 2002 that the U.S. would have only 5,000 troops left in Iraq as of December 2006, according to the Command's PowerPoint briefing slides, which were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and are posted on the Web today by the National Security Archive (www.nsarchive.org).

The PowerPoint slides, prepared by CentCom planners for Gen. Tommy Franks under code name POLO STEP, for briefings during 2002 for President Bush, the NSC, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, the JCS, and Franks' commanders, refer to the "Phase IV" post-hostilities period as "UNKNOWN" and "months" in duration, but assume that U.S. forces would be almost completely "re-deployed" out of Iraq within 45 months of the invasion (i.e. December 2006).
5 weeks ago
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