Three students from Moscow State University earn the title of 2018 ACM ICPC World Champions.
University Teams from Beijing and Tokyo also Recognized with Gold Medals
NEW YORK, April 19, 2018 – The 2018 World Finals of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) culminated today at Peking University in Beijing, China. Three students from Moscow State University earned the title of 2018 World Champions. Teams from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Peking University and The University of Tokyo placed in second, third and fourth places and were recognized with gold medals in the prestigious competition.
Source: Moscow State University Team Wins World Finals of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
New study suggests good research pushed through social media gets more citations.
Analyzing the famous academic aphorism ”publish or perish” through a modern digital lens, a group of emerging ecologists and conservation scientists wanted to see whether communicating their new research discoveries through social media—primarily Twitter—eventually leads to higher citations years down the road.
Turns out, the tweets are worth the time investment.
Source: How social media helps scientists get the message across
Some of the apps in question included Disney’s “Where’s My Water?” Gameloft’s “Minion Rush” and Duolingo, the language learning app.
Source: Thousands of apps in Google Play Store may be illegally tracking children, study finds – The Washington Post
We analyzed 100 million images online to find which brand was pictured the most.
Source: The Brand Visibility Report | Brandwatch
25 Things We Learned Analyzing Billions of Tweets
6,000 Tweets are posted every second. That’s 6,000 views, opinions, ideas, complaints, stories, compliments. It’s live human thought. And we can use it to try and answer any question.
Source: 25 Things We Learned Analyzing Billions of Tweets | Brandwatch
A global median of 75% want their news media to be unbiased when covering political issues, yet many say the news media do a poor job of reporting on political issues fairly.
Source: People Around World Want Unbiased News | Pew Research Center
Βαριά πρόστιμα, σχεδόν εξοντωτικά, ειδικά για τις μεγάλες επιχειρήσεις, φέρνει ο νέος ευρωπαϊκός κανονισμός, που θα ισχύσει αυτόματα και στη χώρα μας από τον προσεχή Μάιο και αφορά το νέο θεσμικό πλαίσιο για την προστασία των προσωπικών δεδομένων.
Source: Βαριά πρόστιμα για τα προσωπικά δεδομένα | Επιχειρήσεις | Η ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΗ
Demonstrating a potential privacy breach, a team of Princeton University engineers has developed an app that can locate and track people through their smartphones even when access to the Global Positioning System, or GPS, data on their devices is turned off.
Source: Phones vulnerable to location tracking even when GPS services off
Facebook thinks showing Wikipedia entries about publishers and additional Related Articles will give users more context about the links they see. So today it’s beginning a test of a new “i” button on News Feed links that opens up an informational panel. “People have told us that they want more information about what they’re reading” Facebook product manager Sara Su tells TechCrunch. “They want better tools to help them understand if an article is from a publisher they trust and evaluate if the story itself is credible.”
Source: Facebook tries fighting fake news with publisher info button on links | TechCrunch
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
Some remarks on science, pseudoscience, and learning how to not fool yourself. Caltech’s 1974 commencement address.
During the Middle Ages there were all kinds of crazy ideas, such as that a piece of rhinoceros horn would increase potency. (Another crazy idea of the Middle Ages is these hats we have on today—which is too loose in my case.) Then a method was discovered for separating the ideas—which was to try one to see if it worked, and if it didn’t work, to eliminate it. This method became organized, of course, into science. And it developed very well, so that we are now in the scientific age. It is such a scientific age, in fact, that we have difficulty in understanding how witch doctors could ever have existed, when nothing that they proposed ever really worked—or very little of it did.
Source: Cargo Cult Science