articles of interest - Feb 13


Is Google Maps trying to be a social network?  The Verge

Snap’s IPO will be the largest in years: The app company has pioneered a distinctive vision of the internet  Economist

Yik Yak is secretly pivoting to group messaging  The Verge  


The ear training guide for audio producers  NPR


Google figured out a way to zoom and enhance photos just like in the movies  TheNextWeb

The promise of augmented reality: Replacing the real world with a virtual one is a neat trick. Combining the two could be more useful  Economist


A crash course in understanding numbers: A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics Economist

A Litany of Problems With p-values  Statistical Thinking blog

A generalMachine Learning technique to make predictions applicable to large amounts of unstructured data  Data Science Central

Using Bayesian optimization to tuneMachine Learning models: including the most important unresolved problem   Infoq

1300 tech experts were asked: Will the net overall effect of algorithms be positive or negative?  Pew Internet

Google releases massive visual databases for Machine Learning  Data Science Central


Trump Accuses Media of Not Reporting Voices He Hears in Head  The New Yorker

8 Ways to Write Shorter Stories  Poynter

The boundaries of journalism — and who gets to make it, consume it, and criticize it — are expanding  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

The New York Times Claws Its Way Into the Future  Wired

Facebook is beginning to reach out to local newsrooms  Poynter

Kellyanne Conway’s interview tricks, explained  Vox

6 essential digital journalism tools from  International Journalists’ Network


Want to resist the post-truth age? Learn to analyze photos like an expert would  Quartz

Trump Accuses Media of Not Reporting Voices He Hears in Head  New Yorker

Era of hoaxes, fake news keeps Snopes Writers Busy  Union Tribune

Librarians take up arms against fake news  Seattle Times


Remove gag from student journalists  Seattle Times


White House list of underreported Terror Attacks Riddled with Grammatical Errors  Washington Post  


How to provide context when Writing about numbers  Poynter  


We Just Added More Than 1,000 New Words to the Dictionary  Merrian-Webster

How Not to Teach Chinese  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Study about words’ effect on mood to be retracted after investigation finds evidence of data manipulation  Retraction Watch


Joyce Carol Oates' New Novel Begins With An Abortion Doctor's Murder  NPR

William Faulkner’s Home Illustrates His Impact on the South  NPR

How A Jane Austen Character May Have Looked In Real Life  NPR


In Just 5 Moves, Grandmaster Loses And Leaves Chess World Aghast  NPR


How a polarizing election, a free-speech fight, and a real-life internet troll made the U. of Washington turn on itself Chronicle of Higher Ed

The ACLU Explains Why They're Supporting The Rights Of Milo Yiannopoulos  NPR

Conspiring to stifle free speech is a crime: Glenn Reynolds  USA Today

Brown U's campus speech faces its first test, with a scholar using racial and religious slurs  Insider Higher Ed

How Canceling Controversial Speakers Hurts Students  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Jury awards $2.5 million to former UC Riverside counsel fired after alleging sex discrimination by campus officials  LA Times


Mormons formally launch worldwide online college program  Associated Press  

Southern Baptist retailer removes black hip-hop artist’s album that includes the word ‘penis'  Washington Post

100 evangelical leaders sign ad denouncing Trump's refugee ban  CNN

These Conservative Christians Are Opposed to Trump—and Suffering the Consequences: People working in ministry, music, and nonprofit advocacy are facing pressure for their political beliefs  The Atlantic

Conflict Over Trump Forces Out an Opinion Editor at The Wall Street Journal  The Atlantic

Christians Say Hollywood Ignores them but they ignore Great Films about Faith (opinion) Washington Post


The Met Makes Its Images of Public-Domain Artworks Freely Available through New Open Access Policy   Met Museum

Netflix’s New Documentary Series About “the Art of Design” Premieres Today  Open Culture

How font choices create contrasts in your design  Poynter


Science, lies and video-taped experiments: Too many researchers make up or massage their data, says Timothy D. Clark. Only stringent demands for proof can stop them  Nature

Trial results need to be better presented, so that readers can understand and act on the results  The BMJ opinion

The pros and cons of A.I. in publishing  Science Friday


The doctor’s dilemma: is it ever good to do harm?  The Guardian  

Thanks to AI, Computers Can Now See Your Health Problems  Wired


Steve Bannon Cited Italian Philosopher Who Inspired Fascists  New York Times


IFTTT: The smart person's guide  Tech Republic


Defining Success  Becoming (my site)


Betsy DeVos has family and likely financial connections to The College FixInside Higher Ed

Forged racist emails cause stir at University of Michigan  Associated Press

Colleges Prepare for Chaos in Wake of Violent Protests  Inside Higher Ed

17 Universities Join N.Y. Legal Challenge to Trump Immigration Ban  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Designing a Lab in the Humanities  Chronicle of Higher Ed

'The Great Shame of Our Profession': How the humanities survive on exploitation  Chronicle of Higher Ed


The Number Of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs  NPR

Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard  NPR

How to prepare for disaster when you're studying abroad  USA Today


Baylor is not alone in protecting athletes from punishment for sexual violence and other troubling behaviors for years  Inside Higher Ed

Baylor Sanctioned By Big 12 After New Revelations About Sexual Assault Controversy  NPR

Stanford Drops Lawyer Who Advised Students in Sexual Assault Cases  New York Times


If a high school senior displays a swastika at his school, should colleges be told? A teacher is being punished for doing just that  Inside Higher Ed

Satirical academic social media accounts go serious to protest Donald Trump Inside Higher Ed

Collegiality and Disability  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Academic writing under pressure from a culture of counting  The London School of Economics and Political Science