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January 21, 2021

1_TOP NEWS

What's Behind the NFL’s Amazing Stats

Buffalo Bills defensive back Taron Johnson reached a top speed of 20.39 mph on his way to a 101-yard pick-six in last weekend's win over the Baltimore Ravens. We know this thanks to the NFL’s adoption in recent years of RFID, GPS and LPS wearables, Engineering.com reports.

2_INNOVATION

A Biometric Breakthrough


No two people have identical hearts, making everyone’s cardiac rhythm a unique and powerful biometric. "The rhythm of your heart is as unique as a face or fingerprint—and far harder to hack," says Tarik Tali, the CEO of Taliware, whose patented biometric application, biombeat and geo presence help to unlock devices and provide continuous proof of identity. Dwaiter worked with its brand partner in Silicon Valley, Jane Lalonde, founder and creative director of Match CMO, to build a dynamic website for Taliware.

3_POLICY

What’s Ahead for Tech Legislation

With a new presidential administration and a new Congress, 2021 might bring some significant new technology legislation, Protocol reports. Among the possible measures are a federal privacy bill, internet access expansion, Section 230 reform, and a bill addressing gig worker rights.

4_MARKETING

Where Digital Marketing Is Headed This Year

In 2020, e-commerce sales went through the roof, people spent a lot more time on social media, and video conferencing became the norm. This has led to a major shift in the way brands connect with their consumers. Social Media Today has identified seven key digital marketing trends for the coming year.

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5_INTERNET

Wikipedia Turns 20

Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia, turned 20 last week. It is a thing that shouldn’t work, but somehow does, the Washington Post reports. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers, without pay, collectively work to document every corner of human knowledge, including history happening in real time.

6_TECHNOLOGY

Using Tech to Track Down Capitol Rioters


After rioters flooded the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, investigators immediately began to work to identify individuals who were part of the mob. They have used a range of tech tools including high-definition security cameras, facial recognition technology, location services and third-party apps, and accessing archival evidence on social media, two criminal justice professors write on The Conversation.

7_MEDIA

Netflix Tops 200 Million Subscribers

Netflix's subscribers surpassed 200 million as the company closed out 2020, a milestone further cementing Netflix as the world's biggest subscription streaming video service of its kind, CNet reports. By comparison, Disney Plus reached 86.8 million subscribers in its first year, Disney's Hulu service has 38.8 million subscribers and HBO Max has only 12.6 million active accounts.

8_SOCIAL MEDIA

The Case for Platforms Free of Hate


Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, is an investor in Sentropy, a firm whose technology automates the process of removing hateful posts from online platforms. He tells the Washington Post that “having a platform that’s free of hate and harassment is actually really good for business.”

9_DESIGN

The CIA Goes Synth Pop


The CIA's new website and its corresponding new logo have a synth pop feel that has drawn fire online, Fast Company reports. But some design experts say the new site may be accomplishing its mission: to aid the agency in recruiting.

10_SAY WHAT?

Hidden Call for Coders

As Joe Biden addressed the nation Wednesday as its 46th president, the White House flipped the switch on a new Whitehouse.gov website with a message to coders buried as a comment in its HTML code: "<!-- If you're reading this, we need your help building back better. https://usds.gov/apply -->." The link, Protocol reports, goes to the website of the U.S. Digital Service, which is tasked with using technology to advance the goals of the new administration.

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