New York Times: After Buffalo Shooting Video Spreads, Social Platforms Face Questions

New York Times: After Buffalo Shooting Video Spreads, Social Platforms Face Questions. “Mass shootings — and live broadcasts — raise questions about the role and responsibility of social media sites in allowing violent and hateful content to proliferate. Many of the gunmen in the shootings have written that they developed their racist and antisemitic beliefs trawling online forums like Reddit and 4chan, and were spurred on by watching other shooters stream their attacks live.”

Met Gala 2022: Start Time, Theme and How to Watch the Red Carpet Livestream (CNET)

CNET: Met Gala 2022: Start Time, Theme and How to Watch the Red Carpet Livestream. “If you’re not yet prepped to watch the world’s biggest celebrities get dressed to the nines for the annual Met Gala (while sitting at home in your sweats or PJs — no judgment here) we’ve got your cheatsheet to getting ready. Given that last year’s event was a more intimate affair than usual (due to pandemic restrictions), we’re expecting a triumphant return to big looks, bigger moments and plenty of huge stars on the red carpet.”

Redis, MongoDB, and Elastic: 2022’s top exposed databases (Bleeping Computer)

Bleeping Computer: Redis, MongoDB, and Elastic: 2022’s top exposed databases. “Security researchers have noticed an increase in the number of databases publicly exposed to the Internet, with 308,000 identified in 2021. The growth continued quarter over quarter, peaking in the first months of this year. In the first quarter of 2022, the amount of exposed databases peaked to 91,200 instances, researchers at threat intelligence and research company Group-IB say in a report shared with BleepingComputer.”

ZDNet: What’s the most popular web browser in 2022?

ZDNet: What’s the most popular web browser in 2022?. “Historically, it’s been challenging to get hard data on which browsers really were the most popular web browsers. True, many companies claimed to have good numbers, such as NetMarketShare and StatCounter, but their numbers are massaged. The US federal government’s Digital Analytics Program (DAP), however, gives us a running count of the last 90 days of US government website visits. That doesn’t tell us much about global web browser use, but it’s the best information we have about American web browser users today.”

Associated Press: How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed after two years?

Associated Press: How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed after two years?. “More countries are shifting toward a return to normal and learning to live with the virus. Safe, effective vaccines have been developed and there’s better understanding of how to treat people sickened by the virus. Two years after the pandemic began, questions remain about the coronavirus. But experts know a lot more about how to keep it under control.”

Free Coloring Books from 101 World-Class Libraries & Museums: Download and Color Hundreds of Free Images (Open Culture)

Open Culture: Free Coloring Books from 101 World-Class Libraries & Museums: Download and Color Hundreds of Free Images. “The free, downloadable adult coloring books that the New York Academy of Medicine solicits from museums and university and state libraries for its #ColorOurCollections celebration each February enliven our month far more than any Valentine or Presidents Day sale. They’re not just a great way to while away winter’s last gasp. They’re also a wonderful portal for discovering cultural institutions that have thus far flown beneath our radar, owing to size, geography, and/or field of study.”

Gizmodo: Google’s Improved Fast Pair Feature Will Make You Feel Like An Apple User

Gizmodo: Google’s Improved Fast Pair Feature Will Make You Feel Like An Apple User. “If you’re deep into Google’s platforms — and I mean, you’ve got an Android phone, a Chromebook, and a Google TV set up in the living room — Google’s CES 2022 announcements might sound like a payoff to you for sticking with the ecosystem. The company revealed details for some of its most anticipated features, including a timeline for when its seamless Fast Pair feature will come to more devices. It’s also introducing new ways for Android to interact with Chromebooks.”

New York Times: With Omicron’s Rise, Americans Brace for Returning to School and Work

New York Times: With Omicron’s Rise, Americans Brace for Returning to School and Work. “In two short weeks, as the year closed out, the Omicron variant drove coronavirus case counts to record levels, upended air travel and left gaping staffing holes at police departments, firehouses and hospitals. And that was at a time many people were off for the holiday season. Now comes Monday, with millions of Americans having traveled back home to start school and work again, and no one is sure of what comes next.”