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Google.org Fellows bring transparency to local jail data nationwide

December 13th, 2019

Click here to explore Interactive Map with Localized Data In recent years, we’ve seen a bipartisan focus on criminal justice reform in the U.S., but to measure progress—and understand the breadth of the issue—we need data on who is being incarcerated and why. The last nationwide jail census was conducted in 2013, and the federal government’s most recent…

Happy holidays from the World Wide Web Consortium!

December 13th, 2019

Many thanks for all the ways you have made the Web work for everyone in 2019, and for all the work we will accomplish together in 2020. W3C wishes you a happy holiday season and all the best for the new year! From all of us at the World Wide Web Consortium.

WordPress 5.3.1 Security and Maintenance Release

December 12th, 2019

WordPress 5.3.1 is now available! This security and maintenance release features 46 fixes and enhancements. Plus, it adds a number of security fixes—see the list below. WordPress 5.3.1 is a short-cycle maintenance release. The next major release will be version 5.4. You can download WordPress 5.3.1 by clicking the button at the top of this page,…

Weekly Platform News: Strict Tracking Protection, Dark Web Pages, Periodic Background Sync

December 12th, 2019

In this week’s news: Firefox gets strict, Opera goes to the dark side, and Chrome plans to let web apps run in the background. Let’s get into the news. Firefox for Android will block tracking content Mozilla has announced that the upcoming revamped Firefox for Android (currently available in a test version under the name…

7 ways Google Lens can help during the holidays

December 12th, 2019

This holiday season, your phone’s camera can do more than just capture your favorite moments. Whether you’re jet-setting off to a new place, brainstorming gift ideas, or learning a family holiday recipe, here are 7 ways Google Lens can help: Get style recommendations If you’re in need of style inspiration for your holiday festivities, look…

December 2019 Security Releases Node.js

December 12th, 2019

The Node.js project will release new versions of all supported release lines on or shortly after Tuesday, December 17, 2019, UTC. The only update in these releases will be an updated version of npm addressing the vulnerability announced in https://blog.npmjs.org/post/189618601100/binary-planting-with-the-npm-cli. In the meantime, users should update to npm 6.13.4 by following the instructions provided in…

How a college student became a planet hunter

December 12th, 2019

I didn’t grow up thinking I was going to be an astronomer. There wasn’t a moment when I looked up at the moon and realized my destiny. I grew up loving math and science and in college, I gradually discovered that I loved learning everything I could about stars and planets. When I started studying…

Explore the angst and beauty in famous works of art

December 12th, 2019

The “Mona Lisa” is probably the most famous painting in art history. But what’s the second most famous? It could very well be  “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. The image has withstood the test of time to become a modern icon, inspiring the famous ‘90s horror film series and even an emoji you may have…

News Brief: November updates from the Google News Initiative

December 11th, 2019

November is when we ask ourselves, “Where did the year go?” This month, all of us working on the Google News Initiative continued to lay the foundation for some cool work in 2020. We can’t wait to see these programs grow. Local news continues to be a priority. In September, we announced a three-year partnership…

Smarter organization of top stories in Search

December 11th, 2019

People come to Search for all types of information to help them form a better understanding of the world and the topics they care about most. We’ve continued to bring new improvements to Search to help people better orient themselves around a topic and easily explore related ideas, so they can more quickly go from…