Earlier this month, Foursquare launched a special feature for users in Austin, Texas, called Hypertrending. The idea was to show off the company’s location tracking technology to attendees of the South by Southwest conference by creating a heat map of the city. The Hypertrending map ranked all of the public places in Austin based on how many people were in each location; during the conference, the Austin Convention Center was ranked first, with the local airport and the University of Texas second and third. You could also look at the most crowded restaurants, events, and nightlife–ostensibly to understand which places were happening and which weren’t. The experiment was only accessible in Austin and for the two weeks of the conference. And though it may have seemed innocuous to some, it also raised larger questions: Did Foursquare’s app really have enough users to create an accurate heat map? Was the company getting data from other sources, too? How else … [Read more...] about Location tracking is designed to confuse. Here’s what happened when I tried to understand it
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Terry Tang, Associated Press Updated 5:59 pm PST, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 This Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, photo shows Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth has prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign, putting a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated. less This Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, photo shows Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth has prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign, ... more Photo: Ross D. Franklin, AP Photo: Ross D. Franklin, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 This Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, photo shows Hacienda HealthCare in … [Read more...] about Officials: Comatose woman who gave birth is a tribal member
Robert Snell The Detroit News Published 11:31 PM EST Nov 15, 2018 Detroit — High-profile lawyer Mike Morse received a duffel bag full of cash in January from his former brother-in-law, who is expected to be indicted alongside others next month in connection with a bribery conspiracy that benefited Morse, according to federal court records. Morse, a well-known personal-injury lawyer due to his firm’s television commercials and roadside billboards, was notified about the money in a text message that included a photo of the duffel bag and a four-letter curse aimed at Morse's rival, Southfield attorney Geoffrey Fieger, according to the records. In the text message, former brother-in-law Mark Radom wrote: "F--- Feiger." The duffel bag photo and the text message are the latest developments to emerge from a civil lawsuit notable for its revelations about an ongoing grand jury investigation involving the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and a federal … [Read more...] about Lawyer Mike Morse got bag of cash amid bribery probe, lawsuit claims.
Thursday evening’s “Monumental Conversations: Lessons from Charlottesville” event at the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota had already yielded many nuggets of wisdom, hope, knowledge and truth from a panel of academics and students who’d gathered to rip scabs off the scars of racism. But two hours in, everything went up another level when Janaan Ahmed leaned into the microphone. What happened next gave everyone in the room chills, and drew the night’s lone long round of applause. “When we first started this campaign, it was the end of the school year, [my] freshman year, and I saw a poster on the wall that said ‘Change The Name,’” said Ahmed, surrounded by a roomful of change-makers who have borne witness to the end of racist statues and monuments in Virginia, and in the renamings and would-be renamings of Bde Maka Ska (formerly named for John C. Calhoun), Justice Page Middle School (formerly named for Alexander Ramsey) … [Read more...] about What’s in a name? For Minnesotans confronting the legacy of racism, a lot
JC Reindl Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 7, 2018 Michigan motorists are very familiar with the special fee in their no-fault car insurance bills — currently $192 per year — that is specifically for the care and medical bills of the most catastrophically injured auto accident victims. It is less known that the no-fault system allows lawyers to take a one-third cut of these victims' benefit money indefinitely, even for the life of a crash survivor. That is what happened to Michael Powers, 51, of Lapeer, who has been a paraplegic since a 1993 auto accident caused by a drunk driver. For years and until last December, one-third of his no-fault benefits money for in-home nursing aides went to a personal injury attorney. That arrangement limited how much he could pay his aides, he said, and ended only after Powers says he learned from another … [Read more...] about No-fault lawyer took fees from injured car crash victims