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A couple has used the data collected by Google Maps to find out if they had coincided before going out together

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Sometimes you find love where and with whom you least expect it. It may come while you are on Erasmus, but on other occasions it turns out that the love of your life was someone who has been living on your block all your life and until now you had not noticed their existence. Something like this happened to Channon Perry and her partner Dan, who had shared a city and university for five years but met through a dating app.

Would the spark of love have emerged beyond dating apps? I mean, the old-fashioned girl meets boy and has a crush. Channon had a question and a profession as a data analyst that would help him solve it.

Channon and Dan’s story was like so many other couples who met during the pandemic: they found love online, on Bumble. Although their relationship began in 2020, both shared a city since 2015 and from 2015 to 2018 also the University. With this premise, it was theoretically impossible that they never would have coincided, but there is a tool present in our phones that can unravel the mystery: Google location historywhich collects GPS data in the background.

Would they have had a chance before making eye contact by sharing location? Short answer: yes, 41 times in total.
Long answer: an experiment with data that anyone has at their fingertips and some code.

The experiment

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Anyone can request and download Google location history Maps from Google Takeout and get a zipped folder of JSON files. From here begins a data purification process, establishing time frames and precision so as not to get lost in the straw of unnecessary records.

For accuracy, consider GPS decimals and GPS signal strength, sticking to a radius of 111 meters to achieve a balance between quantity and quality of data obtained.

Regarding time, they establish limits for the two data sets taking into account a range that allows them to cover the earliest possible date of coincidence and the latest, with the milestone of moving and therefore being in the same city, Cape Town. , as starting point. To work with a representative and efficient number of data, set time periods of 10 minutesa balanced margin between quantity, the movement of the person and the GPS record.

Once both records are combined, he analyzes them and finds another stone in the way: while 98% of Channon’s records were accurate enough, Dan’s were only 45%. Channon attributes this difference to the lack of mobile data (the price in South Africa is high) or having the phone turned off. In addition, loopholes can also arise when locations cannot be collected due to privacy settings.

After the data crossing and with these premises, you already have the most visited places by both:

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Common locations where both individuals had been searched at some point during the time period analysed. The colors indicate who made the most records at each location.

2729 coordinates where both have been in that five years, most of them their respective homes, studies, jobs, main roads in and around the city. Makes sense. We already have the places, but we need to know how close in time they were there. A clue: between 2016 and 2017, when Shannon had not yet graduated, they were closer than ever to a potential meeting during their college days.

Where have you been all this time? right under your nose

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Specifically, Only on the university campus did they coincide on up to 33 registered occasions (Channon is represented by the blue dot and Dan by the red), even getting to be really close. Of course, keep in mind that this means that they had approached more than 111 meters in a period of time of 10 minutes.

Without going any further, on August 16, 2017, a week before they really met, their coordinates coincide space time near the cafeteria of the social sciences building where she used to have lunch. Would it pass by? Would she be late for class? Would she be placidly having a coffee?

From here, Channon estimates that they must have crossed 41.25 times considering both what percentage of data meets accuracy standards and the date she stopped coming to campus. She concludes that it is likely that they crossed paths every two weeks for three years while “they were with their heads down or in the clouds“, paying little attention to what was around them. Sometimes we are unaware of the presence of other people and logically we are unaware of the importance that they may end up having in our lives.

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this streamer ruined 11 years of career on Twitch by a deepfake website of other streamers

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That a content creator ends up accidentally leaking some personal detail is something that happens more than it seems. However, when it involves and hurts other people, it is something that cannot be ignored. This is what has happened to Brandon “Atrioc” Ewing, a popular Twitch streamer who has been caught live with an open page of deepfakes of other streamers with pornographic content.

Atrioc has been active since it started in 2011 on YouTube. Since then it has been gaining more and more popularity, establishing a large community. Nevertheless, decided to throw it overboard at the time you clicked on that page.

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The website has already been removed, but the damage has already been done

Although all the clips are being deleted, Dexerto was able to make a catch of this event, where you can see how the content creator has the web open in your desktop window list.

The page offers paid artificial intelligence montages of streamers with pornographic content. According to Kotaku, the website is similar in structure to OnlyFans, requiring the user to subscribe to access the content.

In his broadcast where he apologized to the public and to his partner for what happened, Atrioc affirms that he entered one night around 2 in the morning, clicking on an advertising banner that he had supposedly found on PornHub. His happy curiosity caused the web to end up leaking in one of his last live shows.

“It was 2am and I was reading so much shit about artificial intelligence, deepfake music, deepfake art and I’m on all those fucking Discord channels. It’s all so embarrassing. I was on fucking Pornhub, on a normal website, and there was an ad, it was that ad on every fucking video – so other people must be clicking on it because it was on every video.”

According to the content creator, in his community he has always campaigned against sexism, prohibiting any similar behavior at the moment. Atrioc insists that he is the “most normal” person and that he would “never do something like that again”.

Her partner, who was apologizing on her live broadcast, affirms that she does not feel like a victim, but that she deeply regrets the damage that this has caused to the streamers that appear on said website, since they echoed that they appeared on the page through this fact. Although disappointed, her partner accepts the apology.

Several content creators show their regret on the networks

The website has been withdrawn thanks to the impact caused by this commotion, but above all due to the work of QTCinderella, a streamer who was involved when she saw that there was explicit content about her on the web. In one of her last live shows, she deeply sore and disappointed, she mentioned that I would do everything possible to sue the author of the website. Atrioc also assured that he would be in charge of covering all the costs for the closure of the web and that he would offer financial help to all women who needed legal help.

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Among those affected and who have publicly expressed their regret in addition to QTCinderella were other popular streamers such as Sweet Anita or adept.

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This map shows the profession with the most interest in each country. In Spain she is the influencer

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Remitly has published a global map that shows which are the most searched professions on Google, according to each country. And that map published in Various social networks have caused some controversy when seeing the most sought-after profession in Spain: is the influencer. Specifically, what is analyzed is the search “how to be a…”.

Although Spain is the only country in Europe interested in being an influencer (it must be said that in other countries like Hungary they are interested in knowing how to be YouTubers), in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina or Uruguay and in Central American countries.

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It is noteworthy that in many countries of the world, people look for information about being a writer. Especially in Eastern European countries, in South Asia, the Nordic countries and in Central and North Africa.

In Poland, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina people feel very interested in knowing how to be a developer or developer. Macedonian people show a lot of interest in being programmers. Of all Europe, only Italy shows interest in being an entrepreneur. In China, the profession that arouses the most interest is dietician.

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In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States and Australia (i.e. the majority English-speaking countries) they have great interest in being airplane pilots.

Debate in networks about being an influencer

The fact that in Spain there is great interest in being an influencer has created a debate on various networks such as Twitter or Instagram. There are those who criticize the labor market is so precarious that people no longer want jobs that may have more value.

Others remember that We are not going to look for how to be a doctor or a lawyer because we already know what to dobeing a more traditional profession, but people may be interested in knowing how to be an influencer, since there is no university for it or professional training.

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the API will have a cost to develop

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The profitability of Twitter is an obsession for a Elon Musk besieged by the need to start repaying the loans he requested to buy the social network… which, by the way, is also facing lawsuits for non-payment of rent for some of its venues. So part of the drastic changes he’s implementing at Twitter are aimed at increasing the company’s profits.

And the last one is bad news for users and, above all, for developers. And it is directly related to the news from a few days ago about the sudden ‘failure’ of access to the Twitter API by third-party clients…

…a ‘glitch’ that we later learned was an intentional block that the company attributed to non-compliance with unspecified standardsand that from one day to the next turned the official Twitter client into the only way to access the microblogging network.

“As of February 9”, Explain today the official account of the development division of Twitter, “We will stop offering free access to the Twitter API, both in its v2 and in v1.1. Instead, a basic paid level will be available“.

And the thread goes like this:

“Over the years, hundreds of millions of people have sent more than a trillion tweets, and billions more every week.

Twitter data is among the most powerful data sets in the world. We are committed to allowing fast and complete access so that you can continue to develop with us.

We’ll be back with more details on what to expect next week.”

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Elon Musk is just making a mistake that Twitter has already regretted

A little over a year ago, the founder and former CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, acknowledged that The most wrong thing the company had done up to that point was to vastly limit access to its API., a decision that was made during a period in which he was not in charge of the company and that he later strove to counteract. “The company has worked hard and will continue to fully reopen access.”

That decision to close the API forced the closure of many companies based on alternative Twitter clients (in many cases, better than the original), as users abandoned them once they saw how limited their functions had been. Now history is repeating itself, as the new generation of third-party customers will be doomed to disappear or become paid applications.

So the creators of twitterrific has already announced its abandonment of the application stores, and the other major client of the Twitter ecosystem, Tweetbot, has announced its conversion into a client of Mastodon, the open social network that aspires to take over the throne of Twitter (although for that there is still much).

But it is that, in addition to all that, many things will break on the Internet with this new decision by Musk: Twitter’s many bots (the ‘good’ ones, the very useful interactive bots connected to web services) will stop working, as will the services that connected Twitter with other platforms, and a multitude of extensions.

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