Here are the top Tech Research stories for 1–29–13
The Post has debuted a real-time fact-checking program called Truth Teller. It transcribes political speeches using voice-to-text technology and automatically cross-checks the speaker’s claims against databases of facts, half-truths, and lies. In one example, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy repeats the well-worn claim that taxing the rich will result in the loss of 700,000 jobs. As he says this, the word “False” materializes in big red letters along with a link to a blog post where the Post’s resident fact checker Glenn Kessler debunks the claim.
An increase in the value of bitcoin, the world’s largest online currency, may fuel concerns that virtual money could undermine the role of central banks.
The Accessibility Project is relatively new, but already has a ton of great resources — everything from tutorials on how to hide content but still make it accessible to screen readers, to a handy checklist you can use to make sure you’ve covered the accessibility basics before you launch.
The stock price of Audience Inc. dropped more than 25 percent this afternoon, thanks to some tweets that appeared to come from stock-trading firm Muddy Waters. The offending tweet said that Audience was being investigated on Department of Justice fraud charges, and the shares fell from about $12 to a low of $8.87 in a matter of minutes.
Data centers — the home of web services and cloud computing — are finding themselves the victim of more online attacks, according to a survey released Tuesday by Arbor Networks, a security and deep-packet inspection firm.