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Wikitribune, Irish Commercials, South Dakota Newspapers, More: Thursday Buzz, April 27, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

TechCrunch: Jimmy Wales’ Wikitribune to combat fake news with wiki-powered journalism. “With fake news continuing to dominate the discussion about the future of the media and role of social networks in spreading it, many in the tech world have tried to come up with ways to fight this new cancer. Various pronouncements have been made by Google, Facebook and Twitter about tweaking their algorithms. But it’s hard to get away from the fact that human beings are probably going to have to be involved somewhere along the line. Step forward a new project from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.”

Irish Times: IFI adverts archive a treasure trove of nostalgia. “The IFI Irish Film Archive, supported by a €290,000 grant from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, has catalogued, digitised, restored and preserved a massive collection of 35mm film television ads which were left rotting and growing mould in damp warehouses across the State for decades.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

South Dakota: Newspaper digitization advisory board selects newspapers to digitize for federal grant. “The South Dakota State Historical Society has announced that more historical newspapers will be digitized as part of a federal grant…. An advisory board made up of individuals from history and newspaper backgrounds met in November and March to select which titles would be digitized with this second round of federal funding. Among those selected and approved by the Library of Congress were the Deutscher Herold of Sioux Falls, the Lemmon Herald, the German and English editions of the Eureka Post, the De Smet Leader, the Madison Daily Leader and the Oglala Light of Pine Ridge. In total, 17 more South Dakota towns will be represented in the collection by the end of the project.”

MikeShouts: Asus Takes on Raspberry Pi With Its Own Credit Card-Sized Tinker Board. “ASUS has officially enter into the maker space, a lively community where tinkerers, hobbyists need the piece of electronics to get their projects going. Officially known as Tinker Board, this credit card-sized Raspberry Pi challenger features an ARM SoC boasting a quadcore 1.8 GHz processor with heatsink, a Mali T764 GPU that supports HD and UHD playback, 2GB Dual Channel LPDDR3 RAM, and a SD 3.0 microSD slot for OS/storage.”

The Next Web: Instagram shows no sign of slowing as it hits 700 million users. “Instagram is showing no signs of slowing down; the company today announced it has reached 700 million monthly active users. For reference, the company hit 600 million users just this past December, and has now added 100 million users in the span of less than five months.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Art Newspaper: Late artist Marisol leaves the lot to the Albright-Knox. “The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York—which made a splash last year by raising $100m for an endowment and expansion campaign in only three months—has another exciting announcement: the Venezuelan-American artist Marisol (María Sol Escobar), who died in April 2016 aged 85, has left it her entire estate. … The gift of the estate includes over 100 sculptures Marisol made throughout her 60-year career and over 150 works on paper. The museum plans to create an online archive of all the works.”

Digital Trends: Need Some Help Redecorating? Pinterest Just Released Its Top 20 Trends Of 2017. “Keep in mind that this isn’t a list curated by interior designers or architects — rather, this is a truly crowdsourced set of data, and as such, seems to reflect most accurately what Pinterest’s 175 million monthly active users think to be in vogue. To make things easier for you to digest, Pinterest narrowed down the trends to the top 20 across home, food, beauty, and style.”

CNET: Google’s Sergey Brin secretly building blimp at NASA, say reports. “It’s finally happened. I find myself writing the words ‘Google dirigible’ and it seems like a perfectly normal thing to say. Silicon Valley has finally come full circle.”

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

ThreatPost: Auto Lender Exposes Loan Data for Up to 1 Million Applicants. “A California auto loan company left the names, addresses, credit scores and partial Social Security numbers of up to 1 million people exposed on an insecure online database. The company behind the database is Alliance Direct Lending Corporation, according to Kromtech Security Research Center, which discovered the data earlier this week. It said the data was found on an unprotected Amazon server and that the data could have been exposed for up to two years.”

The Register: Alert: If you’re running SquirrelMail, Sendmail… why? And oh yeah, remote code vuln found . “Security researchers have uncovered a critical security hole in SquirrelMail, the open-source webmail project. Filippo Cavallarin and Dawid Golunski independently discovered a remote code execution hole in SquirrelMail version 1.4.22 and likely prior. That’s the latest version, by the way, and is dated July 2011.”

Newsweek: Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald Is Suing the Man Who Allegedly Gave Him a Seizure. “Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald filed a lawsuit on Monday against John Rivello, the man whom authorities believe sent Eichenwald a strobing tweet that caused him to have an epileptic seizure.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Wired: Hey, Computer Scientists! Stop Hating on the Humanities “Computer science is wondrous. The problem is that many people in Silicon Valley believe that it is all that matters. You see this when recruiters at career fairs make it clear they’re only interested in the computer scientists; in the salary gap between engineering and non-engineering students; in the quizzical looks humanities students get when they dare to reveal their majors.” Good morning, Internet…

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