Fred Grunwald, Hospice Care, Hockey Equipment, More: Thursday Buzz, August 17, 2017


Jewish Journal: Art, history converge in Grunwald archive. “The archive, one of several digital initiatives to be funded with the help of a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, includes in-depth essays about [Fred] Grunwald, official documents and some 1,500 images from his collection at UCLA. Many of the images are of 19th and 20th century French, German and American prints, as well as Japanese woodblock prints.”

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): CMS Releases Hospice Compare Website to Improve Consumer Experiences, Empower Patients. “The Hospice Compare site allows patients, family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers to compare hospice providers based on important quality metrics, such as the percentage of patients that were screened for pain or difficult or uncomfortable breathing, or whether patients’ preferences are being met. Currently, the data on Hospice Compare is based on information submitted by approximately 3,876 hospices.”

PRWeb: GearGeek.Com Launches The First Online NHL Equipment Database (PRESS RELEASE). “Hockey players and fans are now able to search the world’s first comprehensive database of equipment and sticks used by active NHL players. Newly launched catalogs the sticks, gloves, pants, skates and helmets used by each NHL player. Equipment data is updated daily so visitors to the site see the most current information.”


Google Blog: Introducing free calls with your Assistant on Google Home. “Hi, hello, hey, howdy … no matter how you start a call, your Google Assistant is ready to help! You can already ask your Assistant on your phone to make a call and soon, you’ll be able to do the same on Google Home—hands-free—in the U.S. and Canada. Call anyone (at their home, on their mobile or at their office). It’s easy to use, and it’s free.”

BetaNews: Google adds pollen forecasts to searches. “A lot of people like to know what the weather is going to be like, but if you suffer from hay fever it can be all the more important to know what to expect. To make life a little easier for people struck by ‘seasonal allergies,’ Google is rolling out pollen forecasting.”

TechCrunch: 45 million people send birthday wishes on Facebook each day. “Roughly 1 in 30 Facebook users tells someone Happy Birthday each day, showing Facebook’s first major emergent behavior is still going strong. Now Facebook is equipping the 45 million people sending birthday wishes each day with some new features.”


Ars Technica: An ancient Chrome tab trick just blew my mind. “If your browser is a catastrophe of tabs as mine is—I currently have six Chrome windows across three monitors with more than 100 tabs open, because tabs are the new bookmarks—then this thing I just discovered may be life-changing.” He says it’s an old trick, but I didn’t know about it!

Wonkhe: A beginner’s guide to Open Access. “If Sci-Hub steals from the pockets of academic publishers, where do the contents of said pockets come from? Some argue that academic publishing provides a valuable service to researchers – signalling consensus, supporting peer review and maintaining high standards. Others would suggest that they profit from reviewing and editorial work carried out – largely or wholly unpaid – by academics, and an increasing compulsion to publish early and often.”


Techdirt: Once Again, Rather Than Deleting Terrorist Propaganda, YouTube Deletes Evidence Of War Crimes . “It really was just last week that we were discussing the problems of telling platforms like YouTube to remove videos concerning “violent extremism” because it’s often tough to tell the difference between videos that many people think are okay and ones that those same people think are not. But in that post, we also linked back to a story from 2013 in which — after getting pressure from then Senator Joe Lieberman — YouTube started removing ‘terrorist’ videos, and in the process deleted a channel of people documenting atrocities in Syria. It appears that history is now repeating itself, because YouTube is getting some grief because (you guessed it), it’s effort to keep extremist content off its platform has resulted in deleting a channel that was documenting evidence of war crimes in Syria.”

New Scientist: Google-sponsored private moon race delayed for the fourth time. “The deadline for the Google Lunar X Prize has been pushed backed once again, from the end of 2017 to 31 March 2018. The prize offers $30 million to the first privately-funded venture that puts a spacecraft on the moon. In order to win the money, competitors’ rovers will have to explore at least 500 metres of the moon’s surface and send back high-definition images and video. However, this new deadline came with additional ‘milestone prizes’ which will let the companies win some money even if they are not entirely successful.”

CNET: Anti-Google far-right protest march postponed. “organizers from the right-wing side of life had declared there would be a march on the company at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, as well as eight other cities, that day…. Now, however, the march has been postponed. Organizers said on a website created to coordinate the march that this ‘peaceful’ march was being called off because of ‘alt-left terrorist threats.’ ”


Wordfence: Ransomware Targeting WordPress – An Emerging Threat . “Recently, the Wordfence team has seen ransomware being used in attacks targeting WordPress. We are currently tracking a ransomware variant we are calling ‘EV ransomware.’ The following post describes what this ransomware does and how to protect yourself from being hit by this attack.” Good morning, Internet…

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