Food Systems, Facebook, Video Editing, More: Tuesday Buzz, October 17, 2017


University at Buffalo: UB, international partner launch first global database of food systems planning policies. ” A first-of-its-kind database developed and maintained at the University at Buffalo will help city, regional and statewide governments around the globe develop better food systems planning policies by drawing from legislation already crafted.”


The Next Web: Facebook tests LinkedIn-like resumes so you can flaunt work experience. “Taking a cue from Facebook, earlier this year LinkedIn redesigned its website to make it a bit less confusing and a tad more suitable for social interactions. But it seems Facebook too is paying attention to LinkedIn. The social media giant is currently testing a new Resume / CV feature that lets users share their work experience with their friends. The new addition expands on the standard ‘Work and education’ section, but won’t publicly display all information about your credentials.”


NeverEnding Search: Typito: Your post production buddy. “Post-production is what makes your media feel professional and done. But not everyone has access to, or the chops to use, a robust video editor like Final Cut Pro or Adobe After Effects. And not everyone wants to spend the arduous time it sometimes takes to make a video product feel professionally spiffy. Typito is a relatively new video editing tool designed to be your time-saving, affordable, post-production friend. It allows even rookie editors to create a little magic on top of the videos they shoot or collect.”

The Distant Librarian (and thanks for the mention, Paul!): A quick showdown of three automatic transcription tools. “I didn’t realize it was that long ago, but last December I started playing with an automatic transcription tool called AutoEdit2, and found it pretty decent. Yesterday and today, ResearchBuzz led me to two new options, so I thought I’d do a quick comparison.”

MakeUseOf: How to Make a Time-Lapse Video by Converting a Standard Video . “Making a time-lapse video usually takes a lot time. You need to have a suitable camera, enough storage for the photos, a reliable stand or tripod, and good weather conditions if you’re outside. Time-lapse videos can take a while to get right, and this might require several attempts. Want to make a time-lapse video but don’t have the patience or hardware? Fortunately, there are several tools you can use to do the job.”


The Atlantic: Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity. “The setting is X, the so-called moonshot factory at Alphabet, the parent company of Google. And the scene is not the beginning of some elaborate joke. The people in this room have a particular talent: They dream up far-out answers to crucial problems. The dearth of housing in crowded and productive coastal cities is a crucial problem. Oceanic residences are, well, far-out. At the group’s invitation, I was proposing my own moonshot idea, despite deep fear that the group would mock it.”

Quartz: Why the Russia fake news scandal hasn’t touched Snapchat. “The absence of fake news and Russian interference on Snapchat is partly down to how the app operates—its 173 million daily users have an average of about 30 friends who they send snaps to regularly, rather than hundreds as they do on Facebook. You can’t include links, and you can’t look at a private account’s snaps. That makes it less of a connected network and more like a collection of closed groups, meaning it is much harder for anything to go viral. But Snap is also deliberately much stricter than other social media companies about which news outlets it partners with and promotes, and how it reviews political and advocacy ads that appear there.”

Engadget: Baidu plans to start mass-producing autonomous vehicles around 2019. “Like its US counterparts, Chinese internet titan Baidu has been working on autonomous vehicle research for years. After a failed partnership with BMW, Baidu opened itself up to teaming up with other companies, notably bringing on NVIDIA to power its Apollo self-driving car program. The internet giant has another partner now: Chinese automaker BAIC, which will pair its cars with Baidu’s tech to start mass production of level three autonomous vehicles around 2019, followed by L4 vehicles around 2021.”

Advertising Age: Facebook Tests Letting Marketers Scour Posts And Comments. “The beta test, an extension of Facebook’s Audience Insights API marketing tech platform, isn’t expected to be widely available until next year, according to people familiar with the offering who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss something Facebook hasn’t announced yet. Early ad partners, which include top agencies and media companies, are searching Facebook’s vast history of public posts to see what topics, themes, brands and products are being discussed. Users’ identities are withheld.”


Ars Technica: Severe flaw in WPA2 protocol leaves Wi-Fi traffic open to eavesdropping. “An air of unease set into the security circles on Sunday as they prepared for the disclosure of high-severity vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II protocol that make it possible for attackers to eavesdrop Wi-Fi traffic passing between computers and access points. The proof-of-concept exploit is called KRACK, short for Key Reinstallation Attacks.”

Teen Vogue (yes, really): How Social Media Affects Crime Investigations. “On September 12, 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in a walk-in hotel freezer in Rosemont, Illinois, where she had been at a party. Nearly one month after the fact, the Cook County medical examiner ruled her death an accident, despite thousands of social media users insisting otherwise. News of Kenneka’s death went viral almost immediately after becoming public, and amateur sleuths quickly got to work trying to solve the mystery of what happened. Social media was flooded not only with sadness and well-wishes, but also with analyses of social media videos, conspiracy theories, and personal accusations, which have continued for weeks.”

Computerworld: Microsoft’s anti-malware sniffing service powers Edge to top spot in browser blocking tests. “Microsoft’s Edge browser, the default in Windows 10, blocked a higher percentage of phishing and socially-engineered malware (SEM) attacks than Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox, a Texas security testing firm said Friday.” Good morning, Internet…

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