Art Museum, Letters of Intent, Clinical Trials, More: Sunday Buzz, October 29, 2017


WIBX: MWPAI To Launch Online Museum On October 30th. “The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art will be launching its online collection page on Monday, October 30th. More than 5,000 works of art spanning three centuries will be readily accessible to the public anytime with just the click of a mouse.”

ExpertClick: New Website Provides Letters of Intent (PRESS RELEASE). “ is a new website from that provides sample text and ideas for those pursuing business agreements, higher education, adoption and more. The 36 new letters of intent cover everything from real estate ventures to grants to employment…. is sister site to, which has 243 free cover letter templates for school, work, and awards, as well as, which has more than 400 printable contracts for legal matters, sales, events, and more. There are nearly 100 sites in the family of free printables sites created by Savetz Publishing, Inc., a company devoted to creating useful and informative web sites of interest to consumers and small businesses.”

Vanderbilt: My Cancer Genome launches new search tool for clinical trials. “My Cancer Genome (MCG), a web-based cancer information tool developed by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators in 2011 and supported by GenomOncology, has launched a new clinical trial search tool that allows website visitors to search for cancer clinical trials based on disease, biomarker, phase and recruiting status…. Trial documents are downloaded nightly from and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Clinical Trials Reporting Program’s list of NCI-supported clinical trials. Trials then undergo automated and manual curation to ensure the highest quality data.”


Bloomberg Quint: Facebook, Twitter, Google to Attend Third Congressional Hearing. “Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have agreed to send representatives to a third congressional hearing next week following revelations that Russians exploited their networks during last year’s elections.”

TechCrunch: Twitter makes another rule change; this time tackling revenge porn. “In the latest of its (likely fruitless) attemptsto govern the seething mob that comprises its user base, Twitter rolled out a change in how it oversees the publication of what it euphemistically referred to as ‘intimate media.’ The latest rule change intends to combat yet another toxic Twitter problem; the prevalence of revenge porn throughout its network.”


Search Engine Journal: How to Use Facebook Page Insights Like an Expert. “…even if you’re sharing the right variety of content on your business Facebook page and responding to customer messages and comments in a timely manner, you’re still not reaping all the benefits of your page if you don’t also take advantage of Facebook Page Insights. This post will explain everything Facebook Page Insights can tell you and how you can use that information. This is a 2-part post where both Facebook Insights in part 1 and Facebook Analytics will be discussed in part 2.”


Slate: Museums Are Just About the Only Places Ready for the Next Natural Disaster. “…as once-rare storms like these become more common and more consequential (Sandy caused an estimated $70 billion in damage, behind only Hurricane Katrina), coastal communities are reorienting to a world where they might be underwater at a moment’s notice. And museums are leading the charge when it comes to bolstering up in the face of extreme weather—after all, financially speaking, they might have the most to lose. Along the Eastern Seaboard, from Miami to Manhattan, curators are going to extremes to safeguard their art. And in doing so, they’re testing out ideas and processes that might later be adopted by everyone else who lives on the coast.”

Harvard Business Review: Surgeons Are Using Social Media to Share and Learn New Skills. “Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms have emerged as powerful tools for keeping surgeons connected. Though online communities have been used in specific cases to share medical knowledge, in more recent years a variety of communities have formed using more accessible social media platforms to facilitate surgeons’ interactions, enhance their practice, and improve patient outcomes. For instance, Facebook groups like the International Hernia Collaboration or the Robotic Surgery Collaboration (RSC) — a group founded by one of us (Yusef Kudsi) — allow surgeons to share de-identified cases and exchange questions and experiences regarding particular techniques or practices.”

Wired: How Google Goggles Won, Then Lost, The Camera-First Future. “Robin Williams used to joke that the Irish discovered civilization, then had a Guinness and forgot where they left it. So it was with Google and smartphone cameras. Nearly a decade ago, Google engineers were working on ideas that you’ll now find in Snapchat, Facebook, the iPhone X, and elsewhere. As the tech industry moves towards the camera-first future, in which people talk, play, and work through the lens of their smartphone, Google’s now circling back, tapping those same ideas and trying to finish what it started. This time it’s hoping it’s not too late.” Interesting, extensive article.

New York Times: At Facebook, Hand-Wringing Over a Fix for Fake Content. “Since Facebook disclosed the existence of those ads and posts with Russian ties last month, the company has attempted to tamp down fears it abetted interference in the election. It has also added rules meant to improve disclosures of political advertising in an attempt to show users exactly who is behind the ads they saw run through their newsfeeds. And on Friday, the company began a test of new features designed to give users a better understanding of the people and organizations buying advertising on Facebook. That included providing users with a searchable database of ads being served to them. But misleading ads were often a small component of the misinformation campaign.”


Gamasutra: U.S. gov’t stands by DMCA exemption for museums preserving online games. “The United States Copyright Office stated today that after a period of soliciting feedback and comments, it plans to recommend that all exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act be renewed. At least one of those exemptions directly impacts the game industry: an exemption for museums, libraries, and other archival efforts circumventing the DMCA in order to preserve (in a playable state) games that require server support which is no longer available.”

RESEARCH & OPINION Twitter pushes out Islamic state supporters, but shift may hinder counterterrorism, study finds . “Although Twitter was once the preferred platform of the Islamic State group, the social network’s counter-extremism policies – including content removal – contributed to a decline in activity by IS supporters. New research from the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism indicates the company’s efforts may have been effective, but further analysis suggests IS’s fight on Twitter is far from over.” Good morning, Internet…

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