Cancer Research, Newspaper Archives, Mastodon, More: Wednesday Buzz, April 11, 2018


PR Newswire: NCCN Provides New, Free Database to Assist in Cancer Research Collaborations (PRESS RELEASE). “The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program (ORP) announced today that they are broadening the use of the Shared Resource Database to all cancer centers in the United States. This move reinforces NCCN ORP’s dedication to collaborative research that improves cancer care…. The Shared Resource Database currently includes more than 240 resources, such as complex technologies, instrumentation facilities, human tissue specimens, animal models, specialized databases, and many other specialty research items. It has been available exclusively to the 27 NCCN Member Institutions for the past two years.”


Canadaland Show: What’s Happening To The Online Archives Of Metro Ottawa And Winnipeg . “‘The voice of Vancouver is getting louder,’ proclaimed the front-page story of the Vancouver edition of last Tuesday’s Metro. ‘The voice of Edmonton is getting louder,’ pronounced that of its Edmonton counterpart. Similar messages ran on the fronts of the Calgary, Halifax, and Toronto editions, promoting expansions of their respective newsrooms, ahead of the chain’s April 10 reboot. But when Torstar relaunches the papers tomorrow under the new StarMetro banner — shedding their distinctive green globes for Toronto Star blue — two cities’ voices may actually get quieter.”

Read the Tea Leaves: Introducing Pinafore for Mastodon. “I love the Mastodon web app, and I’ve even contributed code to it. It’s a PWA [Progressive Web App], it’s responsive, and it works well across multiple devices. But eventually, I felt like I could make something interesting by rewriting the frontend from scratch.” Big thanks to Kathy J. for alerting me to this.

First look at Instagram Nametags, its clone of Snapchat QR codes
. “Instagram is preparing to launch a feature called Nametags that lets you create a special image that people can scan with the Instagram Stories camera to follow you. TechCrunch broke the news of Nametags code in Instagram’s Android APK last month. But now thanks to reader Genady Okrain we have screenshots and more details of the Instagram Nametags feature.”


MakeUseOf: How to Use Snapchat: A Complete Beginner’s Guide. “…while most social media apps have a clear purpose and function, Snapchat is simultaneously a news source, instant messenger, public broadcast platform, selfie-taker, and source of that dog tongue filter. Honestly, even for its most experienced users, Snapchat can be pretty confusing. To help, we have put together a single resource where you can learn exactly how to use Snapchat. Whether you want to send pictures of your breakfast to your best friend, participate in a location-based story, create a Bitmoji, or catch up on your favorite celebrities, this article will answer all of your questions…” Serious deep dive.


CNET: Facebook employees donated big bucks to Congress members. “When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress this week, he’ll address House and Senate members who’ve received sizable campaign contributions from Facebook employees and its political action committee. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce Committee, which are scheduled to conduct a joint hearing with the Facebook chief on Tuesday, have received a total of $604,000 in contributions since 2007, according to the nonpartisan and nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.”

Business Standard: Google files plea in NCLAT against CCI penalty for ‘search bias’. “Online search giant Google has filed an appeal at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal against an order from India’s competition watchdog that found it guilty of ‘search bias’ and abuse of its dominant position, two sources aware of the matter told Reuters.”

The Art Newspaper: New York’s Postmasters gallery, in survival move, solicits pledges via Patreon. “New York’s Postmasters Gallery has turned to Patreon, the crowdfunding site where members pledge a set amount of money per month to support all types of creative endeavours, from podcasts to comics to music, to help cover its operating expenses and keep the business going.”


Mashable: Hackers just took down YouTube’s most popular video. “On the internet, nothing is safe. Not even ‘Despacito.’ Early Tuesday morning, hackers defaced a number of music videos that were posted to YouTube by Vevo accounts. Among the affected videos was the world-famous music video by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which was taken down. ”

BetaNews: Facebook launches Data Abuse Bounty with rewards of up to $40,000. “With at least 87 million Facebook users affected by the data abuse by Cambridge Analytica, the social network is now on a mission to clean up its image. After rolling out tools, issuing notifications, and testifying in front of Congress, Facebook is launching a new bounty program that rewards people who report instances of data abuse.”


Chicago Tribune: Tweets from gang members express grief over violence — but then turn to anger, researchers find. “Four years ago, after learning a friend had been slain, a Chicago street gang member posted a praying hands emoji on her Twitter account lamenting the death. Gakirah Barnes’ grief quickly turned to anger. Within minutes she again took to social media, this time to vow revenge on her rivals — even if they weren’t the ones responsible for killing her friend. Four days later, Barnes, just 17, was dead, shot as she stood with friends on a street in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side.”

American University: Whitesplaining on Facebook: PhD Student Donte Newman Looks at Race and Social Media. “Newman is writing his dissertation on race and social media, specifically examining white people’s Facebook responses to police violence. He’s not just probing racial attitudes, but how people’s interactions with technology shape and reinforce societal power structures. ‘In light of a string of recent shootings, police brutality against black people has emerged as a contentious topic in national dialogue. And many of these conversations are taking place within Facebook,’ says Newman. ‘However, the technological architecture of Facebook may influence how users have conversations about racially motivated police shootings.'”


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