Spot A Shark, Linux Mint, Mary Meeker, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, June 1, 2018


Public Radio East: Shark Spotting Citizen-Science Program Launches. “The Spot A Shark USA program starts June 1. People who encounter sand tiger sharks are asked to upload their photos to the online database. Marine scientists will be able to use the pictures to identify individual sharks and track their movements, said South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation Dr. Avery Paxton.”

Neowin: Linux Mint 19 beta builds scheduled for Monday, June 4th. “Clem Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project has announced that all three editions of Linux Mint 19 ‘Tara’ – Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce – are undergoing quality analysis and that the bugs which were found have been fixed, with them expected to pass the QA phase tomorrow. With glaring bugs out of the way, enthusiasts will get to inspect beta builds from Monday, June 4th, to find any lingering issues.”

Slate: Silicon Valley’s Bible Is Out, Courtesy of Mary Meeker. “It’s something of a ritual in Silicon Valley—an annual slide deck that sums up all the internet trends you need to know about, courtesy of venture capitalist Mary Meeker. This year’s deck was presented at Recode’s Code Conference on May 30 in Rancho Palos Verde, California.”

Engadget: Follow the NBA Finals in high-resolution VR. “NextVR has been partnering with the NBA to livesream games for the last two years, and now it’s going to cover the upcoming Finals. After each game, the service will upload free-to-watch highlights in a new high-resolution format to its dedicated NextVR app, which works with most virtual reality headsets.”


CBC: Scientists call for protection of geological, historical sites on other planets. “A Canadian scientist is calling for action to protect significant geological and historical features on the moon, Mars, and other planets. Jack Matthews of Memorial University of Newfoundland says as nations and private companies increasingly explore and develop outer space, there’s a growing threat to extraterrestrial environments.”

NARA: Citizen Archivist Road Trip. “Summer is almost here. It’s time to pack up the car, set your music playlist, and hit the road! To kick off the start of vacation season, we’re excited to share a series of transcription missions over the course of the summer: a Citizen Archivist Road Trip! Join us online as we virtually travel throughout the country, bringing you records from field offices across the National Archives.”

Daily Mirror: Will ban social media if they don’t self-regulate: MS. “President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday he had discussed with a US based global institution regarding the issues that had arisen in the country due to social media and that if they were unable to control such issues, he would have to ban social media websites altogether like some other countries had done.” This is Sri Lanka.

CNET: Here’s how quickly Facebook rebuilt its profile on me. “Facebook got to know me in just two months. Like, really got to know me. I deleted my decade-old Facebook page in March, purging more than 10 years of bad high school posts and college blunders. But I still needed to be on Facebook, so I created a new one the same day.”


Poynter: New data tracks how fast news deserts are spreading. “News deserts are ominous to democracy, but how many there are and how fast they’re spreading has been a mystery — until now: Coverage of at least 900 communities across the nation has gone dry since 2004, preliminary new data shows.”

LiveScience: These 5 Social Media Habits Are Linked with Depression. “You might be familiar with the experience of scrolling through your Facebook feed, only to feel like everyone else’s lives are better than yours. But such ‘social comparisons’ may be linked with a higher likelihood of having depression. That’s one finding from a new study that identified a total of five social media behaviors linked with the mental health condition. The study was presented May 25 at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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