Crop Insurance, Florida Oral Histories, World Cup, More: Sunday Buzz, June 17, 2018


Wisconsin Ag Connection: NCIS Launches Website Highlighting Crop Insurance in all 50 States. “The Senate officially begins its Farm Bill process June 13, as the Agriculture Committee debates a draft bipartisan bill released last week by the panel’s top Republican and Democrat. And thanks to a new website just unveiled by the National Crop Insurance Services, Senators and other interested parties won’t have to look very far for information about how crop insurance affects every state in the country.”

News-Press: Relive old Florida through FGCU’s oral histories digital collection. “Oral histories have long been a trove of fascinating information for historians and researchers, but accessing those histories can be difficult. Many oral narratives are collected by small local museums or community organizations, and they’re often recorded on cassette tapes. This means the oral narratives are only available to those who are willing to make the trek to listen in person. But [Florida Gulf Coast University] has been collecting these histories and digitizing them, turning the oral narratives into online files that are accessible to the public.”


PR Newswire: Talkwalker launches live soccer World Cup social media dashboard (PRESS RELEASE). ” With the soccer World Cup kicking off today in Russia, social listening and analytics company Talkwalker has launched a live dashboard and blog that allows journalists to track the highlights of the social media conversation around the tournament.”

MetaFilter: State of the Site: Metafilter financial update and future directions. “Right now, because of recent steep drops in ad revenue, we’re running at an $8,000/month deficit. I’m bringing this to you all now because we need to fix that shortfall soon to avoid significant cuts to our current payroll levels. We’re still operating as normal right now thanks to the cushion members built up last fall, and that and conservative budgeting have worked as intended: it’s given us a few more months of leeway to work on the problem, so we can consider our options and make smart, non-panicky decisions. But we need to get to work on it ASAP.” PLEASE HELP THE SMALL AND INDEPENDENT WEB SITES YOU LOVE OR THEY WILL DIE.

TechCrunch: Nuzzel unveils NuzzelRank, which scores news sources on ‘authority’ . “Everyone from Elon Musk to AdBlock Plus wants to tell you which news sources are worth trusting. Now news aggregator Nuzzel is joining in. Specifically, it’s launching NuzzelRank, which founder and CEO Jonathan Abrams described as ‘our new authority ranking of thousands of top news sources, using signals from top business influencers.’ He said it replaces a more “simplistic” ranking system that it was using for its news monitoring and research product Nuzzel Media Intelligence.”

University of North Texas: A better cold-case database. “NamUs, or the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, is a clearinghouse and resource center for missing person cases, unidentified bodies, unidentified living individuals and unclaimed bodies. Based at UNT Health Science Center since 2011, it is managed by the UNT Center for Human Identification through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Justice. NamUs 2.0 replaces the existing NamUs databases, which were launched in 2007 and 2008. Since then, NamUs has received more than 15,000 unidentified person cases and over 32,000 missing person cases. More than 3,000 of those unidentified person cases and more than 14,000 missing person cases have been resolved.”


Make Tech Easier: 14 of the Best Augmented Reality Apps for Android and iOS. “Augmented reality apps, or AR apps, are a growing trend. Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore are both expanding the ways augmented reality can be used in the real world. More applications are also taking advantage of these features in new and interesting ways on both iOS and Android. These are some of the best augmented reality apps currently for iOS and Android.”

MakeUseOf: 9 of the Best Ways to Read Comics Online for Free. “The recent string of successful Marvel and DC movies coupled with an increase in the availability of digital comics has helped fuel the revival of the comic book industry. Unfortunately, going down to the local comic shop to pick up your favorites can be expensive. Single issues can cost $3 or more, and that adds up fast. Thankfully, you can save some money by using these sites to read comics online for free. No matter what kind of comics you’re into, you should find them on one of these sites.”


ProPublica: Facebook’s Screening for Political Ads Nabs News Sites Instead of Politicians. “One ad couldn’t have been more obviously political. Targeted to people aged 18 and older, it urged them to ‘vote YES’ on June 5 on a ballot proposition to issue bonds for schools in a district near San Francisco. Yet it showed up in users’ news feeds without the ‘paid for by’ disclaimer required for political ads under Facebook’s new policy designed to prevent a repeat of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Nor does it appear, as it should, in Facebook’s new archive of political ads.”

The Register: Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android. “Four years ago there were four mobile platforms, but since Microsoft and BlackBerry withdrew, it’s a duopoly of Apple and Google. The creation of a new third platform – a Google-free Android – now looks feasible, given the Great Unbundling the European Commission is likely to order. But someone has to build the damn thing – and it’s going to be a mammoth task.”

Techdirt: Top German Publisher Says: ‘You Wouldn’t Steal A Pound Of Butter… So We Need A Snippet Tax’. “Last week, Mike provided a virtuoso excoriation of the European publishers’ shameless demand to be given even more copyright control over tiny snippets of news stories as part of the awful EU copyright directive. As that post pointed out, the publishers’ ‘mythbuster’ did nothing of the sort, but it did indicate a growing panic among the industry as more critical attention is brought to bear on the ridiculous ‘snippet tax’ — Article 11 of the proposed new EU copyright law — which has already failed twice elsewhere.” Why do we keep going through this over and over again? SNIPPET TAXES DON’T WORK.


New Westminster Record: UK judge bans singer from social media over anti-Semitism. “A folk singer who posted videos on YouTube insulting Jews and mocking the Holocaust has been banned from using social media. A judge at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court sentenced Alison Chabloz on Thursday to a 20-week suspended prison sentence, a year-long social media ban and community service.” Good morning, Internet…

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