Middle East World Records, Native American Historic Preservation, Google, More: Wednesday Buzz, June 27, 2018


Arabian Business: Guinness World Records sees 283% rise in Middle East applicants. “Guinness World Records has seen the number of applicants from the MENA region increase by 283% since it opened its first office in the UAE in 2012. To cater to the applicants, the global authority on record-breaking is launching a dedicated Arabic platform to serve audiences in the region.”

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Newly Updated Online Tool Assists with Involving Indian Tribes Early in Section 106 Historic Preservation Process. “A key to successful Section 106 consultation is inviting interested parties to the table as early as possible in the process. However, sometimes sound research is needed to determine which Indian tribes have an interest in the project area…. A new source of information to aid in the process is the Tribal Directory Assistance Tool (TDAT), developed and administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Environment and Energy (HUD). This web-based tribal contact database contains information about the geographic areas of current and ancestral interest to federally recognized Indian tribes.”


Search Engine Land: Google Search Console releases URL inspection tool. “Google has announced a new feature in the beta Google Search Console that allows you to check a specific URL on your website to see the status of how Google search sees that URL. This feature is called the URL inspection tool and is now rolling out to Google Search Console users over the coming weeks.”

CNET: Tech giants met with US intelligence officials over midterm elections. “Representatives from Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Oath, Snap and Twitter, met last month with representatives of the US intelligence community to discuss preparations for the midterm elections, The New York Times reported Monday. The meeting, which Facebook confirmed it hosted, was the first discussion between tech companies and intelligence officials on the topic since Russian operatives used social media to sow seeds of discord among Americans during the 2016 election.”

PR Newswire: When it Comes to Accidental Deaths, United States is Approaching Deadliest Stretch of the Year (PRESS RELEASE). “National Safety Council analysis indicates that more preventable, accidental deaths occur during the two months of July and August than during any other two-month period of the year – a trend that includes drowning, pediatric vehicular heatstroke, pedestrian deaths, natural disasters and gun-related fatalities. Since June is National Safety Month, the Council urges people to use the next few weeks to take inventory of their own safety risks. To help, the Council has added deaths by month – and data around some of the issues influencing these deaths – to its Injury Facts interactive online database of preventable injuries and deaths. While the Council has tracked preventable injury and death data for 98 years, this is the first time NSC has made ‘Hot Car Deaths’ its own category – something the Council does when emerging issues become critically important for the public to understand.”

Tubefilter: Highlights From YouTube Onstage (And The Rest Of VidCon) Are Available On YouTube. “If you weren’t able to attend VidCon this year, you missed out on another year of keynotes, panels, and performances featuring the top stars of the online video industry. While those festivities have now concluded, some of them are currently available for on-demand consumption. On the VidCon YouTube channel, you can find videos from several of this year’s events, including a few highlights from the YouTube Onstage performance, which brought together some of the internet’s most notable names for an entertaining variety show.”


MakeUseOf: 3 Useful Tools to Improve Google Drive’s Security and Privacy . “Google dominates many aspects of our digital lives: emails, internet search, navigation, cloud storage, and so much more. That domination demands trust. Can you trust Google with your documents, pictures, and memories? How do they keep your private files secure when you pass the baton of trust and upload your files to Google Drive? Well, Google encrypts your files when your data is resting (as well as in transit too). Is Google Drive’s integrated encryption enough to keep your private files safe from harm? Let’s find out.”


Radcliffe Institute, Harvard: Schlesinger Library Awarded Grant to Create Comprehensive Digital Media Archive of #metoo. “The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has embarked on a large scale project to comprehensively document the #metoo movement and the accompanying redefinitions of gender-based harassment and sex in the workplace. Through the #metoo Digital Media Collection, Schlesinger Library will provide enduring scholarly access to content including social media conversations, press stories, and multimedia declarations and rebuttals: resources which are now pervasive in our collective consciousness and social media feeds, yet will prove acutely vulnerable in the long-term, as propriety platforms, individual user-accounts, and the ever-changing landscape of the Web continually transform.”

Poynter: How Facebook tried to block distribution of a blockbuster story. “Last week, Reveal’s Aura Bogado and Matt Smith posted a blockbuster story. The piece, about a treatment center housing migrant children accused of coercing them to take powerful psychiatric drugs, was destined for a broad audience, particularly with the debate about President Trump’s family separation policy. So Reveal’s Byard Duncan thought he could spend $150 to promote the story to a wider group of the 170,000 readers that Reveal helped create on Facebook — but which Facebook has limited its access to. The promotion of the story was important as the administration planned a vast expansion of these migrant centers and internment camps. Facebook said no.”


Neowin: Ingenious hack uses battery consumption to figure out what you’re doing on your phone . “The joint product of researchers at UT Texas, the Hebrew University, and Technion, a new paper aimed at considering smartphone security details a potentially devastating hack that would allow an attacker to use your battery as a ‘snitch’.”


Stanford News: Stanford AI recreates chemistry’s periodic table of elements. “It took nearly a century of trial and error for human scientists to organize the periodic table of elements, arguably one of the greatest scientific achievements in chemistry, into its current form. A new artificial intelligence (AI) program developed by Stanford physicists accomplished the same feat in just a few hours.”

TechCrunch: New technique brings secrets out of old daguerreotypes . “Daguerreotypes – photos made with a process that used mercury vapors on an iodine-sensitized silvered plate – break down quite easily. The result is a fogged plate that, more often that not, is completely ruined by time and mistreatment. However, researchers at Western University have created a system that uses synchrotrons and ‘rapid-scanning micro-X-ray fluorescence imaging’ to scan the plates for eight hours. The system shot an X-ray 10×10 microns thick at ‘an energy most sensitive to mercury absorption.’ This, in turn, showed the researchers where the mercury is most prevalent, thereby bringing up the image that was lost to damage or decay.” Good morning, Internet…

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