Agriculture Prices, Facebook, Virginia Newspapers, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, July 11, 2018


The New Times (Rwanda): ITC launches portal to avail the market price information. “The International Trade Centre (ITC) yesterday launched a market price information portal, an online database that will provide access to live updates and prices for more than 100 agriculture products. The portal aims at impriving transparency in trade and help improve the decision-making processes for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to export.” Wondering what the heck is the International Trade Centre? Get the details here.


Motherboard: Facebook Is Testing a Feature to Tell You If That DM Came from Russia. “Facebook has faced a wave of misinformation and scam campaigns. Users may soon have more information about that unsolicited direct message, judging by a new feature Facebook is currently trying out.”

CNET: Facebook faces UK fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal. “Facebook is facing by the UK’s privacy watchdog for allowing Cambridge Analytica to improperly access key personal data on millions of its users. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office on Tuesday announced a preliminary fine of 500,000 pounds ($664,000) after finding the social-media giant had failed to protect user data and wasn’t transparent about how the user data was obtained by others. The fine — the maximum amount allowed — comes after revelations that as many as 87 million Facebook users had their data improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy with ties to the Trump campaign.” Mark Zuckerberg is worth over $80 billion dollars. With his personal wealth he could pay this fine over 120,000 times.

Virginia Memory: Extra, Extra! Virginia Chronicle Reaches 1,000,000 Pages!. “Virginia Chronicle has surpassed a major milestone: 1,000,000 pages! Thanks to grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, agreements with publishers, cooperative projects, generous gifts, and continued support from the Library of Virginia, the Virginia Newspaper Project has added over 1,000,0001,000,000 newspaper pages to Virginia Chronicle–and looks forward to adding many more in the coming months. Recent additions include: 1879-1959 of the Northern Neck News of Warsaw, additional West Virginia titles and the Idle Hour of Glen Allen.”

Mashable: WhatsApp adds another new feature to help fight fake news. “WhatsApp wants to fight the spread of fake news — and that means a meaningful change is coming to its app. On Tuesday, the company announced it’s adding labels to forwarded messages so users can better identify rumors, fake news, and other false information that often spreads via the messaging app.”


Bellingcat: How to Collect Sources from Syria If You Don’t Read Arabic. “Information from groups involved in international conflicts has never been as accessible as it is now. Rebel groups run social media accounts, video of missile launches are posted to Twitter, and the production value of propaganda has skyrocketed. For researchers and journalists who do not master the Arabic language, the same problems still exist: how does one, with no knowledge of a region’s language, collect accurate and timely information? While traditional resources like translators and sources remain important to any non-native speaker, a number of tools and strategies exist on the internet for doing some if not most of the work yourself.”

MakeUseOf: A Complete Guide to Chromebook’s Accessibility Tools and Features. “Accessibility features are an essential part of any operating system. Of course, they’re vital for people with disabilities, but most users can make use of them in some capacity. Windows 10’s suite of accessibility tools is fantastic, and macOS also provides accessibility features. But how does a Chromebook stack up? Let’s take a look.”


Ottawa Citizen: Grieving families protest ‘duplicitous’ website that reposts death notices to sell flower deliveries. “An Alberta man who, on the advice of doctors, is trying to keep news of his father’s death from his dementia-stricken mother, is the latest grieving family member to complain about a new website that reposts online obituaries alongside ads for flower deliveries.”

Food & Wine: ‘Spotify for Cookbooks’ Just Launched a Kickstarter Campaign. “Ckbk, a new service calling itself the ‘Spotify of cookbooks’ and promising seamless digital access to the best cookbooks in the world, has launched its Kickstarter campaign today. The online database (and, eventually, mobile app) boasts 100,000 recipes, and was built with guidance from acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors like Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi, and Fergus Henderson.”


EurekAlert: Ecology and AI . “It’s poised to transform fields from earthquake prediction to cancer detection to self-driving cars, and now scientists are unleashing the power of deep learning on a new field – ecology. A team of researchers from Harvard, Auburn University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Oxford and the University of Minnesota demonstrated that the artificial intelligence technique can be used to identify animal images captured by motion-sensing cameras.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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