afternoonbuzz

Irish Clergy, Isle of Wight Genealogy, Facebook, More: Tuesday Buzz, August 21, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Al Jazeera: Research group launches online database of accused Irish clergy. “Ahead of Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Ireland, an international research group launched a database of Irish clergy convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children.”

Island Echo: Finding Your Isle Of Wight Roots Just Got Easier. “Almost 100,000 cemetery records are now available at the touch of a fingertip with the launch of a new records website by the Isle of Wight Council.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Reuters: Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger – sources. “The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.”

Washington Post: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits ‘left-leaning’ bias but says it doesn’t influence company policy. “Faced with criticisms from President Trump that Twitter is ‘shadow banning’ and silencing conservative voices, chief executive Jack Dorsey admitted that those who work for the social media giant have their own biases — and that they’re ‘more left-leaning.'”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Don’t read this if you have a delicate stomach. Ars Technica: London museum is livestreaming a key 21st-century artifact—festering sewage. “You can now feast your eyes on a festering chunk of solidified sewage as it ages, not-so-gracefully, inside a specially-designed isolation case that is being livestreamed from a museum in London.”

Nikkei Asian Review: Fujifilm instant camera finds new life on social media. “If you thought the days of printing out photos were a thing of the past, think again. Fujifilm’s instant-print camera, the Instax, has found a new lease of life among a generation that grew up without ever touching a roll of film. The Japanese company aims to sell 10 million of the cameras in the year through next March, an increase of 1 million on the previously announced figure.”

India Today: Google Maps ‘plus code’ is allowing Kerala flood victims to share their exact location even without internet. “In a statement released by Google on Saturday, it was revealed that Kerala flood victims can now use their Android smartphones or tablets to generate and share the plus code of their exact location, which can pinpoint their whereabouts and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Mashable: Google sued over tracking locations even when ‘Location History’ is off. “Last week, a bombshell AP investigation found that Google was still tracking iPhone and Android device users, even if they turned off the ‘Location History’ setting. Now, the first lawsuit has been filed against the search engine giant over this issue, according to documents posted by Ars Technica.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: Facebook and NYU want to use AI to make MRI exams faster. “MRI scans may some day be available for a lot more people in need. Facebook on Monday said it’s teaming up with NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology to launch ‘fastMRI,’ a collaborative research project that aims to use artificial intelligence to make MRI — magnetic resonance imaging — 10 times faster.” Good evening, Internet…

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