Domestic Animal Rescue, Hurricane Florence Rumors, Vintage Postcards, More: Saturday Buzz, September 15, 2018


The Horse: New NetPosse National Disaster Website for Horses and Pets. “NetPosse’s new, free resource is meant to bring disaster rescue organizations and victims together in one place, making it easier to search through the multitude of pages and groups on Facebook.” The site does not appear to have been up long but already has 100 resource pointers for Hurricane Florence.

FCW: FEMA tackles the hurricane rumor mill with new web page. “As it responds to the potential devastation of Hurricane Florence, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up a new web page to track and warn the public about unsubstantiated whisper campaigns related to relief efforts.”

The Daily Bulldog: Franklin County: The Postcard View to be presented on Sept. 24. “The Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company was founded in 1909 in Belfast by Rudolph Herman Cassens. His goal was to photograph small towns and rural areas from Maine to California, producing ‘real photo’ postcards that would be valued for promoting tourism. Cassens did not fulfill his dream of photographing the entire country, but his company did produce over 50,000 glass plate negatives of New England and Upstate New York between 1909 and 1947. The collection is full of historic businesses, family homes and local landmarks…. The collection is being digitized and more than 100,0000 thousand images can now be viewed on the museum’s website in their online database.”


The Intercept: Senior Google Scientist Resigns Over “Forfeiture Of Our Values” In China . “A SENIOR GOOGLE research scientist has quit the company in protest over its plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China. Jack Poulson worked for Google’s research and machine intelligence department, where he was focused on improving the accuracy of the company’s search systems.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Ways to Add Links to Your Instagram Posts. “One of several features missing from Instagram is the ability to share links in captions. However, as with most things in life, there are a few ways to bypass this problem.”

Nieman Lab: Fighting back against fake news: A new UN handbook aims to explain (and resist) our current information disorder. “In a global-first act of collaborative research and knowledge sharing involving leading international experts, the UN published a new handbook this week that aims to help equip journalism to tackle the scourge of ‘information disorder.’ The book, Journalism, Fake News and Disinformation, was edited by the two of us — Julie Posetti, a senior research fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and Cherilyn Ireton, executive director of the World Editors Forum.”


AV Club: Conan’s first episode is now online, and all the rest are coming soon. “Twenty-five years ago today, a fresh-faced, floppy-haired Conan O’Brien started regularly hosting his very own late night TV show. A quarter century (and a few network changes) later, he’s still going strong with the kind of weirdo sketches and affable celebrity interviews that garnered such a devout following over past decades. Now, in celebration of this anniversary, the very first episode of Late Night With Conan O’Brien has been made available online—with an entire archive of nearly 3,000 more to follow in January.”

Times of India: Social media eating into pilots’ sleep: IAF chief BS Dhanoa . “Spending long hours on social media in the night is affecting the abilities of the pilots at the Indian Air Force (IAF), who are struggling to manage problems emanating from prolonged sleep deprivation.”

Boing Boing: North Korea: Operatives exploited Facebook, LinkedIn, other social media sites to get money and dodge sanctions. “An investigation by reporters at the Wall Street Journal uncovered North Korean online military operatives who used fake personas on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social sites to generate income and evade U.S. sanctions.”


Ars Technica: Sorry, Sony Music, you don’t own the rights to Bach’s music on Facebook. “Sony Music Entertainment has been forced to abandon its claim that it owned 47 seconds of video of musician James Rhodes using his own piano to play music written by Johann Sebastian Bach.”

Motherboard: This Twitter Bot Will Tell You if a Login Page is Phishing. “It may not be as technically interesting as a fancy iPhone exploit chain, or a sophisticated piece of malware, but phishing is the real threat for plenty of different people. Activists, journalists, politicians, and ordinary consumers trying to keep hackers out of their accounts all have to worry about dodgy domains posing as login pages. Now a Twitter bot may be able to help you decide if that Outlook, iCloud, or Gmail login page is legitimate.”


University of Utah: Following Twitter Conversations Around Hacked Diabetes Tools To Manage Blood Sugar. “The diabetes online community is leading grassroots efforts focused on accelerating the development, access and adoption of diabetes-related tools to manage the disease. Researchers at University of Utah Health examined the community’s online Twitter conversation to understand their thoughts concerning open source artificial pancreas (OpenAPS) technology. The results of this study are available online in the September 10 issue of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.” Good morning, Internet…

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