Physicist Research, Stonehenge, Africa Intellectual Property, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, September 21, 2018


Physics Today: Online tool breaks down physicists’ research interests. “Terms like cosmologist, string theorist, or particle physicist rarely capture the true scope of a scientist’s work. A new website aims to provide a more complete picture. Launched in July, Scimeter allows researchers to create word clouds based on the topics of their arXiv papers, search for scientists with similar interests, and find experts whose work best matches given keywords.”

Salisbury Journal: Stonehenge celebrates 100 years through online photo album. “To commemorate 100 years since being donated to the nation, the guardian of Stonehenge wants as many photos donated as possible to create a digital photo album, dating from 1918 – 2018.”

World Trademark Review: Digital revolution in Africa: ARIPO unveils groundbreaking free IP database. “The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) has launched a free online database as it bids to centralise IP records from across the continent. The move is a groundbreaking one in Africa, as it represents a significant step forward in the digitisation of African IP data, especially in terms of easy-to-access search functionality, and should be on the radar of rights holders across the world.”


TechCrunch: Ghostery revamps its privacy-focused mobile browsers . “Ghostery is launching new versions of its browsers for iOS and Android. In fact, Director of Product Jeremy Tillman said this is the first big update to Ghostery’s mobile browsers in several years.”

Marketing Land: Pinterest gives SMBs access to Shop the Look Pins, a free product-tagging tool for organic Pins. “Pinterest is making Shop the Look Pins, a free product-tagging tool for fashion and home decor Pins, available to anyone with a business account.”

BGR: More changes are coming to Instagram, including gifs in the DMs and maybe even hideable hashtags. “Those of you who drown your Instagram captions in hashtags to rack up all those sweet, sweet likes for your photos (#and #you #know #who #you #are), Instagram appears to be testing a new feature just for you.”


How-to Geek: How to Get Started Making YouTube Videos. “YouTube is a social media platform where you can create and upload video content for anyone to view. Some people make whole careers on YouTube, and the feeling of having people watch something you made entices many people to try their hand at it. So how do you start?” Decent overview.


CNET: UK government could police social media with internet regulator. “The British government could be preparing to set up an internet regulator that would police the actions of social networks and sanction them if they failed to comply with rules.”


The Hacker News: Mirai Botnet Creators Helping FBI Fight Cybercrime to Stay Out of Jail. “Three young hackers who were sentenced late last year for creating and spreading the notorious Mirai botnet are now helping the FBI to investigate other “complex” cybercrime cases in return to avoid their lengthy prison terms.”

AP News: State-backed hackers target Gmail of US senators, aides. “State-backed hackers are still trying to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate’s security office should stop refusing to help defend them.”

Axios: Google is still letting apps scan, share data from Gmail accounts. “In a letter received by lawmakers in July and obtained by Axios, Google said it has continued allowing apps to collect and share data from Gmail accounts even though lawmakers have raised questions about privacy and possible abuse of user data, reports the WSJ.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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