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Mouse Cells, Fact Checking, Twitter, More: Wednesday Buzz, October 4, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

GeekWire: Chan Zuckerberg Biohub launches open-access database of mouse cells to fuel research. “Today the Biohub is launching Tabula Muris, an open-source database that details the biology of the average healthy mouse cell-by-cell, providing a potential gold mine for medical researchers. The database was developed in collaboration with Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Poynter: Google is building a search engine for fact checks . “On Tuesday, the Google News Initiative launched the beta version of a tool that’s specifically for fact-checking content. The feature, which the company has been working on for months, uses the same signals as other Google products, such as Google News, to surface work from fact-checkers like Snopes and (Poynter-owned) PolitiFact.”

Gizmodo: Twitter Announces New Rules Targeting Imposter and Spam Accounts. “Last month, Gizmodo uncovered a disturbing scheme where Twitter spammers were apparently impersonating more than a dozen real women to sell diet pills. Now, it seems, the site is introducing new rules to help stop fake accounts like these.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

ZDNet: Norway’s petabyte plan: Store everything ever published in a 1,000-year archive. “In the far north of Norway, near the Arctic Circle, experts at the National Library of Norway’s (NLN) secure storage facility are in the process of implementing an astonishing plan. They aim to digitize everything ever published in Norway: books, newspapers, manuscripts, posters, photos, movies, broadcasts, and maps, as well as all websites on the Norwegian .no domain.”

Yahoo News: ‘Life after Google’: Expert predicts what will come next after tech giants fall. “An expert who foresaw the rise of the smartphone and wearable technology in a visionary 1990 book has now predicted the fall of tech giants such as Google. George Gilder, an economist, speech writer and venture capitalist claims that new technologies such as blockchain could bring about the end of today’s vast tech monopolies.”

UPI: NIH, Department of Defense to develop limb loss database. “The U.S. government is working to develop a database that will include the number of people in the United States living with limb losses for insight on their challenges and needs. The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense expect to have the Limb Loss and Preservation Registry operational in 2020, the NIH announced on Monday.”

News4 San Antonio: Russian hackers target Beto, Cruz and Manu. “We discovered the tweets in a recently-released database of three million tweets associated with Russian trolling, which targeted Cruz as well as many of the state’s other congressional leaders. Dr. Aaron Delwiche, a Trinity University social communications professor, says the messages are designed to look like they came from real people, but were instead part of a larger campaign from a foreign country injecting its voice in American affairs and politics.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: Sales engagement startup Apollo says its massive contacts database was stolen in a data breach . “The YC Combinator-backed company, formerly known as ZenProspect, helps salespeople connect with prospective customers. Using its massive prospect database of 200 million contacts at 10 million companies, Apollo matches sellers with potential buyers. Apollo said that the bulk of the stolen data was from its prospect database.”

Wired: Hackers Can Stealthily Avoid Traps Set To Defend The Cloud. “Cloud services host vast quantities of valuable information, making them perpetually attractive targets for hackers. Attackers regularly develop new and clever ways to access cloud accounts—or find ones that have been left exposed—and exfiltrate data. Those in charge of protecting cloud accounts have their own methods of shoring up defenses and securing account perimeters. But just in case someone slips by, they also lay the digital equivalent of a booby trap or a trip wire to sound the alarm on any interlopers. They’re called honeytokens.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

University of North Florida: UNF Professor Gets $600,000 Grant To Accelerate Science With Chemical Database Project . “To help his vision materialize, Stuart Chalk has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to be spread out over three years on the project. The framework he’s started creating, called SciData, is focused on chemical data, which is used in many industries like pharmaceuticals, agriculture, toxicology and materials. The project aims to create a digital infrastructure that will allow data to be integrated, so humans and machines can pose complicated questions and extract new knowledge automatically.”

Northern Arizona University: What data teaches about flood forecasting: NAU researcher co-leading crowdsourced app to gauge flood water . “A new project funded by a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation is designed to address this problem. Along with collaborators at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, University at Buffalo and Michigan Technological University, Ruddell will partner with local, federal and academic stakeholders to pilot a new flood information system for cities that connects first responders, citizens and infrastructure professionals with exactly the flood information they need, in near-real time, for the locations where they need this data most.”

EurekAlert: Detecting fake news, at its source . “Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) believe that the best approach is to focus not on the factuality of individual claims, but on the news sources themselves. Using this tack, they’ve demonstrated a new system that uses machine learning to determine if a source is accurate or politically biased.” Good morning, Internet…

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