YouTube Interviews, Vermont Life Magazine, Privacy Badger, More: Monday Buzz, October 8, 2018


Mancunion: A Database of Beautiful People . “A Database of Beautiful People is a blossoming YouTube series created in 2018 of personal and intimate interviews with people from around the globe. Its main purpose is to reflect genuineness through each individual’s personality and stories. It is simply an observation of ordinary people that makes us question the meaning of ordinary.” Very limited at the moment, but a fantastic idea.

Middlebury College: Students Explore State’s History with Digitized Collection of Vermont Life Magazines. “On a Thursday morning, the 14 Middlebury students in the course Vermont Life’s Vermont: A Collaborative Web Project are taking turns saying why they were each drawn to a class focused on a new digitized collection of Vermont Life, a magazine known for its iconic views of the state’s rural landscapes and its people.”


BetaNews: Block more Google tracking with the latest Privacy Badger extension. “We live in an age where privacy is simultaneously highly valued and under increasing attack — and nowhere is this truer than online. The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has been fighting the corner for web users for some time, and with the latest version of its Privacy Badger extension it is helping people fight back against Google.”

Quartz: Facebook is launching fact-checking tools in Africa—but WhatsApp is its real problem. “The company announced today (Oct. 3) that it would work with independent fact-checking organization Africa Check along with the French news agency AFP to assess news accuracy and stem the flood of misinformation. If a story is identified as false, Facebook will demote them in the news feed and will warn users who try to post those stories. As part of the review and rating process, the company will also share related pieces written by the fact-checking partners immediately below the story in the news feed.”

Engadget: Yahoo Together group chat app organizes conversations by topic . “You have loads of group chat apps to choose from if you want to keep in touch with friends and family, but Yahoo’s new entry promises a more organized experience than most. The company has launched a new app for Android and iOS called Yahoo Together, which can split up conversations into topics.”

TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger internally tests voice commands for chat, calls . “Facebook Messenger could soon let you use your voice to dictate and send messages, initiate voice calls and create reminders. Messenger for Android’s code reveals a new M assistant button atop the message thread screen that activates listening for voice commands for those functionalities. Voice control could make Messenger simpler to use hands-free or while driving, more accessible for the vision or dexterity-impaired and, perhaps one day, easier for international users whose native languages are hard to type.”


ACS Axial: Congratulations to 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Winners Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith, and Sir Gregory P. Winter. “Professor Arnold is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. She is a 32-year member of the American Chemical Society and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Central Science. In 2005, ACS honored her with the Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal, which recognizes distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists. She has published more than 40 articles and book chapters in ACS Publications, as well as on ChemRxiv. Please enjoy the following papers that relate to her prize-winning discoveries. The papers are free to read for 30 days in honor of her achievement.”

Taneya’s Genealogy Blog: Progress Check: My Digital Photo Organization. “At the beginning of the year, I shared my strategy for how I am approaching the management of my digital photos. I have been working more on it lately and I thought it time for a progress check! You can read more about my strategy here, but essentially, my approach is to rely on Google Photos as my ‘automatic camera roll’ (b/c all of my pictures automatically upload to it), and then each month, move pictures out and into structured folders. As I place pictures in the structured folders, I use metadata tags to provide details about each photo. It’s been fabulous!”


CNET: Election security is a mess, and the cleanup won’t arrive by the midterms. “For many, the most intense race leading up to Election Day won’t be among politicians. It’ll be the mad, final scramble by county officials and tech companies to make sure your votes are safe from hackers.”

New York Times: Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights. “Should American citizens get a new Bill of Rights for the internet? Given all the damage that giant tech companies have done of late, including the disaster of the week — a breach at Facebook that exposed tens of millions of accounts and maybe lots more — many Democrats think the answer is yes.”


Indiana University: Having an online social forum for class networking gives physics students a boost, study says. “Grasping the impulse-momentum theorem during a 100-level physics lecture is one thing, but what if it doesn’t make as much sense once you start your homework assignment? Andy Gavrin, IUPUI physics department chair and associate professor, first added an online social forum to his courses to help students stay engaged in the coursework and assist one another outside of class. A new study of these forums indicates the online tool is valuable to helping students succeed in physics courses.”

The Next Web: My colleague Googled my dad and it got weird. “It’s hard to describe how weird it is to have your coworker send you a never-seen-before photo of your parent, and even weirder when said parent in said photo looks like a baby in a suit. Seriously, it’s uncanny. Anyway, this photo led my colleagues and I down a bit of a rabbit hole.” Good morning, Internet…

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