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Healthcare Guidelines, Pre-1200 Manuscripts, LinkedIn, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, November 22, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Healthcare Informatics: ECRI’s Guidelines Trust Goes Live. “Earlier this year, funding cuts forced the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to shut down the National Guideline Clearinghouse. ECRI Institute, a nonprofit patient safety organization, has now launched the ECRI Guidelines Trust, a portal to expertly vetted, evidence-based guideline briefs and scorecards.”

Mentioned this back in 2016 when it was announced, so happy to mention its launch. British Library: Launch of The Polonsky Foundation Pre-1200 Project. “Today we are celebrating with our esteemed colleagues from the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Together we have digitised and re-catalogued 800 medieval manuscripts from England and France. We have also created two bilingual web resources making these manuscripts available freely and interpreting their significance.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Mashable: LinkedIn is beginning to look a lot like Snapchat. “It was only a matter of time: the Stories trend has officially made it to LinkedIn. Yes, that somebody-would-like-to-connect-with-you LinkedIn. The professional networking service, never one to dive into a social media trend too quickly, is finally dipping its toe into the Stories format.”

Ubergizmo: New $350 Snap Spectacles Said To Feature Two Cameras. “Snap, the company behind Snapchat, took a $40 million hit on the first Spectacles as it overestimated demand for the product. It launched Spectacles 2 earlier this year and was more conservative with the orders. According to a report, it’s now working on a new version of the Spectacles which will be more expensive at $350 and feature two cameras.”

ZDNet: Apple vehicles abandoned as employees go on foot to boost Maps data. “Apple has confirmed that employees are taking in the sights of California on foot in order to gather data for the Maps app. Individuals were first spotted wearing backpacks sporting ‘Apple Maps, maps.apple.com’ and laden with what appeared to be cameras and sensor equipment in October.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: Use These Websites to Find Cheap Air Fares. “There’s no shortage of travel websites and online agencies to search and book flights, but when it comes to getting the best deal, using a combination of sites will often give you the best results. If you have a little time and flexibility to play around, here are some to bookmark for your next trip.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Wired: Obscure Concealed-Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads . “Among the biggest spenders on Facebook political ads during the recent midterm campaigns are some names you’d probably expect. There’s Beto O’Rourke, who lost to Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race. There’s President Donald Trump—both his campaign and his super PAC. There are billionaires like J.B. Pritzker, incoming governor of Illinois, and Tom Steyer, the environmentalist leading the campaign to impeach Trump. And of course, there’s a multibillion-dollar oil giant, ExxonMobil. But tucked into that list, rounding out the top 10, is a name few have heard of: Concealed Online.”

Reuters: Facebook auction of South Sudan child bride could inspire other families: activists. “The auction of a South Sudanese girl for marriage on Facebook could spur other families to use social media to demand bigger dowries for their daughters, activists said, urging authorities and the social networking giant to take much tougher action.”

Medium: Are Closed (and Secret) Facebook Groups the Future of Social Media?. “Back in March of last year, Condé Nast Traveler did something a little unusual in the social media universe. They played hard to get. Instead of courting new followers with clickbait and promo codes, the company required that interested people apply to get into their closed Facebook Group, focused on female travelers. To be considered for membership, applicants had to explain why the Group was important to them, and show an understanding of the community guidelines.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: Did you hear? There’s a critical security hole that lets web pages hijack computers. Of course it’s Adobe Flash’s fault. Deep sigh. “Adobe has emitted software updates to address a critical vulnerability in Flash Player for Windows, Mac, and Linux. PC owners and admins will want to upgrade their copies of Flash to version 31.0.0.153 or later in order to get the patch – or just dump the damn thing all together.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Quartz: African countries disrupt internet connectivity more than anywhere else. “When it comes to internet shutdowns, African nations are among the world’s worst violators. From Ethiopia in the east to Algeria in the north, Cameroon in the center and Zimbabwe in the south, countries are regularly cutting off connectivity for extended periods than any other region globally, the 2018 Transparency report from Facebook shows.”

Indiana University Bloomington: Study: Twitter bots played disproportionate role spreading misinformation during 2016 election. “Among the findings: A mere 6 percent of Twitter accounts that the study identified as bots were enough to spread 31 percent of the ‘low-credibility’ information on the network. These accounts were also responsible for 34 percent of all articles shared from ‘low-credibility’ sources.” Good morning, Internet…

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