Reading Lists, Women in Music, Google Chrome, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, December 7, 2018

Beg pardon. Some technical difficulties this morning.


Irish Times: The ultimate literary bucket list: ‘1,000 Books to Read Before You Die’. “[James] Mustich is keenly aware that the compendium is bound to be intensely subjective, the product of his own taste, at a particular moment in time. He acknowledges that even when people agree with him about the inclusion of a certain book, they might not like it for the same reasons. This is why 1,000 Books has an accompanying website… where readers can nominate their own favourites.”

Music Business Worldwide: She Is The Music Launches Global Database For Women Working In Music. “Launching in early 2019, the SITM Database will span female songwriters, engineers, producers, studio positions and live / touring professionals, with more roles to come. The platform will serve as an inclusive directory, with profiles vetted and verified for accuracy. Applicant submissions are now open.”


Ubergizmo: Chrome 71 Rolling Out With Abusive Ads & Billing Protection. “Anyone who’s surfed the web long enough has probably encountered various websites that have designed ads to look like legit Windows popups and notifications, which when you click can take you to another site where potentially malware can be installed on your computer. However if you are using Google’s Chrome browser, that should become a thing of the past.”

CNET: FCC chairman acknowledges Russians interfered in net neutrality debate. “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said earlier this week that roughly 500,000 comments submitted during the debate over the controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules were linked to Russian email addresses.”


How-To Geek: The Best Sites for Sharing Videos (Publicly or Privately) . “There used to be a time when sharing a video online was a tough job. These days, the problem has morphed into having too many options. Whether you want to share a video with the world, or only show it to your friends and family, the following websites will help you out.”


New York Magazine: Mark Zuckerberg Strategy Email: ‘That May Be Good For the World But It’s Not Good For Us’. “There is not anything particularly outrageous or damning in the emails, but collectively they point to a company whose priorities were self-preservation, revenue generation, and fear of being exposed for dubious privacy practices. It is a far cry from the benevolent, touchy-feely, global-community messaging that Facebook has pushed over the years.”


The Register: Adobe Flash zero-day exploit… leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc… BINGO! . “Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: An Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability is being actively targeted in the wild to hijack victims’ Windows PCs. Researchers with Gigamon Applied Threat Research (ATR) and Qihoo 360 uncovered a phishing campaign that exploits CVE-2018-15982, prompting Adobe to today release an out-of-band emergency update to patch up the flaw.”

Wired: Facebook Exposes Nonprofits To Donors—and Hackers . “AS THE FOUNDER and director of a nonprofit animal shelter on the East Coast, Alana has spent most of the past decade caring for pets that might otherwise be euthanized. Her work also resonates with people online—the Facebook page for the shelter has more than 1.3 million followers. But in August, she noticed something strange: A series of unfamiliar posts began appearing on the page, and no one at the shelter could say where they were coming from. For several days, Alana and her staff simply deleted them. It didn’t initially occur to Alana that her account may have been breached.”

BBC: India man jailed for tweets about erotic temple statues released. “An Indian man has been released from prison after more than a month, for posting satirical tweets about erotic sculptures in a temple. In September, Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, posted a video in which he makes disparaging comments about the famous Konark temple in the eastern state of Orissa and the people of the state.”


MIT Technology Review: Your smartphone’s AI algorithms could tell if you are depressed. “Depression is a huge problem for millions of people, and it is often compounded by poor mental-health support and stigma. Early diagnosis can help, but many mental disorders are difficult to detect. The machine-learning algorithms that let smartphones identify faces or respond to our voices could help provide a universal and low-cost way of spotting the early signs and getting treatment where it’s needed.”

Scope Stanford: New algorithm could accelerate diagnosis of genetic diseases using clinical records. “In a continued effort to speed up the diagnostic process of severe genetic diseases, Stanford’s Gill Bejerano, PhD, and his colleagues have developed a new algorithm that can quickly locate important disease-related information within a patient’s medical record.”

Scientific American: Geologists Measure Bullet Damage to Ancient Middle Eastern Settlements. “[Lisa] Mol, who specializes in rock art and rock deterioration, is now spearheading an initiative—the first of its kind—to quantify and catalogue the impacts of bullets in rock at a heritage site in the Middle East. The eventual goal is to inform efforts to conserve or repair such sites.” Good morning, Internet…

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