South Carolina Public Notices, Health Inspection Scores, Windows Patches, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, December 25, 2018


Newish, definitely new-to-me, from The Sumter Item: Newspapers, press association launch statewide online public notice database. “The site, which launched in August, is a central repository of virtually all public notice/legal ads that run in printed newspapers in South Carolina. Ads are searchable by keyword, type of notice, date and location. So far, more than 16,000 public notices have been posted to the site. They will remain online indefinitely.”

PR Web: Yelp’s Hygiene Data Partner, HDScores LLC, Launches First Nationwide Restaurant Health Inspection App (PRESS RELEASE). “Consumers can now see over 1.1 million health inspection ratings for any establishment including; restaurants, childcare, schools, hospitals, health clubs, coffee shops, gas stations, drive-thru, and stadiums. The app allows you to search locally as well as across the nation, with the ability to ‘favorite’ establishments you will always be updated on their most recent health inspection score. The scoring is done based off a percentage from 0-100, the closer to 100% the cleaner the establishment.”


BetaNews: Microsoft’s emergency Internet Explorer patch renders some Lenovo laptops unbootable. “A few days ago, Microsoft issued an emergency patch for Internet Explorer to fix a zero-day vulnerability in the web browser. The problem affects versions of Internet Explorer from 9 to 11 across multiple versions of Windows, but it seems that the patch has been causing problems for many people. Specifically, people with some Lenovo laptop have found that after installing the KB4467691 patch they are unable to start Windows.”


Newsweek: National Parks Closed During Government Shutdown? How To Check Which Ones Are Shuttered. “Those who had planned vacations to national parks during this holiday season are asking similar questions about their planned destinations, and should be aware that many of the popular ones, such as Rocky Mountain National Park, are closed or operating with limited services and amenities. The Grand Canyon is open, and while the visitor center is closed, hotels, lodges and restaurants are open for business.”


KSTX: UTSA Awarded Grant To Collect Oral Histories From Women In The Military. “The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $100,000 to the University of Texas at San Antonio to collect the oral histories of women in the military.”

BuzzFeed News: The Histories Of Today’s Wars Are Being Written On Facebook And YouTube. But What Happens When They Get Taken Down?. “Dressed in orange jumpsuits, the group of 20 men kneeled in the dirt, hoods covering their faces. Behind them, men wearing black T-shirts and camouflage pants pointed guns at the backs of their heads. Their commander paced beside them. Then he gave the order to fire. As recently as a decade ago, a summary execution like this might have been lost in a sea of other wartime atrocities. But this nauseating scene happened to be filmed, and posted on social media.”

Quartz: The Bangladeshi fake-news campaign that Facebook removed shared content about India. “Facebook and Twitter announced yesterday (Dec. 20) that they had removed up to 30 accounts for spreading coordinated misinformation from Bangladesh, just 10 days ahead of the country’s national election.”

Wired: YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire. “The platform’s cultural footprint is large and deep, and YouTube knows it. So 2018, for all its pustules and body odor, has been the year YouTube realized it needed to grow up. The platform has begun shifting away from being a social network for niche, sometimes morally reprehensible, low-production-value videos to a digital television studio for the influencer age. But that shift hasn’t been smooth. YouTube is deciding what it wants to be, while scrambling to contend with what it already is—an adolescent reckoning that’s happening on a global stage.”


ZDNet: Two Android apps used in combat by US troops contained severe vulnerabilities. “US military troops used two Android apps that contained severe vulnerabilities in live combat scenarios, a Navy Inspector General report revealed today. The two apps are named KILSWITCH (Kinetic Integrated Low-Cost Software Integrated Tactical Combat Handheld) and APASS (Android Precision Assault Strike Suite).”

TorrentFreak: YouTube’s Copyright Protection System is a Total Mess, Can it Be Fixed. “YouTube users are becoming increasingly frustrated with the platform’s handling of copyright complaints. Legitimate videos are being claimed or removed based on false claims, either by automated mistakes or intentional abuse. Perhaps it’s time for YouTube to hold ‘abusive’ copyright holders responsible for their actions?”


The Next Web: The internet is toxic because humans are toxic. “Facebook’s problems can’t be solved with more data or better code. They’re simply the most potent and alarming example of the fact that the internet has failed as a public forum. Not long ago, the scientists and software developers who pioneered the World Wide Web thought it would democratize publishing and usher in a more open, educated, and thoughtful chapter of history. But while the internet and its offshoot technologies have improved society and daily life in many ways, they have been an unmitigated disaster for the way people communicate and learn.”

Slashgear: Google Assistant was the smartest AI in 2018, but others are catching up. “Loup Ventures has published its annual smart speaker IQ test results, revealing how the four big personal assistant AIs performed when asked 800 questions each. Compared to the previous year, three products saw the biggest gain in IQ points and were able to answer a substantially higher percentage of questions versus 2017. However, Google Assistant still beat them all across the board.” Good morning, Internet…

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