New-to-me, from Independent (Nigeria): Why We’re Building The Biggest African Food Recipe Database Online –Kevin Eze. “Kevin Eze is a serial entrepreneur, brand strategist and founder of African Food Network, an online platform that seeks to promote African food recipes, chefs that are fit to be on the biggest African food database on the Internet. He spoke with Ikechi Nzeako on the activities of the platform.”
Artdaily: Kunsthalle Bratislava presents a new project ARTBASE: Database of contemporary Slovak art. “The idea of an online database is premised on the original definition of Kunsthalle Bratislava (KHB), as a Slovak centre of visual arts which also had the role of mapping and documentation of art, based on scholarly research. Having regard to the financial and operational difficulty of establishing and running a physical archive or library, KHB has come up with the new concept of a professional-standard online database. Uniquely to be found on the database are text profiles, and from 2019 also video profiles, of artists, which are specially produced for the purpose of their diffusion via ARTBASE.” The site is in Slovak, but works all right with Google Translate. Its artist listings are a bit sparse at the moment but more content is promised for 2019.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Search Engine Roundtable: Happy Holidays & Christmas Day Logos From Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, Sogou & More. “The search engine industry is all decked out to celebrate the holidays and Christmas with their happy holiday and Christmas logo and themes. This year we have special logos and designs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, Sogou and our own site.”
TechRadar: The best Linux distro for privacy and security in 2018. “The awesome operating system Linux is free and open source. As such, there are thousands of different ‘flavours’ available – and some types of Linux such as Ubuntu are generic and meant for many different uses. But security-conscious users will be pleased to know that there are also a number of Linux distributions (distros) specifically designed for privacy.” Nicely annotated, not for beginners.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
CNBC: A boy called Google and a girl named Vista: Why parents name their kids after tech. “When a little baby boy came wailing into the world on Sept. 12, 2005, his birth made headlines far from his home in Sweden. Oliver Christian Google Kai’s quirky techno name caught the attention of blogs across Europe and in the United States, and the search giant itself even published its own post, writing ‘we wish him long life and good health, and hope his schoolmates aren’t too hard on him.'”
Daily Echo: Dorset County Asylum project gets grant. “The asylum, which was originally founded in 1832, was based at Forston House in Charminster, near Dorchester. By the 1860s, this facility was too small and the new asylum at the Herrison site was opened in 1863. Herrison House itself (pictured) was opened in 1904, and in 1940 the institution became known as Herrison Hospital. The archive, which dates back to 1832, consists of 300 boxes of material, including thousands of poignant individual patient records, as well as a wide range of other material – from building plans to the hospital’s farm, and even social activities such as the rounders society.” The institution closed in 1992.
Slate: If You Delete Facebook, Do You Also Have to Delete Instagram and WhatsApp?. “Let’s say you’ve finally had it with Facebook. Whether it’s the privacy scandals, the data breaches, the fake news, the Soros-smearing affair, the deference to the far right, or even the alleged bias against conservatives, you’re ready to cut ties and move on. But another dilemma quickly confronts you. If you quit Facebook, do you have to quit the whole company? Or is there a reasonable case to be made for sticking with Facebook subsidiaries Instagram and Whatsapp, even while you ditch the big blue app?”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Fossbytes: This Chrome Bug Can Freeze Your Windows PC With 100% Disk Usage. “Google Chrome is already known for slowing down computers, ultimately leading to 100% disk usage. On top of that, we now have a new bug that can actually freeze our Windows 10 PC.”
The Jordan Times: Anonymous patient data may not be as private as previously thought. “For years, researchers have been studying medical conditions using huge swaths of patient data with identifying information removed to protect people’s privacy. But a new study suggests hackers may be able to match ‘de-identified” health information to patient identities.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
TechCrunch: We finally started taking screen time seriously in 2018. “At the beginning of this year, I was using my iPhone to browse new titles on Amazon when I saw the cover of How to Break Up With Your Phone” by Catherine Price. I downloaded it on Kindle because I genuinely wanted to reduce my smartphone use, but also because I thought it would be hilarious to read a book about breaking up with your smartphone on my smartphone (stupid, I know). Within a couple of chapters, however, I was motivated enough to download Moment, a screen time tracking app recommended by Price, and re-purchase the book in print.”
The Next Web: This study shows why people fall for fake online profiles. “Although social media companies have begun hiring more people and using artificial intelligence to detect fake profiles, that won’t be enough to review every profile in time to stop their misuse. As my research explores, the problem isn’t actually that people – and algorithms – create fake profiles online. What’s really wrong is that other people fall for them. My research into why so many users have trouble spotting fake profiles has identified some ways people could get better at identifying phony accounts – and highlights some places technology companies could help.”
Japan Times: Battling ‘biopiracy’, scientists catalog the Amazon’s genetic wealth. “Spread across nine countries, including Brazil, Colombia and Peru, the Amazon is home to 1 in 10 known species on Earth, according to the World Wildlife Fund, a conservation group. That makes the region vulnerable to biopiracy: the unlawful appropriation or commercial use of biological materials native to a particular country without providing fair financial compensation to its people or government.” Good morning, Internet…
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