Ham Radio, StumbleUpon Alternatives, Web Annotation, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, January 8, 2019


File this under “Oh, why not,” from Hackaday: Google Assistant, Now Available On Ham Radio. “Depending on who you talk to, Google Assistant is either a tool capable of quickly and clearly answering audio queries in natural langauge, or a noisier and less useful version of Wolfram Alpha. [William Franzin] decided it would be particularly cool to make the service available over ham radio – and that’s exactly what he did.” Lots of comments.


TechNadu: StumbleUpon Alternatives that still work in 2019 (and reason for its shutdown). “In 2018, StumbleUpon, our favorite content curator on the internet, stopped its services forever after being active for straight 16 years. Many think it’s the result for being inadaptive to the new generation social media trends. The website was stale and irresponsive on mobile. Often the content from the other site didn’t support its interface. It was time for a change. Now, upon visiting the StumbleUpon’s website, it redirects the user to a new website, which also, at the moment, is our top StumbleUpon alternative. After its exit, many of StumbleUpon’s alternatives came into the scene to organize your various interests at one place. Here, we are listing our top 10 alternatives of StumbleUpon.” Some standards here (Reddit, Digg) and some you may not have heard of.

Hongkiat: 7 Free Web Annotation and Markup Tools You Should Know . “Web Annotation and Markup tools help you to comment, discuss and collaborate right on web pages or screenshots or PDFs. Such tools add context to the content and make use of highlights, sticky notes, comments, etc. for making discussions with context. In this post, we’re showcasing the best yet freely available tools for contextual feedback.”

Lifehacker: How to Delete Your Online Accounts but Keep Your Data . “Consumer Reports recently published a great guide that shows you the basic steps for deleting your accounts across 15 different services. While the process isn’t usually that difficult, it can be annoying to have to root through a bunch of settings menus and hyperlinks to figure out how to remove yourself from a service. I’ve bookmarked the site’s series of steps, and I recommend you do the same—with one caveat. While Consumer Reports’ list is helpful, it leaves out one critical aspect of the account-deletion process that you’ll probably want to know: How to save your data from a site before deleting your account.” The instructions are brief but this article covers A LOT of different services.


MENAFN: Kuwait – ‘Govt mulls control of social media accounts, curb chaos’. “The government has been considering the need to issue a legislation for controlling social media and reducing, if possible, fake accounts that are regarded as sources of destruction and corruption. This was mentioned in a letter submitted to the National Assembly by MP Ahmad Al-Fadhel, requesting the government to explain the procedures that have been taken so far concerning fake accounts and news that have negative implications on Kuwait.”

ABC News: German archive releasing photos of Dachau camp survivors. “A repository of Holocaust-era documents says it has uncovered a trove of photographs of survivors of the Nazis’ Dachau concentration camp and will make them available online in a searchable archive this spring. The International Tracing Service said Monday the 2,000 photos of survivors were taken in the first year after the war to help Nazi victims who needed proof of their imprisonment to receive help from relief organizations.”


Engadget: FBI investigates fake texts sent to House Republicans. “Law enforcement is looking into one of the stranger digital attacks against US politicians in recent memory. The Wall Street Journal has learned that the FBI is investigating fake text messages sent to ‘several’ Republicans in the House of Representatives, including Illinois’ Adam Kinzinger. The currently mysterious perpetrator posed as VP Mike Pence’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, and asked representatives for both their availability for meetings and the whereabouts of other politicians.”

Bangor Daily News: Social media ‘witnesses’ to crime raise unusual questions for legal system. “The case against a white police officer who pummeled a black motorist after a traffic stop in this Cleveland suburb – a confrontation caught on cellphone video that went viral on social media – has gained new life because of a citizens’ petition with a distinctly 21st century argument.”

ABC News (Australia): Emergency text and email service hacked, thousands receive warning messages about their personal data. “A hacker has been able to send messages via text, email, and landline to tens of thousands of people across Australia after an emergency warning alert service, used by councils, was hacked.”


Forbes: Preserving Online News In An Ephemeral Web: A Look At Four Months Of Global Digital Journalism. “What might it look like to more systematically assess the longevity of online news, recrawling every single monitored news article after 24 hours and after one week? That was the vision behind GDELT’s open Global Difference Graph, which launched at the end of August last year. Over the last four months it has recrawled 88 million online news articles spanning all countries and 65 languages. Using Google’s BigQuery platform, summarizing this massive change dataset takes just a single line of SQL and less than 6 seconds to quantify at planetary scale the lifespan of an online news article today.”

The Telegraph: Tree clippings from ‘lost’ suffragette plantation unearthed from archive, as researchers are in a race against time to preserve them. “A university is in a race against time to save several tree clippings from a ‘lost’ suffragette plantation that were discovered in their archives 60 years after the plantation was destroyed.”

Michael K. Spencer: Facebook’s Suicide Algorithms are Invasive. “We think of artificial intelligence as something that should better humanity, but user monitoring is an invasion of privacy. Facebook’s incessant experiments on us, whether with dating or blockchain are going to take a toll on us. But to be rated by how likely we are to self-harm? That’s state monitoring at its worst. It’s worse I think than Chinese parents wanting GPS smart clothing for their kids. There’s a place for AI to benefit people, but it’s not a company like Facebook to warn us or our loved ones if we are suicidal.” Good morning, Internet…

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