Botanical Illustrations, Bing, Facebook, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, February 1, 2019


Cornell: Botanical illustration pioneer goes from obscurity to online. “Dating back to 1826 and brimming with meticulous descriptions and vivid watercolor illustrations, Nancy Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft’s manuscript, ‘Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba,’ never saw print in her lifetime despite her attempts at publication. Nearly two centuries later, the lush life she captured can now be admired and downloaded from HathiTrust, where it was shared by Cornell University Library.”


Bing Blog: bingbot Series: Get your content indexed fast by now submitting up to 10,000 URLs per day to Bing. Bing Blog sounds like the noise your doorbell would make if it had a head cold. “For many years, Bing has offered all webmasters the ability to submit their site URLs through the Bing Webmaster Tools portal as well as the Bing Webmaster Tools API for immediate crawl and indexation. Until today, this feature was throttled for all sites to submit maximum of 10 URLs per day and maximum of 50 URLs per month. Today we are releasing the Adaptive URL submission feature that increases the daily quota by 1000x, allowing you to submit up to 10,000 URLs per day, with no monthly quotas.”

Ars Technica: Facebook nukes hundreds of “inauthentic” accounts “tied to Iran”. “Facebook said Thursday that it had removed 783 pages, groups, and accounts for ‘engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior tied to Iran.’ According to the social media giant, some of the accounts date as far back as 2010.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Use Facebook Premiere: What Marketers Need to Know. “Facebook Premiere is a feature that allows you to upload and schedule pre-recorded videos to broadcast live on your Facebook page. You can take advantage of all of the benefits you get with a Facebook Live video, but with a pre-recorded video instead.”

CNET: Best FaceTime alternatives for video calls. “An embarrassing bug that compromised the privacy of FaceTime calls on iOS and Mac has surprised many Apple users. The problem occurred when you tried to place a call, but before the call connected, you could hear the audio of the person on the other end. Apple took over a week to respond to the flaw, which has prompted an investigation from the New York attorney general’s office. If you’re in need of a video call app replacement for FaceTime or simply want to try another option, these are the apps to start with.”


Engadget: My other life as a Kickstarter scammer. “I have the process down to a tee. I start by browsing Kickstarter, looking for projects with active campaigns. There’s no specific selection criteria. Perhaps I find one that’s just gone live, or one coming to the end of its fundraising window. I reach out with a message, explain who I am and invite the project contact to book in an interview. On the call, I feign interest, ask the right kind of questions and promise a write-up on Engadget in the near future. I leave it a day or two and reach out again, saying I’ve heard great things from others about a specialist that can increase a project’s exposure for a daily fee. A highly unethical move for a journalist, but I set to profit from it, so what do I care? The Engadget article never materializes, of course, because this person isn’t me.”

Stanford: Stanford Libraries’ transformative gift creates hub highlighting Silicon Valley history. “Exhibition areas will be located throughout Hohbach Hall and feature such items from the Silicon Valley Archives as design documents and drawings for Douglas Engelbart’s first computer mouse prototype and early audio and video recording technology from the Ampex Corp. collection. The spaces will allow staff to curate and display, in physical and digital forms, documents, photographs, equipment and ephemera from some of Silicon Valley’s largest companies.”

Nextgov: Census is Preparing to Fight Social Media Misinformation Campaigns. “The Census Bureau expects bad actors to target the 2020 count with the same online misinformation tactics that plagued the 2016 election, and it’s building a plan to fight back, said the bureau’s second-in-command.”


New York Times: Firm That Sold Social Media Bots Settles With New York Attorney General. “Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, announced a settlement on Wednesday with Devumi, a company that sold hundreds of millions of fake followers on Twitter and other social media platforms before going out of business last year.”


IBC: Google leads fight against fake audio. “Google has released thousands of phrases spoken by its text-to-speech technology as part of a challenge to researchers from around the world to combat fake audio.”

Forbes: How I Reduced My Social Media Use With App Limits. “For the past year or so, I’ve watched my friends and media colleagues try various things to curb their social media use: some delete the mobile Facebook app from their phone, disengage from online commenting, only read the news from a physical paper, and cancel their social media accounts entirely. I, too, found myself checking social media habitually, getting ensnared in low-value conversations and scrolling more than I wanted. So, to solve this problem, I tried something much simpler: app limits, which allow users to create their own time limits on social media use and automatically alert them when they’ve reached it.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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