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Vietnam Wood, Arab Research, Ethiopia History, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, March 18, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Saigon Times: Hawa launches database of legal wood. “The Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCMC (Hawa) rolled out a website on January 18… known as Vietnam’s Legal Wood Database, to support enterprises in searching for all varieties of wood in the country and assisting those selling wooden products.”

PR Newswire: Journals Published by Arab Research Community Set to Benefit From Greater Global Visibility (PRESS RELEASE). “An agreement between the Association of Arab Universities and Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, has been reached to co-create the Arab Journals Platform, an open electronic network of scholarly journals that will help raise awareness of leading research carried out in the Arab world.”

Tadias: Spotlight: Afetarik (አፈታሪክ), A Digital Archive Collects Voices of Addis Ababa. “A new online digital archive is being launched to collect and share an oral history of Addis Ababa as told through people from around the world who consider Ethiopia’s capital city to be their hometown.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

PRWeb: HazardHub Releases Mold Susceptibility, Airport Noise, Fire Protection, and Wildfire data (PRESS RELEASE). “HazardHub, the nation’s fastest-growing supplier of geospatial risk data, is pleased to announce the launch of two brand new data sets and updates to four others. All new and updated data is immediately available via the HazardHub API.”

The Verge: Dropbox adds three-device limit for free users. “Dropbox has quietly updated its website to allow users on the company’s free storage plan to only connect up to three laptops, tablets, or phones to their account at one time, as spotted by Liliputing.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: How to Block Violent Videos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. “Because it’s 2019, and livestreaming has had five years or so to really build up into a mainstream activity that people actually do, this means that horrific acts of violence and terror around the world have a greater-than-zero chance of having some video component attached to them.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Slate: The Reddit War. “Although the Arab Spring has been popularly nicknamed ‘the Facebook Revolution,’ Reddit has proved to be far more flexible as an outlet to discuss current events. ”

Reuters: Google’s work in China benefiting China’s military – U.S. general. “The United States’ top general said on Thursday that the Chinese military was benefiting from the work Alphabet Inc’s Google was doing in China, where the technology giant has long sought to have a bigger presence.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: Gearbest security lapse exposed millions of shopping orders. “Gearbest, a Chinese online shopping giant, has exposed millions of user profiles and shopping orders, security researchers have found. Security researcher Noam Rotem found an Elasticsearch server leaking millions of records each week, including customer data, orders and payment records. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone to search the data.”

TorrentFreak: YouTube is Not Liable for Copyright Infringing Videos, Appeal Court Rules. “The Higher Regional Court of Vienna, Austria, has ruled that YouTube can’t be held liable for infringing videos uploaded by users. The Court overturned a previous verdict which held that YouTube takes an “active role,” which disqualifies it from safe harbor protection. Rightsholder Puls 4 is disappointed with the outcome and will take the case to the Supreme Court.”

WordPress Tavern: WordPress 5.1.1 Patches Critical Vulnerability. “WordPress 5.1.1 was released yesterday evening with an important security update for a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability found in 5.1 and prior versions. The release post credited Simon Scannell of RIPS Technologies for discovering and reporting the vulnerability.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: Researchers use algorithm from Netflix challenge to speed up biological imaging. “Researchers have repurposed an algorithm originally developed for Netflix’s 2009 movie preference prediction competition to create a method for acquiring classical Raman spectroscopy images of biological tissues at unprecedented speeds. The advance could make the simple, label-free imaging method practical for clinical applications such as tumor detection or tissue analysis.”

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