Kazakhstan Literature, AWS Datasets, Microsoft Email, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 16, 2019


New-to-me, from Kaz Inform: generates global interest in Kazakh literature. “Currently, the website contains 64 books in 18 foreign languages. The online library has generated increasing interest in Kazakh culture, as evidenced by the many thousands of daily visits to the website by foreign users. There is ongoing work on new content for the website.” The front page of the site is not in English but translates without issue. Looks like you need to have an account to access content.


CBR: AWS Gets 18 New Public Datasets: From African Soil Chemistry, via Wind Power Data. “Eighteen new public datasets are now available on a growing AWS registry, ranging from an encyclopedia of DNA elements to African soil chemistry data, via meteorological conditions and turbine power for more than 126,000 wind power sites.”

BetaNews: Microsoft email hack was worse than first thought — some users’ messages were accessed. “Over the weekend we reported that hackers gained access to Microsoft’s web-based email services for a period of three months. Microsoft tried to calm users’ concerns by saying that only ‘your e-mail address, folder names, the subject lines of e-mails, and the names of other e-mail addresses you communicate with’ had been accessed. But for some people, things were rather worse.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Improve Your Facebook Group Community. “Want to improve the value of your Facebook group? Looking to encourage more meaningful conversations? In this article, you’ll discover five Facebook Groups features you can use to guide engagement and conversations among your members.”


The Irish Times: Scale force: citizen scientists reel in data on salmon and sea trout. “The Minister of State with responsibility for inland fisheries, Seán Canney, is seeking assistance from anglers to become citizen scientists for the National Salmon Scale Project. The initiative aims to collect information through scales from salmon and sea trout which will contribute to the conservation of wild salmon stocks.”

The Guardian: Facebook urged to disable ‘like’ feature for child users. “Turning off the ‘like’ function, and limiting data collection and geolocation tools on popular platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook, are among a 16-point list of recommendations for age-appropriate design released by the Information Commissioner’s Office.”

SECURITY & LEGAL Scientists are studying your tweets, YouTube videos, Instagram posts. Is that ethical?. “Who do you think reads your social media posts? You might assume that only your followers see your tweets and status updates  – but someone else might be taking a close look. Scientists are increasingly using public social media data for research, and they are not just examining tweets  – they also delve into your online dating profiles, your Yelp reviews, your Instagram posts, your YouTube videos, and even your comments on articles like this one.”

Krebs on Security: ‘Land Lordz’ Service Powers Airbnb Scams. “Scammers who make a living swindling customers have a powerful new tool at their disposal: A software-as-a-service offering called ‘Land Lordz,’ which helps automate the creation and management of fake Airbnb Web sites and the sending of messages to advertise the fraudulent listings.”


EurekAlert: Abundance of information narrows our collective attention span. “The negative effects of social media and a hectic news cycle on our attention span has been an on-going discussion in recent years–but there’s been a lack of empirical data supporting claims of a ‘social acceleration’. A new study in Nature Communications finds that our collective attention span is indeed narrowing, and that this effect occurs – not only on social media – but also across diverse domains including books, web searches, movie popularity, and more.”

Search Engine Journal: Study Finds Nearly Half of Business Listings Have Incorrect Information . “A study of online business listings finds that nearly half are missing crucial pieces of information. Uberall, a leader in location marketing technology, analyzed 73,000 online business location listings across SMB, mid-market, and enterprise.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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