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Fake News, Major League Baseball, Gmail, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, May 2, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Mashable: UnNews is a handy database that aims to keep tabs on fake news and biased sources . “There’s a new tool to help you refute all the fake news your aunt posts on Facebook. It’s called ‘UnNews’ and it’s the product of the International Fact-Checking Network, a wing of the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit journalism school. As the 2020 election cycle heats up, it aims to battle fake news by educating people about websites that traffic in fake news, biased news, and even satire.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: MLB to exclusively stream 13 live games to YouTube & YouTube TV. “YouTube today announced a new partnership with the MLB which will allow the site to exclusively live-stream 13 MLB games to both YouTube and YouTube TV during the second half of the regular baseball season. While YouTube TV had previously partnered with MLB — it’s currently serving as the presenting partner for the World Series, for example — this is YouTube’s first-ever exclusive live-game partnership with the league.”

CNET: Gmail’s scheduling tool for sending emails later keeps you from being a big jerk. “Gmail’s new scheduling feature should have arrived in your account by now, and if you haven’t been using it, you’re missing out. This new tool is going to keep you from being the jerk who sends emails on a Saturday night. Instead, you’ll just look like you’ve had a seriously productive, Venti latte-fueled Monday morning.”

BBC: Google to ‘auto-delete’ web tracking history. “Google is to offer users the option of automatically deleting their search and location history after three months. The search giant already allows users to manually delete the data it scoops up when they use its products such as YouTube, Maps and Search. Now, in a bid to offer more control over personal data, it will offer the option of automatic deletion after three or 18 months.”

The Dead Pixel Society: Shoebox Photo Storage Website Is Shutting Down. “Shoebox, a free photo storage service in operation in 2012, told users yesterday it will shut down effective May 22nd. No reason was given for the secession of service, but given the rise in free storage services from Google Photos, Shutterfly, Amazon Photos and others, it’s possible those players were just too big to overcome.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Canada Newswire: Google News Initiative grants Canadian Journalism Foundation $1 million to tackle fake news (PRESS RELEASE). “The Google News Initiative has granted The Canadian Journalism Foundation $1 million to expand the NewsWise program to help all Canadians understand how to identify authentic news from misinformation. Aimed at educating audiences on how to understand and navigate an increasingly complex information environment, this grant will provide Canadian publishers with tools – such as interactive PSAs and other digital content – developed by experts and educators.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

BetaNews: Putin signs law to create ‘sovereign internet’ for Russia. “President Putin has signed into law a bill that will give Russia a ‘sovereign internet’ — one which could be disconnected from the global web if the Kremlin decided to do so. It is being sold as a way to ‘ensure the safe and sustainable functioning’ of Russia’s internet should the country’s enemies try to block access.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Purdue University: Genetic testing has a data problem. New software can help.. “In recent years, the market for direct-to-consumer genetic testing has exploded. The number of people who used at-home DNA tests more than doubled in 2017, most of them in the U.S. About 1 in 25 American adults now know where their ancestors came from, thanks to companies like AncestryDNA and 23andMe. As the tests become more popular, these companies are grappling with how to store all the accumulating data and how to process results quickly. A new tool called TeraPCA, created by researchers at Purdue University, is now available to help. The results were published in the journal Bioinformatics.”

Southwestern Community College: WBL student helps archive Cherokee documents. “Over the past 15 years, the Cherokee Language Program (CLP) at Western Carolina University has compiled and digitized thousands of Cherokee language documents and media files. Only problem was that staff members had no way to catalog or search for topics within the database.”

EurekAlert: These trippy images were designed by AI to super-stimulate monkey neurons. Sounds like Facebook. “To find out which sights specific neurons in monkeys ‘like’ best, researchers designed an algorithm, called XDREAM, that generated images that made neurons fire more than any natural images the researchers tested. As the images evolved, they started to look like distorted versions of real-world stimuli. The work appears May 2 in the journal Cell.” Good evening, Internet…

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