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Pharmaceutical Companies, Drinking Water, National Model Aviation Museum, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, May 6, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

EurekAlert: Index that tracks impact of pharmaceuticals worldwide to relaunch, focus on more diseases. “The Global Health Impact Index, developed by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York to rank pharmaceutical companies based on their drugs’ impact on global health, is launching a new, more-robust model that addresses even more diseases worldwide.”

EWG: EWG: PFAS Chemicals Must Be Regulated as a Class, Not One by One. “The known extent of contamination of American communities with the toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS continues to grow at an alarming rate, with no end in sight. As of March 2019, at least 610 locations in 43 states are known to be contaminated, including drinking water systems serving an estimated 19 million people.”

National Model Aviation Museum Blog: Introducing the Digital Collections!. “As of the date of this blog post, May 1, 2019, there’s 835 object records and 2,734 library records. While this may only be a small portion of the approximately 11,000 object records we have, more are being added every month. It’s about half of the library records.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Neowin: Mozilla releases Firefox 66.0.4 which re-enables user extensions after muck-up. “Mozilla has finally released Firefox 66.0.4 which addresses a certificate issue which caused many Firefox users’ extensions to become disabled. The hiccup occurred on Friday, May 3rd and, as a result, many users flocked to forums such as Reddit to see just what was going on. For users on desktop, Mozilla was fairly quick to push a temporary fix via the Studies programme but this didn’t extend to the ESR or Android versions of the browser.”

New York Times: Facebook Opens a Command Post to Thwart Election Meddling in Europe. “Inside a large room in Facebook’s European headquarters in Ireland’s capital, about 40 employees sit at rows of desks, many with two computer screens and a sign representing a country in the European Union.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: Learn New Teen Slang Through This Gen Z Glossary. “Oh, hello, there. I am just brushing up on my Gen Z vocabulary, thanks to this glossary shared on Twitter by a high school teacher named James Callahan. Apparently, he had been keeping a running spreadsheet of the new slang terms he would learn from his students. This week, a kid from his class tweeted screenshots of it, and then that tweet went viral, and then Callahan gave the world a gift by making the whole document public.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

ArchDaily: Building Images: A Video on How Social Media is Changing Architecture. “PLANE—SITE, a global production agency involved in the world of urban, cultural, and social spaces, have put together a short video that examines the impact of social media on architecture firms. Building Images provides insights from OMA/AMO and UNStudio, two firms with different approaches to social media, who explain how social platforms have helped them see their projects in unprecedented ways.”

Sydney Morning Herald: ‘Lack of goodwill with tech giants’: Labor vows action on Google, Facebook. “The likely communications minister in a Labor government has put the tech giants on notice, declaring the party is ready to act on a range of issues including market dominance, use of consumers’ data and harmful online content.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ars Technica: A mysterious hacker gang is on a supply-chain hacking spree. “A software supply-chain attack represents one of the most insidious forms of hacking. By breaking into a developer’s network and hiding malicious code within apps and software updates that users trust, supply-chain hijackers can smuggle their malware onto hundreds of thousands—or millions—of computers in a single operation, without the slightest sign of foul play. Now what appears to be a single group of hackers has managed that trick repeatedly, going on a devastating supply-chain hacking spree—and the hackers have become more advanced and stealthy as they go.”

Bleeping Computer: Scammers Create Google Search Ads to Lure PayPal, Amazon Clients. “Scammers are creating ads in Google search results that pretend to be customer support numbers for popular sites such as Amazon, PayPal, and eBay. When called, scammers will pretend to be from the associated company and state they need a code from a Google Play gift card before they can help. BleepingComputer was alerted to these scam ads in the Google search results a few weeks ago from a security researcher who wishes to remain anonymous. Since then, we have observed multiple scam ad campaigns pretending to be tech support hotlines for well known companies.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Conversation Africa: Sudanese women are using social media to trade – and break gender barriers. “Four years ago I started research in Sudan’s capital Khartoum on a group of 45 Sudanese women entrepreneurs called Facebook traders – tajirat al-Facebook. The women used smartphones to trade goods such as cosmetics, garments, traditional Sudanese dresses, fashion accessories and perfumes from their homes. My research showed that their online activities enabled them to work at home without jeopardising social expectations based on class, gender and religion.”

TechCrunch: We are leaving older adults out of the digital world. “Nationally, one-third of adults ages 65 and older say they’ve never used the internet, and half don’t have internet access at home. Of those who do use the internet, nearly half say they need someone else’s help to set up or use a new digital device. Even in San Francisco – the home of technology giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google – 40% of older adults do not have basic digital literacy skills, and of those, more than half do not use the internet at all.” Good morning, Internet…

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