New Zealand Infrastructure, Podcasts, Instagram, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, May 11, 2019


Interest NZ: New database designed by Treasury to provide business with information on major public projects. “A new database with information on major public infrastructure projects has been unveiled by the Government as a way to provide industry with an insight into what works it has scheduled over the next five years. The Infrastructure Pipeline has been developed by Treasury and will be administered by the yet to be established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga.”


The Verge: Google now lists playable podcasts in search results. “Google’s new podcast-focused search results have arrived in desktop browsers, after being announced earlier this week at Google I/O 2019. Searching for a podcast now shows you its three most recent episodes which can played directly in Google’s web player … The functionality works across both desktop and mobile.”

CNET: Instagram’s #GramFam magazine wants to help you survive #examstress. “In response to a rise in the use of #examstress on Instagram as finals kick in, the Facebook-owned social media site is offering advice in the latest installment of #GramFam. The online ‘zine will feature school advice from celebrities and influencers like Jameela Jamil and Love Island’s Dr. Alex George, Bloomberg reported Thursday.”

Military Times: LinkedIn expands its free program for military spouses — adding Coast Guard, caregivers, families of the fallen. “LinkedIn, the social media network for professionals, is bringing Coast Guard spouses, families of the fallen and caregivers for veterans into the pool of those eligible for free access to its Premium program.”


MakeUseOf: How to Use Chromecast: A Guide for Beginners. “In this article we’ll explain how to use Chromecast on your TV, PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android. We will also answer a couple of other commonly-asked questions, such as how to use Chromecast without internet or Wi-Fi.”


CNN: Why Mark Zuckerberg needed to impress Emmanuel Macron. “One day after a Facebook co-founder called for the company to be broken up, Mark Zuckerberg met with a man with the power to influence whether that actually happens. The Facebook chief executive’s meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday was billed as a chance to find common ground on the regulation of harmful online content.”

Refinery29: From Facebook Divorce Announcements To Instagram Shade: The Art Of The Social Media Breakup. “Breaking up is hard to do. And in the digital age, it’s even harder. How much do you share with the cyber world? How do you alert your loved ones when shit gets real? What’s worth keeping private? The answer, of course, varies for everyone — but one thing’s for sure: tons of people post about their breakups — even those of us with far less than one million followers.” The article says that this is a “slideshow” — but it’s really not. Each “slide” is an anecdote with a callout quote, which I like about a thousand times more than actual slides.

NBC Bay Area: ‘Big Sur Hates You’: Instagram Account Seeks to Educate Tourists Breaking the Rules. “‘BigSurHatesYou’ is just what it sounds like. Run anonymously, the account labels itself as wanting to “(Educ)hate you” on everything you’ve been doing wrong in this rugged stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. Thousands of tourists descend on this sliver of paradise hugging the narrow two-lane State Route 1, famous for its winding turns, misty cliffs and beaches, but some unfortunately forget to adhere to rules set by local and state officials.”


Motherboard: A Government Database for People Who Pay for Sex Is a Terrible, Dangerous Idea. “A set of bills passed the Florida House and Senate earlier this month that would build a database of people convicted for soliciting sex, and which sex workers and advocates say will ruin lives and put them at more risk.”

Ars Technica: Open source bug poses threat to sites running multiple CMSes. “Websites running the Drupal, Joomla, or Typo3 content-management systems are vulnerable to attacks that could possibly execute malicious code until administrators install just-released patches, developers and security researchers warned.”

Naked Security: 275m personal records swiped from exposed MongoDB database. “Another day, another massive MongoDB exposure. This time, a security researcher has discovered a public-facing database with over 275 million records containing personal information on citizens in India.”


Washington Post: Our devices steal our attention. We need to take it back.. “To explain why we should refocus our attention, [Jenny] Odell notes the tension between being connected online and disconnected in the real world. We tend to stay online too much, she suggests, because digital platforms are structured to keep us connected for their own profit. It is necessary to escape to engage in sensitive, actual human interaction. Though these are not necessarily new observations, it’s worthwhile to reiterate that, for all the social unity and disunity social media sites promote, the profit motive is the reason most of them exist.”

TechCrunch: Scalable, low-cost technologies needed to repair climate, Cambridge professor suggests. “Cambridge University has proposed setting up a research center tasked with coming up with scalable technological fixes for climate change. The proposed Center for Climate Repair is being coordinated by David King, an emeritus professor in physical chemistry at the university and also the U.K. government’s former chief scientific adviser.” Good morning, Internet…

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