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Delaware Public Health, Facebook, Veterinary Students, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, May 15, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Delaware Public Media: New online tool provides community-level health and environmental data. “On the new My Healthy Community web tool, users can enter their address and find localized demographic, health and environmental data. This includes public and private drinking water results, air quality, asthma incidence and drug overdose deaths. In some cases, the data is available down to the census block group.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Bloomberg: Facebook to Raise Pay for Thousands of Contract Workers, Including Content Moderators. “Facebook Inc. said it will give raises to most of its U.S. contract workers, a group of people who have critical roles but aren’t paid or treated as full-time company employees.”

Veterinary Practice News: AAVMC releases updated cost comparison tool for future veterinary students. “The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is now making it easier for prospective veterinary students to see how much it really costs to fund a veterinary education. To do that, the association has released an updated version of its Cost Comparison Tool (CCT).”

Mashable: Facebook brings back a very useful feature that was exploited in a massive hack. “On Tuesday, Facebook announced that it was reinstating the ‘View As Public’ functionality. This is a security feature that allows users to see what their profile looks like to people they’re not Friends with on Facebook. Users will also be able to easily make changes to their publicly available information with a new “Edit Public Profile” button.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: AI Can Do What? 5 Sites for Mind-Blowing Creations by Artificial Intelligence. “Through deep learning, machine learning, or AI, these websites show how AI can now create something new out of scratch. This ranges from writing a poem based on your input to creating a selfie of a person that does not exist.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: The Great Firewall of China blocks off Wikipedia. “Multiple reports confirm China blocked Wikipedia across all language URLs sometime in late April. The country is using DNS injections to prevent its citizens from accessing the online encyclopedia, according to a report from the Open Observatory of Network Interference on May 4.”

The Verge: Jersey City’s mayor has had enough of being verified on Twitter. “The mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, has made the unusual request to have his Twitter verification removed. In a tweet posted this morning, Fulop said he wanted his account to return to its unverified status. ‘I kind of took pride in that,’ he said, ‘it reinforced I shouldn’t take myself too seriously and just work hard in my job.'”

SECURITY & LEGAL

AP: DeSantis: Russians accessed 2 Florida voting databases. “Russian hackers gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday.”

The Hindu: Sexual abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives. “The lawsuit in a U.S. federal court, which will be formally announced in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday, aims to compel the Vatican to open its archives and ‘release all the identities of thousands of offenders known exclusively by the Vatican and held in strict secrecy,’ lawyer Jeff Anderson said in a statement. ”

Neowin: Patch Tuesday: Here’s what’s new for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. “Today is the second Tuesday of the month, meaning that all supported versions of Windows get updates. While that means that most versions of Windows 10 for their cumulative updates, there are also updates for older versions like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: Facebook should be punished, not broken up. “There’s a new clarion call in the tech industry: It’s time to break up Facebook. But it’s not actually what people want. What they ought to say is, ‘Let’s punish Mark Zuckerberg.’ These people are angry. I’m angry too. We’re all angry. And with good reason.”

EurekAlert: Illinois research team introduces wearable audio dataset. “The data set consists of more than 8,000 acoustic impulse responses measured at 80 different position on the body. The 80 microphones were tested on five different hat/headphone styles and with six different types of clothing. The sound in the recordings came from 24 different directions to simulate noisy crowds.” Good morning, Internet…

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