Vintage Web Sites, Type 1 Diabetes, Twitter, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, June 4, 2019


New-to-me, possibly a relaunch? TechAeris: The Version Museum aims to show you the history of some of the internets most famous websites. “Many of us have been using the internet for 20+ years and over those years we’ve seen the internet grow. Websites have become cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing and load times have decreased to mere seconds. But sometimes we forget what the internet looked like and how different it is from today. That’s where the Version Museum comes in.”

Business Wire: T1D Exchange Launches Online Registry to Drive Type 1 Diabetes Research (PRESS RELEASE). “T1D Exchange today announced the official launch of the T1D Exchange Registry, an online longitudinal database of people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This pioneering effort provides a mobile-friendly platform for people throughout the U.S. to participate online and share information about their T1D in order to help researchers develop more targeted and effective approaches to treating and living with the disease. The effort may also help inform reimbursement and policy decisions.”


Neowin: Twitter ramps up machine learning push with Fabula AI acquisition. “Twitter announced today that it has acquired London-based machine learning (ML) firm Fabula AI as part of its effort to help users stay safe on the platform and provide relevant information to them.”

Tubefilter: Tech Review Creator Sam Sheffer Calls Vine Successor ‘Byte’ Beta “Very Promising”. “Sam Sheffer, a 28-year-old former tech journalist for Engadget, The Verge, and Mashable — who has subsequently gone on to produce tech review and analysis on his own YouTube channel — just provided his 243,000 subscribers with a first look at the Byte beta.”


James Tanner has wrapped up his seven-part series on Google for genealogists.. “Overwhelming is a word that applies to most of my interaction with the internet. I am always finding more resources and spending time learning about new programs and new websites. If you have an Apple device, you are probably familiar with the Apple App Store with its about 1.8 million apps. If you are an Android user, you are likely familiar with Google Play and its more than 2.1 million apps.”


CNET: Dozens strip down outside Facebook office to protest nudity rules on social network. “On Sunday, artist and photographer Spencer Tunick created a nude installation outside of Facebook and Instagram’s New York office with help from the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). Dozens shed their clothes, lay in the street and used images of male nipples — which are acceptable on Facebook — to cover people’s nipples and genitalia.”

New York Times: What if Instagram Got Rid of Likes?. “Following years of increasing scrutiny, leaders at each company seem to be gathering around the same small solution: adjusting or eliminating metrics. This would represent a notable turn for services so strongly identified with public, comparable and newly valuable numbers. It also raises the question: If this is their solution, what do these people think is the problem?”

CNBC: This doctor is recruiting an army of medical experts to drown out fake health news on Instagram and Twitter. “The antidote to fake health news? According to Austin Chiang, the first chief medical social media officer at a top hospital, it’s to drown out untrustworthy content with tweets, pics and posts from medical experts that the average American can relate to.”


Legal Genealogist: ACTION ALERT: Delaware vital records. “Access to vital records is essential for genealogical research and critical to those researching inherited medical conditions and military repatriation cases, where the effort is to return the remains of fallen service members to their families. Identification theft is not prevented by closing these records and leaving death records wide open actually prevents it.”

Europol: 3 arrested in France for looting the archives of libraries throughout Europe. “With the support of Europol, the French National Police (OCBC – National Unit in charge of Cultural goods trafficking) and the Spanish Guardia Civil (UCO) have dismantled an organised crime group suspected of stealing maps in the archival collections of libraries throughout Europe.”


EurekAlert: Hyphens in paper titles harm citation counts and journal impact factors. “According to the latest research results, the presence of simple hyphens in the titles of academic papers adversely affects the citation statistics, regardless of the quality of the articles. The phenomenon applies to all major subject areas. Thus, citation counts and journal impact factors, commonly used for professorial evaluations in universities worldwide, are unreliable.”

Harvard Business Review: Don’t Break Up Facebook — Treat It Like a Utility. “I contend that Facebook and firms like it have become natural monopolies that necessitate a novel, stringent set of regulations to obstruct their capitalistic overreaches and protect the public against ingrained economic exploitation. While this option does not exclude the possibility of also pursuing a policy of break-up, I believe it is the more important objective and must take precedence. To understand why, we can apply rules of thumb from traditional competition and antitrust policy analysis, in which policymakers consider the economic dynamics of the industry in a step-wise manner.” Good morning, Internet…

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