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Canada Veterans, Firefox, Political Ads, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 28, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Canada Newswire: Canadian launch for Voices of Liberation – Capturing the memories of the “Greatest Generation” (PRESS RELEASE). “To mark the 75th anniversary of some of the most momentous battles in history, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is recording the voices of veterans, relatives and pilgrims for a unique online sound resource that explains why the Commission’s war graves, cemeteries and memorials are as poignant today as when they were first built.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TNW: Firefox’s new tool fools advertisers into thinking you love hip gear. “It might be annoying for you if an ad follows you everywhere on the internet after you search for a product. Well, the folks at Firefox have developed a new tool that opens 100 tabs in your browser to throw off advertisers.”

TechCrunch: Facebook’s searchable political ads archive is now global. “Facebook has announced it’s rolled out a basic layer of political ads transparency globally, more than a year after launching the publicly searchable ads archive in the US. It is also expanding what it dubs ‘proactive enforcement’ on political ads to countries where elections or regulations are approaching — starting with Ukraine, Singapore, Canada and Argentina.”

Los Angeles Times: New Instagram chief reveals plans for online retailing. “Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has laid out his long-term vision to ramp up retail and tap the desire of the photo app’s 1 billion users to indulge in digital ‘window-shopping.'”

USEFUL STUFF

Bates Info: Tips for finding hidden business resources. “The problem of finding grey literature is not new; research on and discussion about grey lit in the STM field has been going on for years (see, for example, the International Conference on Grey Literature, which has been meeting since 1993). More recently, business researchers are finding that sometimes non-traditional resources have the best — or only — information on a narrow topic or current issue. Following are some of the tricks I use for finding hidden or grey-lit business resources.”

The Washington Post: SEEING ISN’T BELIEVING: The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video. “The Internet is increasingly populated with false and misleading videos. These videos — spread by politicians, advocacy groups and everyday users — are viewed by millions. The Fact Checker set out to develop a universal language to label manipulated video and hold creators and sharers of this misinformation accountable. We have found three main ways video is being altered: footage taken out of context, deceptively edited or deliberately altered.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s decision to keep up doctored Pelosi video. “Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday that the social network could have acted more quickly to flag a doctored video that made House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appear drunk. But he defended the company’s decision to leave up the video, one version of which got nearly 3 million views on social media.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: Gene activity database could spare thousands of mice. “A comprehensive database of gene activity in mice across ten disease models, which could significantly reduce animal use worldwide, has been developed by scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, which gives a full picture of the immune response to different pathogens.” Good evening, Internet…

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