Wayback Machine, High School Newspapers, UMG Fire, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, June 29, 2019

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The Next Web: The Wayback Machine can now highlight changes in copy on websites. “The new feature, called ‘Changes,’ lets you compare two different archives of a given URL. It gives a side-by-side comparison, with changes highlighted in blue (added content) and yellow (deleted content).” ooo!

DigitalNC: Issues of Lincoln High School’s student newspaper, The Lincoln Echo, now online at DigitalNC!. “The school served the black community in Chapel Hill prior to integration. While incomplete, the materials within provide interesting insights into the concerns of Chapel Hill high school students during this pivotal moment in North Carolina history. The issues cover news topics like sports, facility renovations, and school events, as well as creative works by students and advertisements for local businesses.”

New York Times: Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire. “The toll encompassed recordings made for several famous record labels: Decca, Chess, Impulse, ABC, MCA, Geffen, Interscope and Adams’ old label, A&M. A confidential document prepared by UMG officials for a 2009 ‘Vault Loss Meeting’ offered a bleak assessment of the damage: ‘Lost in the fire was, undoubtedly, a huge musical heritage.’ Today, The Times is offering a broader look at that heritage, publishing an expanded list of artists who were thought by UMG officials to have lost master recordings in the fire.”


MakeUseOf: How to Make a Snapchat Geofilter on a Budget . “A Snapchat geofilter is a great way to identify a specific location, and can also be used to advertise an event or local business. Creating a geofilter isn’t as hard or expensive as it sounds. So, in this article we explain how to make a Snapchat geofilter on a budget.”

Lifehacker: Forget Social Media And Start A Blog In A Google Doc. “When social media leaves me exhausted, I always feel better by switching to one-on-one or group chats. But I never thought of this method, via Gareth’s Tips: write a ‘blog post’ in a cloud doc and share it with a select group of friends.”


Motherboard; This Horrifying App Undresses a Photo of Any Woman With a Single Click. “The software, called DeepNude, uses a photo of a clothed person and creates a new, naked image of that same person. It swaps clothes for naked breasts and a vulva, and only works on images of women. When Motherboard tried using an image of a man, it replaced his pants with a vulva. While DeepNude works with varying levels of success on images of fully clothed women, it appears to work best on images where the person is already showing a lot of skin. We tested the app on dozens of photos and got the most convincing results on high resolution images from Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues.” The app has since been taken down.

Straits Times: MPA launches GeoSpace-Sea, a Singapore marine and coastal database. “A new database on Singapore’s waters, from its coastlines to the seabed, was launched on Friday (June 28) by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Dubbed GeoSpace-Sea, it aims to provide comprehensive geospatial data for port and coastal planning, among other things, as well as environmental management.” After reading the announcement on the MPA’s Web site, I think it’s fairer to say that it’s in phased development.

Mashable: What we know about Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’. “The company has spent the last several months hosting discussions and reviewing public feedback on its plans. On Thursday, the company published a 44-page paper that delves into those discussions and how it’s thinking about the crucial decisions it faces. It’s a long and complex process, but it’s one that could dramatically impact some of Facebook’s most consequential decisions. Here’s what we know about it so far.”


Threatpost: MongoDB Leak Exposed Millions of Medical Insurance Records. “ is a U.S.-based marketing site that allows users to find supplemental medical insurance available in their area. Researchers on Thursday said that they found a publicly-available MongoDB database on May 13 that had been online for several days. The exposed data appeared to be part of the website’s marketing leads database and did not have a password or any authentication protecting it.”


EurekAlert: Computer scientists predict lightning and thunder with the help of artificial intelligence. “At the beginning of June, the German Weather Service counted 177,000 lightning bolts in the night sky within a few days. The natural spectacle had consequences: Several people were injured by gusts of wind, hail and rain. Together with Germany’s National Meteorological Service, the Deutscher Wetterdienst, computer science professor Jens Dittrich and his doctoral student Christian Schön from Saarland University are now working on a system that is supposed to predict local thunderstorms more precisely than before.”

Nieman Journalism Lab: Can you spot a fake photo online? Your level of experience online matters a lot more than contextual clues. “My collaborators and I recently studied how people evaluate the credibility of images that accompany online stories and what elements figure into that evaluation. We found that you’re far less likely to fall for fake images if you’re more experienced with the internet, digital photography, and online media platforms — if you have what scholars call ‘digital media literacy.'”

NIH: On the Ethics of Using Social Media Data for Health Research. “Social media has grown in popularity for health-related research as it has become evident that it can be a good source of patient insights. Be it Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Facebook, Amazon reviews or health forums, researchers have collected and processed user comments and published countless papers on different uses of social media data. Using these data can be a perfectly acceptable research practice, provided they are used ethically and the research approach is solid.” Good morning, Internet…

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