Veteran-Owned Business, Vietnam Pharmaceuticals, NC Newspapers, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, August 15, 2019


4WWL: New database makes veteran-owned businesses easy to find. “The Louisiana Veterans First business initiative launched Thursday. The program promotes veteran-owned businesses through certification, in-business displays, and an online database. The goal is to encourage consumers to do business with Louisiana’s veteran-owned businesses.”

Viet Nam News: Health ministry launches pharmaceutical database. “The databank contains information on more than 10,000 currently operating drugstores, nearly 41,000 production and distribution facilities and pharmacists who have been granted working certificates. It provides users with a comprehensive information lookup platform that can be easily accessed on the website or via the mobile application.” The site is in Vietnamese, of course, and Google Chrome did not offer to translate, so I wasn’t able to do much looking around.


DigitalNC: More issues of The Chatham Record are now available on DigitalNC!. “Over four hundred issues of The Chatham Record were recently digitized from their microfilm formats and added to DigitalNC. These new issues range from 1923 to 1929 and supplement those from 1878 to 1904 which were already available. Printed in Pittsboro, North Carolina, The Chatham Record provided weekly news to the people of Chatham County.”

CNET: 8chan owner says site will stay down until he talks with Congress. “8chan owner Jim Watkins uploaded a video to YouTube on Sunday in response to media reports that incorrectly said an alleged gunman, accused of an attempted terrorist attack on a mosque in Norway on Saturday, posted on the message board prior to the incident. Watkins says in the video that the image board has been down, by choice, for the last week and it wouldn’t be possible to post anything to the site.”


Nikkei Asian Review: Vietnamese social media networks spring up to challenge Facebook. “Vietnamese companies have started a string of new social networks in a bid to crack a sector dominated by Facebook, which boasts more than 60 million users out of a population of over 96 million. The latest debut was announced on July 23 by Gapo Technology, a unit of Hanoi-based G-group.’

CNN: Snapchat creators earn serious money from making AR filters. “[Ana] Casciello is part of a community of about 100 ‘official lens creators’ who make custom augmented reality lenses for Snapchat. Many creators find ways to earn tens of thousands of dollars creating sponsored AR lenses for brands, including Nike (NKE) and Fanta, and selling merchandise such as t-shirts.”

University of Alaska Anchorage: ‘This is our patrimony’: Dance professor archives two decades of Afro-Cuban history. “For the past 27 years, UAA theater and dance professor Dr. Jill Flanders Crosby has been working on a project spanning generations, mediums and even the Atlantic Ocean. Since 1997, Flanders Crosby has traveled between Perico and Agramonte, Cuba, and the West African communities of Dzodze, Ghana, and Adjodogou, Togo, to preserve each community’s history and traditions via video and audio recordings. Don’t call this work a passion project. According to Flanders Crosby, it’s much more than that.”


Neowin: Google goes password-less for some web services through Android, more to come. “Google today announced that it is bringing the ability to use your fingerprint or other authentication methods instead of your password, on its own services. The feature will be available today to users on Pixel devices and will roll out to all devices running Android 7 Nougat or higher in the coming days.”

Sydney Morning Herald: ACCC gears up for court battle with Google and Facebook. “Competition tsar Rod Sims has revealed that his agency’s ongoing investigations into misconduct by Google and Facebook have advanced significantly, setting the stage for a potential showdown between the regulator and digital giants in court.”

Reuters: Google, Facebook, Amazon to testify in U.S. against French digital tax. “Alphabet’s Google unit, Facebook and are among the companies that will testify Monday at a U.S. government hearing on the French government’s digital services tax.”


Ars Technica: AI researchers have a plan to pay patients for data. “Robert Chang, a Stanford ophthalmologist, normally stays busy prescribing drops and performing eye surgery. But a few years ago, he decided to jump on a hot new trend in his field: artificial intelligence. Doctors like Chang often rely on eye imaging to track the development of conditions like glaucoma. With enough scans, he reasoned, he might find patterns that could help him better interpret test results. That is, if he could get his hands on enough data.”

StateScoop: Crowdsourced environment data gets a home on Louisville Data Commons. “The ‘Louisville Data Commons’ repository, announced by the University of Louisville on Tuesday, is an open-data website that will incorporate data contributions from residents and researchers to keep track of the city’s environmental and health-related measurements. The community-gathered data will be available for research for a minimum of one year, according to the site, while some larger, frequently updated data sets will be available indefinitely.” Good morning, Internet…

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