Web Design, Spain Castles, Facebook, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, October 5, 2019


Fast Company: A new repository of the web’s best portfolios helps you design yours like a pro. “Humans is like a carefully curated Pinterest board that offers insight into what the best personal websites look like, which services are used to create them, and the technology necessary to build them.”

The Olive Press: Expat Duo Create Website Chronicling History Of Spain’s Castles Starring In Blockbuster Hits. “Bob Yareham, a teacher who has lived in Valencia for 38 years, and Cas Eggermont, an entrepreneur, have documented 80 Spanish castles that have appeared on the big screen, through a new website.”


CNET: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg livestreams employee Q&A in rare move. “Zuckerberg webcast the Q&A from his Facebook account just days after The Verge published transcripts and audio clips of him speaking to employees at two town hall meetings in July.”

BBC: Libra: PayPal first to drop out of Facebook cryptocurrency. “Payments firm PayPal has become the first company to pull out of an alliance that is trying to launch Facebook’s digital currency Libra. PayPal made the announcement in a statement on Friday, but did not specify what had prompted the decision.”


The Elm (Washington College): Tea And Talk Explores African American Print Culture. “Dr.[Alisha] Knight specializes in teaching courses focusing on both African American literature and history, and has put both her knowledge on the subject and her passion for her work into this project. Her project, ‘Putting Them on the Map,’ explores the rise of African American magazine agents throughout the 1900s across the United States.” The Web site for the project is not ready yet.

WBEZ: Chicago’s Hidden Indie Rock Archive. “Over three decades, Aadam Jacobs obsessively documented Chicago’s indie rock scene. Today, the future of his roughly 10,000 live recordings is unclear.”

Federal News Network: Census Bureau stands up ‘fusion center’ to combat misinformation during 2020 count. “The Census Bureau has stood up a ‘fusion center’ to monitor social media for misinformation during the 2020 count and has doubled down on its resilience planning in the final months of preparation.”


Ars Technica: Attackers exploit 0-day vulnerability that gives full control of Android phones. “Attackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Google’s Android mobile operating system that can give them full control of at least 18 different phone models, including four different Pixel models, a member of Google’s Project Zero research group said on Thursday night.”

Mercury News: California has a new deepfakes law in time for 2020 election. “California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill that aims to protect voters and political candidates from deepfakes in time for the 2020 election.”


Traverse City Record-Eagle: Find balloon debris? Get a photo and send to new website. “A university researcher is tracking balloon litter in the Great Lakes region to spread awareness of how it harms the environment. Lara O’Brien, a master’s student at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, created [the site] to help citizen scientists track where popular balloon launches end. It maps where the balloons are found and allows people to submit photos of the debris.”

The Guardian: Ancient scrolls charred by Vesuvius could be read once again. “When Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79 it destroyed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, their inhabitants and their prized possessions – among them a fine library of scrolls that were carbonised by the searing heat of ash and gas. But scientists say there may still be hope that the fragile documents can once more be read thanks to an innovative approach involving high-energy x-rays and artificial intelligence.”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Americans Are Wary of the Role Social Media Sites Play in Delivering the News. “As heated debate continues over how social media sites can improve the quality of news on their platforms while enforcing rules fairly, most Americans are pessimistic about these efforts and are highly concerned about several issues when it comes to social media and news.” Good morning, Internet…

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