University of Queensland: Combatting combustible cladding hazards. “University of Queensland engineering researchers have developed a database of building materials to help industry professionals assess the risk of combustible cladding and boost the safety of our homes and workplaces. The cladding database, which is the first in the world, contains the needed flammability data for a range of materials used in Queensland’s publicly-owned buildings.” Cladding not ringing a bell? It’s believed to be one of the reasons the Grenfell Tower fire was so deadly.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
TechCrunch: Ghost CMS adds open-source subscription and membership options. “The open-source CMS, which has been around for a couple of years now following a successful Kickstarter, announced this week that it is launching subscription features as part of Ghost 3.0. The features will be included in both the open-source, self-hosted version as well as the organization’s paid, hosted SaaS product.”
Internet Archive: The Wayback Machine’s Save Page Now is New and Improved. “Every day hundreds of millions of web pages are archived to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. Tens of millions of them submitted by users like you using our Save Page Now service. You can now do that in a way that is easier, faster and better than ever before.”
CNET: 7 best scary Halloween music playlists you can stream for free on Spotify. “Like Christmas, Halloween has its own tunes to get you in the spirit of the season. No matter what you’re into — classic movie soundtracks, family-friendly kids songs, chill lo-fi beats or metal — there’s probably a Halloween-themed playlist for it. While there are dozens of playlists, albums and podcasts available across platforms to get you amped up for spooky season, here are seven Spotify playlists to get you started, no matter what mood you’re in or what kind of Halloween party you want to throw.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
NiemanLab: I’ve got a story idea for you: Storyful’s new investigative reporting unit helps publishers dig into social media. “The Islamic State on TikTok. Child sex abuse on Facebook. The trolling of Meghan Markle. What do these stories — published by The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, and Sky News — have in common, besides a certain grim 2019-ness? They all used data from social media agency Storyful’s nascent investigative unit, which officially launched this month as Investigations by Storyful with an expanded editorial team and an eye toward helping newsrooms mine social media for stories around the 2020 U.S. presidential election.”
Tubefilter: Insights: As Social Media Sites Fiddle Over Cannabis Creator Bans, Public Health Suffers. “What if a health crisis was brewing that hit young people in particular, yet none of the social-media platforms that depend on that audience would allow influencers to talk about it? That’s pretty much what’s happening right now in the world of vaping. People are dying, says Instagram influencer Koala Puffs (she goes by Koala Puffss there, because her original two-year-old account was shut down; she uses variants of the shorter version on other platforms), but it can be risky to talk about the issue on social media.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
BetaNews: If your password is ‘superman’ or ‘blink182’ you might want to change it. “The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has released its annual review for 2019 which sets out cybersecurity trends and looks at how the agency has been protecting consumers and businesses. One of the most interesting findings is the list of most hacked passwords. ‘Superman’, exposed 333,139 times, and ‘blink182’, exposed 285,706 times, top the lists for fictional characters and musicians respectively.”
Ubergizmo: Lawmakers Proposes That Streaming Services Broadcast Emergency Alerts. “One of the benefits of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon is that you don’t need to deal with ads. This is because while they do sometimes feel like regular television, they are not, and as such, aren’t necessarily subjected to the same requirements of television. This includes broadcasting emergency alerts in the form of Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI).”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Phys .org: Environmental stress is already causing death: This chaos map shows where. “Climate change is only going to worsen the chaos attendant on resource shortage—and, therefore, death rates. Increases in extreme weather will have adverse impacts on food production and water availability. Indeed, they already are. Meanwhile, fossil fuel depletion and unstable exporting regions will lead to huge increases in the cost of energy. Future food, fuel and water prices are at the very least going to be more volatile.”
IEEE Spectrum: IEEE’s New Open Access Journals Call for Papers. “IEEE is seeking article submissions for its new gold fully open access journals. Gold open access refers to articles being made open access through the payment of a fee—called an article processing charge (APC)—by the author.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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