Mozilla, Facebook, Patch Tuesday, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 12, 2019


Mozilla Blog: New Bytecode Alliance Brings the Security, Ubiquity, and Interoperability of the Web to the World of Pervasive Computing. “The Bytecode Alliance is a newly-formed open source community dedicated to creating new software foundations, building on standards such as WebAssembly and WebAssembly System Interface (WASI). Mozilla, Fastly, Intel, and Red Hat are founding members.”

TechCrunch: Facebook’s first experimental apps from its ‘NPE Team’ division focus on students, chat & music. “This July, Facebook announced a new division called NPE Team which would build experimental consumer-facing apps, allowing the company to try out new ideas and features to see how people would react. It soon thereafter tapped former Vine GM Jason Toff to join the team as a product manager. The first apps to emerge from the NPE Team have now quietly launched. One, Bump, is a chat app that aims to help people make new friends through conversations, not appearances. Another, Aux, is a social music listening app.”

Neowin: Here’s what’s new in this month’s Patch Tuesday for Windows 7 and 8.1. “It’s that time of the month again when every supported version of Windows gets an update with a bunch of fixes. This week, in addition to cumulative updates, we saw the release of the Windows 10 November 2019 Update. Windows 7 and 8.1 haven’t been forgotten just yet, and there’s a couple of updates for these older versions of the OS, too.”


Hongkiat: 40+ Tools to Supercharge Your Instagram Account. “Whether you’re building a personal brand or a corporate brand, Instagram is a platform full of opportunities for advertising your products and finding new customers. However, it’s tough to get the desired results without the right tools, even if you’re using the right strategies — say, direct ads or influencers. That’s why I’ve compiled a top-notch toolkit of apps and tools that can help turbocharge your Instagram. Are you ready to check out them? Let’s go.” One of the reasons I like Hongkiat is the annotation is always decent.


The Atlantic: Managing Your Friendships, With Software. “CRM stands for “customer relationship management,” and it is a horrifically boring category of software. It was popularized in the late ’90s and early 2000s as a way of keeping track of all the ways an individual customer interacts with a business, and of systematically maintaining contact with that customer over years and years. (Salesforce is a CRM, as is HubSpot. Mailchimp also includes quite a few CRM features in its email-marketing service.) A personal CRM is the same thing, but for your personal life—networking, dating, making new friends, making friends with people who could also turn out to be valuable professional connections, going on dates with people who turned out to be useless professional connections.”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: UA holds New York Post’s 1.38 million photos; archive dates to 1860s. “More than a million photographs and negatives spanning the 20th century arrived at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville last month. Dennis T. Clark, dean of libraries, said the trove is the New York Post’s photo archive, which contains a few photos dating back to the 1860s….Clark said the archive was donated in 2017, but the university didn’t take possession of 1.38 million items until early October, when two trucks carrying the 1,492 boxes of photos and negatives arrived on campus.”

Berkman Klein Center, Harvard: Illuminating the Flows – and Redactions – of Content Online. “The staff of Lumen, a unique public resource at Harvard University collecting and studying millions of removal requests for online content, is thrilled to announce that the project has received a $1.5 million grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, to expand and improve its database and research efforts.”


PBS NewsHour: Genetic genealogy can help solve cold cases. It can also accuse the wrong person.. “From a law enforcement perspective, the case for using genetic genealogy is strong. But experts are also flagging concerns about what the method means for people’s legal and DNA privacy.” Deep dive, good reading.


Harvard Business Review: Using AI to Understand What Causes Diseases. “Health care leaders are embracing AI. But by conducting an extensive review of case studies and research literature, we’ve found that their AI initiatives are predominantly focused on developing algorithms that can predict a problem such as cancer in order to make diagnoses better, faster, and less expensively. Rarely, are their organizations devoting resources to AI efforts aimed at understanding why diseases occur. To intervene as effectively as possible, both kinds of algorithms are crucial.”

DrexelNOW: Is Virtual Reality the Next Big Thing in Art Therapy?. “The ever-expanding field of virtual reality (VR) has been used in health care settings like physical rehabilitation. It’s also made its way into therapy settings to reduce phobias and delusions. Could creative arts therapies be the next frontier for VR? Researchers from Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions in the Creative Arts Therapies Department conducted a study to see if VR can be used as an expressive tool in art therapy.” Good evening, Internet…

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