National Library of China, Twitter, Instagram, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, November 15, 2019


China Daily: Ancient texts made available online. “Digitized versions of about 7,200 copies of ancient Chinese books went online on Tuesday and can now be accessed for free by the public for pleasure or academic reference, the National Library of China announced.”


Reuters: Twitter takes steps to keep UK election ‘healthy and safe’. “Twitter (TWTR.N) said it would make it easier to report misleading information about the voting process in Britain’s Dec. 12 election, less than a month after its global ban on political advertising comes into force.”

The Verge: Instagram is testing a new video editing tool called Reels that copies TikTok’s best features. “Instagram has launched a new video editing tool in Brazil that copies some of the best-known features of TikTok. As reported by TechCrunch and Variety, the tool is called Reels and is available on both iOS and Android. There’s no word on whether it will be launched in other countries, but it’s certainly likely if the tool is a success.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Best Sleep Apps & Methods to Fall Asleep Faster Without Interruptions. “Do you have trouble falling asleep or getting a good night’s rest? There are millions of others like you. These apps and websites can help you sleep peacefully at night.”


Wired: Socked Into the Puppet-Hole on Wikipedia. “For nearly two years I’ve enjoyed having a nice, get-right-to-the-point article on Wikipedia that describes me as an American journalist and mentions my book. Whenever I click on the article—as one does, five or 10 times a day—I am greeted by a photo of myself that was taken at a conference in Argentina 10 years ago. I’m holding a microphone and making an observation about something, forever living in 2009. Imagine my shock one October day when I went to Wikipedia, clicked on ‘Noam Cohen,’ and saw that my page had been deleted.”

Engadget: How GOP-linked PR firms use Google’s ad platform to harvest email addresses. “What’s the seventh largest purchaser of US political ads on Google right now? After the Republican Senate and Congressional Leadership Funds and the Trump campaign, comes a group called –- a limited-liability company specializing in digital marketing for clients looking to attract new customers via ‘opt-in email lists'”

Poynter: There is a growing tribe of truth warriors fighting false news in India. “Viral hoaxes about local politicians, false information about medicine and rumors of child kidnapping have always been tough stories for journalists to cover in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populated state. But some months ago, after witnessing several cases of violence due to such rumors, Meera Devi, a local reporter from a community media outlet called Khabar Lahariya, decided to bring about a change in the heart of India’s Hindi-speaking belt.”


TechCrunch: New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts. “Security researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa have found close to a dozen vulnerabilities, which they say can be used to track a victim’s real-time location, spoof emergency alerts that can trigger panic or silently disconnect a 5G-connected phone from the network altogether.”

Techdirt: FBI Asks Congress To Permanently Reauthorize The Phone Record Collection The NSA Voluntarily Shut Down. “The NSA may not need the phone records collection but it appears the FBI thinks it does. The easiest way for Congress to codify the program’s shut down would be to let it expire at the end of this year. FBI Director Chris Wray is hoping to prevent a do-nothing Congress from doing nothing and letting the clock run out on the metadata collection.”


USA Today: Want to boost your grades? Get off Facebook, researchers say . “As it turns out, using Facebook probably won’t make you any better at reading real books. In fact, cutting back on Facebook could boost students’ grades, according to some recent research from the University of Technology Sydney.”

Phys .org: Vivaldi reworked to ‘make climate change audible’. “A classical orchestra in Germany aims to ‘make climate change audible’ with a reworking of Antonio Vivaldi’s famous violin concertos “The Four Seasons” using algorithms based on climate data.”

The Cut: I’m a Normal Person and I Buy My Instagram Followers. “Follow Me is a weeklong series about personal brands, for better or for worse. Here, a 35-year-old woman from Chicago explains the process of buying Instagram followers for her dog — and why she’d do it again.” Good morning, Internet…

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