Toronto Buildings, Google Search Console, GitHub, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 15, 2019


New-to-me, from Daily Commercial News: TOBuilt: a new tool for construction reno planning. “TOBuilt, a crowd-sourced database with information and images of 11,500 buildings in Toronto, is proving to be a valuable research resource to architects, builders and consultants planning to add or renovate existing buildings.”


Search Engine Land: Google starts new Search Console training series on YouTube. “The series covers everything from the basics, such as getting started, verifications, reports and settings. The series will go through how to monitor your site traffic, fix numerous issues reported by Search Console, as well as help searchers find your web site on Google search.”

TechCrunch: GitHub launches a mobile app, smarter notifications and improved code search. ”
At its annual Universe conference today, Microsoft -owned GitHub announced a couple of new products, as well as the general availability of a number of tools that developers have been able to test for the last few months.”


Lifehacker: Automatically Organize Your Downloads With This Chrome Extension. “I download a lot of things. We all do. In my case, my Windows Downloads folder is basically my catch-all for everything I’m working on, as well as the primary archive for files and folders I need to save somewhere else (but haven’t yet). This means said Downloads folder can get unruly, and I have found a new Chrome extension to fix that.”

Slashgear: DJI mobile app will let anyone identify drones in flight. “DJI, perhaps the world’s biggest maker of professional and hobby drones, is keenly aware of the privacy violations drones can cause. But rather than lock down the drone market, DJI proposes giving everyone a tool to identify errant drones. In other words, rather than restrict all drone users, it wants to make it easier to identify and punish only the bad ones. Its solution is almost too simple to be true, taking the form a free mobile app.”


Abacus News: TikTok maker ordered to clean up search engine for “defaming” Chinese revolutionary martyr. “TikTok maker ByteDance was ordered by Chinese authorities to clean up the search results in its popular news app Toutiao. The Cyberspace Administration of China’s Beijing office said that ‘harmful information’ that ‘defames’ a revolutionary martyr appeared in the search results of Toutiao’s new search engine.”

Xinhua: EU election observers to monitor fake news on social media ahead of Sri Lanka election. “The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) has arrived in Sri Lanka to monitor Saturday’s presidential elections, and to analyse social media usage and fake news, said local media on Thursday.”


BBC: Facebook removes 11.6 million child abuse posts. “Facebook has released the latest figures in its efforts to remove harmful content from its platforms. They reveal 11.6 million pieces of content related to child nudity and child sexual exploitation were taken down between July and September 2019. For the first time, Facebook is also releasing figures for Instagram and including numbers for posts related to suicide and self-harm.”


Harvard Business Review: 3 Myths About Machine Learning in Health Care. “Machine learning will dramatically improve health care. There are already a myriad impactful ML health care applications from imaging to predicting readmissions to the back office. But there are also high-profile, expensive efforts that have not achieved their goals.”

CNRS: A Digital Twin for Notre-Dame. “Creating a Google Earth of sorts for the cathedral of Paris, that is the ambitious project of a team of researchers. Their objective is clear: to gather all past and future knowledge about the structure within a collaborative platform.” Good evening, Internet…

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