afternoonbuzz

Endangered World Heritage Sites, Knewz, PEPFAR Antiretrovirals, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 30, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Condé Nast Traveler: Google’s New Tool Shows the Impact of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites. “The project, called ‘Heritage on the Edge,’ uses 3D mapping and other photo tools to capture images of World Heritage Sites that can be used for conservation support and raising awareness with tourists and the general public. Among the five heritage sites that were mapped are Rapa Nui (Easter Island); Kilwa Kisiwani on Tanzania’s Swahili Coast; the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Scotland; Mosque City of Bagerhat in Bangladesh; and the ancient city of Chan Chan in Peru.”

The Globe and Mail: News Corp. launches news aggregation site Knewz to counter Facebook, Google. “News Corp on Wednesday launched a free news aggregation service, Knewz, to address its long-held criticism of how Google and Facebook treat publishers and journalists. The service uses artificial intelligence to scan more than 400 national and local news sources across the political spectrum – including Mother Jones, Washington Examiner, and The Nation – and relies on a small team of editors and technical staff to curate articles.” Haven’t looked at it yet. Are y’all interested in a deep dive?

FDA: FDA launches mobile-friendly database with information on life-saving HIV drugs as part of ongoing mission to empower the public through increased access to information and data. “Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the launch of an interactive database that will offer a wealth of critical information about antiretrovirals (ARVs) eligible for purchase under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Reuters: Google temporarily shutting down all China offices. ” Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it is temporarily shutting down all its offices in China due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus in the country.”

Google Blog: Space out with Google Earth on mobile. “On the Google Earth team, we understand people’s desire to see stars just as much as they want to see Planet Earth. The Google Earth mobile app now offers wide views of our starry universe, just as Earth for the web and Earth Pro have done for some time.”

Mashable: Twitter will tweak search results to fight coronavirus disinformation. “The company announced that it will prevent automated search results that are ‘likely to direct individuals to non-credible content’ and, instead, use search to direct users to authoritative information from organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ”

USEFUL STUFF

EFF: How to Change Your Off-Facebook Activity Settings. “This tutorial will guide you through the steps to not only “clear” the off-Facebook activity already linked with your account, but also to prevent future activity from being associated with your account going forward. Note that this won’t stop third parties from sending Facebook information about you—it will only stop Facebook from associating that information with your account.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: Maryland: Make malware possession a crime! Yes, yes, researchers get a free pass. “Local news website the Baltimore Fishbowl reported that Maryland’s Senate heard arguments on Senate Bill SB0030, a proposition that would “label the possession and intent to use ransomware in a malicious manner as a misdemeanor” punishable with up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.”

BetaNews: Hacker demonstrates Remote Code Execution exploit for Windows Remote Desktop Gateway. “The exploit takes advantage of the CVE-2020-0609 and CVE-2020-0610 vulnerabilities which have already been shown to make a denial of service attack possible. Now Luca Marcelli has shown how the same vulnerabilities can be exploited in a Remote Code Execution attack.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Engadget: IBM uses AI to predict progress of Huntington’s disease symptoms. “IBM is using its AI-based health prediction skills to help tackle the challenge of Huntington’s disease. The tech firm has teamed up with CHDI Foundation on an artificial intelligence model that can predict when patients will experience Huntington’s symptoms and, crucially, determine how rapidly those symptoms will progress.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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