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Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank, SkinSafe, Google Trusted Contacts, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 18, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Taipei Times: New Web site sheds light on cultural history. “The Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank… curates people’s recollections and historic documentation in words, images, artifacts, audiovisual assets and other media to reconstruct Taiwan’s historical eras, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the memories are collected and introduced to the world on the Web site.” The site is in Chinese but translates okay for the most part, except for a couple of places where Chinese writing is part of a graphic and not translated.

Well+Good: This Mayo Clinic Database Makes It Easy To Shop for Sensitive Skin-Friendly Products. “Those with sensitive skin know all too well the mixed feelings of excitement and trepidation they feel when trying out a new beauty product. The first step is finding a product that doesn’t irritate your skin. Only then can you figure out if the product is actually doing what you need it to do. To take some of the guess work out of the process, the Mayo Clinic and Her Inc. developed SkinSafe, a searchable database of beauty products that shows which products have potential skin allergens or irritants. And in a new partnership with CVS, you can also look at the ingredients of drugstore beauty products.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Neowin: Google bids farewell to its Trusted Contacts app. “Google has a reputation for killing off products and services. In fact, there’s a whole website dedicated to services that are Killed by Google. Google’s Trusted Contacts app, which the firm added in 2016 as a location-sharing app for loved ones, is being shut down after roughly four years. Similar functionality has since been built into Google Maps, which Google recommended users to check out while announcing the shutdown.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 6 Instagram Tools for Power Users to Make Better Posts and Stories. “Instagram enforces restrictions on its users in how they can use the app. That’s why you need to turn to third-party apps to circumvent annoyances like bulk downloading someone’s photos and videos, or apps to repost photos and videos. In that same vein, try these others that break the Instagram bubble to make you stand out.”

Digital Inspiration: Reclaim Disk Space – How to Find the Biggest Files in your Google Drive. “Your Google account storage is shared between Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos. What do you do when your Google account is running out of storage space? You either buy more storage from Google or the inexpensive option is that you spend some time spring-cleaning your account and delete the emails and files that could be hogging up the storage space.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

TechCrunch: Hands on with Telepath, the social network taking aim at abuse, fake news and, to some extent, ‘free speech’. “Today, a number of new social networks are trying to flip the old model on its head — whether that’s attempting to use audio for more personal connections, like Clubhouse, eliminate clout chasing, like Twelv, or, in the case of new social network Telepath, by designing a platform guided by rules that focus on enforcing kindness, countering abuse, and disabling the spread of fake news.”

Rudaw: Music is at the heart of Yezidis’ lives: Baroness Emma Nicholson. “Efforts to preserve Yezidi music for future generations are making headway, says Baroness Emma Nicholson, a British politician and founder of a charity that has spearheaded a cultural digitization project with the minority group.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

PCMag Australia: Google: Chinese Hackers Are Posing as McAfee Antivirus to Phish Victims. “Chinese state-sponsored hackers may be impersonating antivirus provider McAfee in order to trick high-profile targets into downloading malware. The suspected Chinese hacking group, APT 31, has been resorting to the tactic, according to Google’s security team. Back in June, the company’s security researchers reported that APT 31 had been targeting Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign by sending phishing emails to his staff. The goal was to hijack their personal email accounts, but Google says the phishing attempts all appear to have failed.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Stanford University: Analysis of an October 2020 Facebook Takedown Linked to U.S. Political Consultancy Rally Forge. “An astroturfing operation involving fake accounts (some with AI-generated images) that left thousands of comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Clients included Turning Point Action and Inclusive Conservation Group, a pro-hunting organization.”

Salina Post: Web-based AI program encourages users to submit photos of bees for IDs. “A Kansas State University researcher’s effort to develop an artificial intelligence tool for identifying bees has created quite a buzz already. Brian Spiesman, an assistant professor in K-State’s Department of Entomology, launched the website…earlier this year to relieve a backlog of information needed to help track trends in bee populations across the world.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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