afternoonbuzz, Abandoned and Derelict Marine Vessels, Chrome, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 30, 2022


Putting this here instead of CoronaBuzz because it’s especially important. NPR: New website offers a single stop for COVID info, tests and treatment. “According to the White House, there are now more than 2,000 test-to-treat locations around the country where people can get tested for COVID-19 and, if a prescriber says they need it, immediately get antiviral pills. has a new locator tool, making it easier to find these services quickly.” The site also provides information on vaccines, local health risk, and more.

NOAA Marine Debris Program: Now Available: The Full Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels Webinar Series. “Thousands of abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs) litter coastal waterways all over the country, obstructing navigational channels, causing harm to the environment, and diminishing commercial and recreational activities. For many communities, assessing, removing, and disposing of these vessels is complex and requires significant financial resources. Over the past year, experts from across the country shared their experiences, solutions, and lessons learned through our Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels monthly webinar series to help communities facing ADV issues. We are pleased to share that the full webinar series is now available on our website.”


Bleeping Computer: Google Chrome 100 released with new features, icon, and more. “Google has released Chrome 100 today, March 29th, 2022, to the Stable desktop channel, and it includes a new logo, security improvements, development features, and more.”

The Register: Google resumes shoveling stuff into its ‘Privacy Sandbox’. “In separate messages to Chromium developers declaring their ‘Intent to Experiment,’ Google software developers on Friday said Origin Trials for the company’s FLEDGE API and its Topics API will commence following the March 31 debut of Chrome 101 Beta. Testing is expected to continue at least until Chrome 104 Beta, three months hence.”


Associated Press: How China’s TikTok, Facebook influencers push propaganda . “As China continues to assert its economic might, it is using the global social media ecosystem to expand its already formidable influence. The country has quietly built a network of social media personalities who parrot the government’s perspective in posts seen by hundreds of thousands of people, operating in virtual lockstep as they promote China’s virtues, deflect international criticism of its human rights abuses and advance Beijing’s talking points on world affairs like Russia’s war against Ukraine.”

Vanderbilt University: Heard Libraries acquire collection of jazz, world music master Yusef Lateef. “Vanderbilt’s Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are now home to a rich collection of research materials from the life and career of Yusef A. Lateef, a Grammy-winning musician who played a pioneering role in bringing Middle Eastern and Asian sounds to American jazz. Lateef also was an author, visual artist, educator and philosopher. He died in 2013, but his cultural significance lives on through his artistry.”

Bloomberg: New Social Media App BeReal Is Trending at Colleges as ‘Casual Instagram’. “At a varying time each day, BeReal users receive a single notification en masse prompting them to take two photos — simultaneous images, shot through the front- and back-facing lens on their phone cameras. Everyone is given two minutes to take the photographs, which are then shared with their followers on the app. People who miss the daily notification can post late, but such images are conspicuously marked for being tardy. To see everyone else’s contributions, a user must first upload their own daily shots.”


ProPublica: Congressional Chair Asks Google and Apple to Help Stop Fraud Against U.S. Taxpayers on Telegram . “After ProPublica investigations revealed thriving cybermarkets on Telegram where fraudsters buy and sell stolen personal information for unemployment insurance fraud, Rep. James Clyburn is hoping to enlist Apple and Google in the fight.”

UK Government: Naming and shaming failing landlords. “The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will highlight poor practice by landlords including on its social media platforms. This will include published findings by the Housing Ombudsman of severe maladministration, and judgements of the Regulator of Social Housing that consumer standards have been breached.”


Smithsonian: Negative Effects of Social Media May Impact Adolescent Girls and Boys at Different Ages . “Girls and boys appear to be susceptible to the negative effects of social media use at different ages, according to new research. A study published today in Nature Communications suggests that teens and tweens have different windows of vulnerability to technology depending on their biological sex.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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