Mid-Illinois Television, Endangered Jewish Sites, Bangkok Illustration Fair, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, September 7, 2022


New-to-me, from Commercial-News: Quick receives broadcast pioneer award. “Doug Quick, retired TV weathercaster/news anchor, broadcaster, author and museum curator has been named Illinois Broadcasters Association’s 2022 W. Russell Withers Jr. Downstate Broadcast Pioneer…. Quick’s resume includes a 40-year career as commercial and industrial video voiceover talent, an author (Pictures on the Prairie: The First Ten Years of Mid-Illinois Television History) and created an online museum, Central Illinois’ On-Line Broadcast Museum …”

Brandeis University: Saving the World’s Synagogues from Destruction . “The [ Foundation for Jewish Heritage], which started in 2015 with [Michael] Mail as chief executive, has created an inventory of over 3,300 historic Jewish sites, many in urgent need of restoration.”

Bangkok Post: Illustration fair returns for another edition. “After its successful debut last year, the Bangkok Illustration Fair returns to please illustrators and art lovers with a myriad of creative works, from Thursday to Sunday daily from 10am to 8pm. It will take place on the 1st floor, 3rd floor and at the Main Hall on the 9th floor of Bangkok Art Cultural Centre, Pathumwan intersection. An online archive is also available…” The site is in Thai but Google Translate has no problems with it. I enjoyed the art a lot; the only downside is that this site is a bit of a slow load from America.


CNBC: Apple is gaining on Facebook and Google in online ads after iOS privacy change, report shows. “The Google-Facebook online ad duopoly may be breaking up. According to a study published Tuesday by Appsumer, Apple is gaining momentum in digital ads, while Google and Facebook appear to be losing steam.”

Search Engine Roundtable: Poll: Only 20% Noticed Ranking Changes After Google’s Helpful Content Update. “As we have reported, so far, the Google helpful content update seems pretty minor in terms of what SEOs and tools are picking up, despite what we all thought would happen. Keep in mind, that the update is not done and we do expect more from it. A recent poll by Aleyda Solis confirmed that, showing that only 20% of SEOs noticed ranking changes, either positive or negative, since the update.”

Manchester Evening News: Council U-turns on removal of meetings video archive from public view after backlash. “Town hall chiefs have U-turned on a decision to remove a video archive of council meetings from public view which came under fire from residents and opposition councillors. Harry Catherall, the chief executive of Oldham council, has today confirmed that after a ‘review’ of the authority’s policies around public meetings, all previous recordings have been reinstated.”


Tom’s Guide: Google Maps vs. Waze: Which navigation app is better? . “Determining which one is best isn’t an easy task, and what you pick will probably depend on your needs and preferences. But, if you throw both apps into the ring for an all-out brawl of Google Maps vs Waze, which one is going to come out on top?”


Bleeping Computer: TikTok denies security breach after hackers leak user data, source code. “TikTok denies recent claims it was breached, and source code and user data were stolen, telling BleepingComputer that data posted to a hacking forum is ‘completely unrelated’ to the company. On Friday, a hacking group known as ‘AgainstTheWest’ created a topic on a hacking forum claiming to have breached both TikTok and WeChat.”

The Verge: The security flaws that make Twitter’s insider threat so scary. “Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko’s whistleblower disclosure contained a lot of alarming claims about Twitter — from confusing bot measurements to executive misconduct — but one of the most alarming claims was that the company was actively infiltrated by agents of the Indian government. For a platform that has always presented itself as a haven for journalists and activists, it’s a troubling claim and one that the company has not directly confronted in responses given to US media. But the allegations are less outlandish than it seems — and part of a much larger issue for international tech platforms.”

Wall Street Journal: Islamic State Turns to NFTs to Spread Terror Message. “A simple digital card praising Islamist militants for an attack on a Taliban position in Afghanistan last month is the first known nonfungible token created and disseminated by a terrorist sympathizer, according to former senior U.S. intelligence officials. It is a sign that Islamic State and other terror groups may be preparing to use the emerging financial technology to sidestep Western efforts to eradicate their online fundraising and messaging, they said.”


University of Maine: Artificial intelligence can be used to better monitor Maine’s forests, UMaine study finds. “Monitoring and measuring forest ecosystems is a complex challenge because of an existing combination of softwares, collection systems and computing environments that require increasing amounts of energy to power. The University of Maine’s Wireless Sensor Networks (WiSe-Net) laboratory has developed a novel method of using artificial intelligence and machine learning to make monitoring soil moisture more energy and cost efficient — one that could be used to make measuring more efficient across the broad forest ecosystems of Maine and beyond.”

PR Newswire: Americans Feel Some Relief From Robotexts As Summer Comes To An End, According To RoboKiller Insights (PRESS RELEASE). “Robotexts have far outpaced robocalls since the beginning of 2022. However, for the first time since April 2022, they declined month-over-month. While it appears scammers pumped the brakes in August, Americans can expect robotexts to ramp back up in the coming months as scammers get back to work on delivery and bank-related scams.” Good morning, Internet…

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