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Daily Archives: April 24, 2018

Daily Table of Contents – April 24, 2018

MIT Explainer: What is a blockchain?

Blockchain – Where it came from, what it does, and how you make one by MIT Technology Review Editors. April 23, 2018. “What is it? A public, permanent, append-only distributed ledger. What’s that? A mathematical structure for storing data in a way that is nearly impossible to fake. It can be used for all kinds… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Pete Recommends – weekly highlights on cyber security issues – April 23 2018

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – weekly highlights on cyber security issues – April 23 2018 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health/medical, to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and… Continue Reading

Emails Suggest Interior Dept. Prioritizing Fossil Fuel Interests Over Wildlife Well-Being

Pacific Standard – Records reveal that, following requests by fossil fuel industry groups, a top official at the Department of the Interior appeared to take credit for helping to delay new federal protections for a once-endangered species. “The Texas hornshell is a sleek green-gray mussel that once thrived in the Rio Grande watershed, its habitat… Continue Reading

How merchants use Facebook to flood Amazon with fake reviews

Washington Post: “On Amazon, customer comments can help a product surge in popularity. The online retail giant says that more than 99 percent of its reviews are legitimate because they are written by real shoppers who aren’t paid for them. But a Washington Post examination found that for some popular product categories, such as Bluetooth headphones… Continue Reading

Supply Chain Vulnerabilities from China in US Federal Information and Communications Technology

Supply Chain Vulnerabilities from China in U.S. Federal Information and Communications Technology, April 2018. This research report was prepared at the request of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission to support its deliberations. “The U.S. government needs a national strategy for supply chain risk management (SCRM) of commercial supply chain vulnerabilities in U.S. federal… Continue Reading

50+ Sites to Download Free Sound Effects for Almost Everything

Hongkiat: “Imagine a movie or video without sound effects. Even a magnificent film like Titanic would look nothing more than a joke if there are no ‘Wham’, ‘Bam’ and ‘Smash’ sounds in it. Background music and sound effects are important for making a video (or even an audio production) engaging and in its full essence.… Continue Reading

Navigating through Wikipedia articles on desktop just got a lot easier

Page previews, deployed today, is one of the largest changes to desktop Wikipedia made in recent years. “If you’re on a computer, or have access to one, go to Wikipedia and check out your favorite article. At first, what you see there will be very familiar—the core reading experience on the site hasn’t changed much… Continue Reading

Paper – False Information on Web and Social Media: A Survey

False Information on Web and Social Media: A Survey. Srijan Kumar, Neil Shah (Submitted on 23 Apr 2018) Cornell University Library. arXiv.org > cs > arXiv:1804.08559 “False information can be created and spread easily through the web and social media platforms, resulting in widespread real-world impact. Characterizing how false information proliferates on social platforms and… Continue Reading

Data USA adds more than 7,300 profiles of higher education institutions to visualization platform

PRNewsWire: “Data USA has released new data visualization profiles summarizing the costs, demographics, debt, acceptance rates, financial aid, and endowments of more than 7,300 universities and higher education institutions in the US. The visualizations make available data from the US Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS). Data USA is a free, open data… Continue Reading