Hong Kong, Australia, Celtic Music, More: Short Friday Buzz, May 22nd, 2015

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Google has put Hong Kong museums and heritage sites online. “The West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong Medical Science Museum and St James’ Settlement were added to the online exhibition platform on Wednesday, joining the King of Kowloon street art exhibit launched in March.”

Western Australia has a new music archive. “The Western Australian New Music Archive (WANMA) is an evolving, permanent and fully online archive: the project seeks to collect, digitise and disseminate music recordings, video documentation and scores – in digital format and by pointing to other collections, not as hard copies. It draws material from the State Library of Western Australia catalogue, the National Library’s Trove and ABC Classic FM’s collection, as well as attracting contributions from the West Australian new music community.”

The US National Archives has a new collection of “unofficial” World War I photographs. “This series contains photographs obtained from the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Federal and State government agencies, as well as private sources, such as the American Red Cross and the Central News and Photo Service.”

Under development: a digital archive of Celtic music. “Through this project, the Beaton’s archival resources relating to the Celtic music traditions in Cape Breton Island will be identified and described, and readily available through http://www.beatoninsititute.com.”;

Now available: a database of early Missouri prison inmates. “The site offers access to 62,758 inmate records, spanning the time from the prison’s opening in 1836 to 1931. The register identifies the names and ages of the prisoners, their crimes and sentences and the years they entered and were released from the prison.”

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The US Library of Congress has a roundup article about new Web archive content available. “This is our first big release since we launched the first iteration of collections into this new interface, back in June 2013. The earlier approach to presenting archived web sites turned out to be a challenge to allow us to increase the amount of content available, so in a ‘one step back, two steps forward’ move, the interface has been simplified, and should be more familiar to those working with Web Archives at other institutions – item records point to archived web sites displaying in an open-source version of the Wayback Machine.”

Do you keep fifty zillion browser tabs open at one time? Do you find all your computer’s memory being eaten? Check out this Chrome extension to put browser tabs to sleep. “The Great Suspender lets you manage when tabs should be put ‘to sleep’ — anywhere from 20 seconds to three days. This means you can keep your email and 30 other tabs open in the background without slowing down your system, and then access those tabs again at any point.”

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What happens when an alt-news weekly goes dark? Do its back issues get a digital archive? Maybe. Maybe not.

Is Google going to create its own OS for the Internet of Things?

RESEARCH AND OPINION

Researchers claim that 500 million phones do not fully wipe data on factory reset. ” Researchers Ross Anderson and Laurent Simon also discovered they could find Google credentials on all devices with a flawed factory reset to access data from certain apps. And even when full disk encryption was turned on, there was enough data left that it was possible to recover the encryption key and unlock the phone.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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Yahoo, AOL, Snapchat, More: Thursday Morning Buzz, May 21st, 2015

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Peg Fitzpatrick on good ideas for Instagram posts. Still working on this; not good at Instagram yet.

From Hongkiat: 25 Chrome Extensions for Awesome New Tabs. “In this post, I’ve pull together 25 Chrome tab extensions that can help you be more organized, be more relaxed, learn more things and even a few that will give you a laugh or two. Say goodbye to empty newly opened tabs and say hello to better days with more useful and effective replacements.”

Filing this for later: A four-part system for naming digital photo files.

This one too: an app for quickly generating lots of color palettes.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Google Webmaster Tools has become Google Search Console. “It turns out that the traditional idea of the ‘webmaster’ reflects only some of you. We have all kinds of Webmaster Tools fans: hobbyists, small business owners, SEO experts, marketers, programmers, designers, app developers, and, of course, webmasters as well. What you all share is a desire to make your work available online, and to make it findable through Google Search. So, to make sure that our product includes everyone who cares about Search, we’ve decided to rebrand Google Webmaster Tools as Google Search Console.”

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A man is collecting AOL CDs and other detritus from early days of the Internet for digital archiving. “Scott has been ripping and scanning and archiving various CD-ROMs for years. But now it’s time to get serious. In addition to AOL discs, he’s calling for all Walnut Creek CD-ROMs. ‘I want every shovelware disc that came out in the entire breadth of the CD-ROM era,’ he writes. ‘I want every shareware floppy, while we’re talking. I want it all.’ We’re reaching the end of this era, he says, and we must preserve its history while we still can.”

More rumors: is Google getting ready to launch a new photo sharing service?

Ukrainian users are not happy with Facebook. “Earlier this week, numerous users in Ukraine complained of their posts and accounts being taken down or blocked without any discernible violations of Facebook’s community guidelines. They claimed these takedowns were politically motivated and the posts were being reported for violations by masses of ‘Kremlin supporters.’ A mass appeal to Zuckerberg even garnered the support of Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, who publicly joined the calls for a Ukrainian Facebook office.”

Taking a look at Snapchat and the 2016 election. “What is new, however, is the potential conundrum that an app like Snapchat uniquely presents. One of the key features that has made it popular with young people is the fact that its messages disappear within seconds — unless the user receiving the Snapchat takes a screenshot. For its part, the Federal Election Commission sounds quite unsure how and if it would attempt to regulate not just Snapchat, but any app.”

Interesting! What Google Earth is doing for archaeology. “Increasingly, amateur archaeologists are using imaging technology like Google Earth to help them find indications of ancient sites – such as eroded agricultural furrows, defensive berms and burial mounds – that might go unnoticed at ground level.”

RESEARCH AND OPINION

Research from Yahoo: How photo filters affect online engagement. “Looking at 7.6 million public Flickr app photos modeled in a negative binomial regression, we found that filters boost engagement on the site. Filtered photos are 21% more likely to be viewed and 45% more likely to be commented on. However, not all filters affect engagement equally. Filters that increase contrast and correct exposure can help a photo’s engagement, and filters that create a warmer color temperature are more engaging than those with cooler color effects.” Good morning, Internet…

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Yahoo, Mississippi, Belgium, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, May 20th, 2015

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I can’t believe I’m linking to BuzzFeed twice in a week, but this is a good list of 25 YouTube tips.

How-To Geek: How to work with PDF files in Windows.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Yahoo is expanding its video captioning (PRESS RELEASE). “Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) is advancing digital accessibility by captioning thousands of videos every month, which can be viewed on the company’s websites and through the Yahoo Screen mobile app for iOS and Android. Yahoo now offers captions on videos from a variety of partners, including: The New York Times, the Associated Press on Yahoo News, Reuters, CNBC and many others. Yahoo also provides captioned movie trailers, a service long-desired by deaf and hard-of-hearing moviegoers.”

The state of Mississippi has updated its Web site (PRESS RELEASE). “Furthering engagement and customization on ms.gov is the addition of MyMS, a new service for Mississippi citizens. MyMS encourages users to set and receive reminders and alerts for services important to them, opening communication channels between the state and its citizens. Along with important personalized reminders, MyMS gives users the ability to elect to receive alerts, including amber, silver, and important weather alerts.”

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Apparently Barack Obama’s Twitter account set a new world record. “President Barack Obama shattered the actor’s world record for fastest time to 1 million followers after launching his account Monday afternoon.” He broke the previous record held by Robert Downey Jr. I still love you, Robert.

Speaking of that, have you thought about tweeting Mr. Obama? Watch your keyboard, all the tweets to that account are being immediately archived. I can’t quote from the article because of all the nasty. It includes a lot of tweets that are way beyond the pale. The cat has fainted and I’m scraping my eyebrows off the ceiling. Follow the link at your own risk.

Belgium’s privacy watchdog tore Facebook a new one recently. “Belgium’s privacy watchdog ripped into Facebook Inc. for treating the personal data of Internet users ‘with contempt’ and failing to cooperate with its inquiries, stoking a dispute between the company and European regulators that could result in heavy fines and orders to change its business practices.”

Interesting: a story about a town which uses Twitter for communication between residents and government. “Jun, home to 3,500 people, is believed to be the first town worldwide to adopt Twitter as the dominant method of communication between local government and residents. For the past four years, it has acted as the town’s community noticeboard: sharing obituaries, news, school-dinner menus. Residents use the social-networking site to report crime, problems with civic services and to book doctors’ appointments.”

RESEARCH AND OPINION

A study of political Facebook unfriending. “After being politely told by a Facebook research department still reeling from the emotional contagion experiment fallout that, no, they wouldn’t be able to collaborate with me on this (at least that’s my explanation), I realized I would have to collect the data myself. And so, one week after the final ceasefire, I surveyed 1,013 Jewish-Israeli Facebook users and asked them whether they had unfriended or unfollowed anyone during the period of fighting for reasons that were to do with the fighting and the politics around it.” Good morning, Internet….

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Illustrations, Frank Miller, Medium, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, May 20th, 2015

NEW RESOURCES

Thomson Reuters has launched a new tool to track Russian sanctions. “The new tool will provide financial institutions, trading companies and investors with information on Russian companies that have come under the sanctions, their subsidiaries and associates. The service will track any corporate actions related to sanctioned entities and the issuance of new debt and equity that are restricted as a result of the sanctions via the Thomson Reuters DataScope Select platform.”

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is getting an online archive. “The digital archive portal project will provide broad, online access to media heritage and archival resources that are in line with the technological expectations of a 21st century audience, including a fully searchable performance history directory with recordings, oral history interviews and ephemeral records from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 119-year history.”

This actually launched over a month ago, but I just now found it in my traps: The Illustration Archive has launched. “The archive contains over a million book illustrations from the British Library’s collections, taken from around 68,000 works of literature, history, geography and philosophy​. The images span the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century, covering a variety of reproductive techniques (including etching, wood engraving, lithography and photography).”

Five years after being an exhibit at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, this Frank Miller exhibit is now an online archive.

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From Wordtracker: Experts give tips on how to tweet live events.

Some fun hacking using the Amazon Echo and IFTTT.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Oh nice: you can now follow tags on Medium. “On every tag page, you can follow that tag directly from the top right of the page. Here’s a few suggestions to get started: you might be interested in stories about travel, climate change, entrepreneurship, or cats.”

A horrible racist attack has hit Google Maps. Since Google Maps shut down its map editor, how did this happen?

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Facebook apparently wants to tie its games into Facebook Messenger. Because timeline-based notifications weren’t annoying enough?

So these exist: dishes designed solely to make your food look really good on Instagram.

Ever dreamed of doing to Google Doodles? There’s a job opening.

RESEARCH AND OPINION

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its annual snapshot of Internet crimes. “The report mentions two new trends that took shape during 2014: criminals increasingly taking advantage of personal data found on social media to start relationships with victims and scam them out of their money; and the emerging popularity of virtual currency, which has attracted perpetrators who capitalize on the vulnerabilities of the developing digital currency system.”

I know everyone’s talking about Barack Obama being on Twitter. But hey, let’s look at India’s tweeting Prime Minister. “With 12.3 million followers on Twitter, Modi is the world’s No. 2 most popular politician in the Twittersphere after Barack Obama. The way the Indian leader uses Twitter and his shifting social strategy was the focus of a new study by Joyojeet Pal, assistant professor at University of Michigan’s School of Information.”

Study: using Twitter to determine the health needs of transgender people. “[Sean] Young and co-author Evan Krueger collected 1,135 tweets with 13 relevant hashtags, including terms like #trans or #girlslikeus. The tweets discussed issues such as violence, discrimination, suicide and sexual risk.” Good morning, Internet…

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Baidu, Google, Yandex, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, May 18th, 2015

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From IT Business: 6 Ways to Back Up Your GMail Account.

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From the Irish Times: How to De-Google Your Life. “Instead of cash, people pay Google in kind: with their identity, their behaviour, their habits and their preferences. Google collates and analyses this user data on a global scale, sells it to advertisers and, according to Edward Snowden, more than occasionally gifts it to US and other intelligence services. Viewed from a distance, Google is operating the largest instalment plan in human history.”

So apparently Elon Musk is worried that Google’s Larry Page is going to accidentally destroy mankind with a robot army? The only conclusion I can reach is my friends aren’t interesting enough. The only thing I’m worried about my husband accidentally destroying is my sweaters if he washes them in hot water (again).

Chinese search engine Baidu is getting into artificial intelligence. “The new computer, called Minwa and located in Beijing, has 72 powerful processors and 144 graphics processors, known as GPUs. Late Monday, Baidu released a paper claiming that the computer had been used to train machine-learning software that set a new record for recognizing images, beating a previous mark set by Google.”

From BuzzFeed (and it’s not every day that I link to something in BuzzFeed): E-mail shows how Google Gets Things Done in Washington. “On the evening of March 23, Johanna Shelton, a senior lobbyist at Google, emailed an official at the Federal Trade Commission with a pointed request: release a public statement that would help the search giant deal with a negative story. Two days later, the agency did just that.”

Former Google PR people are just basically everywhere. “The Google PR ‘diaspora’ now runs communications at many of the most important Valley companies. That includes Facebook, Twitter TWTR -0.62%, Tesla, Square, Yahoo YHOO -0.46%, Lyft, Uber, Pinterest and Snapchat (that one, technically not in the Valley, but of the Valley). ”

RESEARCH AND OPINION

The Next Web: Why I’m Breaking Up With Google Chrome. “When Chrome debuted for the first time in 2008 it was the fastest browser on the block. It was light, nimble, extensible and easy to use compared to Firefox, which had become slow and cumbersome. In the past few years, I’ve stuck with it, even as it became a memory hog, unstable and a major drain on battery life.” When I work I have Firefox, Chrome, and Chromium open at the same time, with occasionally Opera thrown in for good measure. Chrome has not given me nearly as many problems as Chromium has.

This is interesting! Phil Bradley takes a look at Russian search engine Yandex as a possible alternative to Google.

From Indian Country Today: Zuckerberg vs. Crazy Horse. “Apparently the maestros behind the scenes of your favorite online guilty pleasure-social media experience known as FaceBook (FB) think that Native Americans could not possibly have such absurd surnames as Nighthorse, ManKiller or Crazy Horse. Take the case of Ms. Deloria Many Grey Horses. Over the past few weeks FaceBook has suspended Ms. Many Grey Horses’s account for using a ‘fake name.'” Good afternoon, Internet…

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