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GSU Yearbooks, Russia Photographs, Colored Conventions, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, June 17, 2016

NEW RESOURCES

Georgia State University has put its yearbooks online. “The digital collection includes annual yearbooks dating from 1934–when the college became the independent Evening School of the University System of Georgia, having previously been a unit of the Georgia School of Technology–to 1996.”

A new portal offers tens of thousands of images of Russia. “The Moscow Multimedia Art Museum announced the launch of a new portal, History of Russia in Photographs, which exhibits about 80,000 photos dating from 1860 to 2000. The collection will be expanded daily.”

New-to-me: a Web site with information on the “Colored Conventions” in 19th century United States history. “From 1830 until well after the Civil War, free and fugitive Blacks came together in state and national political ‘Colored Conventions.’ Before the war, they strategized about how to achieve educational, labor and legal justice at a moment when Black rights were constricting nationally and locally. And after the war, they continued to convene to discuss local, national and international possibilities, problems and challenges.” The site is looking for help with transcriptions.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Google tweaking continues apace: Google AdWords are going green.

USEFUL STUFF

IFTTT has just published a collection of recipes for following politics, if you’re into that sort of thing.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

A very polite grandmother has gone viral for her courtesy to Google. “Google has thanked an 86-year-old British woman who proved old-fashioned manners have a place in the modern world when she typed ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in an internet search.” Not too long ago I was at my Granny’s and I used Siri for a search. I said something snarky to Siri and Granny scolded me. Three cheers for polite grandmothers.

The Massachusetts DOT and Waze are teaming up. “Under the program, Waze provides MassDOT with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and motorist slow-down information. In exchange, MassDOT provides real-time government-reported construction, crash and road closure data to Waze. The Waze map evolves with every driver and data point it receives providing users with information about potential traffic delays, advanced notice of major traffic events and promotes safety.”

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

A fix for the latest Flash zero-day has been released. “Two days ago we wrote about CVE-2016-4171, a security vulnerability that doesn’t have a fancy name, but if it did, it might be FourthTimeUnlucky. That’s the bug that necessitated the fourth Adobe zero-day Flash update in four months, following similar patches that shipped in March, April and May 2016.”

RESEARCH AND OPINION

Depressing from the Washington Post: more people retweet a headline than read it. “Worse, the study finds that these sort of blind peer-to-peer shares are really important in determining what news gets circulated and what just fades off the public radar. So your thoughtless retweets, and those of your friends, are actually shaping our shared political and cultural agendas.” Read the article but please don’t read the comments unless you don’t mind when things get real political real quick. For the record, everything I tweet from ResearchBuzz and put IN ResearchBuzz gets read. And if you think that’s quite a bit, imagine all that stuff I read that doesn’t make the cut. Good afternoon, Internet…

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