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Susan B. Anthony, Michigan Musicians, Hoover Institution, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, July 15, 2016

NEW RESOURCES

The artifacts of US suffragette Susan B. Anthony have gone online. “Thousands of people visit the Susan B Anthony House and Museum in Rochester each year. They come from all across the U.S. and around the world. But starting this week for the first time, anyone with access to a computer or a smartphone can view more than 30 artifacts from Susan B Anthony’s life and the women’s suffrage movement, thanks to a partnership between the Anthony Museum and the Google Cultural Institute.”

Musicians in Michigan are getting a digital archive thanks to the effort of one person. “Matt Jones of Ypsilanti has recorded hundreds of Michigan musicians since beginning his River Street Anthology project in March 2015. He lets them record one song in one take with one microphone. He says he wants to document and preserve the diversity of the state’s musical scene.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Hoover Institution has published several new finding aids. “New finding aids to nine collections at Hoover Archives are now available through the Online Archive of California. The new finding aids represent significant holdings in collections related to World War II, twentieth-century China, and African history.”

Google Maps is apparently testing a search for local inventory. Let’s hope this is vetted for fraud better than some other aspects of Google Maps.

Facebook Messenger: now with Instant Articles. “Facebook says the articles will load up to 10 times faster than traditional links. It’s also particularly handy for people who are on slow or capped data connections, as Instant Articles reduce the amount of data needed to load a post.

Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Finance are both getting a new look. And I will say nothing about deck chairs and very large cruise ships. “Today, we’re launching newly updated Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Finance sites. Both sites will continue to provide the same quality content our users have come to expect, with cleaner, more modern designs and a focus on increased personalization and community engagement. Similar to the Yahoo homepage and Yahoo News launches earlier this year, Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Finance are now easier to understand and will deliver a continuous stream of articles tailored to each user.”

It’s all the rage these days: Tor is getting a reboot. “The Tor Project, a nonprofit digital privacy group, on Wednesday replaced its board with a new slate of directors as part of a larger shake-up after allegations of sexual misconduct by a prominent employee.”

USEFUL STUFF

The Church Times is celebrating its 8,000th issue by making its entire archive free for the month of July. “One of the world’s oldest Anglican newspapers, the Church Times, hits a major milestone tomorrow when it publishes its 8,000th edition. The newspaper was founded in 1863 but is not the world’s oldest Anglican periodical – that honour falls to the Church of England Newspaper, which was founded 35-years-earlier in 1828…. To mark its 8,000th edition, the Church Times is providing free access to its online archive. Normally available only to the paper’s subscribers, the archive will be free to access through the month of July.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Apparently Facebook is turning into a good place to watch live medical procedures. Um. No thanks. “[Dr. Rich] Castellano has been broadcasting surgeries live for just over a year now, and has posted more than 400 videos. He started with wearable tech, like Google Glass, but found it too limiting, so he moved on to streaming straight from his smartphone.”

Facebook has released a new diversity report. “Facebook’s latest diversity report is a lot more of the same, with the exception of two components: LGBTQA employee representation and hiring data from the last 12 months. Facebook also announced a $15 million investment in Code.org to help the non-profit organization develop computer science curriculum among underrepresented student populations.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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