Internet Archive, Facebook, Google BigQuery, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, January 6, 2017


The Internet Archive has launched a Trump Archive. “A work in progress, the growing collection now includes more than 520 hours of Trump video. The earliest excerpt dates from December 2009, and the collection continues through the present. It includes more than 500 video statements fact checked by, PolitiFact, and The Washington Post’s Fact Checker covering such controversial topics as immigration, Trump’s tax returns, Hillary Clinton’s emails, and health care.”


Hey! Facebook is adding automatic subtitling for videos shared by Pages. “Powered by voice recognition software, it takes the hassle out of transcription while making it easy to edit the subtitles it suggests. That’s critical since our early tests showed frequent transcription errors. This is somewhat expected considering the tool is free and operated entirely by computers. And with time as Page admins manually enter corrections, Facebook’s system will surely improve.”

InfoQ: Google BigQuery Adds New Public Datasets . “Stack Overflow recently announced making its dataset available through Google’s BigQuery. Using regular SQL statements, developers can query the full set of Stack Overflow data including posts, votes, tags, and badges. Using BigQuery’s REST API developers can export data on demand using their tool of choice. Available datasets in BigQuery can be JOINed using plain SQL allowing developers to derive useful insights across domains.” Other data sets are available as well.

More Google: Google is adding more Daydream-compatible phones. “Daydream-ready phones are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra smooth graphics, and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking. To give you even more choices to enjoy Daydream, today we’re welcoming new devices that will soon join the Daydream-ready family.”

Verizon is apparently not sure about the Yahoo deal. No kiddin’? “A senior Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) executive said on Thursday that the company was unsure about its planned acquisition of Yahoo Inc’s (YHOO.O) internet business. Yahoo came under renewed scrutiny by federal investigators and lawmakers last month after disclosing the largest known data breach in history, prompting Verizon to demand better terms for its planned purchase.”


Is Azerbaijan going to create its own search engine? “Research work on the creation of a national engine was earlier implemented within Dilmanc project. Developers of the project created a crawler (computer program that visits websites and collects information when users do an Internet search), while searching was implemented in Azerbaijani, Russian and Turkish languages.”

TechCrunch: Crossing the AI chasm. “…for every AI success story, countless projects never make it out of the lab. That’s because putting machine learning research into production and using it to offer real value to customers is often harder than developing a scientifically sound algorithm. Many companies I’ve encountered over the last several years have faced this challenge, which I refer to as ‘crossing the AI chasm.'”


KSLA: Psychologists see link between PTSD, violent social media posts "A study by Dr. Pam Ramsden, of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bradford, found that viewing violent new events such as [those] on social media can cause people to experience symptoms similar to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)." I was just thinking about this this morning, only I was thinking about the people on Mechanical Turk. Apparently some of those folks have to regularly look at horrifying, graphic images without any kind of help or support system.


Friday Fun from Gizmodo: Thousands of People Are Watching Two Google Homes Argue With Each Other on Twitch. “If you ever wanted to watch to virtual assistants argue with each other for hours on end, well, you’re in luck. Some maniac is live streaming two Google Homes arguing with each other, so of course thousands of people are watching it.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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