WWI Photos, Google Search, MIT Open Access, More: Friday Buzz, April 7, 2017


From NARA: Accessing World War I Photos in the Digital Age. “April 6 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, as well as the culmination of a massive digitization project from the National Archives. Through a generous donation made by an anonymous donor, the National Archives was able to digitize over 110,000 photographs and nearly 300 reels of film related to the ‘Great War.'”


CNET: Google fights fake news in search with ‘fact check’ tags . “Google is bringing tools to fight fake news to its most important and iconic product: search. The tech giant said early Friday that it’s adding ‘fact check’ labels to some of the results in its search engine. So, if you search for something and a story from a credible fact-checking source like PolitiFact or Snopes comes up, those stories will get that label.”

From MIT: Institute announces new open access policy for all MIT authors. “Thanks to the efforts of Cara Manning PhD ’16, the MIT Libraries, and many others across the Institute, MIT is launching a new way for authors of scholarly articles to legally hold onto rights to reuse and post their articles, and for others to more easily build on that work. As of this month, all MIT authors, including students, postdocs, and staff, can opt in to an open access license.”

NBC News: Twitter’s ‘Lite’ Saves On Data With Stripped Down Version. “Twitter is making a play for more users with a new slimmed-down browsing experience called ‘Twitter Lite,’ which uses less data and loads faster for customers using slower connections.”

Sacramento Bee: Do you have money waiting? Online database of unclaimed safe deposit boxes expands. . “State Controller Betty Yee said Thursday that a new law has enabled her office to add tens of thousands of properties to her online database, enabling the office to identify and locate more owners of U.S. savings bonds and military awards held in safe deposit boxes.”

PR Newswire: IGN Entertainment and Twitter Announce Week-long Exclusive Global Live Stream Partnership for E3 Expo 2017 (PRESS RELEASE). ” IGN Entertainment, the world’s media company for video game and entertainment enthusiasts, announced today its partnership with Twitter as their official livestream broadcast partner for the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California.”

Billboard: YouTube TV Launches in Five Markets. “YouTube has launched its live television service in limited markets. The service, YouTube TV, is now available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. For $35 per month, subscribers will have access to live television programming from more than 50 networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN. AMC Networks, including AMC, BBC America, IFC and Sundance TV, will also join the service soon.”


Science Magazine: European Commission considering leap into open-access publishing. “One of Europe’s biggest science spenders could soon branch out into publishing. The European Commission, which spends more than €10 billion annually on research, may follow two other big league funders, the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and set up a ‘publishing platform’ for the scientists it funds, in an attempt to accelerate the transition to open-access publishing in Europe.”

Japan Today: Donald Trump fronts Twitter ads on Japan’s rail network. “Visiting a foreign country where English isn’t widely spoken can have you scratching your head at the best of times, but lately in Japan there’s something that’s been stopping everyone in their tracks. It’s a series of posters that’s currently being displayed on trains and at stations around Tokyo, featuring a close-up image of the President of the United States.”

New York Times: As Anger at O’Reilly Builds, Activists Use Social Media to Prod Advertisers. “In this age of rage, Madison Avenue is finding itself on red alert. Advertisers are increasingly in the cross hairs of populist activists — aided by the power and reach of social media — who are demanding that brands quickly take sides on divisive social and political issues, posing a new challenge to corporations that usually prefer to stay out of the fray.”


TechCrunch: Twitter suing Homeland Security suggests some of those alt Twitter accounts were real after all. “New legal documents show that Twitter is taking the Department of Homeland Security to court to protect the true identity of an account that claims to be run by employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The account, @ALT_USCIS, is one of many ‘alt’ government agency accounts that began appearing in the early days of the Trump administration.”

Military Times: Russians may now control the trove of photos showing naked U.S. troops. “Scores of photos showing American military personnel naked and having sex appear to be for sale in an online criminal marketplace run out of Russia, Military Times has learned.” Good morning, Internet…

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