Franklin Times, Holocaust Files, Oncology Database, More: Wednesday Buzz, April 19, 2017


DigitalNC: Over 100 issues of The Franklin Times now available. “Over 100 issues of The Franklin Times, provided by our partner, Louisburg College, are now up on DigitalNC. These issues are from 1909-1911, and were published on a weekly basis.”

The Guardian: Opening of UN files on Holocaust will ‘rewrite chapters of history’. “War crimes files revealing early evidence of Holocaust death camps that was smuggled out of eastern Europe are among tens of thousands of files to be made public for the first time this week. The once-inaccessible archive of the UN war crimes commission, dating back to 1943, is being opened by the Wiener Library in London with a catalogue that can be searched online.”

ABC News (Australia): Cancer database to increase patient survival rates, speed up diagnosis, researchers say. “Cancer researchers are building a database of 70,000 tumours from Australia and around the world, which they say will allow them to more rapidly diagnose and treat patients and save billions of dollars in health care.”


Google has announced its new Google Earth. “Today we’re introducing a brand-new version of Google Earth—on the web and Android—two years in the making. With the new Earth, we want to open up different lenses for you to see the world and learn a bit about how it all fits together; to open your mind with new stories while giving you a new perspective on the locations and experiences you cherish. It’s everything you love about Google Earth, plus new ways for you to explore, learn and share.”

The Halifax Municipal Archives have joined the Flickr Commons. “Halifax Municipal Archives is a historical research center for the region of Halifax, Canada, which stretches along Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast from the rural communities of Ecum Secum and Hubbards to the urban core of Dartmouth, Bedford, and Halifax. Focussed on the records of city and county governments from 1841 onwards, the Halifax Municipal Archives also has records from families, businesses, and community organizations going back to the 1790s, which complement the municipal government records.”

The Google Maps “timeline” feature is now available on iOS. “What was the name of that antique store I popped into the other day? Where was that coffee shop we discovered on our last vacation? Did I drop off the dry cleaning on Tuesday or Wednesday? Answering questions like these used to take some guesswork (and a great memory). But with Your Timeline on Google Maps, Android and desktop users could quickly revisit the things they’ve done and places they’ve been. Starting today, Google Maps users on iOS can join in on the fun and see a daily snapshot of their life as well.”

TechCrunch: Workplace by Facebook continues to mature. “At the F8 conference today, Facebook announced a bunch of updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool, including a slew of new partnerships and new bot integrations, which all show a product that’s maturing to meet the needs of larger enterprise customers.”

LinkedIn is updating its terms of service. “At LinkedIn, our “members first” philosophy helps guide every decision we make, including how we gather and respect your personal information. Today, we’re giving you an early look at LinkedIn’s updated Terms of Service – our Privacy Policy and User Agreement – so that you can understand what’s changing before it takes effect on June 7, 2017.”


Hongkiat: How to Extract Text from Images Using Command Line . “It’s easy enough to read an image and pull the text yourself. But dynamically pulling text from a photo is a bit tougher, and thankfully, imgclip offers a fairly simple solution.” Technical, but doable.


New Era (Namibia): ICT ministry to help public with social media use. “The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya, says the public will receive counselling on filtering good information from social media. While addressing the community of Okatana Constituency at a belated independence celebration at Otuwala village near Oshakati on Saturday, Tweya said information that comes with the use of information communication technology is vast and parts of it may be damaging, more especially to the youth.”

New Zealand Herald: Google search of town turns up gun-toting wedding photo. “If you didn’t know better, you might think this New Hampshire town is best known for gun-toting wedding parties. A Google search for the town of Londonderry has repeatedly turned up a wedding photo of resident and Republican state Rep. Al Baldasaro with five women, including the bride, posing with rifles while wearing their wedding attire.”


BBC: ‘Facebook killer’ Steve Stephens found dead after car chase. “A man suspected of randomly shooting a grandfather and posting video of it to Facebook has taken his own life. Police tracked down Steve Stephens after he was spotted by employees at a drive-thru McDonald’s in Pennsylvania, who stalled his order and rang 911.” Good morning, Internet…

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