Washington State University, Gulf Oil Spill, Library of Congress, More: Sunday Buzz, April 23, 2017


Washington State University has completed a very large project to digitize its student newspaper. (This is a link to a Facebook post.) “By our count… a little over 13,200 issues of the Evergreen, plus 82 assorted other student-produced individual non-Evergreen newspapers from over the years. That’s 137,000 individual pages of Evergreen, plus another 660 pages of the other papers. There was one pre-1895 official student paper, the College Record (1892-1893); yes, that’s in here too.”

Eckerd College: New Online Resource Catalogs Years of Gulf Oil Spill Research. “Seven years of research on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill by scientists including Eckerd College professors and students has been turned into a multimedia resource called Beneath the Horizon…. A timeline of the spill, an interactive map of other spill locations in the gulf, videos about the recovery and human cost were all made possible by data collected through extensive research.”


From the Library of Congress: Download Search Results and Advanced Search Enhancements – 2017 Spring Cleaning . “Spring is a beautiful time of year in Washington, D.C. The temperature warms up; the cherry blossoms are out; and we frequently have an update of to share. In 2015 we added treaties and web-friendly bill text, and in 2016 we expanded the quick search feature. Today there is another round of enhancements to the Library of Congress website for tracking Congressional activity.”

TechCrunch: Duolingo launches paid subscriptions as it experiments with new ways to monetize its service. “Earlier this week, the popular language learning service Duolingo quietly introduced paid monthly subscriptions in its Android apps. Subscribers get two benefits: they won’t see ads in the app and they will be able to download lessons for offline use.”

Ubergizmo: Twitch Affiliate Program Launched. “If you’re a streamer on Twitch and you want to make some money off your efforts, either you’ll have to be one of Twitch’s partnered creators, or you’ll have to rely on donations from your audience which may or may not be the most reliable form of income. However that could change with the launch of the Twitch Affiliate Program.”

Gizmodo: YouTube Makes 12 Million Videos Accessible in Restricted Mode. “In March, LGBT YouTube creators criticized Google for hiding some of their videos in ‘Restricted Mode,’ which filters potentially ‘mature’ content. After initially downplaying the extent of the problem, Google issued a non-apology, then a slightly more apologetic non-apology, and finally posted a fuller actual apology on its blog. In that post, Google acknowledged ‘this feature isn’t working the way it should’ and promised it was ‘going to fix’ the issue.”


MakeUseOf: How to 1-Click Reinstall Windows 10 Without Losing Personal Data. “Reinstalling Windows is a lot easier than it once was. In the days of Windows XP, you didn’t have much choice aside from erasing everything and restoring from a backup. Fast-forward to Windows 10 and Microsoft has added plenty of options for getting a fresh start.”


Berkeley News: C.V. Starr East Asian Library acquires massive and rare Chinese film studies collection. “Paul Fonoroff has two rules when it comes to collecting. ‘You have to be passionate about it,’ he deadpans. ‘And it has to be something that no one else is interested in.’ That maxim helped the Cleveland native amass over 70,000 movie posters, periodicals, photos, lobby cards, theater flyers and other movie ephemera while he lived in Beijing and Hong Kong. Fonoroff’s massive collection — which is the largest of its kind in North America and rivals what can be found at film archives in Asia — was recently acquired by UC Berkeley’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library, opening an enormous cache to researchers and the public.”

New York Times: Facebook Briefly Suspends Account of Outspoken Chinese Billionaire. “Guo Wengui, a Chinese-born billionaire who lives in America, has recently publicized accusations of corruption against family members of top-ranking Chinese Communist Party officials. This week, China’s government asked Interpol to issue a request for his arrest. On Friday, Facebook suspended Mr. Guo’s account. After Mr. Guo complained publicly, Facebook said the suspension had been a mistake, and his account was restored.”


Hacker News: Beware! Dozens of Linksys Wi-Fi Router Models Vulnerable to Multiple Flaws . “Bad news for consumers with Linksys routers: Cybersecurity researchers have disclosed the existence of nearly a dozen of unpatched security flaws in Linksys routers, affecting 25 different Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers models widely used today.”

Reuters: Experts say automated accounts sharing fake news ahead of French election. “French voters are being deluged with false stories on social media ahead of the country’s presidential election, though the onslaught of ‘junk news’ is not as severe as that during last year’s U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study by Oxford University researchers.”


University of Florida: What Makes a Better Facebook Post . “Health organizations are increasingly turning to social media to distribute information and engage with their target audiences. But getting people involved is more complicated than simply posting to Facebook. New research out of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications by Yulia Strekalova, research assistant professor and director of Grants Development, and Rachel Damiani, a graduate student, suggests that the way Facebook posts are worded has an impact on who engages with them.” Good morning, Internet…

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