Job Searching, China History, Agricultural Research, More: Friday Buzz, May 19, 2017


TechCrunch: Google to launch a jobs search engine in the U.S.. “Google announced today it’s launching a jobs search engine in the U.S. The service will focus on all types of jobs – from entry-level and service industry positions to high-end professional jobs. It will also leverage Google technologies like machine learning and A.I. to better understand how jobs are classified and related, among other things.” The way TechCrunch is describing it, it sounds more like specialized metasearch than anything else.

Google Blog: Step inside the Forbidden City with precious artworks from the Palace Museum on Google Arts & Culture. “…starting today, anyone with an internet connection can now glimpse inside and view 100 precious artifacts from the Palace Museum on Google Arts & Culture. The exhibit captures the breadth of rare and valuable works that are on display in the Forbidden City—from calligraphy to ceramics, silk paintings to stone carvings, and jades and other jewels. The Palace Museum collection on Google Arts & Culture covers over 6,000 years of China’s culture and history, and sheds particular light on the Qianlong Emperor’s reign, the traditions and prosperity of the Qing Empire.”

Cornell University: A century of agriculture research goes online. “Cornell University Library collaborated with Kathryn J. Boor ’80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ (CALS), to release copyright restrictions on more than 1,700 documents published between 1880 and 1996. This material – produced by scholars at CALS, including the Cornell University and New York State Agricultural Experiment Stations, as well as Cornell Cooperative Extension – can now be searched, downloaded and read on HathiTrust, a digital library of more than 15 million volumes, of which Cornell University Library is a partner.”


Neowin: Microsoft announces major redesign for OneNote, “rolling out over the coming weeks”. “Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its OneNote app for iOS with a significant overhaul of its user interface. Today, the company formally announced details of the new design, and revealed that it will also be rolling out to OneNote across Windows 10, Mac, Android, and the web, ‘over the coming weeks’.”

Gizmodo: All the Cool New Stuff Google Home Can Do . “Google just announced new updates to Assistant and Google Home. The smart speaker leans on Assistant to offer voice controls and artificially intelligent, well, assistance. But until now, the gadget hasn’t really been able to do that much. Thanks to some updates, however, that might change very soon.”

Forbes: Report: Google Is Jumping Into The Chat Bot Business. “Both Microsoft and Facebook have already announced a series of bot-making tools for developers at similar conferences this past year. But Google’s approach looks set to be more like Microsoft’s than Facebook’s, whose chatbot engine and software development kits will only work on Facebook’s Messenger Platform. Facebook can afford to limit its software, since Messenger boasts upwards of 900 million monthly active users. Google and Microsoft appear to be taking the cross platform approach as they don’t benefit from anywhere near as wide a user base on any of their respective chat solutions.”

CTV News: Facebook to stream MLB game each Friday starting this week. “Major League Baseball announced Facebook will carry a live game nationally each Friday starting with Colorado at Cincinnati this week. The Facebook package of 20 games will use the broadcast feed of one of the involved teams.”

TheNextWeb: Facebook Live will now stream professional CrossFit. “Facebook secured the right to stream professional CrossFit events and shows on Live. Up until this point, CrossFit would stream events from it’s own site. Now it’ll also stream to YouTube as well as Facebook Live.”


Digital Trends: How to Use Pinterest Like a Pro. This is an updated article, suitable for beginners/ low intermediates.


Creative Commons: Bipartisan Legislation Would Ensure Open Access to Government Data. “In the United States, there are two bills making their way through Congress that would require all government data to be made available in open and machine readable formats by default. The OPEN Government Data Act has been introduced in both the House of Representatives (H.R. 1770) and the Senate (S. 760). The bill would ensure that federal government data is ‘open, available, discoverable, and usable to the general public, businesses, journalists, [and] academics.’ The legislation would codify the Obama administration’s 2013 Executive Order.”

Washington Post: Facebook will pay $122 million in fines to the E.U.. “Facebook will pay $122 million in fines to the European Union, over charges that it misled regulators during its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp. The fine, announced Thursday, is one of the largest the company has had to pay to any government.”


University of Chicago: UChicago Medicine collaborates with Google to use machine learning for better health care. “The University of Chicago Medicine is collaborating with Google to study ways to use data in electronic medical records to make discoveries that could improve the quality of health care. The work focuses on using new machine-learning techniques to create predictive models that could help prevent unplanned hospital readmissions, avoid costly complications and save lives.” Good morning, Internet…

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