Colorado Vaccinations, 19th Century Currency, Digital Maryland, More: Thursday Buzz, June 15, 2017


CBS Denver: New Website Gives Vaccination And Exemption Rates In Colorado Schools And Child Care Facilities. “There is a new tool for parents to check vaccination rates in Colorado schools and day care facilities. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment now offers the school and child care immunization data website. The numbers represent nearly a million children.”

State Archives of Florida on Facebook: “A small selection of currency from the collections of the State Library of Florida was recently digitized and made available on Florida Memory.”. It is really a tiny collection (38 items) but beautiful examples of 19th century paper currency.

DPLA Blog: Digital Maryland Collections Now Discoverable in DPLA. “Digital Maryland offers a unique and rich array of materials that speak to the distinctive history of the state, the Chesapeake region, and its people, as well as to national history and culture. Explore the development of the nation’s earliest railroads through the B&O Railroad Museum collection, dive into the life and letters of one of American literature’s most intriguing writers with Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Edgar Allan Poe collection, and learn how women took charge of Maryland’s farms during World War I in Montgomery County Historical Society’s Woman’s Land Army of America collection–and that’s just a preview!”

Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Montana) : State launches new website to help with Marsy’s Law compliance. “The new Web page, created by the Montana Department of Justice, will provide locations and contact information for county prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, county courts and victim advocacy and resource centers across Montana. It will also include a model Marsy’s Card, a document law enforcement and prosecutors can provide to victims that outlines their constitutional rights as well as contact information for law enforcement and victim advocacy.”


CNET: Google Drive will soon be able to back up your entire computer. “The Backup and Sync app is the latest version of Google Drive for Mac/PC and is integrated with Google Photos desktop loader. When the new feature goes live on June 28, Google Drive users will be able to select specific files on their computer to be continuously backed up to their Drive accounts.”

TechCrunch: Instagram’s archive feature goes live, letting you hide photos indefinitely. “Last month we noted that Instagram was testing a new feature called “archive”, which lets users hide any of their posts from anyone else – either permanently or indefinitely. Today this will roll out to everyone on Instagram, meaning you can start hiding photos today.”


Newsweek: Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Google Simulator Lets You See What The Eclipse Will Look Like Where You Live. “On August 21, people across the U.S. will see day turn to night as a total solar eclipse passes over North America. The last time the path of a total solar eclipse passed across the country from coast to coast was 1918, so this year’s event is, as expected, generating considerable excitement. For those eagerly anticipating the eclipse, Google and scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have created a simulator that allows you to watch what will happen to the sun where you live on the day.”

Lifehacker: How To Find The Cheapest Airfares With Google Flights. “Google Flights is a solid tool for booking travel. You’re probably already familiar with its basic functions, like finding the best price for flights and browsing flexible dates that can save you money and time. However, there are some other, lesser-known features that can help you squeeze even more out of your travel budget.”


Ars Technica: Play Store downloads show Google Pixel sales limited to 1 million units. “The Google Pixel, Google’s first totally self-branded phone, launched about eight months ago. Google declared itself a smartphone OEM and jumped into the world of manufacturing, but while the company’s software and optimizations have made the phone a critical success, how have the sales numbers been?”


Techdirt: Another Judge Says The Microsoft Decision Doesn’t Matter; Orders Google To Hand Over Overseas Data. “The Second Circuit Appeals Court ruled US government warrants don’t apply to overseas data. Courts outside of the Second Circuit are finding this ruling doesn’t apply to Google’s foreign data storage. The most obvious reason for this is other circuits aren’t bound by this decision. The less obvious reason has to do with how Google stores its data.”


New Scientist: DeepMind’s neural network teaches AI to reason about the world. “The world is a confusing place, especially for an AI. But a neural network developed by UK artificial intelligence firm DeepMind that gives computers the ability to understand how different objects are related to each other could help bring it into focus.”

Wired: Facebook teaches bots how to negotiate. They learn to lie instead. “The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) group, in collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology, has released code that it says will allow bots to negotiate. The problem? A paper published this week on the R&D reveals that the negotiating bots learned to lie. Facebook’s chatbots are in danger of becoming a little too much like real-world sales agents.” Good morning, Internet…

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