Civilian Conservation Corps, International Tribunals, Vietnam Buildings, More: Friday Buzz, June 23, 2017


Virginia Newspaper Project: VNP Announces The CCC. “The Virginia Newspaper Project (VNP) is thrilled to announce an ongoing project to make the Library of Virginia’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) newspapers available on Virginia Chronicle. The camp newspapers in the LVA’s collection, published from 1934 to 1941 by the young men of the CCC, were mostly distributed in camps throughout the Commonwealth, though a handful are from locales outside Virginia.”

Library of Congress: International Tribunals Web Archive Launched. “In order to organize and manage digital content available on international courts and tribunals, the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team and the Law Library of Congress recently launched an ‘International Tribunals Archive'(ITA). The ITA is an archive with the purpose of digitally storing relevant websites hosting information about the most important international tribunals created since World War II for researchers today and in the future.”

Vietnamnet: Energy efficiency database compiled. “A database of energy efficiency in 280 large buildings in Viet Nam’s five biggest cities has been compiled and analysed under a four-year programme by the Ministry of Construction and the United States Agency for International Development.”

Irish Times: Start-up database to reveal Ireland’s tech movers and shakers. “A new public database aimed at providing a detailed portrait of Ireland’s start-up scene is about to go live. The initiative aims to map, track and showcase innovation across the Republic to give a full overview of the Irish technology ecosystem.”


Search Engine Land: Pinterest’s Lens update adds a Snapchat-style look and a fashion sense. “Pinterest wants to do for visual search what Google has done for text search. But to do that, Pinterest needs to make searching by taking a picture as easy as typing on a keyboard. So the search-slash-social platform continues to tweak its three-month-old in-app visual search tool, Lens.”

TechCrunch: Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map. “Snapchat’s next big feature wants to get you to meet up with friends in real life rather than just watching each other’s lives on your phones. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. It’s rolling out today to all iOS and Android users globally.”

Ars Technica: Google Glass is apparently back from the dead, starts getting software updates. “Remember Google Glass—Google’s ultra-dorky, poorly supported, $1,500 face computer? Conventional wisdom said that the product was dead: it’s not sold anymore, the website was more or less shut down in 2015, its Twitter and Facebook were deleted, and the OS stopped receiving updates. But someone at Google apparently still cares about this clunky little headset, and this week the device got both a firmware update and a companion app update.”

The Next Web: Verizon-owned Yahoo is killing off the best app it’s ever made. “Under former CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo failed to build anything truly exciting over the past five years – except for a single truly notable app, Yahoo News Digest. Now, under the reign of its new owner Verizon, the company is killing off one of the best mobile apps I’ve ever used.”


Poynter: A new fact-checking coalition is launching in Japan. “Unlike in neighboring South Korea, where ‘fact check’ has become a widely recognized buzzword, in Japan the word calls to mind something foreign. Claims by public figures and in news reports often go unchecked across the country. A group of academics, journalists and nonprofit organizations wants to change that.”


Reuters: Google to push for law enforcement to have more access to overseas data . “Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O: Quote) Google will press U.S. lawmakers on Thursday to update laws on how governments access customer data stored on servers located in other countries, hoping to address a mounting concern for both law enforcement officials and Silicon Valley.”

CNET: New UK laws could erase your cringey teenage Facebook photos. “New rules to keep you safe online have been proposed by the UK government, including the option to ask social networks like Facebook to remove anything you shared before you turned 18.”


Newswise: System Detects & Translates Sarcasm on Social Media. “Researchers in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management have developed a system for interpreting sarcastic statements in social media. The system, developed by graduate student Lotam Peled, under the guidance of Assistant Professor Roi Reichart, is called Sarcasm SIGN (sarcasm Sentimental Interpretation GeNerator).” Good morning, Internet…

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