Neil Young, Hot Donuts, American Accents, More: Saturday Buzz, August 5, 2017


Pitchfork: Neil Young Announces Massive, Interactive Online Archive. “Neil Young recently announced the release of Hitchhiker, a long-lost album he recorded back in 1976. In a new note posted on his website, Young confirms that there is plenty more archival material on the way. While Young has been prolifically releasing material through his Neil Young Archives series—including live shows, remastered albums, and box sets—he has now announced a massive new online component.”

New-to-me and apparently launched in March, and so bonkers I’m including it here, don’t @ me: a Web site which tracks the “Hot Donuts Now” status at Krispy Kreme locations. From the About page: “Really, I just noticed that Krispy Kreme had an API, and I wanted to know if the times when the ‘Hot Donuts Now’ sign was on were predictable, so I wrote a scraper. And then I decided to make the information public so everyone could schedule their days around the ‘Hot Donuts Now’ sign.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: American voices from the past live again, as DARE recordings available online. This is about regional English, not about saying no to drugs. “Between 1965 and 1970, DARE Fieldworkers talked with nearly 3,000 people in 1,002 communities, large and small, across the United States. Their responses to the DARE Questionnaire formed a basis for the entries in the six-volume Dictionary of American Regional English (1985-2013) and Digital DARE (2013)…. Now the recordings, more than 1,800 of them, are freely available online, hosted by the University of Wisconsin’s Digital Collections Center.”


TechRepublic: LinkedIn launches free service to match professionals with mentors in their field. “Professionals looking for advice or guidance will soon be able to use LinkedIn to get connected with a mentor. A new feature on the social network for professionals will match mentees with a mentor based on their geographic area, what school they both went to, or who they are connected with on the site.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Forthcoming Newspapers. “In July 2017, the Digital Library of Georgia added both new and previously digitized newspaper titles to its recently released Georgia Historic Newspapers (GHN) website. Below is a list of newspapers titles slated to be added to GHN over the next six months.”


Poynter: These free Wayback Machine hacks will make you a better online sleuth. “You may already know about a website that lets you peek into the past. This week, we dig into tools on that site that make it easy to save what you find.”


New York Times: In Singapore, Family Feud Deepens Over Facebook Posts. “Singapore’s government has been trying for two weeks to get the Harvard University economist Li Shengwu, a grandson of Singapore’s founder, Lee Kuan Yew, to apologize for comments he made in a private Facebook post that were seen as critical of the country’s leadership.”

Billboard: Inside the Music Publishing World’s Epic Struggle to Build a Single Song Database. “When ASCAP and BMI announced July 26 that they had been working together for almost two years on a joint database for the more than 20 million songs they represent combined, they thought that all sectors of the music industry would welcome the news.”

TechCrunch: Facebook tests ‘going live’ from Facebook Camera, Live Stories like Instagram. “Facebook is testing a new way to ‘go live’ on its social network – an option that was previously available by pressing the ‘Live’ button on the Status update box. Now, for some users, the ability to ‘go live’ – meaning start a live video broadcast – is appearing right within the Facebook Camera screen, alongside other options, like the ability to use Facebook Live Audio, or create a GIF.”

CNBC: Google is in talks to transform its instant news articles into a Snapchat rival, report says. “Google is talking to several publishers about a technology that’s similar to Snapchat’s Discover, according to a Friday report in The Wall Street Journal.”


A little outside my remit, but cool: New tool allows smartphone camera to record fingerprints. “A new prototype biometric tool, designed by researchers in India, enables a smartphone camera to act as a fingerprint scanner. Saksham Gupta, Sukhan Anand and Atul Rai from Department of Computer Science at Delhi Technological University used an Android smartphone to extract fingerprints from close-up shots of a finger. The researchers used a 16MP camera with a 1920×1080 resolution to get the results.”

RESEARCH & OPINION The ‘splinternet’ may be the future of the web. “Both The Economist and WIRED are worried about the ‘splinternet’. The UK research organisation NESTA thinks it could ‘break up’ the world wide web as we know it. What is this awkwardly named idea? It’s the concept that someone’s experience of the internet in Turkey, for example, is increasingly different from their experience of the internet in Australia.” Good morning, Internet…

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