Leonard Bernstein, USDA, GMail, More: Friday Buzz, April 13, 2018


Library of Congress: Library Launches Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration with Thousands of Bernstein Items Online. “In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online—for the first time—musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the nation’s library. … The public can now access for free more than 3,700 items, including photos, writings, correspondence, scripts, musical sketches, scrapbooks and audio recordings. This web presentation is a revealing snapshot of Bernstein’s extensive collection at the Library.”


Science Magazine: Update: After Congress complains, USDA restores animal welfare reports. “Following Congress’s request for greater transparency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has apparently restored detail in its most recent animal welfare inspection reports. Reports published on the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website since last August have omitted inventories that list the number and species of animals housed at facilities within companies and research institutions. But newly posted reports seem to reflect lawmakers’ concerns that such redactions make it hard to track the agency’s findings and activities.”

TechCrunch: Google is about to launch a Gmail web redesign. “Google sent an email to G Suite customers to tell them that the company has been working on a brand new version of Gmail for the web. In addition to a fresh design, the company also listed some of the new features.”

Nature: Web of Science owner buys tool that offers one-click access to journal articles. “The owner of the large scholarly search engine Web of Science — Clarivate Analytics — has bought a start-up company whose tool gives researchers one-click, legal access to journal articles even when off campus. Clarivate announced on 10 April that it had acquired the London-based company, called Kopernio, and said it will integrate the tool into its Web of Science database service, to which more than 7,500 institutions worldwide subscribe. It did not disclose the value of the deal.”


Lifehacker: How to Clean Up Your Overwhelmed Gmail Inbox (by Hand). “There comes a time when enough is, quite simply, enough. I had been putting off the task of organizing my sprawling Gmail inbox for months, if not years. But when Lifehacker told me that we were going to have a Spring Cleaning week, I knew it was time. And I wasn’t going to waste precious hours trying to find apps or tools to do the task for me. I needed to Ron Swanson my inbox—roll up my sleeves, jump in, and manage the mess manually.” Wow.


Haaretz: Breitbart Declares War on Wikipedia as Encyclopedia Gets Drafted Into Facebook’s ‘Fake News’ Battle. “Breitbart News has declared war on Wikipedia, following Facebook’s introduction of a new feature that uses the free encyclopedia to combat ‘fake news’ being spread on the social media site. The Facebook tool, launched last week, poses arguably the greatest test in years to the volunteer-run online encyclopedia, constituting a massive threat to the internet’s largest and ostensibly most trusted source of free knowledge.”

The Next Web: Tanzania imposes strict social media regulations to stop ‘moral decadence’. “Tanzania has finally signed into law their eyebrow-raising new regulation that will govern social media and blogging. The regulation known as the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2017, was initially published by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and came into effect during March 2018.”

Hindustan Times: Orkut founder launches ‘hello’ social network app in India. “As people vouch to delete Facebook in the wake of a massive data breach scandal, Orkut Buyukkokten — a former Google employee who founded the trendsetter social networking website more than a decade ago — on Wednesday launched a new social network ‘hello’ in India.”

Mashable: Amazon Alexa spouted conspiracy theory when asked about chemtrails. “Ask Alexa about chemtrails, and she’ll tell you it’s a government conspiracy. Seriously.” This has since been fixed, but GOOD GRIEF.


NPR: Sweeping New Legislation Highlights Just How Much Music And Tech Need Each Other. “…the bill will establish a public database of compositions, who owns those compositions, who wrote them and who administers them. This will be accomplished by establishing a new non-governmental organization called the Music Licensing Collective (but is rumored to eventually be named SongExchange, a sister to the similarly situated SoundExchange) to run that database, with a board made up of representatives from the major publishing companies and songwriters themselves.” The legislation has not yet been passed.


STAT News: FDA approves first AI software that can identify disease, no specialists needed. “The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first artificial intelligence software that can decide, without a clinician’s involvement, whether a patient might have a certain disease, the agency announced Wednesday. The software, called IDx-DR, looks for diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that afflicts individuals with diabetes.”

KTUU: Report finds confidence in social media platforms at a crisis point. “With controversy swirling around social media companies, an Internet safety group says users’ trust in them has sunk to an all-time low. Getting back in good standing for these companies that are now ever-present in our society could come at a dial-up pace. Tom Galvin’s company Digital Citizens Alliance conducted a report that finds 71 percent of respondents lost trust in Facebook. They say 51 percent find it to be an irresponsible company.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. re Alexa conspiracy theory –
    Alexa, Facebook, Google and all similar devices can (will?) be used to manipulate public opinion.
    Subtly and not-so-subtly. It doesn’t really matter who is in charge of these devices. They all have their own agenda.

    But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

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