Faces of Auschwitz, NC Language, Trading Card Prices, More: Saturday Buzz, June 30, 2018


Boing Boing: Update: Faces of Auschwitz website is now live. “A while back, I wrote about Faces of Auschwitz: a website dedicated to telling the stories of the prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp…. For the past few months, we’ve been hard at work preparing content for the site while the good people at WordPress built us a fabulous online home. This past week, it all came together. The Faces of Auschwitz website is now live.”

New-to-me, from NC State News: 6 Expressions Say it All: Language Variation in the Tar Heel State. “As North Carolinians celebrate the many material and cultural resources of the state, we sometimes overlook one of its most noteworthy legacies: its unique dialect and language traditions. No state has a more diverse – or beguiling – dialect landscape. Over the past quarter of a century, the Language and Life Project at North Carolina State University has attempted to capture the language tradition of the Old North State by conducting more than 3,500 interviews with residents from Murphy to Manteo (literally!). In the process, North Carolina has become the most linguistically documented state in America, and all of the recordings are preserved in an online archive.”

Business Wire: PWCC Announces New Research Tool Available to the Public (PRESS RELEASE). “-PWCC Marketplace, the largest auctioneer of investment-caliber trading cards, just announced the launch of a new research tool that will give investors access to 15 years’ worth of trading cards sales data. Titled Market Price Research, PWCC, in partnership with eBay is leveraging over 250 million data points to showcase dates, prices, and card types, which will provide the basis of the new tool and is part of PWCC’s suite of Investor services, available for free to the general public.” This is exactly what you think it is — baseball cards, Magic the Gathering cards, etc.


From Flickr, and it seems like I haven’t seen one of these announcements in a long time: Welcome the Amadeo León Collection to the Flickr Commons! “We’re thrilled to welcome the Amadeo León Collection of Boconó Photographs to the Flickr Commons! The Amadeo León Collection is a private effort to digitize about 12,500 film negatives of the people and sights of a small city in the Venezuelan Andes.”

CNET: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s reorg memo: ‘We can serve generations’ to come. “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey isn’t waiting for his latest announcement to leak to the press. On Twitter, he just published a seven-page memo about the latest executive shuffle at the company (see below). It’s mostly details about how Twitter’s new leadership structure works and doesn’t discuss in detail how the social network might evolve. But it is titled ‘The next decade’ and includes Dorsey’s belief that Twitter will be around for a very, very long time to come.”

AAFP: AHRQ: National Guideline Clearinghouse to Shut Down July 16. “In less than a month, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) website will cease operations. An announcement posted on the NGC website… states that ‘because federal funding through AHRQ will no longer be available to support the NGC,’ the site will shut down after July 16. A similar AHRQ online database, the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse… also will close up shop after July 16.” AAFP is the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Phys .org: Twitter to confirm new accounts in spam fight. “Twitter on Tuesday said it will begin asking for email addresses or phone numbers to confirm new accounts as part of a battle against manipulation, particularly by automated bots. Adding a way to check that a real person is behind new accounts was described by Twitter as being among measures to fight abuse, trolls, and hateful content.” Wait… Twitter wasn’t confirming accounts before?


Search Engine Journal: Why & How to Track Google Algorithm Updates. “Most people tend to think of an algorithm as a way Google punishes websites. But really, algorithms are a way to reward websites for providing a good user experience and relevant content. Search is a zero-sum game. For every winner, there must be a loser.”


City A.M.: Google threatens to discipline employees who troll people on company’s internal message boards. “Google has toughened up its approach to harassment at the company, as it told employees it would implement harsh penalties for workers who bully or troll colleagues on its internal message board.”

Reuters: Uganda telecom operators to start charging social media tax. “Uganda’s major telecom operators, including the local division of South Africa’s MTN Group, said they will ask customers to pay a new government tax on social media accounts before they can access them. Last month, Uganda’s parliament passed new laws that introduced a new tax on use of so called Over The Top (OTT) services: communications platforms offered over the traditional telecom networks.”


EFF: New Lawsuit Challenges FOSTA – The Federal Law Sparking Website Shutdowns. “Two human rights organizations, a digital library, an activist for sex workers, and a certified massage therapist have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to block enforcement of FOSTA, the new federal law that silences online speech by forcing speakers to self-censor and requiring platforms to censor their users. The plaintiffs are represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Davis, Wright Tremaine LLP, Walters Law Group, and Daphne Keller.”


Ars Technica: Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI. “New research from Google’s UK-based DeepMind subsidiary demonstrates that deep neural networks have a remarkable capacity to understand a scene, represent it in a compact format, and then ‘imagine’ what the same scene would look like from a perspective the network hasn’t seen before.” Good morning, Internet…

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