Tennessee Newspapers, Aquatic News Index, Satellite Data, More: Thursday Buzz, July 19, 2018


Nooga: New database features 6,000 pages of historic Chattanooga newspapers. “‘Miss Alice Young entertained last night at her home on Lindsay Street,’ reads a report from The Chattanooga Star on June 21, 1907. ‘Heart dice was played at five tables and the score cards carried out the heart idea. Miss Mabel Young and Miss Frances Heary presided at the punch bowl. An ice course was served later in the evening.’ The above paragraph is just a small clip from more than 6,000 pages of historical Chattanooga newspapers that are now available online for the public.”

Philippine News Agency: Aquatic news index now available online. “A news index on aquatic and marine related news is now available online with the efforts of the library staff of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center-Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD). The Aquatic News Index (ANI), which is being maintained by the SEAFDEC-AQD library, contains aquatic science-related newspaper articles. In an interview Monday, Data Bank Senior Information Assistant Stephen B. Alayon said they will index all publications in newspapers, starting with Business Mirror, Business World, Malaya, Manila Bulletin, Manila Standard, Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Philippine Star.”

PRNewswire: NASA Debuts Online Toolkit to Promote Commercial Use of Satellite Data (PRESS RELEASE). “While NASA’s policy of free and open remote-sensing data has long benefited the scientific community, other government agencies and nonprofit organizations, it has significant untapped potential for commercialization. NASA’s Technology Transfer program has created an online resource to promote commercial use of this data and the software tools needed to work with it. With the Remote Sensing Toolkit, users will now be able to find, analyze and utilize the most relevant data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts. The toolkit provides a simple system that quickly identifies relevant sources based on user input. The toolkit will help users search for data, as well as ready-to-use tools and code to build new tools.”


Scottish Legal News: Google fined record €4.3 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules. “The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules by imposing illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators, since 2011, to cement its dominant position as the leading internet search engine.” 4.34 billion euros is just over five billion US dollars.


Social Media Examiner: How to Repurpose Your Video Content Across Many Platforms. “Is video a part of your marketing mix? Looking for tools to help you get more mileage out of each video you create? In this article, you’ll discover how to repurpose one video into content that can populate your blog, podcast, and multiple social channels.”


The Inquirer: Openbook is like Facebook but without all the digital stealing. “PUNTERS WHO fear the second coming of Cambridge Analytica can breathe easy after the announcement of a new social network which its designers say has zero privacy leakage. Openbook (not to be confused with the search engine that was shut down under a mess of threats) was the result of a funding campaign backed by a team lead by Phillip Zimmermann, creator of PGP, the world’s most popular email encryption package, and Jaya Baloo, the chief information officer of Dutch telecom company KPN.” At this writing there is a Kickstarter campaign going.

The Atlantic: Why Some of Instagram’s Biggest Memers Are Locking Their Accounts. Obscenity ahoy in the quote. “Over the past six months, some of Instagram’s biggest meme pages—like Shithead Steve, with more than 2.5 million followers, howitlook.s (8 million), couplesnote, (8.2 million) greatercomedy, (5.3 million), Pubity (5.1 million), and more—have locked down their accounts, forcing non-followers to request access in order to view their content.”

InDaily: ABC’s Adelaide sound archive dismantled in sad free-for-all. “ABC staff and a few outsiders are picking over what remains of the national broadcaster’s archive of CDs at Collinswood. With the local sound librarians sacked and unique material meant to have been shipped to the ABC in Sydney and Melbourne, the doors have been thrown open to the huge CD collection, believed to have originally contained around 100,000 items. InDaily understands duplicate CDs were offered first to major cultural institutions, such as the National Film and Sound Archive, before those left were offered to employees.”

Inter Press Agency: Social Media – the New Testing Ground for Sri Lanka’s Freedom. ” Journalists and media activists have cautioned against Sri Lanka’s newfound press freedom as the country heads to the polls in 2020. Separate incidents of hate-speech against a Muslim minority—and the subsequent shutdown of social media platforms—and the harassment of reporters critical of the country’s opposition have led some to believe that the changes in media independence could reverse.”


Route Fifty: Census Should Be More Transparent About Cyber Protections, Former Officials Say. “The U.S. Census Bureau should detail for the American people how it will secure their information as it prepares to accept online questionnaires for the first time during the 2020 decennial survey, former top government cyber officials said Monday.”


TechCrunch: Peelable circuits make it easy to Internet all the things . “Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Virginia are now able to create ‘tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface,’ the first step in creating an unobtrusive Internet-of-Things solution. The peelable stickers can sit flush to an object’s surface and be used as sensors or wireless communications systems.”

Twin Cities Agenda: Jealous of vacation photos you see on social media? Look again, new study says. “In an age where our self-worth is often quantified by the number of followers, likes, shares, etc. we get on our social media platforms, the need to represent ourselves in a certain way has never been stronger. We’re all celebrities now – at least according to our Instagram accounts. But, in the least-surprising revelation of 2018, these photos and posts don’t always tell the whole truth.” Good morning, Internet…

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