National Digital Library of India, Google, Smartphone Photography, More: Saturday Buzz, August 4, 2018


NDTV: National Digital Library To Collaborate With Top Digital Libraries Of World. “The National Digital Library of India (NDLI) is all set to collaborate with several top digital libraries form across the world. Giving this information in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh said that NDLI has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with British Library for integrating contents of its ‘Two Centuries of Indian Print Project’.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Confirms Broad Core Algorithm Update: The Facts & Advice. “Google’s Danny Sullivan confirmed today via a tweet that a new Google broad core algorithm update has rolled out The WebmasterWorld forum has been filled with discussion about the changes. Let’s explore what Google changed, will it last and what you should you do.”


Digital Trends: How to take travel photos with just your smartphone. “Big cameras mean big features — and trekking to a travel destination with gear heavy enough to put a kink in the neck and extra baggage fees in the airline ticket. Smartphone cameras, on the other hand, are perfect for travel photography. They are easy cameras to pack, because it’s always in your pocket, and the newest models have great specs for capturing great images (and videos) of entire vacations, from start to finish (you can also quickly share to social media to induce instant jealousy from your followers). But, are they ideal for travel photography — do you risk missing out on something by not bringing more advanced cameras?” A deeper dive than the usual “Don’t use optical zoom.”

CNET: The 3D printed gun controversy: Everything you need to know. “The back-and-forth underscores the broader fight pitting First and Second Amendment rights protecting free speech and gun ownership against public safety and the need to protect against easy access to weapons. It also comes amid a broader discussion of gun control in light of an increasing number of public shooting incidents. This isn’t a simple case, so CNET’s here to break it down for you.”


TechCrunch: Activists push back on Facebook’s decision to remove a DC protest event. “A number of activists and organizers in the Washington, DC area are disputing Facebook’s decision to remove a counter-protest event for a rally organized by Jason Kessler, the white nationalist figure who planned the deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Va.”

GM Authority: GM Will 3D Scan Its Heritage Collection Cars To Further Preserve Them. “To further preserve the wonderful cars housed inside of General Motors’ Heritage Collection, the automaker will 3D scan vehicles. The effort comes to further protect the special vehicles in case catastrophe were to strike, Automobile reported Wednesday.”

The Verge: Swarms of Instagrammers force a Canadian sunflower farm to ban all visitors. “If you’re on Instagram for long enough, you start to notice certain patterns emerge around types of photos: pictures in the same hot locations, framed in the same way, with the same vistas. One farm in Canada was unlucky enough to become a local Instagram obsession recently, and the increase in attention got totally out of control.”

New York Times: As Google Maps Renames Neighborhoods, Residents Fume. “For decades, the district south of downtown and alongside San Francisco Bay here was known as either Rincon Hill, South Beach or South of Market. This spring, it was suddenly rebranded on Google Maps to a name few had heard: the East Cut.”


Techdirt: Inspector General Says NSA Still Hasn’t Implemented Its Post-Snowden Internal Security Measures. “The NSA was going to make sure no one could just walk out of work with thousands of sensitive documents. It laid out a plan to exercise greater control over access and fail safe procedures meant to keep free-spirited Snowdens in check. The NSA is the world’s most powerful surveillance agency. It is also a sizable bureaucracy. Over the past half-decade, the NSA has talked tough about tighter internal controls. But talk is cheap — at least labor-wise. Actual implementation takes dedication and commitment. The NSA just doesn’t have that in it, according to a recent Inspector General’s report.”


Mental Floss: Animal Welfare Groups Are Building a Database of Every Cat in Washington, D.C.. “There are a lot of cats in Washington, D.C. They live in parks, backyards, side streets, and people’s homes. Exactly how many there are is the question a new conservation project wants to answer. DC Cat Count, a collaboration between Humane Rescue Alliance, the Humane Society, PetSmart Charities, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, aims to tally every cat in the city—even house pets, The New York Times reports.”

Los Angeles Times: Using artificial intelligence, researchers are teaching a computer to read the Vatican’s secret archives. “The archives’ heavily laden shelves stretch 53 miles down dimly lighted corridors and are packed with papal correspondence dating to the 8th century and penned by the likes of Mary Queen of Scots and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The only problem: There is so much of it. More than 1,000 scholars are let in annually to scour the shelves, but much has yet to be read, let alone inventoried, digitized or translated. Which is why one IT professor in Rome decided it was time to let algorithms loose in the hallowed halls of the Vatican, using artificial intelligence software taught to read medieval Latin.”

University of Southern California: Grandparents’ move to Facebook spurs both embarrassing ‘fails’ and opportunities. “Older Americans are the fastest-growing group to use Facebook, according to a Gallup poll released in April. More than half of those between ages 50 and 64 now have a Facebook page; in 2011, only about a third did. And about a third of people age 65 and older now use Facebook as well. As recently as three years ago, 71 percent of teens reported that they used Facebook, according to another study from the Pew Research Center, and that figure has now dropped to 51 percent. While the shifting user base and other factors have skewed Facebook older, many younger users still keep their Facebook pages. Recent data show that Facebook is more popular among lower-income youth. And sources such as Gallup indicate that numbers of college-age Facebook users are holding steady.” Good morning, Internet…

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