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Little Bighorn, Higher Education Fundraising, Savannah Maps, More: Monday Buzz, August 6, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Billings Gazette: Public gets digital access to Little Bighorn Battlefield collections. “A new digital archive will allow the public to view historic images in the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument museum and archival collections…. Now the public will have the opportunity to view, search, and download more than 1,000 images from park collections.”

Inside Higher Education: New Database on Fund-Raising . “Fund-raising remains a critical source of revenue for institutions of all sizes. To help readers with an interest in fund-raising and development, Inside Higher Ed has created a new database of fund-raising by colleges and universities.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Historical Savannah city maps available online. “The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of three new historical map collections from the City of Savannah Municipal Archives.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Bing Blogs: Intelligent Search that can save you money: hotel booking, home services price ranges, and more. “The Internet has put thousands of stores and service providers at our fingertips, allowing us to buy goods and services with the click of a button. This convenience comes with a set of challenges, especially when it comes to deciding which product to buy, which provider to hire, and how to get the most value for our money. Consumers cite anxiety and the fear of buyer’s remorse as their major pain points. Today Bing is happy to announce the launch of new intelligent features designed to allow you to estimate and compare prices across multiple providers, give you insights to make the right trade-offs around price, and get more savings on products through a new deals experience – all built to help you save money.”

Bloomberg: Google Is in China Cloud Talks With Tencent, Others. “Google wants to get back into China, and is laying the groundwork for a key part of the initiative: bringing its cloud business to the world’s second-largest economy. The internet giant is in talks with Tencent Holdings Ltd., Inspur Group and other Chinese companies to offer Google cloud services in the mainland, according to people familiar with the discussions. They asked not to be identified discussing private matters.”

TechCrunch: Google slowly lifting ban on addiction center ads after adding vetting process . “Google will now allow ads to run on addiction-related keywords and phrases after a nearly year-long ban instituted to crack down on shady providers cashing in on vulnerable patients. A small group of providers vetted by a third party have been approved by the company to appear in results for searches like ‘help quitting pills’ or ‘meth addiction.'”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Hindu: Kolkata’s 200-year-old archives to the rescue of NRC-hit residents. “For the past several months, the office of the Directorate of State Archives, whose roots can be traced to the General Record office of 1820 in British India, has been entertaining scores of visitors from Assam who are looking for the names of the earlier generations in the electoral rolls from 1952 to 1971.”

Ubergizmo: Selfies Are Apparently Driving Cosmetic Surgery Requests. “Thanks to apps like Snapchat and Instagram introducing various filters that we can apply during our selfies to make ourselves look silly, look beautiful, and so on, it seems to have created a side-effect which is that it is apparently driving requests from teens for cosmetic surgery that will make them look as good as their selfies.”

Chronicle of Higher Education: Hey, Alexa, Should We Bring Virtual Assistants to Campus? These Colleges Gave Them a Shot. “Research universities are squeezing an extra roommate into residence halls: Amazon’s Alexa. The Georgia Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, and Arizona State University last year provided students with Echo Dots, puck-shaped, voice-activated devices programmed to answer campus-specific questions about meal plans and business hours for campus buildings.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: It’s time to take a long, hard look at our Instagram etiquette. “It would be easy to blame Instagram as a platform, but let’s not conflate our own failings with the failings of technology. Technology is imperfect and often deeply flawed, but to make it the scapegoat for all our bad or downright bizarre behavior would be disingenuous. Yes, Instagram, owned by Facebook, has its problems, but the often reckless and selfish lengths we go to to capture a photo? That’s all on us. A few weeks ago, 19-year-old Instagram model Katarina Zarutskie was bitten by a shark while on holiday with her boyfriend’s family in the Bahamas. Zarutskie spotted the sharks in the water — and joined them to grab a quick shot for Instagram.”

New York Times: The Expensive Education of Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley. “Let me first state that I actually like Mark Zuckerberg and have since the day I met him more than a dozen years ago. But let me also say that he and Facebook, the huge social network that he started in college, have been working humanity’s last nerve for far too long now.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Motherboard: This Coder Fit a Bootable CD and Video Game Into a Tweet. “A few weeks ago, Alok Menghrajani, a security engineer at Square, set out to challenge himself. He wanted to fit a bootable CD-ROM, and a retro video game inside it, into a tweet. The results are pretty cool.” Good morning, Internet…

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