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Rabindranath Tagore, East Coast Plants, Georgia Newspapers, More: Monday Buzz, September 3, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Tribune India: Digital archive of Rabindranath Tagore poems launched. “A digital archive of 3,500 poems of Rabindranath Tagore was launched here in a private initiative with 15 recitations by the poet himself and the rest by 245 elocutionists. Besides the recitals, 110 Rabindra Sangeets (Tagore songs) and 103 English recitations have also been included in the ‘Rabindra Kobita Archive’, said its maker Purnendu Bikash Sarkar, a physician by profession.”

WUNC: Centuries-Old Plant Collection Now Online — A Treasure Trove For Researchers. “There’s a new effort underway make hundreds of thousands of dried and preserved plants collected along the East Coast available through a digital database. For centuries, explorers, scientists, and amateur botanists scoured the country to document and preserve plant species. Once prized like fine art, the collections were often bequeathed to institutions that housed herbaria, or libraries for plants.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Digital Library of Georgia: Georgia Historic Newspapers Update Summer 2018. “Over the summer, the Digital Library of Georgia released several new grant-funded newspaper titles to the Georgia Historic Newspapers website.”

Gizmodo: Five Years Later, Google Express Is No Closer to Beating Amazon. “September 25 will mark five years since Google first launched Shopping Express, the e-commerce offering meant to challenge Amazon’s dominance. But despite Google parent company Alphabet’s staffing brain trust and impressive coffers, Express has done little to reinvent fulfillment—in fact, according to several current and former workers, it’s been running much the same playbook as other on-demand gig economy offerings. Meanwhile, major retail partners like Target are beginning to opt out of what few boutique services it does offer, leaving Express’s contract workers scrambling in its wake.”

TechCrunch: Twitter hints at new threaded conversations and who’s online features. “Twitter head Jack Dorsey sent out a tweet this afternoon hinting the social platform might get a couple of interesting updates to tell us who else is currently online and to help us more easily follow Twitter conversation threads.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The Best WordPress Hosting Providers . “WordPress is the world’s most popular web-based content management system (CMS). It powers more than 30 percent of the internet’s top 10 million sites. The WordPress software (which you shouldn’t confuse with WordPress.com hosting) is open source, incredibly easy to set up, and entirely free to use. All you need is a domain name and a web hosting plan. Here are seven of the best WordPress hosting providers.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Artnet: The Guggenheim Gets $750,000 to Help Answer Knotty, Existential Questions About the Nature of Conceptual Art. “After years spent carefully studying and researching a prized blue-chip collection of postwar art acquired from a private collector, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is getting ready to share its findings with the rest of the world. The museum has embarked on the third and final phase of a years-long collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that the New York Times has described as ‘one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever to address the deep uncertainties raised by Minimalism and Conceptualism.'”

SECURITY & LEGAL

EurekAlert: Russian scientists have increased the Internet speed up to one and a half times . “A joint article of the scientists of the Samara University and the University of Missouri (Columbia, USA) was published in the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management journal. The publication presents an algorithm that provides a fast and reliable access to powerful data processing centers (Big Data) for solving high-tech tasks.”

Albawaba: Egypt Approves New Crackdown on Social Media Users. “Egypt seems to be intensifying its crackdown on opponents with a new law. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has approved the legislation, authorizing officials to monitor social media users. As reported by the official gazette on Saturday, the new law gives state authorities the right to monitor the activities of social media users on the internet.”

Motherboard: Experts Call for Transparency Around Google’s Chinese-Made Security Keys. “Google’s Titan Security Keys, used to lock down accounts, are produced in China. Several experts want more answers on that supply chain process, for fears of tampering or security issues.” If Alex Stamos is concerned, I’m concerned.

RESEARCH & OPINION

Geeks in Cambodia: Finding The Value In Facebook Page “Likes” . “Facebook’s dominance of digital marketing is truly impressive. Since its launch in 2004, the social media platform has grown to dictate how people across the world use the internet; in countries like Cambodia, where Facebook is the internet for many people, almost half of the population use Facebook on a daily basis for news, entertainment and communication. Little wonder then that marketers and brands have piled on to the platform to attract new customers and increase sales. Yet does marketing to Facebook, and chasing page ‘likes’ make sense for a brand or startup to grow your sales or spread your message? Geeks in Cambodia decided to take a look into the role that Facebook plays for its some 7 million active users in Cambodia, and how to best utilise the influential platform to boost digital marketing efforts.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

The Verge: Nautilus lets you watch their ocean expeditions live. “The Nautilus is a research vehicle operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust, a nonprofit founded by Robert Ballard, one of the people who helped us find the Titanic. It conducts scientific research and offers live video and audio streams to those of us who are unable to come along. This year, it’ll journey along the western part of North America, from British Columbia to the Hawaiian islands. Right now, it’s exploring the Lōihi Seamount, an active underwater volcano near Hawaii.” Good morning, Internet…

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