Winnipeg Newspapers, Sustainable Farming, Cornell University, More: Thursday Buzz, September 13, 2018


Winnipeg FreePress: Defunct Winnipeg Tribune enters digital age. “The dearly departed Winnipeg Tribune is getting a new lease on life online. The Tribune — a metropolitan daily newspaper which shut down the presses and closed its doors on Aug. 27, 1980, after 90 years of publishing — has been fully digitized by the University of Manitoba’s archives and special collections.”

AdvocateTribune: New online database from the University of Minnesota Extension helps local farmers share sustainable practices. “You’re a Minnesota farmer who cares about conservation, but the risks of veering from conventional farming feel great. How would new practices affect the bottom line? Have they worked on other similar farms? And besides what any research says, what do actual farmers think? A new online database will connect farmers with other farmers to share their experiences with sustainable farming methods. Farmers will be able to pull up the tool on their phone or desktop computer, and find nearby peers willing to share their experiences with specific practices.”


Cornell University: Seven projects awarded 2018 digitization grants. “Seasoned documents and artifacts are starting fresh digital lives through the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, which is funding seven projects this year. Launched in 2010, the program supports faculty members and graduate students in creating online collections vital for their own and for general scholarship.”

Search Engine Journal: Pinterest Hits 250 Million Monthly Active Users. “Pinterest announced that it has hit a milestone of 250 million people using the social network each month. The amount of content on Pinterest is growing at a rapid pace, with the company saying there are over 175 billion ideas to discover, which is up 75 percent since last year.”

Tubefilter: Twitter Announces 50 New Video Content Deals To Complement Local TV Programming. “Twitter has announced 50 new video deals as part of a push to increase local content in the Asia-Pacific region. New partners, which include the National Rugby League, Vice, Sony Music Australia, Seven West Media, and the Special Broadcasting Service, will provide Twitter with short-form video content, highlights packages, and live video feeds.”

The Verge: Microsoft to ‘warn’ Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. “Microsoft is getting ready to warn Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. The software giant is in the final stages of testing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and testers have spotted a new change that appears when you try to install a rival web browser.” Eww.


MakeUseOf: The iPhone Cheat Sheet: Every iOS Shortcut You Should Know About. “The more you use iOS, the more you get used to its time-saving tricks—and the more you take them for granted. That’s why we’ve produced a cheat sheet that will help you get acquainted with both touch-based and keyboard-based shortcuts for iPhone and iPad.”


CBC: Virtual reality allows users to experience a Canadian residential school. “A Winnipeg based project using virtual reality technology takes users back in time to experience Canadian Indian Residential Schools, in hopes of creating a greater understanding of what survivors went through.”

Washingtonian: This Twitter Bot Finds the Worst Drivers in DC. “A new Twitter bot has been exposing some hard truths about DC drivers. The worst ones rack up some intense parking tickets—as in $10,000 or more in unpaid fines. The current high score? $10,700. And was before the bot stopped granting high scores for that car’s plate.” I know there are bots and bots and bots, but I included this story because of the captcha angle.


Engadget: EU will fine social media sites for lingering extremism. “The EU has been threatening to take action against online platforms that fail to remove extremist content within an hour for the most part of the year — and now we know what form its punishment will take. The likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube could be slapped with fines as high as 4 percent of annual turnover, revealed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.”


The Register: Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism. “In a research paper distributed through pre-printer service ArXiv, ‘Assessing Gender Bias in Machine Translation – A Case Study with Google Translate,’ Marcelo Prates, Pedro Avelar, and Luis Lamb from Brazil’s Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, explore how Google Translate renders gender pronouns in English from sentences written in a dozen different gender-neutral languages.”

TechCrunch: Google Street View cars will be roaming around the planet to check our air quality with these sensors . “Google uses the Street View cars to map the land for Google Maps. Starting with 50 cars in Houston, Mexico City and Sydney, Aclima will capture air quality data by generating snapshots of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), and particulate matter (PM2.5)while the Google cars roam the streets. The idea is to ascertain where there may be too much pollution and other breathing issues on a hyper local level in each metropolitan area. The data will then be made available as a public dataset on Google BigQuery.” Good morning, Internet…

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