Javanese Manuscripts, Path, Linus Torvalds, More: Tuesday Buzz, September 18, 2018


British Library: 15,000 images of Javanese Manuscripts from Yogyakarta now online. “The Javanese Manuscripts from Yogyakarta Digitisation Project, generously supported by Mr S P Lohia, aims to digitise 75 manuscripts from Yogyakarta now held in the British Library, and provide free online access through the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts website. Full sets of the digital images will also be presented to the Archives and Libraries Board of Yogyakarta (Badan Arsip dan Perpustakaan DIY) and to the National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) in Jakarta. Six months after the official launch of the project at the British Library on 20 March 2018 by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, over 15,000 images from 35 manuscripts are now accessible digitally, with all 75 manuscripts scheduled for full online publication by March 2019.” I mentioned this project back in March.


TechCrunch: Mobile social network Path, once a challenger to Facebook, is closing down . “It’s that time again, folks, time to say goodbye to a social media service from days past. Following the shuttering of Klout earlier this year, now Path, the one-time rival to Facebook, is closing its doors, according to an announcement made today. (Yes, you may be surprised to learn that Path was still alive.)”

ZDNet: ​Linus Torvalds takes a break from Linux. “In a surprising move, Linus Torvalds, Linux’s creator, is taking a break on his Linux kernel work to work on his behavior to other developers. In a note to the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), Torvalds wrote, ‘I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development entirely.'”

Internet Archive: Revised wish list now available: 1.5M books we want. “Earlier this year we released our Open Libraries wish list, which brought together four datasets to help inform our collection development priorities for Open Libraries. After working with the wish list for a few months and reviewing our approach, we decided to make a few revisions to the ways in which we brought together the data.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Share Your Screen with a Facebook Friend. “Facebook always seems to be adding more features, but one of the more useful ones to come out in the last year is probably the ability to use it for live screen sharing. There has always been some demand for this service, and previously there were several third-party apps that allowed you to do it. Now, though, it’s built into Facebook Live and Facebook Messenger, and while it’s not exactly professional-grade software and only works in Google Chrome, it gets the job done pretty well.”

Digital Trends: The best free video converters. “What good is having a super-compressed MPEG4 video if you can’t watch it on whatever device you choose? Sure, that movie may look phenomenal in high-definition on your desktop, but it can be a pain to watch on your home console, tablet, or smartphone. Luckily, quality video converters have been around for several years, allowing users to convert their precious video footage into a number of desirable formats. Best of all, most of them are completely free.”


Wired: How Bots Ruined Clicktivism. “The art of clicktivism—the use of social media to organize, support, or promote a cause—isn’t new, of course. For close to a decade now, activists and political organizations have used technology to capitalize on social ties and trust by turning friends into messaging amplifiers: Click to automatically email your member of Congress; click to share this funny video ad with your Facebook friends. But around the time of the US presidential election in 2016, it became apparent that fake people were also participating in clicktivism.”

BBC News: The India fishermen using cheap smartphones to map the coast. “Trapped between rising sea levels and development projects that are eating into the coastline of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, fishing communities using cheap technology have taken matters into their own hands, reports Mahima A Jain. More than 40 fishing villages around Chennai (formerly Madras) have created land use maps using open source software and affordable technology. A land use map helps identify which areas of land are used for which purpose.”


BuzzFeed News: There’s A Simple Fix, But Grindr Is Still Exposing The Location Of Its Users. “The gay dating app Grindr is still exposing the precise location of its more than 3.6 million active users although it has long been aware of the issue. According to experts, there is a simple tweak that would protect users, but Grindr hasn’t implemented it.”

The Next Web: Hackers secretly ran cryptocurrency mining malware on Indian government sites. “The crypto-jacking epidemic has spread to India. It has come to light that tons of Indian government sites have been infected with cryptocurrency mining malware, designed to steal visitors’ computing power to earn coins.”


Quartz: India’s favourite pastime? Bollywood music on YouTube. “Indians are listening to a lot of music on the move. And this happens primarily through video-streaming apps, YouTube being the most popular, reflecting growing internet penetration and smartphone usage in the country. In short, music is India’s favourite pastime, outdoing sports and cooking, according to the findings of research firm Nielsen’s Music 360 India survey released on Sept. 12. ”

VoxEU: The effect of machine translation on international trade: Evidence from a large digital platform. “Recent years have seen dramatic progress in the predictive power of artificial intelligence in many areas, including speech recognition, but empirical evidence documenting its concrete economic effects is largely lacking. This column analyses the effect of the introduction of eBay Machine Translation on eBay’s international trade. The results show that it increased US exports on eBay to Spanish-speaking Latin American countries by 17.5%. By overriding trade-hindering language barriers, AI is already affecting productivity and trade and has significant potential to increase them further.” Good morning, Internet…

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