Chester Beatty, Facebook, Yandex, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 6, 2018


RTE: Chester Beatty makes rare artefacts available to view online. “The Chester Beatty in Dublin has launched a new website offering online access to thousands of rare books, manuscripts and decorative arts. High resolution images have been taken of 2,000 of the fragile items, which were left to the State by collector Alfred Chester Beatty in 1968.” The Chester Beatty is a library/museum and sounds like a great visit; the Web site is .


The Guardian: Facebook removed post by ex-manager who said site ‘failed’ black people. “Facebook removed a post from a former employee who accused the company of ‘failing its black employees and its black users’, saying the memo about racial discrimination violated its ‘community standards’.”

CNET: Russian search giant unveils its first smartphone, the Yandex.Phone. “Yandex is following in Google’s footsteps once more. Having built Russia’s largest search engine, the Moscow-based tech giant has recently debuted a virtual assistant, a smart speaker — and, now, a phone.”

Poynter: We’re launching a podcast about fact-checking and misinformation. “Who is fact-checking for? How can reporters avoid amplifying bogus claims? And is fact-checking even the best way to fight online fakery? These are some of the biggest questions facing the ongoing battle against misinformation. And starting today, we’re tackling them in audio form.”


Make Tech Easier: 5 Useful Tools For Batch-Editing Images in Windows. “Sometimes you just have a whole mountain of images you need to edit. Perhaps you need them all at a specific size or want them all to follow a specific naming convention. Before you open them all and edit them one by one in your favorite image-manipulation program, perhaps consider a batch-editing program to do all the hard work for you. If you have a lot of photos to clear and little patience to offer, these handy tools will make life that little bit easier!”

Tech Xplore: StorySign app converts text in children’s books to sign language. “A team of researchers and engineers at Huawei AI has come up with a unique way to help deaf children learn to read sign language—by using AI and augmented reality to interpret printed books. They have also hit on a way to help deaf children develop enjoyment in reading.”


The Daily Iowan: UI collection of art graduate pieces finds a new physical and digital home. “With around 6,000 pieces of artwork created by UI art graduates in the collection, some dating back to the 1930s, the Thesis Rental Gallery tells the university’s art history. In May, the Thesis Rental Gallery moved to the Old Museum of Art on the west side of campus, a much more central location compared to their former space in Oakdale. Beginning fall semester, the gallery is being moved to an online database as well.”

BuzzFeed News: Mark Zuckerberg’s Biggest Problem: Internal Tensions At Facebook Are Boiling Over. “In a year teeming with scandals and missteps, Facebook’s latest fiasco has inspired a clutter of leaks, finger pointing, and internal conversations about the future of the company and its leadership. And after more than a year of bad press, internal tensions are reaching a boiling point and are now spilling out into public view.”

TechCrunch: Google contract workers demand better pay and benefits . “Google contract workers, internally referred to as Temporary, Vendor and Contractors (TVCs), are seeking better, equal treatment. That entails better pay and access to benefits, as well as better access to company-wide information. In a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, they allege Google ‘routinely denies TVCs access to information that is relevant to our jobs and our lives.'”


New York Times: Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Study Says. “Ferry County in northeastern Washington spans more than 2,200 square miles of mostly forestland, rivers and lakes. And according to the Federal Communications Commission, everyone in the sprawling county has access to broadband internet. But that is not the reality experienced by the roughly 7,500 residents of this county, which is rich in natural beauty but internet-poor.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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