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Miu Miu Fashion, Collectible Toys, Ohio WWI History, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 24, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

The Daily Front Row: Miu Miu’s Entire Image Archive Is Now Available Online . “Remember when Drew Barrymore was a Miu Miu model? Or when Kate Moss and Chloë Sevigny walked the runway for the brand? Well now you can relive those amazing fashion moments, because the label has recently uploaded its image archive online.”

New-to-me, from SYFY WIRE: Searching For Your Favorite Childhood Toy? A Rare Collectible? Look No Further, It’s Here.. “When Christian Braun was a kid growing up in Germany in the ’70s, he was an obsessive collector of Timpo Toys. By the time he was 10 years old, he had 8,000 Timpo Toys, neatly organized in cases in his bedroom.Sometimes people grow out of a childhood hobby. Braun made it his life. He financed his education by buying and selling toys that he acquired on hitchhiking trips through Europe, then spent years writing a reference guide to Timpo Toys. He has spent his life cataloging and organizing different toys and collectibles, and now… he’s focusing on putting every single one of them in a single database.”

Norwalk Reflector: Ohio History Connection project captures untold WWI stories. “To commemorate the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I, the Ohio History Connection is digitizing WWI collections from its own archives, as well as those from 14 cultural heritage organizations across Ohio for a project titled ‘Little Stories of the Great War: Ohioans in World War I.'”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Variety: Neil Young Officially Launches Archival Subscription Site After Yearlong Beta Test. “Neil Young now wants you to keep on rockin’ in the paywall world after a year of offering a free beta version of his Neil Young Archives website while he ramped up the service. But for fans, it’ll be a small price to pay for unlimited access to the voluminous and still-growing library the celebrated musician is putting online: $1.99 per month or $19.99 annually. There’ll still be a free tier, too, he promises, for anyone whose appetite for more than 50 years’ worth of unreleased live albums and studio outtakes is more easily sated.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Guardian: British nuclear archive files withdrawn without explanation. “A vast cache of material dating from 1939 until the 1980s and including more than 1,700 files about the creation of Britain’s first nuclear bombs at Aldermaston has been unexpectedly withdrawn by the National Archives within the last week, researchers have reported.”

Zee Business: Big setback for WhatsApp, Twitter, Google in India; Centre set to launch crackdown. “The government plans to amend the IT rules wherein social media platforms and messaging apps will be required to deploy tools to ‘identify’ and curb unlawful content as well as follow stricter due diligence practices, as per draft amendments. IT ministry officials held a meeting last week with senior executives of Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and other companies to discuss the proposed changes in the Information Technology (IT) rules.”

Charged: Fortnite isn’t a game, it’s a place. “I’ve played a lot of Fortnite this year, and I was struggling to understand why I liked the game so much. It’s fun to play, but usually I get bored of multiplayer because I’m being constantly killed, can’t keep up with the hardcore players or it just gets stale. Fortnite is different, because it’s not even about the game at all: it’s a place we’re all going together.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Mashable: Student health, discipline, and Social Security info exposed in massive school district hack. “San Diego Unified School District, the second largest school district in California, said more than 500,000 students and staff had their personal information accessed through a data breach. Through a phishing attack, an unauthorized user accessed data from as far back as the 2008-2009 school year. The hack also affected 50 district employees.”

VentureBeat: Some Alexa Prize chatbots exposed customer data, talked filth. “Millions of users of Amazon’s Echo speakers have grown accustomed to the soothing strains of Alexa, the human-sounding virtual assistant that can tell them the weather, order takeout and handle other basic tasks in response to a voice command. So a customer was shocked last year when Alexa blurted out: ‘Kill your foster parents.'”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Smashing Magazine: I Used The Web For A Day Using A Screen Reader. “A sighted user puts himself in the shoes of a non-sighted user. Chris Ashton experiences first-hand difficulties that visually impaired users face and describes what we can do as web developers to help.” Good evening, Internet…

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