Bing Maps, Facebook Ads, Grow With Google, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 28, 2019


Bing Blogs: Location, location, location! . “The Bing Maps team has been hard at work releasing three new REST APIs that bring the power of location-based search to maps scenarios – Bing Maps Location Recognition, Bing Maps Local Search API and Bing Maps Local Insights API. Let’s go into detail about each of these APIs and see examples of how they can be used to light up new, location-related possibilities.”

The Guardian: Facebook restricts campaigners’ ability to check ads for political transparency. “Facebook has restricted the ability of external political transparency campaigners to monitor adverts placed on the social network, in a move described as an ‘appalling look’ by one of the organisations affected.”

Google Blog: Grow with Google is heading to libraries in all 50 states, starting today. “For many people in cities and towns across America, the public library is the central place to access information, search for a job or even learn about running a small business. And librarians aren’t just checking out books to patrons—they’re providing key digital resources for their communities. At the end of last year we announced our plans to bring Grow with Google to more local communities by teaming up with libraries in all 50 states across the country to help ensure that economic opportunity exists for everyone, everywhere.”


NDWorks: Klau Center announces project to collect and archive narratives on race. “The Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, a part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, has announced a new initiative, With Voices True, to collect and record the voices of the Notre Dame community on the topic of race. The goal is to establish a permanent archive of narratives that can serve as a resource for reflection, research and engagement. The envisioned archive will include audio recordings, video interviews, written narratives, photography, and art.”

Nikkei Asian Review: Baidu faces popular backlash over promotion of sponsored sites. “China’s search engine Baidu Inc. is facing a wave of public criticism in the world’s largest internet market as users question whether Baidu has abused its monopoly in a country where Google is absent.”

Eeesh. From Ars Technica: Google Fiber outage leaves KC customers offline two weeks after storm. “More than two weeks after a snowstorm hit Kansas City, Google Fiber still hasn’t restored Internet service to all customers. There were still dozens of Google Fiber customers without home Internet service, a KCUR article published yesterday said. The outage has continued since the storm on January 11 and 12.”


Apple Insider: Court rules man must be given access to husband’s iCloud photos. “Apple must provide a man access to the iCloud account of his late husband so he can retrieve family photos shot with an iPhone and a dedicated camera, a New York judge has ruled.”

Mashable: FaceTime bug lets you see and hear the person you call, even if they don’t answer. “A major bug has been discovered in iOS that lets a caller hear and see a person on the other end of a FaceTime call before the call has been answered. That’s right, this massive security screwup means you can take a digital peek into another person’s life — completely without their knowledge.”


EurekAlert: Next-generation big data analytics tools will make sense of streaming data in real time . “With a three-year, $499,753 grant from the National Science Foundation, Elke Rundensteiner, professor of computer science and director of WPI’s Data Science Program, is leading a team of computer science and data science students that is building a next-generation event trend analysis tool known as SETA (Scalable Event Trend Analytics). This open-source software will be used not just to find patterns in real-time, high-volume data streams (“data in motion”), but to analyze those patterns and make sense of them on the fly for just-in-time decision making.”


RIT News: Student MSD team recreates 16th century reading wheel . “Matt Nygren is a fifth-year mechanical engineering student who recently finished a unique multidisciplinary senior design project. Nygren worked with three other fifth-year mechanical engineering students, Ian Kurtz ’18, Reese Salen ’18 and Maher Abdelkawi, to recreate a piece of 16th century technology: Ramelli’s Rotating Reader.” Good evening, Internet…

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