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Black LGBTQ Houston, Black Scranton PA, Snapchat, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 6, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

OutSmart: New Houston Black LGBTQ Archive to Launch on Feb. 21. “[Harrison] Guy asked the staff at Houston’s African American Library at the Gregory School about starting a black LGBTQ archive in Houston. What emerged from those early discussions is “The Black LGBTQ Houston History & Heritage Project—Charles Law Community Archive at the African American Library at the Gregory School” (or simply the Charles Law Community Archive). The archive will include activist papers, artifacts, and oral histories. ”

PA Homepage: Finding the Hidden History of the Electric City. “Glynis Johns spends a lot of time inside the Lackawanna Historical Society. She pours over maps — directories — and pretty much anything else that she can get her hands on to help explain the history of African Americans in the city of Scranton. Johns started in 2016 as part of a graduate research project.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Snap’s earnings show that users aren’t disappearing anymore. “Snap, which has struggled to keep users on its Snapchat app, broke its losing streak. Snap said Tuesday that 186 million users logged in to the vanishing-messaging app daily in the fourth quarter, the same number as in the previous quarter. Snap had seen a drop in daily usage for two consecutive quarters last year after an unpopular redesign of the app.”

TechCrunch: Official emoji debut for disabled folks, service dogs, waffles and more . “A gaggle of new emoji have just been approved by the Unicode Consortium, meaning they’ll be standard across any platforms that choose to support them. This batch includes some much-needed representation for people with various disabilities, new animals from guide dogs to otters, food and many more objects.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Hits 2 Billion Monthly Users, As Number Of Channels With 1 Million Subscribers Doubled Last Year. “Despite reporting fourth quarter earnings yesterday that topped analyst expectations — including revenues of $39.42 million — Google (and YouTube) parent company Alphabet saw its stock drop by roughly 3% in the wake of the report, in which it revealed that ad prices were declining. And while Alphabet does not break out standalone performance stats for YouTube, the company did provide some new stats about its video giant. Google CEO Sundar Pichai (pictured above) said that YouTube now counts almost 2 billion monthly logged-in users — a modest 200 million user increase over the 1.9 billion monthly users that YouTube reported last quarter, per Fortune.”

USEFUL STUFF

Mashable: Clean up your Twitter timeline with this Marie Kondo-inspired web app. “You’re not alone in thinking your Twitter timeline is a joyless, cluttered place. While you might not be in the position to dump Twitter, the next best thing is to tidy up your timeline, which you can do so with a web app inspired by Marie Kondo’s KonMari method.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Scottish Daily Record: ‘Lawless’ social media giants ‘will be forced to remove harmful content’ after tragic teen suicide. “Social media networks could be forced to remove harmful content or risk breaking the law under plans being drawn up by the Government. If the proposals go ahead, Facebook and apps such as Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter will be forced to take down illegal content and protect vulnerable users.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MIT Technology Review: An AI is playing Pictionary to figure out how the world works. “Researchers at the Allen Institute for AI (Ai2) believe that Pictionary could push machine intelligence beyond its current limits. And to that end, they have devised an online version of the game that pairs a human player with an AI program.”

Baylor College of Medicine: Plan would make electronic health records more usable. “Over the past decade both clinicians and researchers have increasingly discovered that electronic health records are not always user friendly and may result in unintended consequences that compromise patient safety. In a recently published paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and their collaborators suggest a five-point action plan to improve the usability and safety of health information technology moving forward.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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