Geeks in Cambodia: RUPP Unveils App on Khmer Rouge. “As a new generation of young Cambodians learn about the Khmer Rouge era in school, technological advancements such as the Mapping Memories Cambodia (MMC) platform are leveraging geotagging to help tell what happened across the country during the tumultuous and brutal years. Created by young students of the Department of Media and Communication (DMC) at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), the project intends to pique the interest of young Cambodians and continue dialogue on the kingdom’s turbulent past.”
Case Western Reserve University: Case Western Reserve University Student Newspapers Now Online. “The Special Collections and Archives team at Kelvin Smith Library has digitized over 150 years of Case Western Reserve University student newspapers dating back to 1862. The collection totals over 6,263 issues and is comprised of 55,769 pages and 314,236 articles.” This collection also covers nine different titles.
Houston Chronicle: How to find Catholic priests ‘credibly accused’ of abuse in Texas. “Dioceses across Texas on Jan. 31 released the names of Catholic priests who were ‘credibly accused’ of child sex abuse since the 1950s in the state. This data is based on the information provided by the dioceses. Because people may have served in multiple dioceses, an individual may show up multiple times in this data.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Digital Journal: getAbstract Offers Free Student Access to 18,000 Book Summaries (PRESS RELEASE). “Starting February 5, students 16 and older can register on the getAbstract website and receive free access to approximately 18,000 summaries of business books, business articles and TED talks. getAbstract is also available as a mobile app on iOS and Android platforms.”
Ars Technica: With experimental “Never slow mode,” Chrome tries to stop Web devs making it slow. “Since Chrome’s very first release, performance has been one of Google’s top priorities. But Google is against a competing force: Web developers. The Web of today is a more-complex, bandwidth-intensive place than it was when Chrome was first released, which means that—although Internet connections and the browser itself are faster than they’ve ever been—slow pages remain an everyday occurrence.”
California Genealogical Society & Library: Speakers’ Bureau Revived. “Rumor has it that CGS used to have a Speakers’ Bureau. Well, that tradition has been revived by members of the Development & Member Services and Events committees. This recently reconstituted committee brings together several functions of the society including development, membership (data entry), volunteers and outreach. As part of our Outreach responsibilities we felt it would be helpful to have a database of speakers and topics. We created a spreadsheet that lists seventy-five different topics that are offered by fifty-two different speakers. Most speakers are members of the society who give these talks at no charge. A few are professionals and typically ask for a modest honorarium.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Yahoo News: Google is quietly building this money-making business that could rival Amazon’s. “It’s time to give some respect to Alphabet’s cloud business, which for years has taken a backseat to the larger cloud platforms at Amazon and Microsoft. Because unbeknownst to many folks other than the 5,000 global businesses that now use Google Cloud and the engineers and salespeople inside the tech giant working on the product, Alphabet is developing quite a surging business.”
Fast Company: Can you tell the difference between Rembrandt and an algorithm?. “Very few artists in the history of the world were able to capture people’s nature with the precision, humanity, and humor of Dutch masters like Rembrandt or Hals. Could a machine ever be trained to do the same? That’s the premise of Sergio Albiac’s series, You have learnt nothing. Like the work that came out of the golden age of Dutch painting, these paintings may look like the product of oil, brushes, and fingers. But, like the rest of Albiac’s work, these portraits are actually the result of the artist’s computer code.”
Xinhua Net: Shaanxi’s digital museum attracts views from 122 countries. “A digital museum in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, home to the famous Terracotta warriors, has received more than 2 million page views from over 120 countries since its operation. The online museum digitalizes cultural relics and exhibitions of more than 140 actual museums in the province, which can be accessed by netizens across the world.”
Quartz: Snack Twitter, From Whoopie Pies To Corn Nuts, Is Rallying Around A Depressed SunnyD. “Snack Twitter has officially joined Bird Twitter as one of the more uplifting communities in the troll-filled universe of Twitter dot com. It all started with an ennui-filled tweet from the official corporate account of Sunny Delight, aka SunnyD—a tangy, corn-syrup-filled, orange-flavored beverage for children, popularized in the US during the 1980s. That prompted the after-school snacks of Twitter to come to its aid.” I’m sure I’m way overthinking this, but I love how the people running these social media accounts are anthropomorphizing the brands into something the corporation itself probably couldn’t understand in a million years.
SECURITY & LEGAL
ZDNet: Recently patched Ubuntu needs another quick patch. “Sometimes when I fix things around my house I end up causing more problems. Software developers are the same way. Last week, Canonical’s Ubuntu developers fixed over 10 security bugs in Ubuntu 18.04… But, as it turned out, it introduced at least two other bugs.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
AdAge: Fake Followers Are Hard To Shake, According To New Report . “Unilever’s effort to rid itself of influencers with fake followers hasn’t made much difference, at least for its Dove brand, according to a new report. And despite the industry’s concern about fakes, the report, from analytics firm Points North Group, says spending on influencers continues to snowball.” Good morning, Internet…
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