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Facebook, Slavery Records, HathiTrust, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, February 23, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Facebook will try to quell controversy with connectivity vision at MWC 2019. “At the biggest mobile show in the world, it’s easy to be blinded by the vast array of shiny new phones. They have a tendency to hog the spotlight. But look a little closer and you’ll see Facebook at MWC 2019. No, it’s not launching a phone — HTC tried that with the Facebook button-rocking ChaCha back at MWC 2011 with little success. Instead, it will likely continue to press an issue that’s long been a priority for the company — improving internet access and getting more people on its social network.” Because… Facebook is doing such a great job managing the people on its social network NOW?

Library of Virginia: Library Of Virginia And Virginia Museum Of History & Culture Merge Databases Of Records Of Enslaved Virginians. “The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) and the Library of Virginia are cooperating to provide greater access to African American history and genealogy in Virginia. In early January of 2019, the VMHC’s Unknown No Longer project (over 500 documents containing nearly 12,000 names) was merged with the Library’s Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative (over 10,000 records with more than 100,000 names), providing researchers with unprecedented access to an expanded collection of resources on the history of enslaved and free African Americans in Virginia. The combined databases are now available through the Virginia Untold web page.”

University of Kentucky: UK Libraries Expands Resources With HathiTrust. “University of Kentucky Libraries has joined HathiTrust, a growing, global partnership with more than 145 major research institutions and libraries. This new partnership will bolster the accessibility of resources currently available to UK faculty, staff and students. UK is the first institution in Kentucky to join HathiTrust.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 18 Terminal Commands All Chromebook Users Should Know. “Did you know that Chromebooks have a built-in terminal? Called Chrome OS Developer Shell—or Crosh for short—it lets you access a command line interface which you can use to debug your machine, run tests, or just poke around for fun. Today, we’re going to look at several terminal commands that all Chromebook users should know about for improved productivity and troubleshooting.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: Advertisers Boycott YouTube After Pedophiles Swarm Comments on Videos of Children. “Nestlé, Epic Games and other major brands said on Wednesday that they had stopped buying advertisements on YouTube after their ads appeared on children’s videos where pedophiles had infiltrated the comment sections.” Just a little over a month after AT&T returned to YouTube after yanking its advertising over offensive videos.

Poynter: ‘No image can be taken on face value’: Fake photos flood social media after a terrorist attack in India. “Hoaxes on social media about violent attacks are one thing. But after last week’s suicide bombing, mainstream media outlets in India started publishing false photos, too. Several journalists tweeted a photo which purported to show the terrorist in a combat uniform. The Economic Times and India Today — which has its own fact-checking project — published the photo both in print and in a video.”

Wired: When Algorithms Think You Want to Die. “Social media platforms not only host this troubling content, they end up recommending it to the people most vulnerable to it. And recommendation is a different animal than mere availability. A growing academic literature bears this out: Whether its self-harm, misinformation, terrorist recruitment, or conspiracy, platforms do more than make this content easily found—in important ways they help amplify it.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Neowin: WinRAR fixes vulnerability that’s been around for 19 years, drops support for ACE files . “WinRAR is one of the most popular file compression and extraction tools out there, so it might be a little worrying to find out that it’s been affected by a security vulnerability for the last 19 years. However, that seems to be the case, as Check Point Research investigator Nadav Grossman recently discovered a flaw that allowed an attacker to secretly extract malicious files into the startup folder of Windows 10.” A new version with a fix is in beta-testing.

RESEARCH & OPINION

American Alliance of Museums: What Mexican bugs have to do with Italian Paintings: How digital tools can be used to explore complex connections. “How is a red bug from Mexico so deeply tied to the representation of papal power in the late-1400s? First some background. It all starts with small red bugs, called cochineal, that live on cacti. They were first discovered by the Aztec and Mayan peoples’ thousands of years ago. They learned that the bugs’ bodies produced a chemical which could be used for dye and paint.”

CNBC: Your Google searches can be used to predict when you’re about to go to the emergency room, researchers find. “A new study from Penn Medicine, which involved analyzing both medical record data and Google search histories of more than 100 patients, found that searches related to health increases a lot in the week before a patient goes to the emergency room.”

Ars Technica: This strange “paint disease” is putting Georgia O‘Keefe paintings at risk. “The Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, houses some 140 oil paintings by the iconic American artist, along with thousands of additional works from O’Keefe’s prolific career. But the oil paintings have been developing tiny pin-sized blisters, almost like acne, for decades. Conservationists and scholars initially assumed they were grains of sand trapped in the paint. But then the protrusions grew, spread, and started flaking off, leading to mounting concern. Now an interdisciplinary team of scientists from Northwestern University is studying this mysterious ‘paint disease,’ using a low-cost, portable tool that allows the user to image the surface of the paintings quickly and easily with a smartphone or a tablet.” Good morning, Internet…

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