YUTorah, Home Health Care Workers, Instagram, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 25, 2019


Yeshiva University: Yeshiva University Launches YUTorah App. “Thanks to the generous support of Marcos and Adina Katz, YU is proud to announce the introduction of the YUTorah app for YUTorah Online, the largest audio Torah website in the world. Users from anywhere in the world will now be able to listen on their mobile devices to more than 180,000 shiurim [lectures] and over 2,000 male and female speakers affiliated with YU.”

Library of Congress: New Online: Occupational Culture of Home Health-Care Workers. “An important new oral history collection documenting the lives and careers of home health-care workers in Oregon is now available on the Library of Congress’ website. The American Folklife Center recently announced the release of ‘Taking Care: Documenting the Occupational Culture of Home Health-Care Workers.’ This fieldwork is part of the center’s Occupational Folklife Project and the seventh such collection to be put online.”


TechCrunch: Pinstagram? Instagram code reveals Public Collections feature . “Instagram is threatening to attack Pinterest just as it files to go public the same way the Facebook-owned app did to Snapchat. Code buried in Instagram for Android shows the company has prototyped an option to create public ‘Collections’ to which multiple users can contribute. Instagram launched private Collections two years ago to let you Save and organize your favorite feed posts. But by allowing users to make Collections public, Instagram would become a direct competitor to Pinterest.”

Neowin: YouTube stops advertising on anti-vaccine promotional content. “In a statement issued on Friday, YouTube told BuzzFeed that it would stop showing advertisements on channels that support anti-vaccination as this type of content is in clear violation of the company’s policy that prohibits ‘the monetization of videos with dangerous and harmful content’.”

WordPress 5.1 is now available. “Following WordPress 5.0 — a major release which introduced the new block editor — 5.1 focuses on polish, in particular by improving the overall performance of the editor. In addition, this release paves the way for a better, faster, and more secure WordPress with some essential tools for site administrators and developers.”


Genealogy’s Star: Step-by-Step Guide to Using Online Census Indexes: Part Four. “In all the U.S. Federal Census records for all the years, there are millions upon millions of people named. The process of indexing starts with the selection of terms to include in the index. Obviously, the names of the individuals and some of the other information would be helpful in finding what would otherwise be a needle in a haystack. Without an index, the only way that the records could be searched would be named by name page by page.”


SBS News (Australia): ‘Flying blind’: Researchers call for national database of Indigenous sites. “Researchers have called for the development of a national database of historical and culturally significant Indigenous sites after findings that the lack of an up-to-date, national record has led to issues with the management of sites, including an inability to engage with threats such as climate change.”

Reuters: NY governor orders probe into Facebook access to data from other apps. “New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered two state agencies to investigate a media report that Facebook Inc may be accessing far more personal information than previously known from smartphone users, including health and other sensitive data.”


MIT Technology Review: A philosopher argues that an AI can’t be an artist. “You may not enjoy Schoenberg’s dissonant music, which rejects conventional tonality to arrange the 12 notes of the scale according to rules that don’t let any predominate. But he changed what humans understand music to be. This is what makes him a genuinely creative and innovative artist. [Arnold] Schoenberg’s techniques are now integrated seamlessly into everything from film scores and Broadway musicals to the jazz solos of Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman. Creativity is among the most mysterious and impressive achievements of human existence. But what is it?”

The Atlantic: The Lab Discovering DNA in Old Books. “It was in the archives of the Archbishop of York that Matthew Collins had an epiphany: He was surrounded by millions of animal skins. Another person might say they were surrounded by books and manuscripts written on parchment, which is made from skins, usually of cows and sheep. Collins, however, had been trying to make sense of animal-bone fragments from archaeological digs, and he began to think about the advantages of studying animal skins, already cut into rectangles and arranged neatly on a shelf.” Good evening, Internet…

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