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Australia Internet, Saddam Hussein, Apple Glasses, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 12, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Computerworld: National Library launches ‘enormous’ archive of Australia’s Internet. “‘The Australian Web Archive [AWA] is one of the biggest in the world. And when we say big, we mean enormous,’ says director general of the National Library of Australia, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres. The new archive, which launched last week, contains around 600 terabytes of data across 9 billion records. In bookshelf terms; if the records were printed and stacked they would stretch from Canberra to Cairns.”

Alt Gov 2: FBI File: Saddam Hussein. “Above you’ll find 1,581 pages of Saddam Hussein’s FBI file. This material has been released in the past but has never been online until now. Another 1,000+ pages of pre-processed material are on their way and will be posted to this page when they arrive.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Ubergizmo: Apple Rumored To Begin AR Glasses Production This Year. “It has been rumored for a couple of years that Apple is working on iPhone-powered augmented reality glasses. The company hasn’t acknowledged the existence of such a product but a well-regarded Apple analyst is now claiming that the company could begin production of its AR glasses later this year.”

TechCrunch: Appen acquires Figure Eight for up to $300M, bringing two data annotation companies together . “Appen just announced that it’s acquiring Figure Eight in an all-cash deal that sees Appen paying $175 million upfront, with an additional payment of up to $125 million based on Figure Eight’s performance this year.”

CNET: Adobe Shockwave gets the ax on April 9. “Adobe is retiring Shockwave. On April 9, the browser-based multimedia platform will be discontinued and the Shockwave player for Windows won’t be available for download.” ooooh, I am feeling ooooold.

Neowin: Microsoft launches AI Business School – a free, non-technical, online course. “Microsoft’s positive approach toward harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) has been accentuated multiple times in recent months. In January, Microsoft joined the SciKit-learn consortium to help make AI accessible to all. Then, last month, the tech giant collaborated with Accenture, initiating the Microsoft Business Group to empower enterprises through Azure services.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: Top Universities Join to Push ‘Public Interest Technology’. “As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in American life, universities across the United States have been devising ways to teach students how to grapple with the consequences on society. Now, 21 leading universities are banding together to promote their various programs. On Monday, the schools announced that they had formed a new organization called the Public Interest Technology University Network.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Techlicious: Number of Hacked Email Addresses Now Exceeds Earth’s Population. “With the addition of 763 million addresses for the latest data breach of Verification.io, an email address validation service, the haveibeenpwned.com database now has information on 7,695,066,389 hacked accounts – that’s more than the current world population of 7,558,032,870. Worse, those are just the leaked accounts we know about. There was another major leak of 773 million records discovered in January and there are undoubtedly millions upon millions more accounts in breaches that have not yet been discovered. ”

The Guardian: China database lists ‘breedready’ status of 1.8 million women. “An open database in China contains the personal information of more than 1.8 million women, including their phone numbers, addresses, and something called ‘BreedReady’ status, according to a researcher.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Debate Report: New Web-Based App Showcases Earth’s Light Emissions. “A large amount of the datasets provided by scientific satellites is available for free, but they aren’t accessible for the general public. A new web application will facilitate access to satellite imagery of Earth. Radiance Light Trends allows users to inspect a specific region or site and observe how Earth’s light emissions changed in the last decades, with the earliest data being collected in 1992.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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