MySpace, Twitter, NC A&T Newspapers, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 19, 2019


BBC: MySpace admits losing 12 years’ worth of music uploads. “MySpace, one of the first online social networks, has apologised after a server migration caused a huge loss of data. A message on its website says that ‘any photos, videos and audio files’ uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available.”

Engadget: Twitter tests conversation ‘subscriptions’. “Twitter is testing yet another new feature: a ‘subscribe to conversation’ button that would let users follow a thread without liking or replying to it. Twitter user and software engineer Jane Manchun Wong (who’s known for finding this kind of thing) discovered the prototype in the Android version of the app. In response to her tweet about it, Twitter said this is an attempt to make the platform more conversational. It’s now the latest in a flood of changes we’ve seen from Twitter.”

DigitalNC: More issues of The AC Phoenix are available on DigitalNC. “Forty-five additional issues of The AC Phoenix are now available thanks to our partner, N.C. A&T University. These additions, from 1990 to 2006, share more news from North Carolina’s Triad region and beyond for readers. Based in Winston-Salem, The AC Phoenix provides an invaluable resource for Triad African American communities and has been an institution in the region since Rodney Sumler founded the paper in 1983.”


NDTV (India): Over 31,000 Film Reels At Film Archives Body Lost, Destroyed: Auditor CAG. “Over 31,000 precious reels or cans held by the National Films Archives of India are understood to have been lost or destroyed, according to the observations of a CAG report, which is contested by the NFAI.”

Stuff NZ: International artists create art out of the Kaikōura earthquake. “Describing an earthquake as ‘beautiful’ might seem unnatural to New Zealanders. But huge seismic events can have a hint of art hidden in them – something UK-based artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt know well.”

CBC: Prince George museum hopes to go digital with northern B.C. archival collection. “Prince George museum the Exploration Place hopes to modernize its archives by digitizing around 900,000 items so that more people can access the information.”


New York Times: Trusting in Antitrust: Actions Against Big Tech Are Now Palatable. “At a moment when nearly everything in America seems wildly contentious, antitrust action against tech is getting a sober look. Antitrust is the nuclear bomb of regulatory policy, but the reaction to Ms. [Elizabeth] Warren’s and Ms. [Amy] Klobuchar’s ideas was surprisingly receptive.”


Wired: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science. “No human, or team of humans, could possibly keep up with the avalanche of information produced by many of today’s physics and astronomy experiments. Some of them record terabytes of data every day — and the torrent is only increasing. The Square Kilometer Array, a radio telescope slated to switch on in the mid-2020s, will generate about as much data traffic each year as the entire internet.”

Economic Times (India): Heritage gets a tech upgrade: Digital archiving giving Gateway of India, Mysore Palace a new lease of life . “The 3D scan project for the Gateway of India shows how imaging technology is throwing open the portals of history. The advent of superior imaging technology has helped local bodies around the world archive and document monuments, thereby helping in their preservation. Recently, field work was underway at the Gateway of India.”

TechCrunch: Fifty years of the internet . “When my team of graduate students and I sent the first message over the internet on a warm Los Angeles evening in October, 1969, little did we suspect that we were at the start of a worldwide revolution. After we typed the first two letters from our computer room at UCLA, namely, ‘Lo’ for ‘Login,’ the network crashed. Hence, the first Internet message was ‘Lo’ as in ‘Lo and behold’ – inadvertently, we had delivered a message that was succinct, powerful, and prophetic. Good afternoon, Internet….

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