Scotland Maps, Facebook Advertising, Whitman College Newspapers, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 29, 2019


BBC: Maps show land confiscated from Old Fox. “Maps made to help the government control the confiscated estate of a notorious Jacobite have been made available to the public online. They are among more than 400 maps belonging to the Lovat Estates near Beauly in the Highlands. After the defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden, the British government took control of the estates of the 11th Lord Lovat, Simon Fraser, who was known as the Old Fox.”

TechCrunch: Facebook launches searchable transparency library of all active ads. “Now you can search Facebook for how much Trump has spent on ads in the past year, which Pages’ ads reference immigration or what a Page’s previous names were. It’s all part of Facebook’s new Ad Library launching today that makes good on its promise to increase transparency after the social network’s ads were used to try to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.”

Whitman College: College Archives Offers New Digital Database of Student Newspapers . “People interested in exploring the history of Whitman College from a student’s perspective have a new avenue for research: This spring, the archivist at the Penrose Library finished a yearlong effort to digitize archives of the Whitman Pioneer and Whitman Wire newspapers.”


Neowin: Canonical releases Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo beta images for testing. “In April, Canonical is scheduled to release Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo; in preparation, it has released a beta image which enthusiasts and developers can install to find and report any lingering bugs that can be fixed ready for the final release. The Ubuntu team has announced that beta images for the Desktop, Server, and Cloud editions of Ubuntu 19.04 are ready for download now.”

Twitter Blog: Take the field with @MLB on Twitter in 2019. “The Major League Baseball season is around the corner and with engaging new content this year, Twitter is the place where fans can come to view live video and near-real time highlights, and join the MLB conversation.”

Google Open Source Blog: Open sourcing Science Journal iOS. “Google’s Science Journal app enables you to use the sensors in your mobile devices to perform science experiments. We believe anyone can be a scientist anywhere. Science doesn’t just happen in the classroom or lab—tools like Science Journal let you see how the world works with just your phone. From learning about sound and motion to discovering how atmospheric pressure works, Science Journal helps you understand and measure the world around you. We’re extremely excited to announce that we’re open sourcing this powerful science tool.”


The New York Times: In Ukraine, Russia Tests a New Facebook Tactic in Election Tampering. “Unlike the 2016 interference in the United States, which centered on fake Facebook pages created by Russians in faraway St. Petersburg, the operation in Ukraine this year had a clever twist. It tried to circumvent Facebook’s new safeguards by paying Ukrainian citizens to give a Russian agent access to their personal pages.”

The Verge: HUD reportedly also investigating Google and Twitter in housing discrimination probe. “The US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which just filed housing discrimination charges against Facebook for its advertising policies, is reportedly scrutinizing Google and Twitter’s policies as well. The Washington Post writes that HUD officials told Twitter and Google about a probe into their advertising policies last year; a review is supposedly still ongoing.”


Ars Technica: Serious Magento bug will likely be exploited in the wild by card skimmers. “A critical vulnerability in the Magento e-commerce platform is putting as many as 300,000 commerce sites at risk of card-skimming infections until they install a recently released patch.”

Genealogy’s Star: Reclaim the Records Wins Again: Index to millions of New York marriage records reclaimed!. GS quoting the announcement: “Greetings from Reclaim The Records! We’re that scrappy little activist group of genealogists, historians, journalists, and open government advocates, fighting for better public access to government-held genealogical and historical documents. And today, we’re pleased to inform you that we just won our fourth lawsuit! We fought the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) for the index to marriages performed in the state of New York post-1965, and after seven months, a judge has now ruled in our favor.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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