Coolattin Estate, Slavery Research, Snapchat, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, April 7, 2019


Independent (Ireland): New website gives glimpse of the tenantry of Coolattin Estate. “A fascinating new historical resource was launched at the Courthouse Arts Centre recently which offers a detailed glimpse into the life of tenants on the Earl of Fitzwilliam’s Wicklow estates between 1841 and 1868.”

Penn Today: Research, context, and community merge at Penn and Slavery Symposium. “This year’s Penn Slavery Project students and Brown presented some of their findings, both from last fall and the current semester. Students addressed economic ties to the slave trade and early fundraising efforts as well as connections between early medical research and the topic of biological racism. The Project will increase access to its research through a new website featuring all of the students’ work.”


TechCrunch: Foursnap? Snapchat tries ‘Status’ location check-ins. “Today’s teens missed the Foursquare era, so Snapchat is giving them another shot with a new feature to aid in-person meetups. Snapchat is now testing Status, an option to share to the Snap Map a Bitmoji depicting what you’re up to at a certain place. You could show your little avatar playing video games, watching TV, asking friends to hit you up and more. And Snapchat will compile these into a private diary of what you’ve been doing, called Passport.”

Fit to Print: Breaking News! Now Available On Virginia Chronicle!. “Listed below are titles arriving to both the Chronicling America site and Virginia Chronicle in the coming months. Digitized with generous funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the focus of this National Digital Newspaper Program grant cycle, the fifth for Virginia, is antebellum newspapers. So, the vast majority of this group of newspapers will be pre-Civil War era. A noteworthy exception is the Tribune, an African American newspaper published out of Roanoke from 1951-1957.”

ZDNet: Microsoft is closing its HealthVault patient-records service on November 20. “Microsoft is dropping its HealthVault patient records-management service, the company notified customers via email today, April 5. The service will be shut down on November 20 and any data residing in the service will be deleted after that date.”


New Indian Express: Kerala makes digital content in tribal languages for the first time in country. “In a first in the country, the State Institute of Educational Technology (SIET), an autonomous institution under the General Education Department, has made digital contents in tribal languages so as to make tribal children learn their own languages in a much easier way.”

TARO Today: Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) Receives NEH Grant. “The Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) consortium and the University of Texas Libraries have received a grant of $348,359 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to enhance their efforts to provide researchers worldwide with access to collection descriptions of archival primary sources in libraries, archives and museums across Texas.”


New Zealand Herald: NZ tech company discovers major Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox bug. “Aura, a government-owned tech company, has discovered what it is calling a ‘very big’ software flaw in the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. The bug allows a user’s private photos and sensitive documents such as passports, driver licenses and other identifying content to be uploaded to websites, and to be obtained by malicious hackers.” Apparently the bug has been fixed.

Search Engine Journal: WP Google Maps Plugin Vulnerable to SQL Injection Exploit. “A high priority update was issued by WP Google Maps WordPress plugin to fix a vulnerability. The plugin could allow a malicious hacker to take control of a website. It is highly recommended that users of this plugin update to the latest version. Failure to do so may expose your site to a SQL Injection attack.”


WUSF: USF Launches Measles Simulator For Florida. “A new online measles simulator shows how quickly the disease could spread in Florida. It models the state’s actual population, taken from census data, and considers how people move about the region and interact.”

MIT Technology Review: Hey Google, sorry you lost your ethics council, so we made one for you. “How did things go so wrong? And can Google put them right? We got a dozen experts in AI, technology, and ethics to tell us where the company lost its way and what it might do next. If these people had been on ATEAC, the story might have had a different outcome.”

Department of Energy: Department of Energy Announces $20 Million to Develop Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Tools. “Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $20 million in funding to accelerate the incorporation of machine learning and artificial intelligence into energy technology and product design processes.” Good morning, Internet…

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