Lead Batteries, New Hampshire Government Records, Twitter, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, April 17, 2019


Windpower Engineering and Development: Interactive map pinpoints energy storage installations worldwide. “A digital map detailing more than 120 lead battery-powered energy storage projects has been unveiled by the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI). The map, published online for the Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona this week includes diverse case studies demonstrating successful lead battery energy storage installations from the United States, to Asia and Europe.”

NHPR: N.H. Launches Online Database for More Than 16,000 Historical Records. “State officials launched an online database Tuesday that gives users access to more than 16,000 historical documents. It’s called the Enhanced Mapping and Management Information tool — or EMMIT for short. Envisioned about 20 years ago, the system provides instant access to records.” Apparently this resource will have a cost but it’s not clear from the article how much that cost will be.


CNET: Twitter gets more proactive about combating abuse. “Twitter, which has been under pressure to do more to combat harassment, said Tuesday that it’s being more proactive about flagging tweets that violate its rules against hate speech, threats and other abusive content. The social media company said that it used to only review abusive tweets that users reported to the company. Now it’s using technology to identify abusive tweets before it receives a report.” It just started to do that?

Louisville Kentucky: City, Google Fiber reach agreement providing for restoration of infrastructure affected by Google Fiber construction. “Google Fiber will pay $3.84 million to Louisville Metro Government (LMG) to restore roads and other public rights-of-way affected by its departing service in Louisville. Louisville Metro Government and Google Fiber agreed to these payments to fulfill the company’s obligations under its franchise agreement and local regulations, which require restoration of rights-of-way should a service provider end service in Louisville. Citing technical challenges, Google Fiber announced its exit from Louisville in February.”


CNN: Tech companies have a major ‘live’ problem. “Big tech companies have spent the better part of two years telling us how they’re trying to fix their misinformation problem. But their efforts to increase interest in live content is adding to it.”

Smithsonian Magazine: What the Obsolete Art of Mapping the Skies on Glass Plates Can Still Teach Us. “The first pictures of the sky were taken on glass photographic plates, and these treasured artifacts can still help scientists make discoveries today.”


Patch: GA City Officials May Be Allowed To Sue Social Media Critics. “City officials are considering passing a law that would allow them to sue anyone on social media who they believe have defamed them. The ordinance, set to come before the Peachtree City council on Thursday, would allow a council member, the city manager or any city worker to sue its residents, at taxpayer expense, for damages.”

The Verge: Russian lawmakers approve plan to take more control over internet traffic. “Russian lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to take further control over internet traffic in the country, The Associated Press reports. Under the proposal, Russian internet traffic would be required to be sent through servers in the country, according to the AP, giving the country more leverage to surveil and censor information. The bill was approved by the State Duma, and it will now head to the upper legislative chamber before going to President Putin’s desk for a signature.”

Boing Boing: Your kid’s “smart watch” lets anyone in the world trace their location. Again.. Warning: there is some swearing in the article and I bet after you read it you’ll want to swear too. “Tictoctrack is a rebadged Gator watch — the ones that had to fix a glaring API flaw that Pen Test Partners published on in January — but because it has its own back-end, one that keeps all kid-data onshore in Australia, it has its own grotesque security defects.”


TechCrunch: Smart speakers’ installed base to top 200 million by year end. “Smart speakers’ global installed base is on track to top 200 million by the end of this year, according to a report out today from analysts at Canalys. Specifically, the firm forecasts the installed base will grow by 82.4 percent, from 114 million units in 2018 to 207.9 million in 2019.” Good evening, Internet…

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