Lebanon History, Windows Updates, EU Elections, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, April 26, 2019


The Daily Star (Lebanon): UMAM launches online archive. “UMAM Documentation and Research launched its long-awaited online archive initiative at Beit Beirut last week. UMAM’s goal is to make its collection available for researchers or anyone interested in the region’s history.” If you want more information about UMAM Documentation and Research, check out this overview from Peace Insight..


BetaNews: Microsoft will block the Windows 10 May 2019 Update if you have a USB drive or SD card connected. “Out of an apparent abundance of precaution, Microsoft is opting to block the installation of the update if a computer has an external USB drive or SD card plugged in. The block is being introduced because of fears that drive letters might be inappropriately reassigned during the installation.”

Google Blog: More ways to find authoritative information in Europe. “Providing useful and trusted information online is a complex and important responsibility, especially around elections. Our aim is to build helpful tools that get you to the information you’re looking for. As we get closer to the EU Parliamentary elections, alongside our broader package of support, we’re making it easier to help you access quality content online. We’re also working in partnership with fact checking organizations to support a healthy news ecosystem online, as well as helping voters get the information they need more broadly.”

Neowin: Twitter is cracking down on election tweets meant to mislead voters. “Late last year, Twitter bared a vast set of information including accounts and tweets linked to U.S. election meddling done by foreign entities. It was part of Twitter’s broader goal of fighting misinformation on its platform, and today the micro-blogging site is beefing up that effort with a new tool for reporting misleading election tweets.”


MakeUseOf: The Best Free Online Calendars: 7 Options Compared. “You don’t need lots of fancy productivity tools. If deployed correctly, a simple online calendar should suffice for most of your organizational needs. There are lots of free online calendars to choose from. At one end of the scale, there are well-known apps like Google Calendar. At the other end, you’ll find several niche apps that are worth considering.”


Quartz: Facebook political ads show Modi is still king of social media in India. “If India’s 2019 parliamentary polls were to be judged entirely by the political advertisements on Facebook, it is all about economics. These ads have predominantly focused on the economy and development. It’s even more clear who is grabbing the limelight: Prime minister Narendra Modi’s name features in far more of these ads than those of his rivals and allies.”

Fstoppers: Rare and Unseen Photos of Hitler and Nazi Rallies Released, Digitized From Glass Negatives. “The National Archive has digitized, restored, and released 1,270 photos of Adolf Hitler, originally taken by his personal photographer, Henrich Hoffmann. Most have never been seen before, and range from studio portraits to Nazi rallies. Created from a trove of 41,000 glass negatives, many of which were broken and had to be reassembled, the process has been overseen Richard E. Schneider. The project took around nine months to complete.” The images are apparently not online yet, but are expected to be soon.

The Daily Beast: Reddit’s BlackPeopleTwitter Forum Wants to Know if Its Users Are Actually White. “Every day, the moderators of BlackPeopleTwitter—the Reddit forum devoted to screenshots of tweets from black people—sort through inboxes filled with jokes about cooking, dating, or watching Marvel movies. And according to moderator ‘DubTeeDub,’ that also means dealing with a ‘never-ending stream of slurs.’ Being the most popular forum about black culture on an overwhelmingly white website that hosts a number of racist subreddits has brought other problems, too. There are the white people pretending to be black, and the disgruntled commenters who accuse the moderating team of posing as black themselves.”


CNET: NSA reportedly recommends retiring phone surveillance program. “The National Security Agency has recommended the White House abandon a controversial program that collects and analyzes data on millions of Americans’ domestic calls and texts, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.”

Washington Post: Indian court lifts ban on Chinese social media app TikTok. “An Indian court on Wednesday lifted its ban on Chinese social media video-sharing app TikTok on the condition that the platform popular with teenagers would not be used to host obscene videos. Justices N. Kirubakaran and S.S. Sundar warned TikTok that any video on the app violating conditions would be considered contempt of court.”


BBC News: No sedentary screen time for babies, WHO says. “Sedentary screen time, including computer games, should not happen before a child is two, the WHO says. The limit for two- to four-year-olds is an hour a day and less is better.”

TechCrunch: Pew: U.S. adult Twitter users tend to be younger, more democratic; 10% create 80% of tweets. “A new report out this morning from Pew Research Center offers insight into the U.S. adult Twitter population. The firm’s research indicates the Twitterverse tends to skew younger and more Democratic than the general public. It also notes that the activity on Twitter is dominated by a small percentage — most users rarely tweet, while the most prolific 10 percent are responsible for 80 percent of tweets from U.S. adults.” Good morning, Internet…

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