Venture Capital, Learning English, Facebook, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, May 26, 2019


Louisville Business First: Want funding? New website with Louisville ties will show you the money. “Four Southeast organizations have collaborated to create a searchable database that aims to help entrepreneurs and investors find venture capital funding. Nashville, Tenn.-based ModernCapital, Tampa Bay, Fla.-based Embarc Collective, Launch Tennessee and HQ1 partnered to develop a growing list of capital resources in the Southeast that are actively investing in pre-seed to growth-stage startups across all industries.”


TechCrunch: Microsoft’s new language learning app uses your phone’s camera and computer vision to teach vocabulary. “Eight Microsoft interns have developed a new language learning tool that uses the smartphone camera to help adults improve their English literacy by learning the words for the things around them. The app, Read My World, lets you take a picture with your phone to learn from a library of more than 1,500 words. The photo can be of a real-world object or text found in a document, Microsoft says.”

BBC: Facebook plans to launch ‘GlobalCoin’ currency in 2020. “Facebook is finalising plans to launch its own crypto-currency next year. It is planning to set up a digital payments system in about a dozen countries by the first quarter of 2020.”


MakeUseOf: Make SMS Useful Again: 7 Services That Use SMS Messages Cleverly. “Thanks to instant messaging apps, you probably don’t use plain old SMS on your phone too often. Messengers like WhatsApp and Telegram are faster, more reliable, and have tons of other modern features SMS lacks. But SMS is around to stay on your phone and despite what you may think, it has a lot to offer. We’ve rounded up several cool services that make good use of SMS.”

Make Tech Easier: The Best Plain Text Note-Taking Apps for Every Platform. “There are countless note-taking apps available, but most of them tie you down in one way or another. Many of them use their own format for notes, making it tough to move notes between apps. Even worse, you never know when they might disappear, taking your data with them. There’s a simple alternative to these apps: plain text.”

How-To Geek: The Best Video Editing Software for Beginners. “We’ve made selections for both paid and free options on standard PCs, plus the obvious choice for macOS. For those of you who are limited to a smartphone or tablet, we also have an app pick, plus one for users who are confined to web-only interfaces. Whatever your platform or budget, you should be able to use at least one of the software options below.”


University of Alabama: Grant Allows UA, Invisible Histories to Archive Southern LGBTQ Life. “The University of Alabama was awarded a $300,000 grant from one of the largest foundations in the country to archive LGBTQ history in the South. The grant, given by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will allow the University and its partner, the Invisible Histories Project, to curate collections across the South, starting in Alabama and moving to Mississippi and Georgia.”

CogDogBlog: At the Arts Gala: Making Stories with Sound. “Maybe my favorite media thing to teach is audio editing, because it’s typically fat from most people’s experiences. With an offer from Cori to do a session at the Arts Gala event for the Prairies South School Division, I had the chance to bring this as a workshop to high school students who gathered recently at the school in Gravelbourg.”


The Verge: The Senate votes to approve anti-robocalling bill. “A bipartisan proposal, the TRACED Act, was introduced by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA). If passed, it would raise the fines the FCC is permitted to levy on robocallers, and increase the statute of limitations for bringing those cases. It would also create an interagency task force to address the problem, and push carriers like AT&T and Verizon to deploy call authentication systems like the pending STIR/SHAKEN protocols into their networks.”

Techdirt: Techdirt Sues ICE After It Insists It Has No Records Of The 1 Million Domains It Claims To Have Seized. “There’s a pretty long backstory here, so let’s go back about a decade. In the summer of 2010, we found it somewhat disturbing that ICE had ‘seized’ a bunch of websites and was announcing this from Disney’s headquarters. It raised all sorts of questions, starting with the big First Amendment questions. There are a whole bunch of cases making it clear that prior restraint is not allowed under the First Amendment. ”


Harvard Business Review: When AI Becomes a Part of Our Daily Lives. “As we live longer and technology continues its rapid arc of development, we can imagine a future where machines will augment our human abilities and help us make better life choices, from health to wealth. Instead of conducting a question and answer with a device on the countertop, we will be able to converse naturally with our virtual assistant that is fully embedded in our physical environment. Through our dialogue and digital breadcrumbs, it will understand our life goals and aspirations, our obligations and limitations. It will seamlessly and automatically help us budget and save for different life events, so we can spend more time enjoying life’s moments.”

Phys .org: Social media data reveal benefits or threats to biodiversity by visitors to nature locations. “Understanding how people use and experience important places for living nature is essential for effectively managing and monitoring human activities and conserving biodiversity. In a new article published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, a team of researchers assessed global patterns of visitation rates, attractiveness and pressure to more than 12,000 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs), which are sites of international significance for nature conservation, by using geolocated data mined from social media (Twitter and Flickr).” Good morning, Internet…

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