Australia Readers, Apollo 11, University of Maine Newspapers, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, June 19, 2019


The Sydney Morning Herald: World’s largest database uncovers Australia’s secret reading passions . “Researchers from the Australian National University’s literature school will launch this week the new Australian Common Reader website, giving a historical snapshot of the nation’s reading habits drawn from what the university says is the world’s largest database of library borrowing records. The records show borrowing habits – not catalogued books – from six Australian libraries between 1861 and 1928, not including the state libraries of Sydney and Melbourne.”

Phys .org: JFK Library launches app to celebrate Apollo 11 mission. “The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a new app that helps users relive the 1969 launch of the Apollo 11 mission.”

University of Maine: Archive of Maine Campus newspaper now available online. “More than 5,000 issues of the University of Maine’s student-run newspaper, the Maine Campus, are now available online. Patrons can search the 130-year archive and download complete issues from anywhere in the world through Digital Commons at UMaine, an online repository managed by Raymond H. Fogler Library.”

Route Fifty: Tracking State Spending in Real Time with Budget Transparency Websites. “State governments are raising the bar on what it means to be transparent about their spending, with two states launching new budget websites this month that allow citizens to examine expenditures in near-real time.”


CNET: IMDb streaming service gets a content makeover. “Amazon’s IMDb TV is stepping up its content game. The free streaming service, formerly known as FreeDive, will triple its content selection to include thousands of hits like Captain Fantastic and La La Land, the company said Monday.”

Mashable: Instagram makes it easier to take back hacked accounts . “Instagram is finally addressing a huge problem on its platform: hacked accounts. The company says it is making a series of changes that will make it easier for people to regain access to a hacked account.”


ZDNet: Game Over for GandCrab: New free decryption tool allows victims to unlock all versions of this ransomware. “A new decryption tool that counters one of the most prolific families of ransomware by allowing victims to retrieve their files for free has been released in a collaborative effort by Europol, the FBI, cybersecurity company Bitdefender, and others.”


The Washington Post: The National Archives has billions of handwritten documents. With cursive skills declining, how will we read them?. “We all know that cursive has gone out of style. To modern young people, deciphering the wavy old-fashioned script can seem as relevant as dialing a rotary phone or milking a cow. For institutions like the National Archives, this poses a very specific problem.”

Yahoo Finance: Instagram grapples with ‘fake news’ problem as phony accounts proliferate “Fake or ‘copycat’ Instagram (FB) accounts are taking over the platform, in a ploy to attract more followers. Scam accounts like the now-deleted @SudanMealPlan have been exploiting high-profile movements by preying on unassuming users. Separately, Sudan’s deepening political crisis is the latest target with @SudanMealPlan garnering nearly half a million followers — in just one week.”


The Next Web: AIs should be legally liable for their mistakes soon. “Historically, insurers have had to consider only the human aspect of parties involved in any insurable matter. Today, things are a lot more complex. As AI development has increased in scope, we have been left with programs with the sophistication to be integrated into areas of infrastructure that have effectively given them direct input into life-or-death situations.”

Tubefilter: Twitch Suing 100 Users Who Spammed ‘Artifact’ Game Category With Pornographic And Violent Content. “Twitch is suing 100 people for flooding its site with pornography, gore, and graphic imagery, including livestreams of the Christchurch massacre footage. There’s only one problem: the Amazon-owned platform has no idea who these 100 people are.”


Newswise: Facebook Posts Better at Predicting Diabetes, Mental Health Than Demographic Info. “Language in Facebook posts may help identify conditions such as diabetes, anxiety, depression and psychosis in patients, according to a study from Penn Medicine and Stony Brook University researchers. It’s believed that language in posts could be indicators of disease and, with patient consent, could be monitored just like physical symptoms. This study was published in PLOS ONE.” Good morning, Internet…

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