Fossil Fuel Companies in Canada, Tech Startups in Africa, G Suite, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 4, 2019


University of Victoria: Fossil fuel mapping database results released. “A new online mapping tool highlighting the 50 most influential fossil fuel industry players in Western Canada was launched today to help shed light on who’s who in the oil resource sector. Today, the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP) released its fossil-power top 50 listing, along with a publicly accessible database of the larger Canadian fossil fuel industry that maps its connections to the wider corporate sector in Canada and globally.”


Ventureburn: Orange Digital Ventures Africa releases updated Africa Tech Ecosystem database. “On Monday (1 July), Orange Digital Ventures Africa — a corporate venture fund for early-stage investment — released an updated version of its Africa Tech Ecosystem database (opens as spreadsheet on Google Sheets) in a blog post on Medium.”

Google Blog: ICYMI: G Suite in 2019, so far. “It’s been a busy year for G Suite. Gmail celebrated its 15th birthday, and we launched a slew of updates at Google Cloud Next ‘19. For a recap on what’s happened in G Suite this year thus far, read on.”


PBS News Hour: Smartphones aren’t making millennials grow horns. Here’s how to spot a bad study. “The original study and both news stories — which have gone viral, picked up by dozens more outlets in recent days — link these alleged bone deformities to the use of mobile technology, specifically because users are bending ‘their heads forward to make sense of what’s happening on the miniature screens,’ as the [Washington] Post wrote. There’s one problem.”

Lifehacker: How to Make Your Instagram Account as Private as Possible. “You can’t become completely invisible on Instagram; at the very least, your username will visible to anyone who searches for it on the platform. Still, if you want to maintain a little extra privacy on the app, it’s important to disconnect your phone number and even sign up using a different email than your personal one to avoid unwanted contact.”


The Rio Times: Museum in Rio Uses Social Media Language to Attract Audience. “Blending art with social media language increased visits to the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA) by 60 percent. The Hashtags da Arte exhibition selected 40 pieces from the museum’s collection and marked each one with stickers featuring keywords used in apps (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) intermingled with the descriptions of the works. The method aroused young people’s curiosity for art.”

Elle: Virtual Fashion: The Digitally Generated Clothes Appearing On Your IG Influencer Feeds. “Picture this: you’re browsing online and a statement jacket suddenly catches your eye. Metallic, with flashes of lime green; it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. After some umming and ahhing, you decide to buy it. Instead of ever seeing it in person, though, you supply a photo of yourself and the same image is then sent back with your newly purchased jacket edited onto you.”


Ars Technica: 30,000 followers makes you an Internet “celebrity,” says UK ad regulator. “One of the stranger questions of our modern era: when does being “Internet famous” translate into being, well, actually famous? According to a UK regulator, the magic number is 30,000 followers.”


KESQ: Tribes work together to monitor valley air quality. “A new air monitoring station has taken up residence near Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians are partnering up to study air quality in the valley.” The tribes hope to launch a website where they can make the information available to the general public.

Internet Archive: Most 20th Century Books Unavailable to Internet Users – We Can Fix That. “The books of the 20th century are largely not online. They are mostly not available from even the biggest booksellers. And, libraries who have collected hard copies of these books have not been able to deliver them in a cost-efficient, simple, digital form to their patrons. The way libraries could fill that gap is to adopt and deliver a controlled digital lending service. The Internet Archive is trying to do its part but needs others to join in.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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