CDN: Digital Cebuano, NCCA project goes online. “The project continues an earlier project with the NCCA [National Commission for Culture and the Arts] – the Shared Future project – which was completed in 2017. For this recent addition, the materials freshly digitized are the Nueva Fuerza newspapers and some more years of the Bag-ong Kusog newspapers, both high-traffic early twentieth century periodicals for local and foreign researchers. The project covers eight years (8) years of Nueva Fuerza and four (4) years of Bag-ong Kusog.” Cebuano is a language spoken by over 10 million people in the Philippines. See this article in Britannica. Some people argue that Cebuano is not a separate language at all but is a dialect of Bisaya.
Public Technology: National Archives launches online repository for Brexit law. “The National Archives has launched two new online services to enable the public to access all legislation related to the UK’s impending exit from the European Union. From today, the National Archives will operate an online database of all pieces of EU legislation relevant to the UK.”
Times Colonist: 12-year project complete: Online newspaper archive covers Victoria’s history. “After spending 12 years getting the first 122 years of this newspaper digitized and online, the University of Victoria Libraries threw a party on June 4 to celebrate completion of the project. The… website includes news about every B.C. premier and Canadian prime minister to hold office up to August 1980, along with stories on six British monarchs, 24 U.S. presidents, two world wars, the 1912 sinking of the Titanic and the 1969 moon landing.”
Salisbury Journal: Stonehenge experience with English Heritage website Skyscape. “AROUND 100,000 people from around the world have signed up to watch the sky above Stonehenge, following the launch of a virtual viewing platform. Skyscape invites visitors to enjoy the changing Stonehenge sky merely through a website, including the sunrise and sunset, and experience the virtual journey of the stars and the moon from within the stone circle.” The link in the article did not work for me, but https://www.stonehengeskyscape.co.uk/ did.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Search Engine Journal: Facebook Reveals Cause of July 3rd Outage, Also Affecting Instagram . “The cause of the widespread outage affecting image uploads on Instagram and Facebook has been revealed.”
DevClass: GitHub trials machine learning so you can mind your language. “GitHub is trialling a machine-learning powered system to identify the babel of languages across the code repo platform. You might wonder whether this is a big deal – surely people know what language they’re using, and that’s all that matters.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
The Register: YouTube mystery ban on hacking videos has content creators puzzled. “YouTube, under fire since inception for building a business on other people’s copyrights and in recent years for its vacillating policies on irredeemable content, recently decided it no longer wants to host instructional hacking videos.”
New York Times: The Horrible Place Between the Apps. “Everyone has that one app. The one that mocks you from your home screen. The app that lures you to the folder where you’ve tried to hide it. The app you’ve signed out of and deleted — only to download again the next morning. The app you can’t quite quit.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
The Register: US Cyber Command warns that the Outlook is not so good – Iranians hitting email flaw. “The US Cyber Command has issued an alert that hackers have been actively going after CVE-2017-11774. The flaw is a sandbox escape bug in Outlook that allows an attacker who already possesses the victim’s Outlook credentials to change the user’s home page. That page, in turn, can have embedded code that downloads and executes malware when Outlook is opened.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
BBC: Google lets destroyed Lion of Mosul roar again. “Google has recreated an ancient statue destroyed by the Islamic State group in 2015, using crowd-sourced pictures and 3D printing. The Lion of Mosul was a colossal Assyrian guardian lion which stood at the entrance of the Temple of Ishtar in Nimrud, Iraq.”
CNET: ‘Turbocharged’ AI flu vaccine to be tested in US soon, report says. “The flu vaccine isn’t perfect, but Australian scientists are trying to make it work better. Researchers at Flinders University in South Australia developed a way to use artificial intelligence to create a ‘turbocharged’ flu vaccine. The computer program, called Sam, is set for a trial in the US soon, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.”
OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL
Ars Technica: Behold, the most (intentionally) poorly designed website ever created. “Sometimes we take Web and user interface design for granted—that’s the point of User Inyerface, a hilariously and deliberately difficult-to-use website created to show just how much we rely on past habits and design conventions to interact with the Web and our digital devices.” Good morning, Internet…
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