Europe Newspapers, Foo Fighters, Wage Inequality, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, July 6, 2019


Europeana Pro: Extra, extra: Europeana Newspapers is out now. “With the new Europeana Newspapers collection, Europeana Collections gives access to hundreds of newspaper titles and millions of newspaper pages, spanning four centuries and 20 countries from across Europe.”

NME: Foo Fighters launch new Foo Files archive with surprise live EP. “Foo Fighters have launched a new Foo Files series with the release of a surprise live EP. The new EP is titled ‘00950025’, which fans are assuming to be a reference to the band’s debut album (released in 1995), which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.”

International Labour Organization: Just 10 per cent of workers receive nearly half of global pay. “An ILO assessment gives the first global estimates of the distribution of labour income, and shows that pay inequality remains pervasive in the world of work. The findings are drawn from a new database which includes national, regional and global data.”


BetaNews: Mozilla set to offer ad-free browsing in Firefox for $5. “Advertising is the lifeblood of many websites, but at the same time it is something that few people are fans of. To stave off income-killing ad-blockers, an increasing number of sites offer per-article or per-month subscriptions that give people the chance to enjoy content free of ads while still supporting the sites they love.”

Neowin: Your Microsoft account may be closed if you haven’t used it in two years. “If you haven’t logged into your Microsoft account for a long time and you don’t want it to be closed, now may be a good time to do so. The company has published a new document laying out its account activity policy, and it looks like you’ll need to sign into your account at least once every two years in order to prevent it from being deleted. This change will be effective from August 30.”

TechCrunch: It was a really bad month for the internet. “If these past few weeks felt like the sky was falling, you weren’t alone. In the past month there were several major internet outages affecting millions of users across the world. Sites buckled, services broke, images wouldn’t load, direct messages ground to a halt and calendars and email were unavailable for hours at a time.”


PC Magazine: #Talkstorytalkplace Project Wants a Digital Archive of LA’s Chinatown. “Like many creatives in Los Angeles, Joel Quizon is a multi-hyphenate: a curator-producer-DJ who might soon have to add ‘historian’ to his resume, too. As a producer at media studio Form follows Function (FfF), Quizon is working with founder and documentary filmmaker Maya Santos on a bold, tech-based project called #talkstorytalkplace, which is building a digital archive of memories and tales focused on the immigrant experience.”

Reuters: ‘Took away our identity’: Google Maps puzzles residents with new neighbourhood names. “Home to a Peach Street, an Orange Street and a Lemon Street, the Fruit Belt district of Buffalo, New York, has been known by that name since German settlers planted orchards there in the 1800s. So, local resident Veronica Hemphill-Nichols was surprised when she opened Google Maps on her first, freshly bought smartphone about 10 years ago and saw the area rebranded as Medical Park.”

The Wilson Times: Burk Uzzle photo archive headed to UNC library. “In front of Uzzle’s lens were Robin Williams spontaneously ad-libbing, Bill Gates sitting on the top of a boardroom table, Ethel and Robert Kennedy attending the funeral of a slain president, friends releasing Janis Joplin’s ashes on a beach, Hugh Hefner sizing up three bunnies, thousands of young people tuning in at Woodstock and thousands of other historically notable subjects. A team of archivists from the Kohler Foundation and Barton College is currently cataloging some 2,800 prints and 75,000 negatives from the 81-year-old photographer’s collection to be gifted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library.” There are plans to digitize the collection.


Abacus News: People in China are trying to thwart police surveillance apps. “The news is the first one to confirm that tools like this have been used against foreigners in addition to Chinese citizens, but rumors and reports about similar apps have been swirling around for a while. In fact, some netizens are already fighting back by building their own tools to counter China’s intrusion into people’s digital privacy.”


The Next Web: Social media shaming and forgiveness: why nobody’s beyond the pale. “She was a high-flying international human right’s lawyer who worked with refugees. Then she was found dead on a beach in East Sussex. What happened in-between is a story of crime and punishment, and a question of how justice works in the social media era.”

Berkeley Lab: With Little Training, Machine-Learning Algorithms Can Uncover Hidden Scientific Knowledge. “Sure, computers can be used to play grandmaster-level chess, but can they make scientific discoveries? Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shown that an algorithm with no training in materials science can scan the text of millions of papers and uncover new scientific knowledge.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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