Ancient Symbols, Finding Beer, Dataset Archives, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, July 19, 2019


Fast Company: See the world’s oldest emoji in this new archive of 650 ancient symbols. “A new project aims to catalogue hundreds of ancient symbols, drawn from long-gone civilizations like the Mayans, the ancient Egyptians, and the Aztecs, as well as present-day indigenous communities, like the Maori in New Zealand and the Lakota Sioux in North America.”

PR Newswire: BeerMaps, LLC Announces the Launch of an Interactive Brewery and Taproom Search Engine– (PRESS RELEASE). “The BeerMaps interface allows users to search for breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, taverns, and other beer businesses based on their GPS location so users can discover new places everywhere they go–it is now easier than ever for craft beer enthusiasts to find local craft beer! BeerMaps users can search by city or simply click the ‘near me’ button to discover breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, and taverns nearest to their GPS location.”

University of California Riverside: Free dataset archive helps researchers quickly find a needle in a haystack. “While there are hundreds of publicly available datasets, locating them can take months of searching. When potential sources are found, they rarely provide enough information for a researcher to decide if the set actually contains the kind of data they need without downloading the often huge file and sorting through it first. Thanks to a computer scientist at the University of California, Riverside, finding the right dataset is now as easy as bookmarking a website, and it costs absolutely nothing.”


Ars Technica: Facebook is backpedaling from its ambitious vision for Libra. “David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s new Calibra payments division, appeared before two hostile congressional committees this week with a simple message: Facebook knows policymakers are concerned about Libra, and Facebook won’t move forward with the project until their concerns are addressed.”

Chicago Tribune: Ebony photo archives auction resumes Monday after producing ‘multiple bidders’ but no clear winner. “An auction to sell bankrupt Johnson Publishing’s historic Ebony photo archives has been continued until Monday after producing ‘multiple bidders’ but no clear winner.”

Search Engine Journal: DuckDuckGo Improves its Maps Experience With Several Key Upgrades . “DuckDuckGo is rolling out several updates to its maps search experience while maintaining the same commitment to user privacy.”


MakeUseOf: How to Search Your Entire Book Collection With This Evernote System. “Imagine being able to search your physical books for passages about climate change, but only in books about business. Or articles about the Himalaya in travel magazines that you have stored in a box. In this article, I’ll show you how to do just that. And no, it does not involve the terrible idea of digitizing all your physical media (thank God).”


Refinery29: Cheese Board Influencer Is A Real Job Thanks To A Growing Instagram Trend. “The Instagram trend may be recent, but cheeseboards have been trending on and off since the early 1900s. As prohibition came to an end in the United States, the popularity of cocktail hours at hotels and other social gathering sites soared and so too did the popularity of snack trays, which often included cheese.”

Poynter: Would you please help fact-checkers fight those never-ending moon hoaxes?. “Around the world, fact-checkers are popularly known for their work fighting political misinformation. But for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, many of them have prepared lists of moon-related debunks you just can’t miss. Now it’s your turn to check out the work of some of the International Fact-Checking Network’s verified signatories, and make sure that the information you’re consuming and spreading about the moon isn’t too out of this world.”


CNET: Google removes stalkerware apps after researchers discover trackers on Play Store. “Antivirus company Avast said Wednesday that it’s found seven stalkerware apps available on Android’s market. In all, they had been installed more than 130,000 times. Google removed four of the apps after Avast reported the privacy violations on Tuesday, and removed the last three on Wednesday.” With New Bot Law, California Puts Social Media Giants on Notice. “California’s new bot law went into effect on July 1, which means it’s now officially illegal to use undeclared bots to incentivize a sale or influence an election. The parameters of the legislation are fairly narrow, targeting bots deployed ‘with the intent to mislead the other person about its artificial identity for the purpose of knowingly deceiving.'”


NiemanLab: Hey comment mods, you doin’ okay? A new study shows moderating uncivil comments reduces the moderator’s trust in news. “A new study from the Center for Media Engagement shows that people moderating uncivil comments on news sites decreases their trust in the news outlet and increases their emotional exhaustion. And that’s just 747 participants from Mechanical Turk who spent an average of 24 minutes doing it — not even a survey of the people who are actually paid to do this stuff all day.” Good morning, Internet…

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