Indigenous Languages, Elmer Gibson, Twitter, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, August 10, 2019


CBC: Hear Indigenous language speakers from around the globe through Google Earth. “Users of Google Earth are now able to hear over 50 Indigenous language speakers from across the globe saying words and simple phrases and even singing traditional songs. The project, called Celebrating Indigenous Languages, is designed to honour the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.”

State Archives of North Carolina: State Archives Announces the Collection of Elmer Gibson, Pioneering African American Army Chaplain. “The Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina is excited to announce the availability for researchers of the Elmer P. Gibson Papers (MMP 9). This collection documents the U.S. Army service of pioneering African American chaplain, Elmer P. Gibson of Greensboro, N.C., and Philadelphia, PA…. The Elmer P. Gibson Papers help document one of the unsung heroes of the American civil rights movement of the twentieth century, and one of the most important forces for racial integration of the U.S. military. All of Gibson’s photographs are available for viewing online in an album on the State Archives’ Flickr page.”


Digital Trends: Twitter is working on a snooze feature for when your tweets are too good . “Twitter is working on a ‘snooze button’ that can pause notifications from hitting for your phone, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.”

TechCrunch: PodcastOne is launching LaunchpadDM, a free hosting platform for independent podcasters. “PodcastOne, the celebrity podcasting network from the founder of radio powerhouse WestwoodOne, is launching a free hosting platform for podcasters.”


MakeUseOf: The Best Snapchat Drawings and How to Draw Them. “Users have taken the Edit Photo tool beyond its original intent, and are now using it to create hilarious memes and stories. In this article we explain how to draw on Snapchat, and share some funny Snapchat drawings you can replicate.”


Washington Post: YouTube’s arbitrary standards: Stars keep making money even after breaking the rules. “YouTube stars attract millions of eyeballs and generate billions of dollars in ad revenue for the media giant, which pledges to run its business without tolerating hateful and otherwise harmful videos. But some of the workers hired to flag problematic content accuse YouTube of playing favorites, doling out more lenient punishments for top video creators whose work brings in the most money for the company.”

Ars Technica: Verizon demands $880 from rural library for just 0.44GB of roaming data. “A small library that lends out mobile hotspots is facing a tough budget decision because one of its borrowers accidentally ran up $880 in roaming fees, and Verizon refuses to waive or reduce the charges. The library has an ‘unlimited’ data plan for the hotspots, but Verizon says it has to pay the $880 to cover less than half a gigabyte of data usage that happened across the border with Canada.”

Slate: Welsh Wikipedia Gives Me Hope. “Google announced in February that it had expanded its offerings in Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive to include Welsh. And Google Translate—infamous since 2009 for its Scymraeg, or scummy Welsh—has, according to the BBC, recently taken a great leap forward in terms of the accuracy and quality of its Welsh translations. Morlais and others attribute this in part to the fact that there are now more than 100,000 articles on the Welsh version of Wikipedia, known as Wicipedia.”


CNET: Dating app 3Fun had users’ data, location and pictures exposed, report says. “Dating app 3Fun, which describes itself as an app designed ‘for meeting local kinky, open-minded people for 3some & swinger lifestyle’ and claims over 1.5 million users, appears to have been open to more than just relationships. In a new post from security firm Pen Test Partners this week, it also apparently exposed sensitive user data including the ‘near real time location’ of its members, their photos and information including birthdates, sexual preferences and chats.”

Mashable: Instagram let a marketing company scrape users’ location data because of course it did. “Speaking at the 2019 F8 developers’ conference, Mark Zuckerberg assured the gathered crowd that ‘the future is private.’ Apparently, he forgot to pass that message along to Facebook-owned Instagram. ”


Education Dive: Just crowdsource it: Not so fast when it comes to school data. “When I think about school reviews, I immediately go to state and school report cards and school improvement plans that states, districts and schools have spent countless hours revising and improving in the past couple of years. As a teacher, I use the data to learn more about the potential employers. I acknowledge, though, that I am afforded the privilege of being able to access reviews from several sources. While I know the importance and relevance of accessing and interpreting data, unfortunately many parents are still not included in the conversation about school report cards.”

High Plains Journal: Habi-Tally app offers new, interactive opportunity to assist monarch recovery. “Monarch butterflies face many challenges that have contributed to a significant decline in their population over the last two decades. More breeding habitat and food resources, including milkweed and nectar sources, across the migration route will help monarch populations recover. HabiTally enables farmers, ranchers, landowners and private citizens to support these efforts by entering data about monarch habitat conservation efforts on their farms or yards, or even in locations like churches or parks where groups may create new habitat.” Good morning, Internet…

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