Private Art Collections, Anglo Sikh Virtual Museum, Facebook Groups, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, August 16, 2019


New York Times: Art Disappears in Private Hands. Can Social Media Resurface It?. “Collecteurs, based out of the New Museum’s NEW INC., a cultural incubator, is a public benefit corporation with a stated mission to bring artwork into the light — at least, the light of the internet. Its founders are Jessica and Evrim Oralkan, married collectors who became overwhelmed by the size of their own trove of art. They were struggling to manage it, and share it with the public.”

Sikh Sangat News: World’s First Anglo Sikh Virtual Museum (ASVM) Launched. “Thursday 8th August saw the launch of a new ground breaking Anglo Sikh Virtual Museum (ASVM), a revolutionary project bringing to life Sikh relics and artefacts, at New Walk Museum in Leicester UK…. New objects will be added to the website, culminating in a full interactive 3d Sikh online museum in 2020.”


BuzzFeed News: Facebook Is Getting Rid Of The Option To Make Groups “Secret” Or “Closed”. “Facebook said Wednesday that it is changing the way Groups work on the platform. They will no longer have the option to be marked as ‘secret,’ giving users only two privacy settings: public or private.”

Neowin: Chrome OS 76 brings virtual desktops and improved media controls. “Google this Wednesday pushed Chrome OS 76 to the stable channel, making it widely available to Chromebook owners. The new update brings with it improved media controls, accessibility features, Google account management and, most interestingly, virtual desktop capability.”

NextGov: FedBizOpps Will Be Gone Before the End of the Year. “The Federal Business Opportunities, or FedBizOpps, website will be shutting down before the end of 2019, as the comprehensive database of government contracting opportunities moves to a new location. By the end of next year, 10 acquisition-focused websites managed by the General Services Administration will be merged together under the new”


BBC: What3words: The app that can save your life. “Kicked. Converged. Soccer. These three randomly chosen words saved Jess Tinsley and her friends after they got lost in a forest on a dark, wet night. They had planned a five-mile circular stroll through the 4,900 acre (2,000 hectare) woodland Hamsterley Forest, in County Durham, on Sunday evening, but after three hours they were hopelessly lost.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Use Google Translate in Google Sheets. “Google Translate is a handy tool when learning a new language. With the Google Translate app, you have various options available such as identifying a language or using your camera to translate a sign (among others). It’s also possible to use Google Translate in other Google services such as Sheets. By inserting a simple code into a cell, you can translate any language into another.”

Gizmodo: 11 Incredibly Useful Websites You Might Not Know About. “The internet is a big place, and there’s no shame in not having gotten around to exploring every last corner of it—but just in case you’ve missed out on some of the very best sites the web has to offer, we’re going to pick out a few lesser-known highlights from our travels that are well worth adding to your bookmarks.”


Wired: Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech. “For this article, WIRED spoke with 47 current and former Google employees. Most of them requested anonymity. Together, they described a period of growing distrust and disillusionment inside Google that echoed the fury roaring outside the company’s walls.” In January of 2013 I wrote Quit Trying to Be the Next Google, Dammit!. I’m not going to quote what I want to quote here (it’s too long), but I kept remembering it while I was reading this article.

Virginia Memory: Grants Awarded to Circuit Courts for Records Preservation. “After careful evaluation and discussion of all applications, the board approved 91 grant projects totaling over $1,200,000. Eighty-nine of the approved applications covered professional conservation treatment for items including deed books, will books, land tax books, marriage licenses, minute books, and plat books, housed in circuit court clerks’ offices, which suffered damage from use, age, pests, water, or previous non-professional repairs.”


Ars Technica: Four wormable bugs in newer versions of Windows need your attention now. “Microsoft is warning of a four new Windows vulnerabilities that are “wormable,” meaning they can be exploited to spread malware from one vulnerable computer to another without any user action in much the way the self-replicating WannaCry and NotPetya outbreaks did in 2017.”


Tubefilter: Half Of Teens Turn To YouTube For News, Preferring Influencers Over Traditional News Organizations (Study). “A new study has confirmed the irrefutable power of YouTube. The poll, conducted by survey software company Survey Monkey and child education nonprofit Common Sense, found that today’s teens are turning away from traditional news organizations to find out about current events from online influencers on social media platforms like YouTube.” Then I think about all the current issues stemming from YouTube’s recommendation systems and I get straight-up nauseated. Good morning, Internet…

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