Genealogy Societies, Netflix, Georgia Newspapers, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, August 26, 2019


Federation of Genealogical Societies: NGS and FGS Announce Intent to Merge. “In a historic move, the boards of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced today their intent to merge. The two organizations, both non-profit leaders in the dynamic genealogy industry, will form one consolidated group that will continue to operate as the National Genealogical Society.”

Engadget: Netflix test brings human-curated ‘Collections’ to streaming. “Netflix leans on algorithms for virtually all of its show suggestions, but it’s trying something radical: curation from real, honest-to-goodness humans. The service is testing expert-crafted Collections that, much like music playlists, offer selections based around certain themes. You can check out a collection of light-hearted fare if you’re looking for relief from a stressful week, or go for prizewinning titles if you only want critically-praised pieces.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Forthcoming Newspapers – Fall 2019. “This year, the Digital Library of Georgia will be adding a variety of new newspaper titles to the Georgia Historic Newspapers (GHN) website. Below is a list of newspapers titles slated to be added to GHN in the Fall of 2019.”


New York Times: Snapchat’s Disappearing Act Leaves Venice Beach Searching for Its Future. “When the company behind the disappearing-messages app took over multiple properties on the beach as it expanded, starting in 2012, it also posted guards who would shoo away anyone who wasn’t an employee and who lingered too long near a Snapchat entrance. In an oceanfront community still defined by hippie eccentricity, that didn’t go over well.”

The Tribune: Digital library to preserve legacy of Punjabi folk art. “Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi has created a digital archive-cum-library of Punjabi traditional folk artists as a part of its project to preserve the intangible music and folk heritage.”

EConsultancy: Can ByteDance’s new search engine succeed despite the decline of search in China?. “It’s a classic battle of old versus new, David versus Goliath. No other search engine comes close to threatening Baidu’s dominance – its closest rivals, Sogou and Shenma, hold 11% and 5% market share respectively, according to Global Stats – and hasn’t for years. But Toutiao Search seems like it might be the candidate to unseat Baidu. However, a bigger question arising from the news is: does search in China really matter in 2019?”


The Verge: Errors in cellphone location evidence force Denmark to review 10,000 verdicts. “Errors in cellphone location data have prompted authorities in Denmark to review 10,700 court cases to see if flawed evidence lead to incorrect convictions. The New York Times reports that the issues date back in 2012, and consist of two bugs. The first relates to how raw data from phone companies is converted into evidence by Danish police, and the second is a bug that could result in cellphones being linked to the wrong cellphone towers.”

TorrentFreak: Internet Archive Faces Permanent ISP Blocking Following Audiobook Lawsuits. “An anti-piracy group representing the rights of authors is calling for the Internet Archive to be blocked by ISPs in Russia forever. A pair of lawsuits concerning two audiobooks, including Metro 2033, led to the request to have the massively popular permanently rendered inaccessible in the region. A legal process is now underway to avoid that happening.”

Pitchfork: How Artist Imposters and Fake Songs Sneak Onto Streaming Services. “Suspicious bootlegs and fraudulent uploads are nothing new in digital music, but the problem has infiltrated paid streaming services in unexpected and troubling ways. Artists face the possibility of impersonators uploading fake music to their official profiles, stolen music being uploaded under false monikers, and of course, simple human error resulting in botched uploads. Meanwhile, keen fans have figured out where they can find illegally uploaded, purposefully mistitled songs in user playlists.”


Newswise: Diagnosis in 2.127 seconds: Solving a years-long vomiting mystery using AI, research and brain power . “2.127 seconds. That’s how long it took mediKanren to find 347 possible treatments for nausea. 2.127 seconds that helped bring relief to a young woman who has been throwing up all her life. MediKanren is an artificial intelligence agent developed by a team of researchers at the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Led by institute director Matt Might, Ph.D., a computer scientist by training, the team has fed mediKanren every paper ever published in the medical literature.”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): In Emerging Economies, Smartphone and Social Media Users Have Broader Social Networks . “A Pew Research Center survey of adults in 11 nations across four global regions finds that, in many key respects, smartphone users – and especially those who use social media – are more regularly exposed to people who have different backgrounds and more connected with friends they don’t see in person. Those with smartphones are also more likely to have accessed new information about health and government services.” Sometimes I wonder that in addition to / instead of “Universal Basic Income,” we talk about “Universal Basic Access,” putting programs in place to make sure every citizen has access to basic Internet services.

The Hindu: ‘India-specific cancer genome database being developed’. “The Union Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, is developing India-specific cancer genome database that will help identify biomarkers specific to the Indian population. This will help in early diagnosis, and also identify drug targets for the Indian population.” Good morning, Internet…

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