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Indianapolis Police and Fire History, Saskatchewan Newspapers, Skype, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 2, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

RTV6: Indianapolis police and fire history goes online. “If you enjoy Indianapolis history, this is for you. A collection of materials from the Indianapolis Fire Department and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has been digitized and is available online. The collection, which includes some items dating back 150-years, was unveiled Monday at the Central Library. There are log books, dispatch recordings, personnel records, newsletters, historical photos and prisoner mug shots.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Humboldt Journal: Sask. community newspapers digitized from 1939 to 1945. “To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan will begin to release the first digitized copies of the province’s community newspapers from 1939 to 1945 on the Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online website.”

TechCrunch: Skype upgrades its messaging feature with drafts, bookmarks and more. “Skype is best known for being a video calling app and, to some extent, that’s because its messaging feature set has been a bit underdeveloped. Today, the company is working to change that image with a series of improvements to Skype’s chatting features aimed at further differentiating it from rival apps.”

USEFUL STUFF

How-To Geek: How to Use Chrome’s Built-In Task Manager. “Most operating systems have a built-in task manager or resource monitor that lets you see all active processes and programs running on your computer. The Chrome web browser also has one that helps you end troublesome tabs and extensions.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Los Angeles Times: After Katrina, a priceless musical archive was thought lost. It showed up in Torrance. “Hurricane Katrina pushed into New Orleans early in the morning of Aug. 29, 2005, and within a few hours, the first floodwaters had crossed the doorway of Sea-Saint Studio. One by one, the three outfall canals bordering Lake Ponchartrain failed and water rushed into Gentilly, the quiet residential neighborhood where Allen Toussaint’s home and studio were located. Even as the storm moved out, the lake continued to pour itself into the city. The next day, Aug. 30, skies were blue and Sea-Saint was fully submerged.”

Tahlequah Daily Press: Natives encouraged to sign up for film database. “The next big star could be discovered this weekend during the 67th Annual Cherokee National Holiday, as the Cherokee Nation Film Office is signing up actors to be included in a Native American talent and crew database for filmmakers. Jennifer Loren, CNFO senior Manager, said the agency constantly hears about Hollywood casting non-Native people for Native American roles, so they’ve devised a way to bring Natives to Hollywood.”

StateTech Magazine: Cities Support Open-Data Programs to Improve the Lives of Citizens. “Citizens like to know what’s happening around them, and Philadelphia’s open-data program provides the means by which residents can view data by their address. Anyone with a computer in an open-data city can find information on isolated incidents and also chronic issues that impact the community. In her three years with the program, Kistine Carolan, Philadelphia’s open-data program manager, has seen open-data government incorporated in academic research, business activity and civic engagement. Nonprofits have conducted open-data program evaluations, and journalists cite it in their reporting, she adds.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Mashable: YouTube Kids relies on poor math skills to keep children safe. “YouTube Kids is here to protect all the children who can’t do basic math. The current version of the kids app comes with a set of parental controls meant to ensure adults can both track what their children watch and set boundaries for age-appropriate content. The only problem is that the parental-control lock is easily bypassed. And yes, it’s so easy even a kid could do it. ”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Techdirt: The Conflict Between Social Media Transparency And Bad Privacy Laws Is Going To Get Worse. “It often comes down to a question of ‘is it worth sharing this data, in order to get this service.’ But to make that determination, it helps to know which data exactly, how it’s being used, how it’s being secured, what the likelihood is of it getting spread more widely and what the potential downstream impacts might be to me if that data does get spread more widely. If there was an accurate way to understand that, then we’d have a better sense of whether or not it’s worth giving up that data in exchange for the service. But, many internet companies (from the big ones on down) are notoriously bad about providing that information, meaning that we can’t make an informed decision about whether or not the tradeoffs are worth it.”

CNET: Tumblr’s a rare safe haven amid all of the internet’s ugliness. “…to really understand Tumblr’s value, it’s important to look beyond growth statistics. Despite the decline, there’s life in it yet, what with a current tally of 475 active million blogs, according to the platform’s own stats. What’s more, that life consists of vibrant micro-communities — fonts of creativity and places for people to explore their passions.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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