Western Development Museum, Medium, Facebook Watch, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, September 9, 2019


GlobalNews: History enthusiasts can visit Western Development Museum online. “Earlier this week, the Western Development Museum (WDM) launched an online collection of Saskatchewan artifacts and over 9,000 of its library materials. The task was undertaken by staff who wanted to take the WDM experience and make it accessible from home desktops and mobile phones.”


TechCrunch: Looks like Medium is testing a way to save articles across the web. “Medium seems to be building a tool to save and reformat online articles for future reading. That’s according to Jane Manchun Wong, a reliable source of scoops on unreleased features. Wong said she spotted this one by reverse engineering Medium’s Android app and monitoring network traffic.” That’s it, Jane Wong’s getting a tag on ResearchBuzz Firehose, and I should have done it ages ago.

Variety: Facebook Watch Signs Video Partnerships With News Publishers in Europe. “Facebook Watch has signed video partnerships with France’s Le Monde, Germany’s Axel Springer and Sweden’s Expressen, among other news outlets, to deliver original content and continue building a globally diverse slate.”

Mashable: Apple will livestream its ‘iPhone 11’ event on YouTube . “In a few days — on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to be exact — Apple will announce the new iPhone 11 and 11 Pro and new Apple Watches. As always, Apple’s livestreaming the big event on its website via Safari, Chrome, and Firefox browsers, as well as on Apple TV. And now for the first time ever, the event will also stream live on YouTube.”


Make Tech Easier: 7 of the Best Drag and Drop Website Builders for 2019. “The following list are our recommendations for the best drag-and-drop website builders for 2019. You will not see a single line of code in any of these examples, yet the elegant designs and professional finish leave nothing to be desired. Whether you want to transfer your domain or add a blog, the steps are very easy, which means your website will be ready in no time.” I had never heard of most of these.


Institute of Museum and Library Services: IMLS Announces $1.9 Million Investment in STEM, Making Education for Underserved Youth. “IMLS is pleased to announce $1.9 million in new funding from the Department of Education expanding an initiative that introduces underserved youth to STEM and making-based activities. New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) will continue to lead this project through a cooperative agreement with IMLS. Originally initiated as a pilot in 2014, the project provides elementary and middle school students with engaging activities to inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the aim of improving retention in STEM disciplines.”

TimesLive (South Africa): Zulu maidens march against Google censorship of ‘bare breasts’ at annual reed dance. “Cultural activist Nomagugu Ngobese, who is in charge of the group of about 50 maidens, said that western societies, and Google, needed to respect how they showed pride in their culture.”

Saskatoon StarPhoenix: Federal probe finds ‘co-ordinated’ social media bots in Alberta election. “A federal agency investigating the recent Alberta election has found evidence the campaign featured tactics including co-ordinated, false social media postings.”


CNET: Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa could be next targets for child privacy laws. “The US Federal Trade Commission slapped a record $170 million fine on YouTube earlier this week for violating online privacy laws for children. That may be just the beginning. Regulators hinted that voice assistants like the Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa could be their next target.”

New Zealand Herald: Google under fire again over British backpacker Grace Millane case. “Google is once again under fire for failing to remove links showing the identity of the man charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane. Google said it had since removed the material.”


Yahoo: Mom of mixed-race child creates ‘Brown Skin Matters’ Instagram to help doctors. “A new Instagram account called Brown Skin Matters helps families of color identify pediatric skin conditions — and possibly save lives. Ellen Buchanan Weiss, 38, a white mother from Raleigh, North Carolina, created it after finding only three online reference photos for hives — out of 400 — that presented on her mixed-race, 20-month-old baby.”

Phys .org: Why does so much news seem negative? Human attention may be to blame. “Ever wonder why there’s so much bad news out there? Maybe it’s because people find bad news more interesting than good news. A new study involving more than 1,000 people across 17 countries spanning every continent but Antarctica concludes that, on average, people pay more attention to negative news than to positive news.” Good morning, Internet…

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