BBC TV, Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks, Golf Caddies, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, September 10, 2019


RadioTimes: BBC will make thousands of classic TV clips available on new archive website. “The BBC will make nearly 2000 video clips from its archive available to view on its brand new website. BBC Archive will feature a selection of clips from the 10 million hours of content from the BBC stores, which will be curated by the same team that man the hugely popular BBC Archive social media accounts.”

Columbia University Libraries: Just Launched: Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks Web Archive. “I am pleased to announce the launch of the Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks Web Archive. Curated by Amanda Bielskas (Columbia), Brittany Wofford (Duke), Jane Quigley (Dartmouth), and Emily Wild (Princeton) — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks Web Archive aims to preserve web-based geoscience field trip guidebooks, which document local geologic information and are often ephemeral.”

Silicon Republic: How this site aims to digitise the relationship between golfers and caddies. “On [Graham] Curry’s new website, caddies can create profiles of themselves and golfers can view their profiles, look at reviews of their work and arrange rounds of golf…. When I first heard about Curry’s idea, I thought he was taking on the world of the super-rich – or just pro golfers. But it turns out that average golfers also hire caddies regularly.”


BBC: Google: 50 US states and territories launch competition probe. “A group of 50 states and territories in the US have launched an investigation into Google’s dominance of the online advertising market. The coalition warned that the search giant may be threatening competition and consumers. They also raised concerns over the way Google ranks its search results and protects users’ personal data.”

Mashable: Wunderlist founder wants to buy his app back from Microsoft . “Four years ago, Christian Reber sold his company, makers of the Wunderlist productivity app, to Microsoft for somewhere between $100 million and $200 million. Now, in an unusual move, Reber is pleading with the company to let him buy the app back — so he can save it from being shut down for good.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Ways to Write Professional Emails That Save Time and Effort. “Even though you send several emails every day, you might not be great at composing these messages. And like with any form of communication, email etiquette evolves as time passes. You can learn some of these data-backed ways to write professional emails, or use these apps and websites for easy templates and rules.”


Search Engine Land: Apple accused of favoring its own properties in App Store results. “Apple has helped make developers billions of dollars but it has also been accused of favoring its own apps in search results to the detriment of competitors. A New York Times analysis (performed by Sensor Tower) generally confirms this ‘search bias.’ A Wall Street Journal analysis (using App Annie) found something similar in July.”

iNews: Chance Coughenour: Google’s digital archaeologist on preserving the past. “Digital archaeologist Chance Coughenour is head of preservation at Google Arts & Culture, the technology giant’s online archive of artworks and collections from galleries and museums across the world – allowing visitors to climb the Eiffel Tower, explore the British Library or examine Van Gogh’s Starry Night in detail via their smartphone. He studied Computing Engineering at West Virginia University before majoring in History, attending his first field school in Belize where he ‘fall in love with archaeology’ thanks to its ancient Maya ruins.”

Techdirt: YouTube Lets Indonesian Government Block Satirical Video That Criticizes The Indonesian Government . “If you’re wondering how West Papua has arrived at this flash point, this hilarious/disturbing video produced by The Juice Media explains the whole thing. And it explains the Australian government’s complicity in the Indonesian government’s subjugation of the West Papuan people.” The video is – well, it’s not safe for work, but I recommend it. Wow.


David Strom: Understanding new non-money uses for blockchain. “When it comes to thinking about blockchains, most of us automatically go to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Ethereum and think about money. How much are these currencies worth in US dollars? How much value have they gained or lost recently? It took two financially-related but non-monetary examples that I heard about recently to convince me that I was looking at the wrong part of the elephant.”


Earth: New AI software can recognize and track chimpanzees in the wild. “Using more than 10 million images from Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute (PRI), scientists at the University of Oxford have just developed new artificial intelligence software that can recognize and track the faces of chimpanzees in the wild.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google and Facebook Can’t Count on Consumers Saving Them. “It’s hard to prove that Google’s mixed track record in state, federal and international legal investigations has hurt its standing with the public or significantly dented a company with an $830 billion stock market value. What’s different this time is the persistence and volume of these various government inquiries combined with the tech giants’ huge size and the public’s souring feelings about them. That stew of forces could make these fresh investigations sting even if no one finds a smoking gun.” Good morning, Internet…

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