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India Crafts, Middle English Manuscripts, West Virginia Movies, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 9, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Hindustan Times: Online exhibition ‘Crafted in India’ to showcase handicraft heritage. “The exquisite basketry of Angami Nagas from Nagaland, Bell Metal Craft of Payyanur in Kerala, the centuries old ‘Mata Ni Pachedi’ textile art of Gujarat and several other crafts of India are now part of Google Arts and Culture platform.”

British Library: Middle English manuscripts online. “The British Library holds one of the most significant collections of manuscripts written in Middle English. Thanks to a very generous grant by The American Trust for the British Library, we have recently been able to digitize a sizeable number of them, the first batch of which can now be viewed on our Digitised Manuscripts site.”

The Parthenon: New website provides platform for West Virginia filmmakers. “Vandalia TV may look like many other streaming services, except for one big difference: Every film on the website was created by a West Virginia filmmaker.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Neowin: Google brings Grasshopper programming instruction tool to the desktop. “With the expansion onto the desktop, two new classes have been added to Grasshopper which are specifically designed for use on desktops and laptops and use a code editor. The aim of the classes is to give an introduction to developing webpages. The Intro to Webpages course will teach users the basics of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS in order to get them building simple webpages.”

Lifehacker: How to Get Google to Let You Know When the Price Drops on Something You Want to Buy. “Google rolled out a new shopping tool this week that makes it easy to track the price of an item you’re interested in on the web and find out when it drops in price.”

USEFUL STUFF

Social Media Examiner: How to Get Started With TikTok: A Guide for Marketers. “Thinking of putting your business on TikTok? Wondering how other brands are using TikTok successfully? In this article, you’ll discover how to create TikTok video and find examples to inspire you to use TikTok in your own marketing.” I know this section has been rather TikTok-y lately, but Social Media Examiner never hits a clinker.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: Facebook’s Hands-Off Approach to Political Speech Gets Impeachment Test. “Facebook has been dogged by accusations of censorship by conservative politicians, including President Trump, who argue that the Silicon Valley company gives greater attention to liberal points of views on the social network. But by removing itself as the moderator of political content — including in paid ads on the site — Facebook has left itself open another avenue of criticism.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Daily Beast: Secret Court: FBI Warrantless Searches Were Illegal. “Some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s warrantless searches through the National Security Agency’s enormous troves of communications data violated the law and the Constitution, according to secret surveillance court rulings partially declassified on Tuesday.”

MIT News: Using machine learning to hunt down cybercriminals. “Existing efforts to detect IP hijacks tend to look at specific cases when they’re already in process. But what if we could predict these incidents in advance by tracing things back to the hijackers themselves? That’s the idea behind a new machine-learning system developed by researchers at MIT and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Ohio State News: Flagging false Facebook posts as satire helps reduce belief. “Researchers at The Ohio State University found that flagging inaccurate political posts because they had been disputed by fact-checkers or fellow Facebook users was not as good at reducing belief in the falsehoods or stopping people from sharing them.However, labeling inaccurate posts as being humor, parody or a hoax did reduce Facebook users’ belief in the falsehoods and resulted in significantly less willingness to share the posts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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