LGBTQ Ireland, Tech in Textiles, Twitter, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, October 17, 2019


Silicon Republic: Cork’s unique LGBTQ history preserved forever in digital repository. “Documents detailing the history of LGBTQ activism in Cork, including newspaper articles and photos, have been added to the Digital Repository of Ireland.”

Google Blog: Jacquard and Google Arts and Culture weave tech into art . “Words that appear out of white tapestries. Music that streams out of black fabric. A mysterious blue cloth-draped spiral that guides you with light and sound. It may sound like a fantasy novel, but these are real works of art made possible with Jacquard by Google. Combining advanced hardware and software technology with textile and manufacturing know-how, Jacquard helps designers make digital experiences out of everyday objects.”


The Daily Beast: Why Trump’s Tweets Aren’t Going Anywhere. “Twitter will allow world leaders to post tweets that violate its terms of service, but will enforce new rules about sharing those tweets, the company announced Tuesday.”

Search Engine Journal: LinkedIn Rolls Out 3 New Features for Company Pages . “LinkedIn is introducing new features designed to help companies stay better engaged with their employees. These updates will help keep employees informed so they can share the latest content from the company they work for. LinkedIn is also rolling out new tools to help companies optimize their pages.”

TechCrunch: TikTok taps corporate law firm K&L Gates to advise on its US content moderation policies. “As TikTok continues its rapid U.S. growth, the company is being challenged to better explain its content moderation choices. Why, for example, is the short-form video app censoring the Hong Kong protests but not U.S. political content? Why is it banning political ads, but supports hashtags like #trump2020 and #maga, each with millions, or even hundreds of millions, of views? TikTok so far has struggled to answer these questions. Now, it’s hoping to change that with the formation of a new committee of experts who will help TikTok craft its content moderation policies and increase transparency around these topics and others that afflict popular social media platforms.”


Poynter: Bookmark these must-have digital tools to plan your next vacation. “If you’re wondering how a digital tools reporter travels the world, you’re in luck. I’m not quite Inspector Gadget (I’m still searching for a helicopter hat), but I have amassed a Swiss Army knife of technology to augment all aspects of the travel experience — from finding and booking trips all the way to the return trip home. Here is a special double edition of Try This! that highlights the best apps, tools and tech tips for travel, all carefully tested and personally used by yours truly.” Cram-packed with links.

Codementor: How to Extract Google Maps Coordinates. “Have you ever thought you can make money by knowing how many restaurants there are in a square mile? There is no free lunch, however, if you know how to use Google Maps, you can extract and collect restaurant’s GPS and store them in your own database. With that information on hand and some math calculations, you are off to creating a big data online service. In this article, I will show you how to quickly extract Google Maps coordinates with a simple and easy method.”


Casper Star-Tribune: Son of superman editor demands UW return historical archive after Cheney comments. “For years, the University of Wyoming has managed the collection of comic book editor Mort Weisinger, who was the story editor of D.C.’s ‘Superman’ comics for three decades. But after all that time, UW, the home of those collections since 1982, could be losing the archives — because of recent comments by Wyoming’s Congresswoman, Liz Cheney.”

BuzzFeed News: How A Massive Facebook Scam Siphoned Millions Of Dollars From Unsuspecting Boomers. “Since 2015, Ads Inc. has made money — lots of it — by executing one of the internet’s most persistent, lucrative, and sophisticated scams: the subscription trap. The subscription trap works by tricking people into buying what they think is a single free trial of a celebrity-endorsed product. Although the customers would receive the product — which in most cases was not made by Ads Inc. itself — in reality, the celebrity has nothing to do with the offer. And in purchasing the free trial, the customer unwittingly commits to a pricey monthly subscription designed to be hard to cancel.” This might explain some of the Facebook account renting as well.


New Indian Express: After France, Italy to slap Internet giants like Amazon, Google with ‘digital tax’. “Italy is to slap internet giants such as Amazon and Google with a three-per cent tax, according to its proposed budget submitted to the European Commission on Wednesday. The tax would be applied to companies with sales of over 750 million euros (USD 830 million), of which at least 5.5 million euros come from services provided in Italy, according to Italian media reports.”


Ars Technica: Researchers find bug in Python script may have affected hundreds of studies. “In a paper published October 8, researchers at the University of Hawaii found that a programming error in a set of Python scripts commonly used for computational analysis of chemistry data returned varying results based on which operating system they were run on—throwing doubt on the results of more than 150 published chemistry studies.”

Phys .org: Peeping into the black box of AI to discover how collective behaviors emerge . “How do the stunningly intricate patterns created by schools of fish emerge? For many scientists, this question presents an irresistible mathematical puzzle involving a substantial number of variables describing the relative speed and position of each individual fish and its many neighbors. Various mathematical models were proposed to tackle this question, but according to Gonzalo de Polavieja, head of the Collective Behaviour lab at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal, they would inevitably fall into one of two extremes: they would either be too simple, or too complex.” Good morning, Internet…

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