Black Cultural Archives, University of Arkansas Yearbooks, ProtonMail, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, October 28, 2019


Londonist: Black Cultural Archives Just Made Over 4,000 Items Available Online. “The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton is one of London’s best resources for exploring the history of African and Caribbean communities in the UK. It’s continually open to the public, but has just become even more accessible, with the digitisation of over 4,000 items from its archives.”

University of Arkansas: Project Update: Razorback Yearbook Digitization. “Last year, the University Libraries raised funds to digitize every University of Arkansas yearbook, from the original Cardinal to the current Razorback. Thanks to project donors, volumes from 1879-1949 are now available online…. At this time, 51 volumes have been digitized into 15,055 single, fully searchable scans. The project will include 119 volumes in 45,000 single scans in total.”


Neowin: Beta version of ProtonMail 4.0 launches with an all-new look. “ProtonMail has announced the launch of its ProtonMail 4.0 beta software. With the upgrade, users will experience an all-new look and underneath the surface, a new software framework is laying the groundwork for new features, products, and customisations in future updates.”

The Verge: Facebook won’t call users ‘undesirable’ in ad rejections anymore. “Facebook used the word when rejecting ads that featured people who were overweight or had skin conditions, and it kept removing ads placed by body positivity communities. The company maintains that moderators were never instructed to strike down ads depicting people as ‘undesirable,’ but it’s since updated its language to remove the word from the rejection messages potential platform advertisers receive.”


Portland Mercury: Portland’s King of LaserDiscs Reflects on an Old but Beloved Technology. “…so much as anyone in America can be the king of anything, Chuck Legg is the king of LaserDiscs. In his suburban Tigard home, cardboard boxes full of them cover every horizontal surface that can bear the weight. They’re in the foyer and the hallways and on the stairs. There are boxes of LaserDiscs on the washer and dryer in the small laundry room, which leads to the big, two-car garage where the heart of his collection resides. Unremarkable from the outside, its interior is a maze of floor-to-ceiling shelves, each overflowing with discs organized by theme, franchise, or whim.”

University of California Davis: Filipino Studies Gets $1M State Allocation. “The new Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies at University of California, Davis, is receiving $1 million in state funding to expand research on one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing Asian American communities.”


SC Magazine: Google Play adware campaign taken down, developer identified. “A year-long investigation by ESET of an adware campaign found 42 apps on Google Play that had been downloaded eight million times, along with the Vietnamese malicious actor behind the scheme.”

BBC: Stalkerware: The software that spies on your partner. “Stalkerware – also known as spouseware – are powerful surveillance software programs typically sold openly online. On a device, all messages can be read, screen activity recorded, GPS locations tracked and cameras used to spy on what an individual is doing.”


Phys .org: Roaming Russian eagles leave scientists broke. “Russian scientists tracking migrating eagles were forced to start a crowdfunding campaign after their birds wandered into Iran and foreign text messages from their tracking devices depleted the project’s budget.”

New York Times: Mark Zuckerberg, Have You Considered Retirement?. “If I were Mark Zuckerberg — newfound defender-to-the-death of liberal free expression even if it includes outright lying except if there are female nipples, a would-be curer of all the world’s disease, side-gig education reformer, immigration crusader, quirky dad, fifth-wealthiest person in the world, hobnobber to pundits and politicians and all-around do-gooder digital hegemon who is also now vying to run the world’s money supply, I mean my God, Mark, where does all this end? — I’d be packing a go bag right about now.” Good evening, Internet…

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