Newton’s Principia, Google Stadia, Opera Browser, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 22, 2020


New-to-me, from the University of Sydney: How a first edition of Principia with Isaac Newton’s notes got to Sydney. “While the original print run is estimated at between 250 and 400 copies, there are only 189 surviving first editions in the world and only four with annotations by the English mathematician himself. Of these four copies, the Sydney copy of Principia is the only one in the Southern Hemisphere and is held in the Rare Books & Special Collections at the University of Sydney library…. The University of Sydney copy of Principia has been digitised and is available online alongside other digital resources via the University’s digital collection.”


9to5Google: Stadia planning 120 games in 2020, shares 3-month features roadmap . “Since the holidays, there’s been a lull in Stadia news that’s upset some early adopters. Google today kicked off the new year with a features roadmap for the next three months, and revealed that 120 titles are coming in 2020. Google is ‘tracking more than 120 games coming to Stadia in 2020.’ That likely consists of back catalogs that will be introduced with the launch of publisher subscriptions, including Ubisoft’s Uplay+. A handful of other titles have already been teased.”

The Register: Opera hits back at ‘short seller’ whose report claimed its ‘predatory’ microloan droid apps could hurt, er… investors. “In response to the report, Julia Szyndzielorz, a senior public relations manager at Opera, said: ‘We believe Hindenburg has issued this report with the attempt at creating a situation to short Opera shares.’ She told us: ‘The Company believes that the report contains numerous errors, unsubstantiated statements, and misleading conclusions and interpretations regarding the business of and events relating to the Company.'” None of those errors, statements, etc. were apparently included in the response given to the Register. I’m going to keep an eye on this, as I was a huge Opera fan back in the day.

ZDNet: No Google Maps, no problem: Huawei will use TomTom’s maps and data. “Thought you couldn’t do without Google Maps? Huawei has found an alternative, or so it seems: the smartphone manufacturer has closed a deal to use digital navigation company TomTom’s services in future devices.”

Tubefilter: Famous Birthdays Surpasses 25 Million Monthly Visitors, Driven By TikTok Surge. “Famous Birthdays, a social media influencer encyclopedia of sorts — as well as a chronicler of the most popular creators of the day — has seen a recent surge in monthly visitors that founder and CEO Evan Britton attributes to the rise of TikTok.”


How-To Geek: How to Install and Use Extensions in the New Microsoft Edge. “The new Microsoft Edge browser, based on the Chromium project used by Google Chrome, brings a better browsing experience to Windows 10 PCs. One unique feature is the ability to use extensions from both Microsoft and Chrome Web Store. Here’s how to install and use them. You’ll need to download the new Microsoft Edge browser and install it before you begin.”


Middle East Eye: Saudi Arabia’s bot army flourishes as Twitter fails to tame the beast. “You only need to search Twitter for a hashtag relating to a country in the Middle East to find one of these bot accounts. They typically copy-and-paste the same content, and feature a video clip with the distinctive Saudi 24 logo in the bottom right corner.”

BBC: Influencers ‘being offered thousands for sex’. “Top social media influencers are being propositioned daily by strangers with offers of thousands of pounds in return for sex, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. One said social media had become ‘a catalogue’ for men to select their next conquest.”

Search Engine Journal: Machine Learning Spam in Google. “Spammers are taking advantage of machine learning technologies to automatically create video content from web pages and vice versa. The same technology can be used to create text content from podcasts and podcast content from web pages. This isn’t theory, it’s currently live on Google. Can Google keep up with machine learning spam?”


CNET: France and Trump agree temporary truce on digital tech tax. “France and the US have agreed to a temporary truce over the European country’s tax on digital technology companies. The 3% tax, introduced by France last year, applies to companies with revenues of more than 25 million euros ($28M) in France and 750 million euros ($832M) worldwide. It attracted the ire of US President Donald Trump, who interpreted it as a direct attack on the success of US tech giants. He threatened to retaliate by imposing tariffs on French goods, including Champagne and handbags, imported to the US.”

Ars Technica: As attacks begin, Citrix ships patch for VPN vulnerability. “On January 19, Citrix released some permanent fixes to a vulnerability on the company’s Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and Citrix Gateway virtual private network servers that allowed an attacker to remotely execute code on the gateway without needing a login. The vulnerability affects tens of thousands of known VPN servers, including at least 260 VPN servers associated with US federal, state, and local government agencies—including at least one site operated by the US Army.”


Phys .org: On the edge between science and art: Historical biodiversity data from Japanese ‘gyotaku’. “Historical biodiversity data is being obtained from museum specimens, literature, classic monographs and old photographs, yet those sources can be damaged, lost or not completely adequate. That brings us to the need of finding additional, even if non-traditional, sources….In Japan many recreational fishers have recorded their memorable catches as ‘gyotaku’, which means fish impression or fish rubbing in English. ‘Gyotaku’ is made directly from the fish specimen and usually includes information such as sampling date and locality, the name of the fisherman, its witnesses, the fish species (frequently its local name), and fishing tackle used.” Good morning, Internet…

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