TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Digital Library of Georgia: New Features Debut on Georgia Portal. “Users can now choose to search through descriptive records, available full-text, or both. In search results, materials with full-text are marked with a full text label.”
Bleeping Computer: Google Chrome Tests Replacing URLs With Search Queries in Address Bar. “Google has started testing a feature that will display the search query in the Chrome address bar rather than the actual page’s URL when performing searches on Google. This experimental feature is called ‘Query in Omnibox’ and has been available as a flag in Google Chrome since Chrome 71, but is disabled by default.” Computer ain’t the only one bleeping at this news.
Google Blog: Supporting the 2020 U.S. election. “Building on our work to support the operations and security of the 2020 U.S. Census, we’re sharing more about what we’re doing to tackle abuse on our platforms, equip campaigns, and help voters.”
MakeUseOf: The Theory of Evolution: 5 Cool Sites You Must Visit on Darwin Day. “When we think about evolution, we mostly focus on the basics: man evolved from primates, life evolved from other life, and so on. While that’s apt, there is so much more to it. Evolution is an interesting branch of science with a million stories waiting to be explored. Plus there’s always the debate about evolution and creationism. Heck, even Google gives answers from creationism sometimes. February 12 is Darwin Day. A day to commemorate the birth of Charles Darwin, the proponent of the theory of evolution. What better reason to refresh your understanding of evolution, and perhaps learn something new?”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
TechCrunch: Everyone loves the coronapocalypse. “The 2019-nCoV coronavirus is a global public health emergency of significant concern. It is also, simultaneously, a fount of misinformation, wild conspiracy theories and both over and under-reactions. Whose fault is this? So glad you asked. I happen to have a little list.”
Canadian Jewish News: Baumel Joseph: Preserving a lost grave through social media. “Recently, Sass Peress experienced a “miracle.” He wanted to locate and preserve his paternal grandfather’s grave in Iraq. But, how could he? There was no way he or any member of his family could go back there. That world of their existence was closed, trampled upon and inaccessible. Or so he thought. Then, from a chance Facebook encounter, his efforts moved a vast anonymous community of Jews and Iraqi Muslims to preserve 4,000 Jewish graves. And the project is growing.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
The Washington Post: Should the public pay a dime for access to court records?. “The federal judiciary charges 10 cents per page to pull up court files from its online record repository. The fees can add up quickly, and users must consider whether each click to view a public record is worth the cost. But a lawsuit in court Monday in Washington challenges the government’s paywall to search online for case documents through the service known as PACER, an acronym for Public Access to Court Electronic Records.”
The Guardian (Prince Edward Island): Ireland launches inquiry into Google’s processing of location data. “Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has launched an inquiry into Alphabet Inc’s Google related to the processing of location data, the national authority said on Tuesday.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Hindustan Times: Google Trends help predict tourism to Bahamas, IMF study shows. “Online searches can help countries predict tourist visits more accurately and give governments a better read on economies that depend on the industry, an International Monetary Fund analysis showed. Combining Google Trends data with traditional forecast models improved accuracy of predicted tourist arrivals to the Bahamas from the U.S by about 30%, according to a working paper by IMF senior economist Serhan Cevik.”
Phys.org: New algorithm helps uncover forgotten figures beneath Da Vinci painting. “Imperial and National Gallery researchers have used a new algorithm to help visualise hidden drawings beneath Leonardo Da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks. Imperial College London’s Professor Pier Luigi Dragotti and National Gallery’s Dr. Catherine Higgitt used the new algorithm combined with a technique called macro X-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) scanning, which maps chemical elements within paintings.” Good evening, Internet…
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