Deleted Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles, University System of Maryland OER, Journalism Trends, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, February 11, 2020


I Programmer: Search Tool Released For Deleted Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles . “A new tool that can help find Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that have been deleted from the Microsoft site has been launched. The Microsoft KB Archive Search is described by its creators as a targeted Wayback time machine.”

University System of Maryland: The Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative Launches Tool to Advance the Adoption of Open Educational Resources. “The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative–a priority project for the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation and state higher education partners-has launched M.O.S.T. Commons… a collaborative, online space designed to support faculty and staff in adopting, creating, and sharing open educational resources (OER).”


Poynter: Journalists never write about … Shhh! Yes they do, and this tool can show you. “What are journalists writing about? It seems like a question with an easy answer. Just go to a news outlet’s homepage and take a peek, or do a quick internet search. But each of those only offers a glance at what the news has published as a whole. A new tool from MuckRack called Trends offers a universal look at what journalists are writing about.”

CNET: Tracy Chou’s app for blocking online harassment is in beta. “A new app by CEO and engineer Tracy Chou designed to prevent online abuse and harassment is now taking beta testers. Block Party lets you choose who you want to hear from and includes a feature that filters out anyone who’s likely to send you unwanted content on Twitter.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Offers Advice on Ranking Better. “In a Webmaster Hangout, Google’s John Mueller confirmed that sites need to be promoted in order to rank. This goes beyond Google’s common advice about building awesome content.”


Reclaim the Net: New tool “De-Mainstream” allows YouTube users to blacklist mainstream media for a more authentic experience. “The extension blocks certain media outlets from YouTube search and recommendations while also making YouTube Trending showcase the most popular videos based on view counts.” The extension doesn’t have many Chrome users yet. I did check, and it limits its data processing to YouTube sites only. The project is also on GitHub.


The Verge: Meet the musicians who compose in Mario Paint. “If you go to YouTube and search ‘Mario Paint Composer,’ you’ll be treated to a variety of quirky remixed music. Some of the best tracks sound as if the original song was put through a chiptune music filter and uploaded, staying incredibly faithful to their source material. Mario Paint remixes, however, are not simply chiptune remixes.”

EGM: Games Are Discovering an Expressive New Tool: Internet Grammar. “Last year, Gretchen McCulloch published her book Because Internet: Understanding How Language is Changing. ‘We write all the time now,’ she points out, ‘and most of what we’re writing is informal. [There is] a vast sea of unedited, unfiltered words that once might have only been spoken.’ Not only has this constant use of informal written language meant we need ways to inject tone into text, it’s allowed for it by opening up who’s writing and why. Grammar is no longer prescribed by books and formal articles, McCulloch argues. It’s created by all of us.”


InformationAge: Lawyer wins $750,000 over bad Google review. “An Adelaide-based lawyer has won a $750,000 defamation pay-out against a woman who posted three negative Google reviews of his business, despite never being a client.”

BetaNews: 15.1 billion records exposed in 2019 as data breaches hit a new high. “The total number of records exposed by data breaches increased by 284 percent last year compared to 2018, with over 15.1 billion records exposed in total. This is one of the findings of the 2019 Year End Data Breach QuickView Report from Risk Based Security although the total number of 2019 breaches disclosed so far (7,098) is up only one percent.”

New York Times: North Korea’s Internet Use Surges, Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft. “North Korea has vastly expanded its use of the internet in ways that enable its leader, Kim Jong-un, to evade a ‘maximum pressure’ American sanctions campaign and turn to new forms of cybercrime to prop up his government, according to a new study.”


Phys .org: Food-share apps seeking to help environment. “Jack Convery pops into a London branch of Italian eatery Coco di Mama to grab a cut-price lunch ordered on his smartphone’s food-sharing app Karma. The 27-year-old Amazon employee—with an eye for a bargain and for helping the environment—uses a mobile phone app that sells surplus food from hundreds of UK restaurants at discounted prices.” Good morning, Internet…

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