Hobert Hebrew Congregation, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Library of Australia, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, June 28, 2020


J-Wire: Australia’s oldest operating synagogue approaching its 175th anniversary. “Hobart Hebrew Congregation has run services in the heritage-listed synagogue in central Hobart since its consecration on July 4, 1845, and was set to mark the milestone with an array of projects and a program of public celebrations. The coronavirus forced the celebration to be cancelled, but the projects have been successfully completed. The highlight of the anniversary year has been making the congregation’s meeting minutes from 1841 to 1958 easily accessible online.”


Central Maine: Transportation museum launches web series ‘Shifting History’ June 30. “After a year-long production effort, the Owls Head Transportation Museum has announced the release of its first-ever web series, ‘Shifting History,’ set to premiere on Tuesday, June 30, according to a news release from Sophie Gabrion, communications manager for the museum. Written and directed by Assistant Curator Thomas Goodwin, this nine-episode mockumentary follows one millennial’s quest to care about America’s most influential car — the Model T.”

Canberra Times: National Library of Australia launches new and improved Trove. “Canberrans will now have access to a new and improved treasure trove of information as the National Library launched its new program on Friday. More than 3000 Australians contributed to a new and improved Trove system, which was unveiled after four years of work.”

Neowin: Google Phone gets Verified Calls to let you know why a business is calling. “Google is rolling out a new Verified Calls feature for the Phone app to let a user know that they are receiving a call from a business and the reason behind it. The company explains that the Verified Calls feature is meant to avoid scams and fraud calls by verifying the identity of the business that is calling, display their reason for calling as well as their business logo.”


Mashable: Reddit turns 15: The dramatic moments that shaped the internet’s front page. “It may seem like it has been part of the internet landscape forever, but Reddit — which turns 15 Tuesday — is a mere teenager. An uncoordinated, gangly teenager that still struggles with its size, its group of friends, and truly damning content in its browser history.”

CNET: We tried to get Facebook to send us ads based on our conversations. “The reason for our test: The long-running and hard-to-kill conspiracy theory that Facebook is listening to your conversations through the mic on your phone and then using this overheard dialogue to send you targeted ads. If you haven’t heard about this urban legend, there’s plenty of reading material online, including some lengthy threads on Reddit. The theory is so widespread that Facebook posted a formal denial four years ago and CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied it in testimony on Capitol Hill. Still, it just won’t die.”

TechHive: Going to the movies in Fortnite: I did it for science. “Movie theaters aren’t anywhere near opening here in New York City (a wise thing, if you ask me), and the nearest traditional drive-in theater to Brooklyn is a 60-mile drive—not that I own a car, mind you. But I just did the next best thing to going to the movies: I watched Inception in Fortnite.”


AP: West Virginia Supreme Court Now Has an Instagram Account. “People seeking more information about the judiciary in West Virginia can now check the state Supreme Court’s new Instagram account. The court announced this week it is adding Instagram to its social media accounts, which also include Twitter, Facebook, SmugMug, Flickr and YouTube.” Wait – they had a SmugMug account and didn’t have an Instagram account?

TorrentFreak: EFF & Heavyweight Legal Team Will Defend Internet Archive’s Digital Library Against Publishers . “The EFF has revealed it is teaming up with law firm Durie Tangri to defend the Internet Archive against a lawsuit targeting its Open Library. According to court filings, the impending storm is shaping up to be a battle of the giants, with opposing attorneys having previously defended Google in book scanning cases and won a $1bn verdict for the RIAA against ISP Cox.”

ThreatPost: TikTok To Stop Clipboard Snooping After Apple Privacy Feature Exposes Behavior. “App will stop reading users’ device cut-and-paste data after a new banner alert in an Apple update uncovered the activity. A new privacy feature in Apple iOS 14 sheds light on TikTok’s practice of reading iPhone users’ cut-and-paste data, even though the company said in March it would stop.”

Tubefilter: Dozens of YouTubers, Twitch Streamers, And Gaming Executives Face Sexual Abuse Allegations. “The wave of claims appears to have been sparked on June 19 by several women speaking up about uncomfortable sexual interactions with streamer SayNoToRage, who has 173K followers on Twitch and commonly streams first-person shooter Destiny. One fellow gaming streamer, JewelsVerne (4.4K), accused him of keeping his hand on her thigh under the table during a group card game, and another, SarahDanielsTV (50.7K), said she was ‘cornered’ by him and ‘made uncomfortable enough to have blocked one particular incident out of my memory.'”


NiemanLab: The little things — pop-ups, notifications, warnings — work to fight fake news, new evidence shows. “‘Relatively short, scalable interventions could be effective in fighting misinformation around the world.’ In 2017, Facebook released a set of ‘Tips to spot false news.’ Developed in collaboration with First Draft, the tips were ‘promoted at the top of users’ news feeds in 14 countries in April 2017 and printed in full-page newspaper advertisements in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, and India,’ write the authors of a study published this week in PNAS.” Good morning, Internet…

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