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Cumhuriyet, Android 11, IFTTT, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 10, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

EIN News: Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s Stalwart Newspaper, Now A Digital Archive (PRESS RELEASE). “The full-image/full-text digital archive of Cumhuriyet — Turkey’s oldest daily and leading opposition newspaper — is now available as part of the East View Global Press Archive®. Cumhuriyet began publishing in 1924 as the founding newspaper of the Turkish Republic, and was established through the efforts of Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Android 11 has arrived. “Android 11 isn’t a radical departure from what you’ve come to expect in recent years, but there are a number of interesting new user-facing updates here that mostly center around messaging, privacy and giving you better control over all of your smart devices.”

The Verge: IFTTT introduces Pro subscriptions, limits free version to three applets. “IFTTT, a perennial favorite of smart home tinkerers everywhere, is going Pro. That means paid subscriptions for faster and more sophisticated IFTTT applets that can query more data sources to trigger multiple actions in the home. The free version will stick around but is now limited to just three applets — only Pro subscribers will be able to create unlimited personal applets.” I currently have seventeen active IFTTT applets, so this was a no-brainer for me. I hope to get some time to play with it and then share details with you.

USEFUL STUFF

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Digital investigations: New online course teaches journalists how to follow the digital trail of people and entities. “The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering the free online course, ‘Digital investigations for journalists: How to follow the digital trail of people and entities,’ to help journalists obtain the tools necessary to investigate and monitor people and entities behind social media accounts. The MOOC (massive open online course) will be held from Oct. 5 to Nov. 1, 2020, during four weeks, on Journalism Courses, the distance learning platform of the Knight Center.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

ARTNews: Met Hires Patricia Marroquin Norby as Its First Full-Time Native American Art Curator, Signaling ‘Significant Evolution’. “For the first time in its 150-year history, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has hired a full-time Native American art curator. Staring on September 14, Patricia Marroquin Norby (Purépecha) will be the Met’s inaugural associate curator of Native American art. She will work in the museum’s famed American Wing and report to Sylvia Yount, who oversees the presentations put on in that department of the Met.”

Binghamton Journal: Binghamton Philharmonic turns lost audio tapes in new archive honoring its founder. “The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra is turning the discovery of some lost audio tapes into a new archive honoring its founder. BPO has created the Fritz Wallenberg Archive with more than 150 reel-to-reel audio recordings of the Community Symphony Society which Wallenberg founded and which would eventually become the Philharmonic.” The organization is trying to get donors to cover the cost of digitizing.

SECURITY & LEGAL

CNN: Portland passes broadest facial recognition ban in the US. “The city of Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday banned the use of facial-recognition technology by city departments — including local police — as well as public-facing businesses such as stores, restaurants and hotels.”

DNA India: Delhi Police Bust Jamtara Phishing Gang: Google-listed fake bank customer care toll-free number used to dupe people. “The Delhi Police busted an online cyber phishing gang from Jamtara in Jharkhand. The gang used to phish off all the amount from people’s accounts after obtaining the registered phone number and bank details. The gang obtained the phone number and other details by registering a fake toll-free customer care number of banks or payment wallets on google phone listings.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

NASA: NASA’s Chandra Opens Treasure Trove of Cosmic Delights. “Humanity has “eyes” that can detect all different types of light through telescopes around the globe and a fleet of observatories in space. From radio waves to gamma rays, this ‘multiwavelength’ approach to astronomy is crucial to getting a complete understanding of objects in space. This compilation gives examples of images from different missions and telescopes being combined to better understand the science of the universe. Each of these images contains data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory as well as other telescopes. Various types of objects are shown (galaxies, supernova remnants, stars, planetary nebulas), but together they demonstrate the possibilities when data from across the electromagnetic spectrum are assembled.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

CBR: James Gunn, Merriam-Webster Come to a Consensus on How to Spell ‘Asshat’. “Writer/director James Gunn recently reached out to the internet for help with a project he’s currently writing. While he wouldn’t name the script he needed it for, Gunn asked his followers on Twitter how they prefer to spell the word ‘asshat’. He claimed that the poll settled the matter forever — and the Merriam-Webster dictionary backed him up.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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