Frankenstein, Microsoft Clarity, Suffrage History, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 6, 2020


Penn State News: Behrend professor leading effort to create a digitized ‘Frankenstein’. “In 2017, [Elisa] Beshero-Bondar joined colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Maryland in an effort to digitally collate all five versions of ‘Frankenstein’: Shelley’s original draft, written in 1816 for a ghost story challenge at the home of the poet Lord Byron; the manuscript published in 1818; the ‘Thomas copy,’ in which Shelley had hand-written edits in the margins of the 1818 book; the 1823 version, which was published by Shelley’s father and was the first to recognize her as the author; and the 1831 edition, which is the version most familiar to anyone who read ‘Frankenstein’ in high school or college.” The entire manuscript collection is not online yet; it’s about 1/3 complete.

Bing Blogs: Microsoft Clarity is now Generally Available. “Microsoft Clarity is a free-to-use analytics product built to help website managers improve their website experiences by better understanding site visitor behavior. With Clarity we’ve built a set of tools that help people who manage websites make more informed decisions about the modifications they should make to their sites. Clarity shows you which parts of your website get the most and least engagement and it provides an invaluable interface for debugging.”


DigitalNC: “Chinese Girl Wants Vote” film now on DigitalNC thanks to Levine Museum of the New South. “‘Chinese Girl Wants Vote’ was created by Jinna Kim to tell the story of suffragist Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee and touches both on the themes of voter rights and immigrant rights in light of the political environment of 2020 and in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment.”

The Next Web: WhatsApp just made it easier to clear up space on your phone. “If you spend a lot of time chatting on your phone, chances are that a good chunk of its storage is taken up by images and videos sent by friends and family over the years. Now WhatsApp is making it easier to clear up storage right from the app.”


Digital Inspiration: How to Search Emails in Gmail by Specific Time. “Gmail supports an undocumented time-based search option that lets you find emails sent or received during a specific hour, minute or event second. For instance, you can limit your Gmail search to emails that were received between October 10 8:15 PM and October 10, 2020 8:45 PM.”


New York Times: Facebook, Alarmed by Discord Over Vote Count, Is Said to Be Taking Action. “Facebook is planning to enact new measures to make it more difficult for election misinformation to spread virally across its platform, two people with knowledge of the matter said Thursday, as the outcome of the presidential race remained uncertain.”

The Indian Express: Assam’s century-old literary body turns a new page, will digitise its rich archive. “From the first Assamese language magazine to an ancient treatise on elephantology — publications of yore, some handwritten, some tattered and torn, some considered lost, will soon find a home online, courtesy a mammoth digitising project undertaken by Assam’s oldest literary and cultural body, the Asam Sahitya Sabha.”


BetaNews: Google issues patches for two serious Chrome zero-day vulnerabilities. “Google’s Project Zero is very quick to point out security flaws in other company’s products, but the search giant is far from being perfect itself. Two recently discovered zero-day vulnerabilities in Chrome have just been fixed with a new patch. CVE-2020-16009 and CVE-2020-16010 are remote code-execution and heap-based buffer overflow flaws respectively and affect both the desktop and Android versions of Google’s web browser.”


Partnership for the Future of Learning: Fund Education Instead Game. “It’s time to tell a new story about education funding in the U.S. And we’re excited to share that story in the form of an interactive shopping cart game called Fund Education Instead (#FundEdInstead). The Partnership for the Future of Learning—with immense support from National Education Policy Center, Root + All, and Voqal—created the game to emphasize where the focus of our elected officials should be when it comes to education.”

EurekAlert: How neural networks can help us gain a deeper understanding of financial markets. “A new research project at Aarhus University will use Bayesian Neural Networks to model, analyse and understand trading behaviour in the world of finance. The researchers behind the project expect the technology to revolutionise our understanding of financial data. For the first time ever, a team of artificial intelligence researchers and experts will use Bayesian Neural Networks (BNN), a kind of deep machine learning algorithm, to analyse, model and understand causal relationships within trading on global financial markets.” Good evening, Internet…

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