Soviet Jewish veterans of WWII, Mercyhurst Yearbooks, LegalTechHub, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, November 14, 2020


HNet: Digital Primary Resources: Soviet Jewish veterans of WWII. “The Blavatnik Archive (BAF) is pleased to announce that 2,700 of 12,921 total items in the Veteran Testimonies & Ephemera Collection are fully digitized, cataloged, and accessible online… BAF’s Veteran Testimonies & Ephemera Collection, the largest collection in the world on the experience of Jews in the ranks of the Soviet armed forces during WWII, was launched in 2006. Nearly 1,200 unique video testimonies by veteran soldiers and partisans have been recorded in eleven countries, mostly during the period of 2006-2014.”

The Merciad: Mercyhurst yearbooks digitized. “Although students from each class might have had their own copy, copies were kept in the Hammermill library and these copies of every yearbook are now available to the entire Mercyhurst community for the first time. All the digitized issues of ‘Prae-terita’ and the Mercyhurst ‘Senior Annual’ can be found online… Each copy from 1937 through 2009 is now available as a PDF.”

Law Times: New search engine for legal tech tools and resources launched. “The aim of LegaltechHub is to demystify the legal tech industry and bring all globally available tools and resources into one place, say creators Nicola Shaver and Chris Ford. The pair are a spousal team with backgrounds in Big Law innovation and knowledge management and legal marketing.”


Engadget: Google’s 360-degree tours will live on in the Arts & Culture app. “During the heyday of Google’s VR push back in 2015, the company launched Expeditions. The software allowed teachers to take their classrooms on virtual field trips to far-away locales and distant eras of human history with the help of Google Cardboard. Moving forward, you won’t need to be a student to access the tours — nor will you need a VR headset, for that matter. Google is adding the majority of its existing 360-degree tours to its Arts & Culture platform, where you’ll be able to access them for free.”


Android Police: Here’s how to tell when your Google Photos storage will run out. “It was only a matter of time before Google stopped giving out unlimited photo storage for free. The company announced the change yesterday, and along with the news came a nifty new feature to help give users an estimate about how long their existing storage plan will last.” In my case — I upload photos and videos very sporadically — the tool couldn’t give me an estimate. But I was able to see how much space was taken up specifically by my photos.


Billboard: The Music Industry’s Hottest Club Is Clubhouse. What Happens When the App Goes Wide?. “The exclusive new audio-chat app Clubhouse is a hit with music executives, especially in hip-hop. Will it be able to keep the VIPs tuning in once the velvet rope lifts?”

New York Times: Fact-Checked on Facebook and Twitter, Conservatives Switch Their Apps. “Corey Adam, a political comedian from Minneapolis, joined a mass social media switcheroo last week. That was when Mr. Adam, 39, a conservative and libertarian, watched Twitter and Facebook add labels to social media posts from President Trump and other Republicans who falsely claimed he had won the election. Many of the labels said the assertions were disputed. And on Twitter, some of Mr. Trump’s tweets were hidden completely.”


BNN Bloomberg: Yelp CEO is encouraged by U.S. antitrust case against Google. “Yelp Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Stoppelman has long been convinced that Google has a monopoly in the internet search market and said a recent U.S. antitrust case against the company validates his position.”

BBC: New EU drive to remove extremist web content. “The EU has been discussing such a regulation for more than a year, but the recent terror attacks in France and Austria have given it new urgency. Interior ministers said the text must be agreed soon with the EU Commission and European Parliament. They also urged more EU data-sharing and more systematic border checks.”

ABC News: Turkey fines Google for abusing market dominance. “Turkish regulators have fined Google 196.7 million Turkish liras ($25.5 million) for allegedly abusing its market dominance in online searches. In a statement released Friday, the Competition Authority said Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc had made it difficult for companies to show up in searches if they did not generate advertisement revenue for Google.”


MIT News: System brings deep learning to “internet of things” devices. “Deep learning is everywhere. This branch of artificial intelligence curates your social media and serves your Google search results. Soon, deep learning could also check your vitals or set your thermostat. MIT researchers have developed a system that could bring deep learning neural networks to new — and much smaller — places, like the tiny computer chips in wearable medical devices, household appliances, and the 250 billion other objects that constitute the ‘internet of things’ (IoT).”

University of Pennsylvania: Google News Prioritizes National Media over Local. “A new study from the Annenberg School found that Google News prioritizes national media outlets over local media outlets in search results, even when users are searching for local topics. This means that you’re less likely to see local news results in your search, and the local news results you do receive will be lower on the list, appearing after national news results.” Good morning, Internet…

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