Copyright Records, Jimmy Carter, Periscope, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, December 18, 2020


US Copyright Office: Copyright Office Launches Copyright Public Records System Pilot. “Today, the U.S. Copyright Office launched a new Copyright Public Records System (CPRS) pilot to the public. The new portal will provide access to the same copyright records for both registration and recordation data that exist in the Copyright Public Catalog but with enhanced search capabilities and improved interfaces for internal and external users.”

WABE: Thousands Of Documents Go Online Detailing Daily Activities Of The Carter Administration. “Two collections of documents from the presidential administration of Jimmy Carter are now digitized and online for public viewing and research. Sheila McAlister, director of the Digital Library of Georgia, says it’s important to make the documents accessible to everyone with an internet connection, especially with the ongoing pandemic.”


CNN: Twitter is shutting down Periscope. “More than five years after being acquired by Twitter before it officially launched, Periscope is shutting down. ‘We have made the difficult decision to discontinue Periscope as a separate mobile app by March 2021,’ the video live-streaming app announced in a blog post on Tuesday.”

PopSugar: Google Wants to Make It Easier For You to Test Beauty Products Virtually Before You Buy. “Google just announced its partnership with ModiFace and Perfect Corp to launch a tool that helps you virtually test out makeup before you buy it. Starting Dec. 17, customers shopping from brands like L’Oréal, MAC, Black Opal, and Charlotte Tilbury will be able to compare specific shades of lipstick, eyeshadow, and more against their skin tone to ensure they can find a perfect match before they purchase. To use it, all you have to do is open or download the Google Shopping app and search from a range of products you’d like to try on.”

ZDNet: Linux Mint 20.1 beta arrives . “As always, this new Mint will run on systems so low-powered you’d otherwise condemn them to the junkyard. For example, you only need a single GB of RAM, although 2GBs is recommended. For storage space, you only need 15GBs of disk space with 20GB recommended. And, as for your monitor and video, if it can support 1024×768 resolution, or even lower, you’re in business.”


University of Maryland Archives: “Challenging the Status Quo”: Social Justice and Archives. “We asked four University of Maryland Libraries and SCUA staff members what social justice means to them. We asked these questions: 1) what do you do and what are some of your daily responsibilities? and 2) in your position, what does social justice in the archive or library mean to you? Their responses show the wide range of approaches and work that needs to be done in order to make archives more equitable, just, and welcoming spaces.”

Reuters: China tweet that enraged Australia propelled by ‘unusual’ accounts, say experts. “A Chinese official’s tweet of an image of an Australian soldier that sparked a furious reaction from Canberra was amplified across social media by unusual accounts, of which half were likely fake, an Israeli cybersecurity firm and Australian experts said.”


Moscow Times: Russia Fines Google for Failing To Remove Banned Content. “A Moscow court fined Google on Thursday for not taking down online content banned by the Russian authorities, the latest in a series of escalating penalties against the U.S. tech giant. Google was found guilty of repeatedly failing to delete search results ‘containing information prohibited in Russia’ and was fined 3 million rubles (around $41,000), state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said.”

Reuters: ‘Gorilla’ Google hit with third lawsuit as U.S. states sue over search dominance . “Google faced its third major lawsuit in two months on Thursday as 38 U.S. states and territories accused the $1 trillion company of abusing its market power to try to make its search engine as dominant inside cars, TVs and speakers as it is in phones.”


BloombergQuint: Google Waives $1.5 Billion DeepMind Loan as AI Costs Mount. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google waived a 1.1 billion-pound loan ($1.5 billion) to DeepMind Technologies Ltd. in 2019 after the U.K.-based artificial intelligence lab continued to ramp up the scale of its research and development. Revenue jumped 158% in 2019, DeepMind said in a financial filing this week. Sales were 265.5 million pounds, up from 102.8 million pounds a year earlier.”

Engadget: Google AI is now piloting Loon’s internet-beaming balloons. “Alphabet’s Loon has shifted to a different type of navigation system for its internet-beaming balloons. Rather than relying on algorithms designed by humans, the balloons are using an artificial intelligence system Loon developed with Google AI over the last few years.”

Vancouver Island University: Researchers Developing a Better User Interface for Historical Archive. “VIU researchers are mapping historical data contained in the Canadian Letters and Images Project and creating a sophisticated interface so scholars, students and the public can gain better access to information contained in the archive.” Good morning, Internet…

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