Malay Letters, Temple University Research, Pillowfort, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 27, 2021


Library of Congress: William Farquhar Correspondence and Other 19th Century Malay Letters Now Online at the Library of Congress. “The Library of Congress today announced the digitization of 46 Malay letters from the 19th century, mainly from Malay kings and Southeast Asian notables to William Farquhar, a pioneering British colonial administrator in Singapore (1819-1823), providing online access to an important resource on the founding of that country.”

Temple University: Digital archive provides improved access to Temple-based research. “TUScholarShare contains articles, preprints, postprints, conference presentations, theses, dissertations and more, produced by Temple faculty, students and staff. The material in TUScholarShareh is open to anyone, giving it a broader reach than most academic scholarship, which typically can only be accessed by those at other colleges and universities with subscriptions to particular journals.” I’m not 100% sure but I think this launched last September.


Daily Dot: Anticipated blogging platform Pillowfort opens up to members. “Pillowfort, an anticipated blogging platform that some see as an alternative to Tumblr, announced Monday on its Twitter account that it’s now opening up to all people interested in becoming members.”

NBC News: YouTube suspends Giuliani from partner program, cutting access to ad revenue. “YouTube said Tuesday it had suspended Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump’s lawyer, from a program that allows partners to make money from ads on their videos, after Giuliani broke YouTube’s rules by repeatedly sharing election misinformation. The suspension will last at least 30 days and has been in effect since last week, YouTube said in an email.” In the meantime, Donald Trump has had his ban extended.

The Verge: YouTube has paid more than $30 billion to creators, artists, and others over the last three years. “YouTube has paid out more than $30 billion to creators, artists, and media organizations over the last three years, according to a new letter published by CEO Susan Wojcicki.”


Johns Hopkins University: Mellon Foundation awards $4 million grant to Inheritance Baltimore project. “The project, Inheritance Baltimore: Humanities and Arts Education for Black Liberation, will pioneer methods of instruction, research, preservation, and doctoral education that works with Black institutions to bring the experiences of Baltimore’s Black community to the fore and combat institutional racism. The project will also document and preserve the ways Black people attained knowledge within and outside of academic disciplines.”

TechCrunch: TikTok is being used by vape sellers marketing to teens. “Although a 2019 U.S. law made it illegal to sell or market e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21, TikTok videos featuring top brands of disposable e-cigarettes and vapes for sale have been relatively easy to find on the app. These videos, set to popular and upbeat music, clearly target a teenage customer base with offers of now-unauthorized cartridge flavors like fruit and mint in the form of a disposable vape. Some sellers even promote their ‘discreet’ packaging services, where the vapes they ship to customers can be hidden from parents’ prying eyes by being placed under the package’s stuffing or tucked inside other products, like makeup bags or fuzzy slippers.”


Mashable: Apple just released a security update for your iPhone. Download it now.. “According to the tech giant, researchers uncovered multiple vulnerabilities in the software powering iPhones and iPads. And, much to everyone’s consternation, Apple’s also seen evidence that those vulnerabilities ‘may have been actively exploited.’ In other words, hackers — whether they be criminal or government-affiliated — might be using these security holes for their own purposes. ”

Neowin: Tails OS 4.15 released with updated Tor Browser. “Tails OS 4.15 has been released today bringing with it updates for the Tor Browser, the Linux kernel and fixes for several issues including USB tethering not working with devices running iOS 14 or later. Luckily, there are no new issues introduced with this version of the privacy-oriented OS but it’s still affected by long-standing issues.”

New York Times: Why Your TV Spies on You. “It’s been true for years that for many companies, it’s tough to make money from selling smartphones, personal computers, television sets, streaming TV boxes like Roku and video game consoles. It takes a lot of expertise and cash to efficiently make complex electronics, and it’s a constant fight to beat competitors on price and catch shoppers’ attention. The dynamic creates two paths for the consumer electronics that many of us rely on. One is for gigantic companies to take over and crowd out everyone else. The other path is for companies to become money grubbing monsters. Either way, it’s not great for us.”


CNET: Twitter wants to make easier for researchers to analyze tweets. “Researchers who qualify will get free access to public tweets that are older than a week and be able to retrieve a higher amount of data every month. The company said it’s improving the ways researchers filter the data so they can get more precise information from public accounts. The features are part of a new version of Twitter’s application programming interface launched last year that gives developers access to the site’s public data.”

Florida Museum: Rare lichen unique to Florida discovered in museum collections, may be extinct. “Scientists have found a new species of fleshy verdigris lichen, thanks to DNA analysis of museum specimens. Misidentified by its original collectors, the lichen is only known from 32 specimens collected in North and Central Florida scrubland between 1885 and 1985. Now the hunt is on to find it in the wild – if it still exists.”

University of Texas at Dallas: Researchers Develop Smart Apps To Help People with Hearing Loss. “University of Texas at Dallas researchers have developed smartphone-based apps that solve the biggest problems for people with hearing loss: filtering out background noise and improving speech perception.” Good morning, Internet…

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