Price Daniel, Learning to Read, Microsoft Teams, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 3, 2021


Texas State Library and Archives Commission: On Texas Independence Day, History Continues to Be Made at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. “The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is offering the public access to more than 57 unique films and 74 audio tapes featuring former U.S. Senator and Governor of Texas Price Daniel, totaling more than 11 hours of video footage and 44 hours of tapes. TSLAC provides in-person access to archival records at its facilities and is constantly adding to its online collections. These newly-digitized audiovisual records are now accessible online in the Texas Digital Archive (TDA) along with millions of other state records documenting the work of Texas government.”


Google Blog: New tools make children’s books easier to read. “As we celebrate National Read Across America Day in the United States, I’m reminded of aspiring readers like my daughter, who experiences both the joys and the challenges of books. Google Play Books recently introduced a set of tools to help new readers and their families enjoy the process of learning how to read.”

Neowin: Microsoft unveils 1,000-person webinars and other Teams features for education. “Microsoft has revealed the February updates to Teams for education users. Many of the features announced here were also mentioned in the announcements from Ignite, including the new dynamic view, presenter mode, Microsoft Teams Connect, and more.”


CNET: Women’s History Month 2021: Movies and TV shows to uplift and inspire. “Women’s History Month, which runs through the end of March, is a time to honor the vital role of women in history and celebrate their diverse achievements and stories. To mark the occasion, the CNET team has come up with a list of inspiring and illuminating movies and TV shows that explore the triumphs and challenges of the female experience. Some are documentaries, of activists, artists, politicians and more. Others are historical dramas that open a window on women’s lives in the past, or contemporary takes that feature compelling female characters navigating modern life.”


Washington Post: When U.S. blamed Saudi crown prince for role in Khashoggi killing, fake Twitter accounts went to war. “Saudi-based Twitter accounts using fake profile pictures, repetitive wording and spammy tactics sought to undermine the conclusion by U.S. intelligence officials, made public Friday, that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘approved’ the operation that led to the killing of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.”

The Verge: Glitch workers sign tech’s first collective bargaining agreement. “Glitch workers have signed a collective bargaining agreement with the company — a historic milestone for the tech industry. The contract, which was ratified overwhelmingly by union members, will last for 11 months. It’s the first agreement signed by white collar tech workers in the United States, according to a press release from the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The contract went into effect on February 28th.”


TechCrunch: Microsoft says China-backed hackers are exploiting Exchange zero-days. “The technology company said Tuesday that it believes the hacking group, which it calls Hafnium, tries to steal information from a broad range of U.S.-based organizations, including law firms and defense contractors, but also infectious disease researchers and policy think tanks.”

New York Times: How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition. “Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.”


Google Blog: Using AI to explore the future of news audio. “KQED is the most listened to public radio station in the United States, and one of the largest news organizations in the Bay Area. In partnership with Google, KQED and KUNGFU.AI, an AI services provider and leader in applied machine learning, ran a series of tests on KQED’s audio to determine how we might reduce the errors and time to publish our news audio transcripts, and ultimately, make radio news audio more findable.”

EurekAlert: Human instinct can be as useful as algorithms in detecting online ‘deception’. “Travellers looking to book a hotel should trust their gut instinct when it comes to online reviews rather than relying on computer algorithms to weed out the fake ones, a new study suggests.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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