Czech Republic Vouchers, Google, Twitter, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 26, 2021


Radio Prague International: New website lets people know if they have unclaimed money from voucher privatisation era . “A new website called Zapomenuté miliardy (Forgotten billions) offers Czechs the chance to find out if they own any unclaimed shares distributed during the privatisation era of 1990s. Thousands of people have since found their unclaimed money.”


Google Blog: Learn more – and get more – from Search. “When you search for information on Google, you’re probably accustomed to seeing a lot of relevant results in a fraction of a second. But maybe you’ve found yourself wondering how Google connected those results to the words you typed, especially if you didn’t get exactly what you were expecting to find. Now, there’s a quick and easy way to see useful context about how Google returned results for your query, and to find helpful tips to get more out of Google Search.”

Liam O’Dell: Activists need almost 100,000 followers to meet verification eligibility, Twitter confirms. “Activists looking to apply for verification on Twitter through its follower count option need just under 100,000 followers on the platform to be eligible, a spokesperson for the social media company has told Liam O’Dell.”


Mashable: How to create your own custom TikTok audio. “TikTok sounds can trend and go viral just like challenges, effects, and filters. Take Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road,’ for example, or the dozens of viral sounds turned into memes circulating on the app right now. While there are plenty of sounds out there for you to choose from on TikTok, you can also make your own. Let’s check out how.”


New York Times: QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.. “When people enter Teeth, a bar in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, the bouncer gives them options. They can order food and drinks at the bar, he says, or they can order via a QR code.”

TSLAC Conservation: Preservation of the Battleship Texas Schematic Prints. “TSLAC holds more than 3,000 schematic prints of the Battleship Texas and its mechanical systems. The prints have various creation dates, including 1911, 1914, 1927, and 1931, indicating the schematics were made for the original ship designs as well as for several modernizations the ship underwent.”


Daily Beast: Louvre Calls in Lawyers Over Pornhub’s Hardcore Re-Enactments. “There is little doubt that the clever app will bring these masterpieces to a whole new audience by marrying two worlds that might not generally engage, but European museum directors aren’t so sure they want their precious masterpieces to be exploited as such, especially when they can charge more noble entities thousands to license the artwork. Both the Louvre and Uffizi say they are suing Pornhub for rights infringements, demanding them to remove reproductions of the works that are displayed in the flesh in their museums.”

Reuters: EU gives Google 2 months to improve hotel, flight search results. “Alphabet unit Google has two months to improve the way it presents internet search results for flights and hotels and explain how it ranks these or face possible sanctions, the European Commission and EU consumer authorities said on Monday.”


ZDNet: On Facebook, quoting ‘Dune’ gets you suspended while posting COVID and vaccine misinformation gets you recommended. “Quoting movies doesn’t hurt or result in the death of anyone. But do you know what does? Spreading misinformation about vaccines and COVID-19. That absolutely will kill people. On July 20, the internet news watchdog NewsGuard presented a report to the World Health Organization. The report’s conclusion: Not only has Facebook failed to be proactive in the removal of misinformation about vaccines and COVID-19, but the social platform is actively enabling and accelerating its spread.”

University of Hawaii: UH Hilo geographers’ digital project speeds response to public access queries. “Geographers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo recently completed a pilot project with the County of Hawaiʻi Department of Planning to help modernize the county’s public access program. Shoreline public access locations and associated permitting documents were digitized in a pilot geospatial database by UH Hilo geographical data experts and UH Hilo department of geography and environmental science students and recent graduates.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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