Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home, Spotify, Google Photos, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 1, 2021


Digital Library of Georgia: Birth Registers From Historically Endangered Georgia Nursing Home For Expectant African American Mothers Now Available Freely Online. “The Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home in Camilla, Georgia, and the Digital Library of Georgia have worked together to digitize and present online the birth registers of the mothers and babies born at the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home between 1949-1971.”


MobileSyrup: Spotify’s Blend playlists are here to combine your music taste with your friend’s. “Spotify introduced Blend Playlists (beta) in early June as a new way for two users to combine their musical interests into a single shared playlist created specifically for them. Now, the feature has rolled out to all users and includes some improvements over its beta. The experience also includes updated cover art to help you quickly identify each of your Blend playlists.”

9to5 Google: Google Photos adds ‘Best of Summer 2021’ Memory collection I don’t know whether to be appalled by or admire the optimism. “There isn’t any rhyme or reason to the ‘Best of Summer 2021’ collection, save plenty of sunshine in my own case, but there are plenty of flowers and sunny days in my own Google Photos library as it stands. Good weather appears to be a catalyst, but there are plenty of flowers and greenery included too, but a recent visit to a museum is also included in my own photo-taking exploits as of late.”

CNET: Facebook adds fantasy gaming to its iOS, Android apps. “Facebook is getting into fantasy gaming on iOS and Android, it revealed Wednesday. It launched Facebook Fantasy Games on the Facebook app in the US and Canada, letting you make predictions about sports and TV shows.”


I LOVE this. TechRadar: Timothée Chalamet used Google Alerts to land lead Dune role. “Dune star Timothée Chalamet has explained how setting up a Google alert eventually helped him to land the movie’s lead role. In an interview with Deadline ahead of the Venice Film Festival, Chalamet confirmed that he used Google Alerts to follow the film’s early development.”

U.S. Army: Coming soon: Army real estate dot mil. “The Army will soon pilot an online real estate tool, akin to commercial marketplaces like Zillow or Redfin, to help installations match the supply of available facilities with the demand from units and organizations around the globe, an installation expert said earlier this month.”


AFP: Google to appeal 500 mn euro French fine in copyright row. “Google on Wednesday said it is appealing a decision by France’s competition watchdog to hand it a 500-million-euro ($590 million) fine in a row with news outlets over the use of their content under EU copyright rules.”

Wall Street Journal: Ben Dugan Works for CVS. His Job Is Battling a $45 Billion Crime Spree.. “Retailers are spending millions to combat organized rings that steal from their stores in bulk and peddle goods online, often on Amazon.”

The Markup: Should Doxing Be Illegal?. “The doxing laws that have passed, or are under consideration, allow people to hold the doxers accountable for releasing their information and the consequences of doing so. So far, states have taken three approaches: laws that allow victims to sue doxers, laws that make doxing criminal, and laws that protect certain groups of people, such as health care workers, from online harassment. Each approach has its quirks.”


Indiana University Bloomington: Choi part of IMLS grant to develop AI literacy program for youth in underserved communities. “Kahyun Choi, an assistant professor of information and library science at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop an artificial intelligence literacy program for youth in underserved communities.” Good evening, Internet…

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