University of Manchester Collections, Google Cloud, Web Automation, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 26, 2021


University of Manchester: New collections launched on Manchester Digital Collections. “The Syriac Manuscripts and The Museum of Medicine and Health are the latest additions to the University’s world-class image viewer, giving users all over the world access to the unique collections held at the University of Manchester.”


Reuters: Google to slash amount it keeps from sales on its cloud marketplace: Report. “Alphabet Inc’s Google will cut down on the amount of revenue share it keeps when customers buy software from other vendors on its cloud marketplace, CNBC reported on Sunday. The Google Cloud Platform is cutting its percentage revenue share to 3% from 20%, CNBC said, citing a person familiar with the matter.”


MakeUseOf: How to Easily Automate Your Tasks: 5 Useful Tools. “You spend hours doing everyday tasks at your workplace. You think that’s the part of your job. But what if it could be done on its own, and you could invest your essential time in creative thinking or solving other major problems? Wouldn’t that be great? The ultimate solution to this issue is tasks automation. Let’s find out what daily tasks you can automate, its process, and which tools can help.” Good discussion on what can be automated and how to think about the process, not enough on the useful tools to do it. Should have been two articles or a series.

PCWorld: 4 killer tab search tricks for Chrome and Microsoft Edge. “We’ve all, at some point in our computing lives, dealt with browser tab overload. But instead of giving into that helpless feeling—and loading yet another version of a tab you’ve probably got open already—consider the alternatives. These days, there are lots of ways to quickly sift through your open or recently-closed browser tabs, sparing you the agony of having to click through each one to find what you’re looking for. Here are four tricks you can use in Chrome, Edge, and other Chromium-based browsers to instantly get back to what you’re looking for.”


Mashable: An interview with Instagram’s @bachelordata, Bachelor Nation’s favorite data scientist. “Suzana Somers started Bachelor Data as a way to teach herself Excel and data visualization, embracing the reality TV show she already loved. Over the years her casual effort turned into a truly impressive catalog of the show. She tracks everything from dress colors and firework dates to the screen time of each contestant, which has helped shed light on diversity issues in the franchise. In an effort to find out how she does it, I called her to chat about her process, the show’s villains, and if she’d ever go on Bachelor in Paradise herself.”

Yahoo News: Fuel campaigner besieged by motorists looking for fuel after pranksters mark his house as petrol station on Google. “A fuel campaigner has hit out at ‘puerile and sick’ trolls who registered his home address as a Shell garage on Google – prompting him to be besieged by drivers looking for petrol. Howard Cox, who fronts FairFuel UK – a campaign calling for fairer fuel prices – said he had received more than 70 calls from motorists on the hunt for fuel thanks to the prank.”

Wesleyan University: 67-Year-Old Time Capsule Discovered during PAC Renovation. “The ongoing demolition of the 1954 wing of the Public Affairs Center (PAC) yielded a touch of history on Sept. 17 when crews unearthed a time capsule sealed into the concrete entry slab on the east side of the building. A demolition contractor found a partially damaged copper box that had been encased in concrete. The outside of the box was green and brown with oxidation and dirt, but the inside retained its original bright sheen and color. This particular contractor had seen time capsules on other building projects and knew what he was dealing with.”


New York Times: That Comment Someone Left on Facebook? It Can Get You Sued.. “For Facebook, which has long insisted that it is a neutral vessel for public discourse, the court’s ruling may offer a type of indirect amnesty. While the company may still face defamation suits in Australia, plaintiffs there will be more likely to take local people and media companies to court. And if adopted more widely, the view endorsed by Australia’s court could stifle the sort of freewheeling discourse that often keeps users glued to social media.”

France 24: Egypt to tax social media stars. “Egypt said it will tax social media content creators in a revenue raising exercise as more citizens look to online platforms to make a living. The tax authority said ‘YouTubers and bloggers’ earning over 500,000 pounds ($32,000) annually would be taxed, in a statement issued Saturday.”


Fast Company: This chatbot teaches counselors how to talk to LGBTQ kids in crisis. “In a world in which most chatbots are used for mercenary reasons like retail cost cutting and phishing, the Crisis Contact Simulator is a landmark project. It won our 2021 Innovation by Design Award for Social Good because it leverages the seamless user experience of automation to help the Trevor Project’s training staff onboard more counselors. The AI tool is a digital replica of the nonprofit’s existing training regime.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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