Australian Renters, Protective Guarding Search Tool, Smithsonian Coloring Pages, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 9, 2022


7 News (Australia): Database of Australian renters launched. “Accessed via the Australian Data Archive, the information generated features descriptions of renting households from around the country. As well as revealing who the nation’s renters are, what they want and what they can afford, it details the diversity of Australia’s housing quality and conditions across the rental market.”

Modern Materials Handling: MHI industry group launches search engine for protective guarding equipment. “The Protective Guarding Search Tool addresses the myriad of protective guarding solutions that are available in the market and supports end users looking for the right products for their varying facilities. It is an environment where off-the-shelf products do not always work, and custom-engineered guarding is required in many scenarios.” This is stuff like bollards and rack protectors and safety netting.


Smithsonian Magazine: Here’s Your Chance to Color in Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Collections. “Pulling from digitized collections, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives has just released ten free, downloadable coloring pages as part of the Color Our Collections campaign. Whether you want to bring polychromatic glory to old black-and-white photos or scribble in vintage fashion plates, you’ll find a little something for everyone in this new packet.”


TechCrunch: ApertureData is building a database focused on images with $3M seed. “When Vishakha Gupta and her co-founder Luis Remis were working together at Intel Labs in 2016, they were charged with figuring out how to manage growing amounts of visual data (images and video). As the two founders dug into the problem, working with academics and data scientists, they began an effort to build the proper infrastructure to deal with this growing amount of speciality data.”

WSOC (North Carolina): Google Fiber crews cause major water main break in Concord causing road closure, report says. “A major intersection in Concord was shut down while crews responded to a water main break that happened Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday morning, a Channel 9 crew could see Highway 29, which is Concord Parkway, had reopened after the incident. Pitts School Road remained closed east of Concord Parkway.”

Yahoo News: How Google is making inroads into the crypto ecosystem. “Google boss Sundar Pichai confirmed last week the company is exploring crypto and blockchain potential.”


Reuters: Israel Ramps up Scrutiny of Police as NSO Scandal Spreads. “Israel announced it was setting up a national inquiry on Monday after a newspaper reported illicit use by police of powerful spyware against confidants of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other public figures.”

Washington Post: Archives asks Justice Department to investigate Trump’s handling of White House records. “The National Archives and Records Administration has asked the Justice Department to examine Donald Trump’s handling of White House records, sparking discussions among federal law enforcement officials about whether they should investigate the former president for a possible crime, according to two people familiar with the matter.”

IANS: Google sues S.Korean regulator to overturn $173 mn fine. “Google has filed a lawsuit against South Korea’s antitrust regulator to overturn the regulator’s decision to penalise the global technology giant for pressing smartphone makers into only using its Android mobile operating system, sources said on Wednesday.”


CNET: Sony AI defeats human racers in Gran Turismo PlayStation game. “Over the last two years, Sony AI trained a computer system to play Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo Sport, a popular and realistic car racing game, and beat some of the world’s best human competitors, Sony said on Wednesday.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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