Ukraine Take Shelter, Living Languages, Zillow, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 4, 2022


Geek Wire: Seattle teen builds new website to aid Ukrainian refugees, two years after COVID-19 site took off . “More than two years after starting a website to track the most current data related to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus, the 19-year-old from the Seattle area is turning his attention to the conflict raging in Ukraine. [Avi] Schiffmann has launched a new website called Ukraine Take Shelter, with the goal of helping scores of refugees impacted by the week-old Russian invasion find potential safe spaces to stay in neighboring countries and elsewhere.”

University of Massachusetts Amherst: UMass Hosts First Open Access, Multilingual Journal Dedicated To Revitalization Of Endangered And Minoritized Languages. “The goal of the journal is to promote scholarly work and experience-sharing by bringing together language revitalization practitioners from a diversity of backgrounds, whether academic or not, within a peer-reviewed publication that is not limited to academic contributions and is inclusive of a diversity of perspectives and forms of expression. Living Languages seeks to publish contributions on practical and theoretical issues directly related to actions that support language sustainability and/or revitalization in indigenous and minoritized contexts.”


PR Newswire: Zillow’s new side-by-side comparison tool helps home shoppers make faster, smarter decisions to find a home they love (PRESS RELEASE). “Now available on the Zillow mobile app and website, Homes to Compare gives buyers the ability to select as many as five homes and view the properties’ details on a comprehensive side-by-side chart. On one screen, users can compare more than 70 key listing details, such as price, square footage, lot size, property conditions, architectural style, interior features and more.”

CNN: Russia’s answer to Google warns it may not be able to pay its debts. “Yandex (YNDX), which handles about 60% of internet search traffic in Russia and operates a big ride-hailing business, said Thursday that it may be unable to pay its debts as a consequence of the financial market meltdown triggered by the West’s unprecedented sanctions.”


Duke University Libraries: Resources on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. “As Duke University’s Librarian for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, it is my professional responsibility to help patrons identify, locate, and access the scholarly resources that they need to study and teach about this region of the world. As a native of Odesa (Ukraine), the grandson of Holocaust survivors, and a first generation American, I also feel a personal sense of responsibility for helping the citizens of my adopted homeland to appreciate the gravity of the situation and work towards the peaceful resolution of Russia’s war against Ukraine.”


Washington Post: TikTok has long tried to stay out of politics. Russia’s invasion is making that harder.. “TikTok’s executives spent the early days of the invasion noticeably quiet, omitting the words Ukraine and Russia in public statements and referring to the invasion as a ‘situation.’ As other companies, such as Facebook and Google, highlighted efforts to help Ukrainians shield their accounts from Russian surveillance and cyberattacks, TikTok has publicized no such program. On Thursday, TikTok started to catch up to its American social media rivals.”

CNET: No, Ukrainians Aren’t Selling Captured Russian Tanks on eBay. “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted countless news stories, memes and videos. But not every report is true. One image circulating on social media showed what was supposedly an eBay listing selling a Russian tank captured in Ukraine, priced at $400,000 (roughly £299,740, AU$546,000). Now urban-legends site Snopes has dug into the story behind the listing and revealed that the tank photo has been on the web for more than a decade, and isn’t from any current eBay listing.”

Hartford Courant: Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum collection to move in its entirety to Fairfield. “The collection of art and artifacts that make up Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum is moving in its entirety to Fairfield, it was announced on Friday by Quinnipiac University, which closed the museum last summer. Gaelic America Club (GAC) in Fairfield will be the new home of the world’s largest collection of art and artifacts about the 1845-1852 Great Hunger, QU spokesman John Morgan said in a news release.”


Threatpost: Phishing Campaign Targeted Those Aiding Ukraine Refugees. “Cyberattackers used a compromised Ukrainian military email address to phish EU government employees who’ve been involved in managing the logistics of refugees fleeing Ukraine, according to a new report.”

NPR: China erases thousands of social media accounts for vulgarity, negativity and more. “China is reshaping popular culture by taking down tens of thousand of celebrities, bloggers and influencers it deems immoral. The reasons are sometimes unclear, such as the figure not being patriotic.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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