Mary Whitney Phelps, Verizon Fios, Twitter, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 15, 2022


KSMU: Antique letters and memoir, clinched at auction, reveal heroine’s determination after the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. “Mary Whitney Phelps, who was born in 1812 and who died in 1878, is one of Missouri’s Union female heroes of the Civil War, according to the Springfield-Greene County Library District. Rather than flee with other prominent Unionists after the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, she stayed behind in Springfield to oversee General Nathaniel Lyon’s burial and to care for the wounded soldiers left behind during the retreat. Phelps’s letters and memoir are available for public viewing through the library district’s digital collection.”


The Verge: Verizon makes Fios free for low-income customers through federal program. “Verizon is introducing a new discount to its Fios Forward plans, which should let low-income customers get fiber internet for free when combined with discounts through the federal Affordable Connectivity Program. The free tier, which is normally $40 a month, includes 300Mbps speeds as well as a $10 discount on a Verizon Unlimited Wireless plan.”

9to5 Mac: Twitter no longer lets users access the chronological timeline by default [U: Rolled Back]. “Following multiple complaints, Twitter has decided to roll back the update. According to the company, the ‘Latest Tweets’ tab has been removed from the iPhone app and users will get the old Home tab back with the option to show the latest tweets at the top in chronological order.”


Washington Post: Twitter is looking for younger users. It’s turning to the tech world’s teen savant to help find them.. “Teenagers have flocked to TikTok in recent years, abandoning apps like Facebook and Instagram. Twitter is stuck somewhere in the middle. Despite its large cultural relevance, Twitter has repeatedly failed to gain mass adoption, and its forays into new formats like short-form video and live-streaming have flopped. But cultivating a young, hyper-engaged user base could be a key step toward becoming a platform as influential as its power users believe it to be. To lead these efforts, Twitter has tapped Michael Sayman.”

National Library of New Zealand: Living history while documenting it . “…after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake the teams within the Library, being mostly based in Wellington, were able to come together quickly to start documenting the impact of this earthquake on the city of Christchurch, and its communities. More recently, we have found ourselves documenting events while also personally experiencing them, the COVID-19 pandemic being one such example. Another example is the recent 2022 Wellington protests, where we found our building to be within the cordoned-off protest area and witnessed standoffs between police and protestors on our front steps.”

UrduPoint: Digital Archive Being Created To Protect Old Data Of Radio Pakistan: Fawad. “Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Monday informed the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting that a digital archive would be created in Radio Pakistan to protect and maintain its old data. Old data of Radio Pakistan got wasted due to unavailability of the storage space, he told meeting of the committee chaired by Mian Javed Latif.”


Irish Council for Civil Liberties: ICCL sues DPC over failure to act on massive Google data breach. “The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is suing the DPC [Ireland’s Data Protection Commission] for its failure to protect people against the biggest data breach ever recorded: Google’s ‘Real-Time Bidding’ online advertising system. The DPC must be compelled to act now.”


World Health Organization: WHO Global Health Facilities Database: Ensuring access to primary healthcare and UHC. “The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed urgent gaps in countries’ current ability to locate health facilities, impeding progress to provide equitable access to therapeutics, diagnostics, and vaccinations through the ACT-Accelerator and other initiatives. As a standardized and open access repository of health facility information, the database will provide critical insights to deliver primary health care, especially during emergencies. It will also leverage the power of geospatial data to map health facilities in relation to communities and help bridge long-standing inequalities in access and use.”

Tubefilter: New data shows TikTok adoption gaining on YouTube, especially among Gen Z. “YouTube has been the undisputed top dog in the online video industry for a decade and a half, but TikTok is cultivating an astonishing user base of its own. According to new data from eMarketer, TikTok’s market share is advancing at a faster rate than YouTube among Gen Z consumers.”


Christian Science Monitor: From lawsuits to giveaway drives, a push against book bans. “As school boards across the United States increasingly vote to remove books from library shelves and classroom curricula, community members are countering by amplifying awareness of those very books. These grassroots efforts – from free book drives to book clubs to lawsuits – differ in method but share a common mission to keep the world of books open for exploration.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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