HouseNovel, MyHeritage, HathiTrust, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, April 3, 2022


Sun Current: Edina native founds real estate preservation platform. “The startup, called HouseNovel, digitally preserves real estate history in communities across the U.S., including Edina. Founded by Edina native Amanda Zielike and her husband, David Decker, the company launched last month, inviting visitors to its site to search a specific address, browse their communities and input their own stories to be captured in history.” This site was a bit of a slow load for me; be a little patient when running a search, as there’s a lot of data to load.


Genealogy’s Star: MyHeritage Announces New Census Helper Feature.. “We’re happy to introduce the Census Helper™, a useful and free tool that scans your family tree and compiles a list of your relatives who are very likely to be found in the 1950 U.S. census. This tool is available immediately for all MyHeritage users.”

HathiTrust: Introducing HathiTrust Digital Collection Principles. “The Collection Principles will lead us beyond our origins in mass digitization towards deliberate collection building and management essential for our 200+ members and the public that uses HathiTrust…. The principles recognize, and newly articulate, needs and opportunities in how we conduct our stewardship now and into the future. Based on these principles, we will orient our collections work toward justice, equity, and wide representation, and toward resilience in response to the changing economic, social, and environmental conditions in which we all work.”


How-To Geek: How to Duet on TikTok. “Some of TikTok’s most popular features include the ability to react and respond to other videos. ‘Duet’ is one way to do this—it’s sorta like reacting in real-time to another TikTok video. We’ll show you how it works.”

Lifehacker: How to Tell if You’re Chatting with a Bot. “From chatbots to Tinder bots (yes, really), bots are pretending to be human and having conversations with us—often without identifying themselves. Luckily, conversational AI hasn’t yet reached perfection, and it’s possible to detect a bot—though that may change soon enough as technology advances. For the time being, if you want to know if you’re dealing with a bot, there are a few strategies that should reveal the truth.”


Radio Free Asia: China blocks use of Tibetan language on learning apps, streaming services. “Chinese government restrictions on use of the Tibetan language have now spread to video services and other online platforms, as Beijing continues to push the assimilation of China’s ethnic minorities into the dominant Han Chinese culture, according to Tibetan sources.”

New York Times: Want to See the Weirdest of Wikipedia? Look No Further.. “The Instagram account shares bizarre and surprising snippets from the vast, crowdsourced online encyclopedia, including amusing images (a chicken literally crossing a road) and minor moments in history (Mitt Romney driving several hours with his dog atop his car). Some posts are wholesome — such as Hatsuyume, the Japanese word for one’s first dream of the year — while others are not safe for work (say, panda pornography).”


Bleeping Computer: Wyze Cam flaw lets hackers remotely access your saved videos. “A Wyze Cam internet camera vulnerability allows unauthenticated, remote access to videos and images stored on local memory cards and has remained unfixed for almost three years. The bug, which has not been assigned a CVE ID, allowed remote users to access the contents of the SD card in the camera via a webserver listening on port 80 without requiring authentication.”

Krebs on Security: Fake Emergency Search Warrants Draw Scrutiny from Capitol Hill. “On Tuesday, KrebsOnSecurity warned that hackers increasingly are using compromised government and police department email accounts to obtain sensitive customer data from mobile providers, ISPs and social media companies. Today, one of the U.S. Senate’s most tech-savvy lawmakers said he was troubled by the report and is now asking technology companies and federal agencies for information about the frequency of such schemes.”


The Conversation: Algorithms, bots and elections in Africa: how social media influences political choices . “As mobile phones become commonplace, even in Africa’s poorest countries, the uptake of social media has become ubiquitous. Applications like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp and blogs form an integral part of today’s political communication landscape in much of the continent. These platforms are becoming a dominant factor in electoral processes, playing a tremendous role in the creation, dissemination and consumption of political content.”

Concordia University: Concordia launches the Applied AI Institute. “Climate change, smart cities, health care, transportation, aerospace, cybersecurity, privacy and trust — Concordia researchers have been applying artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to these problems for years. Now, they’re joining forces under the university’s newly launched Applied AI Institute.”

Agência FAPESP: Smartphone app helps communities monitor floods and supplies data for disaster prevention. “A smartphone app could change the way communities and governments deal with floods. People living in flood-prone areas can use it to receive early warnings and help the authorities with disaster prevention by contributing to the identification of high-risk areas.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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