Arab Immigration in Brazil, Twitter, TikTok, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, April 4, 2022


Brazil-Arab News Agency: Get to know the memories of Arab immigration. “The Digitization Project of the Memory of Arab Immigration in Brazil has completed its first phase and makes available 100,000 digitized pieces. They include pictures and content written by Arab immigrants in their early years in Brazil….They are books pages, magazines, journals and pictures made by the Arab immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and are made available digitally. You can read the accounts and thoughts of the immigrants of the time.”


CNBC: Twitter shares soar more than 25% after Elon Musk takes 9% stake in social media company . “Musk owns 73,486,938 shares of Twitter, which represents a 9.2% passive stake in the company, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission 13G filing released Monday. The stake is worth $2.89 billion, based Twitter’s closing price on Friday.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Copy and Paste on Sites that Won’t Let You . Don’t use this for evil. “While surfing the Web, have you ever found a handy piece of information you want to add to the presentation you’re working on but can’t right-click to copy the text because the website has disabled it? Luckily, there are a few easy workarounds that let you copy and paste from any website you want.”

How-To Geek: How to Group Images in Google Docs. “When you use images in your document, you might want to keep them together. This allows you to move them as a group and resize that group to fit your document better. Here’s how to group images in Google Docs. As of this writing, Google Docs doesn’t offer an official method for grouping images the way that Microsoft Word lets you group shapes. But with a little magic from the drawing tool, you can create your group and use it in your document like any other image.”


Los Angeles Times: A new front opens in Southern California’s grocery store labor dispute: TikTok – Los Angeles Times. “Labor disputes are as old as capitalism itself, but the battlefields they play out on are continually evolving. That’s a lesson that Ralphs learned this week when — after grocery workers across Southern California voted to authorize a strike — a digital activist threw a TikTok-shaped wrench in the chain’s efforts to preempt walkouts by hiring temporary ‘scab’ workers.”

Camden New Journal: Education pioneer Beryl Gilroy’s archive to be made public. “UNPUBLISHED manuscripts by an inspirational headteacher are to be made public in a new archive obtained by the British Library. Beryl Gilroy, who ran Beckford School in the 1970s, was one of the first black headteachers in this country. But she was also celebrated for a large body of fiction and non-fiction about women, children and migration.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Tracking down the family and the famous. “I know I’m not alone here. But I was pleasantly surprised Saturday to see the big front page treatment the Sun-Times gave Friday’s unlocking of the 1950 U.S. Census Bureau data by the National Archives. I thought the joy of plunging into old records and tracking down relations was a personal quirk. Apparently not.”


GovTech: Personal Data of 820,000 Students Exposed in NYC Hack. “In what seems to be the largest-ever breach of personal student data in the U.S., hackers accessed the online grading system of New York City public schools in January. Officials are furious with Illuminate Education.”

Ars Technica: Data-harvesting code in mobile apps sends user data to “Russia’s Google”. “Russia’s biggest Internet company has embedded code into apps found on mobile devices that allows information about millions of users to be sent to servers located in its home country. The revelation relates to software created by Yandex that permits developers to create apps for devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, systems that run the vast majority of the world’s smartphones.”


The Conversation: Older Americans are given the wrong idea about online safety – here’s how to help them help themselves. “We have found that older adults attempt to draw on personal experience to develop strategies to reduce privacy violations and security threats. For the most part, they are successful at detecting threats by being on the lookout for activities they did not initiate – for example, an account they do not have. However, outside experts have an inordinate amount of influence on those with less perceived ability or experience with technology.”

KnowTechie: No, cell phones don’t give you brain tumors, study finds. “Ever since cell phones became popular decades ago, there has been concern about their effect on our bodies. Specifically, there has been a lot of speculation that cell phone radiation could increase the risk of brain tumors. However, recent findings from a long-term study indicate no relationship between cell phone use and brain cancer.”

Creative Review: How NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio makes stories out of stats. “Creating viral science graphics requires design, storytelling and a bit of careful rule-breaking. Mark SubbaRao, lead at NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, tells CR how they turn complex data into compelling visual narratives.” Good morning, Internet…

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