Black History Illinois, Android, FindMyPast, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 15, 2022


Chicago Tribune: University project aims to show how everything you know about the history of Black Illinois is kind of lacking. “…two years ago, [Kate] Masur and a handful of Northwestern undergraduates and graduate students started work on an online exhibition of sorts, part of an even larger archive that now spans several universities and museums, to document the radical importance of the Colored Conventions movement, one of our first nationwide conversations on race. Recently launched, their website… does not have the sexiest title: ‘Black Organizing in Pre-Civil War Illinois: Creating Community, Demanding Justice.’ But its history is more accessible than academic and its intent is ambitious: No less than a reframing of Black Illinois itself.”


TechCrunch: Google quietly launches its awaited ‘Switch to Android’ app on iOS. “Last year, reports began circulating that Google was developing a ‘Switch to Android’ app for iOS users looking to make the jump from iPhone to a smartphone running Google’s Android OS. Now that app has arrived. On Monday, Google quietly launched the Switch to Android app on the App Store in a number of global markets, including the U.S. As expected, the app promises to make the transition between mobile platforms easier to manage by helping users import their contacts, calendar, photos, and videos to their new Android phone.”

FindMyPast: Hold the front page! We’ve hit 50 million. “Back in 2011, we set out to digitise the British Library’s entire newspaper collection and open it up to the public as the British Newspaper Archive. Today we’re proud to announce that we’ve passed the 50 million pages milestone. But we’re not stopping there.”

Search Engine Land: Google’s new highly cited label for top stories now live. “Google’s new highly cited label for top stories in the mobile US English search results are now rolling out. Google announced this feature a few weeks ago and told us it would be rolling out soon, and now it is.”


Gizmodo: The Hidden Hack for Super-Speedy Web Browsing. “Chances are you spend a lot of time in a web browser every day—so anything you can do to speed up the way you get around the internet is going to make a significant difference to your productivity levels (and give you extra time to do something more exciting). Yes, even on the best web browsers. Here’s one such hack you might not have tried yet: Mouse gestures.”


Television Academy Foundation: Foundation Announces National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Preserve The Interviews. “The Television Academy Foundation today announced it has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the preservation of its online archive The Interviews: An Oral History of Television…. Under the direction of Television Academy Foundation Chair Cris Abrego and Vice Chair of the Foundation and Chair of The Interviews committee Jonathan Murray, the Foundation is focused on additional fundraising to secure the core collection for the next 100 years, prioritizing inclusive representation for future interviews, and making The Interviews more accessible with captioning and language translation.”

CNET: Pakistan Journalists Move to YouTube as Political Upheaval Forces Them Off TV. “When Imran Riaz Khan lost his job as an anchor at Pakistan’s Samaa TV last weekend, he joined a growing list of journalists who’ve found themselves out of work amid the country’s political turmoil. Luckily, Riaz Khan has a YouTube channel with 2.6 million subscribers to fall back on.”


Axios: DOJ charges three Russians running ‘disinformation network’. “A prominent Russian legislator and two of his aides have been charged with running a disinformation campaign targeting U.S. citizens, including lawmakers, for several years, the Department of Justice announced Thursday…. Aleksandr Babakov, 59, and two staffers allegedly operated an ‘international foreign influence and disinformation network to advance the interests of Russia,’ between 2012 and 2017, according to an indictment filed in Manhattan federal court.”

Orange County Register: Santa Ana police blasted Disney songs to prevent a resident from filming them . “The idea, according to the videographer and others, was that because social media platforms remove home-made videos with copyright-protected music, any video made by the blogger wouldn’t spend much time online and wouldn’t be seen by many people. The video was shot anyway. And it wound up starring Santa Ana police and a city councilman, Johnathan Ryan Hernandez, who chastised an officer for waking his neighbors and disrespecting his community.”


PsyPost: An individual’s personality appears to be highly correlated with their Twitter behavior. Uh-oh. “Do we project our true personalities on our social media accounts? While many people use social media as a way to express themselves, others see it as an opportunity to present a false persona. So, how telling are our Twitter posts about our personalities? A study published in Computers in Human Behavior suggests that our online behavior does, in fact, reflect our true behavior.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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