Northeast Slavery Records Index, San Antonio Music, Twitter, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, July 9, 2022


New-to-me: the Northeast Slavery Records Index. From the front page: “The Northeast Slavery Records Index (NESRI) is an online searchable compilation of records that identify individual enslaved persons and enslavers in the states of New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. NESRI indexes census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certifications, manumissions, ship inventories, newspaper accounts, private narratives, legal documents and many other sources.”

San Antonio Express-News: San Antonio music has a new home at KPSA, an online radio station and app. “KPSA, a new app and website devoted to San Antonio music, is a one-stop shop for acts such as Doug Sahm, Buttercup and Girl in a Coma.”


CNET: Elon Musk’s $44 Billion Twitter Deal Is Reportedly in Jeopardy. “The Washington Post, citing three anonymous people familiar with the matter, reported on Thursday that the deal is ‘in serious jeopardy.’ Musk’s team thinks it won’t be able to confirm data about the number of fake and spam accounts on Twitter and has stopped certain talks around funding the acquisition, the report said.”

FIPP: Pugpig acquires Bondi digital archive platform. “Digital publishing platform Pugpig has acquired Bondi, a digital magazine archive platform that provides fully searchable historical content for researchers, students, journalists, and magazine lovers in general. The Bondi support team will join Pugpig in its New York office, as the company looks to expand its footprint across the US.”


Nature: How to find, read and organize papers. “I was in the first year of my PhD programme, having just joined my thesis laboratory. It was an important period of transition: I was working out what project I would focus on for the next five years, and knew that success would require a strong intellectual foundation. I spent long hours poring over papers, determined to master the literature in my research area. Yet despite good intentions, my efforts fell flat, due in large part to inefficiency.”

Android Police: The best open source alternatives to Google Calendar. “Google Calendar is preinstalled on most Android phones and is a comprehensive solution that offers smooth integration with other Google services. However, if you don’t want to share your details with Google, and wish to keep your schedule private, there are several open source alternatives available for Android.”


New York Times: Disinformation Has Become Another Untouchable Problem in Washington. “There is wide agreement across the federal government that coordinated disinformation campaigns threaten to exacerbate public health emergencies, stoke ethnic and racial divisions and even undermine democracy itself. The board’s fate, however, has underscored how deeply partisan the issue has become in Washington, making it nearly impossible to consider addressing the threat.”

NBC News: Google and Yelp disable reviews on some crisis pregnancy center pages amid activist ‘spam’ campaign. “Google and Yelp appear to have disabled the ability to post reviews for some crisis pregnancy centers listed on the platforms, which some activists say could prevent them from providing accurate information about the centers, which are known for trying to persuade women seeking abortions not to get them. Google appears to have also disabled the ability to post reviews of some abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood.”


Ars Technica: Parents sue TikTok after 7 kids die from profitable Blackout Challenge videos. “After the first child died from self-strangulation while attempting a recommended ‘Blackout Challenge,’ there were many steps that TikTok could’ve taken to shield other kids from the same fate immediately. Instead, a new lawsuit filed in California says TikTok chose to continue profiting from promoting what’s now being described as its deadliest challenge, directly causing the deaths of six more children in 2021.”

Inside the Magic: Disney Investigating “Reprehensible” Hack on Company Social Media. “Earlier this morning, the Instagram and Facebook accounts for the Disneyland Resort were hacked, with a singular individual or several people spreading the incredibly offensive and hateful messages across both platforms to millions of people. At the time of our original publication, there were a total of four posts and two Instagram stories. These have now been deleted and the account has been reclaimed by Disney.”


KnowTechie: FIFA is going to use AI for offside calls at the 2022 World Cup. “The system won’t be making refereeing decisions. Instead, the semi-automated system generates alerts, which go to a control room. The officials in that room can then confer and tell the referees on the field if they need to make a call.”


Core 77: Incredible Wearable Device Can Read to the Visually Imparied, Recognize Faces and Objects. “Orcam is an Israeli tech company with an incredible product: The MyEye, a diminutive AI-driven device that magnetically attaches to eyeglasses and can read to the visually impaired.” Good morning, Internet…

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