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Exploring Chronicling America Newspapers, Google Drive, Vintage Computer Games, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 21, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

Library of Congress: New Interactive Map and Timeline Added to Chronicling America. “The new ‘Exploring Chronicling America Newspapers’ application dynamically maps publication locations of over 3,000 digitized newspapers currently available in the Chronicling America online collection. Users can also interact with a timeline of publication dates for digitized newspapers available in Chronicling America, currently covering years between 1777-1963. ”

USEFUL STUFF

PC Magazine: 18 Google Drive Tips You Can’t Afford to Miss . “Where you may find Google Drive lacking, though, is in that 15GB, which can fill up fast because a number of other services share that space, including Google Photos and Gmail…. So those are the basics of Google Drive, but what you need are the secrets—the tips and tricks that will drive your use of Drive to another level.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Sites Where You Can Download Old PC Games for Free. “Modern gamers have an unrivaled bounty of free games. Many of the most popular online games use the free-to-play model to entice users. There are free games on Steam, in your browser, and on your smartphone. However, you don’t always want the latest AAA title or free battle royale. You want to scratch the nostalgia itch. Luckily, there are a host of websites dedicated to precisely this: the love and preservation of old games. Here are the best sites where you can download old PC games for free.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

UCLA: Asian American Studies Center to create free resource for high school teachers. “The UCLA Asian American Studies Center has received $10 million in state funding that will propel the development of a free multimedia learning experience that will equip teachers across the country with materials that can fill a curricular gap about the experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”

Rest of World: Overrun by influencers, historic sites are banning TikTok creators in Nepal. “They come in hordes, strike funny poses, dance to loud music, trample over crops, and often stir up unmanageable crowds that cause traffic jams. TikTok creators in Nepal have earned a reputation for disrespecting religious and historic places in their quest to create viral videos, and are now facing a backlash.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Associated Press: Researchers: Chinese-made GPS tracker highly vulnerable. “A popular Chinese-made automotive GPS tracker used in 169 countries has severe software vulnerabilities, posing a potential danger to highway safety, national security and supply chains, cybersecurity researchers have found.”

Bleeping Computer: Hackers steal 50,000 credit cards from 300 U.S. restaurants. “Payment card details from customers of more than 300 restaurants have been stolen in two web-skimming campaigns targeting three online ordering platforms.”

CNN: She warned other women on TikTok about her ex-boyfriend. Then she received a cease-and-desist. “While women aren’t alone in using online forums to post about connections from dating apps, a Pew Research Center study found that young women are much more likely than their male counterparts to report having their safety threatened when online dating, whether that be receiving unwanted communications or unsolicited sexual images, or being berated.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: AI Helps the Powerful but Harms the Vulnerable, Mozilla Warns. “AI is great for rich and powerful people and for tech giants trying to boost profits. Otherwise, artificial intelligence and the automation it enables can be harmful, nonprofit Mozilla concluded in a report published Monday.”

The Nation: You Can’t Buy These Books. “In reality, the publishers’ attack on the Internet Archive is a Trojan horse for a very different, and radical, idea: that e-books are fundamentally—legally—different from paper books. If accepted, their argument would remove e-books from the many statutory protections upon which library rights positively depend. That outcome would leave libraries vulnerable to the draconian licensing deals under which e-books are increasingly offered. And libraries would have to pay and pay, in the absence of digital books that can be permanently bought and owned outright.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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