Bronzeville Milwaukee, Minnesota Crime Data, India History, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, August 6, 2022


Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Milwaukee’s historical Bronzeville lives on at a new website and app dedicated to preserving its stories. “Telling the stories of Milwaukee’s African American families and businesses in a new way is the goal of a project just launched by [Patricia] Diggs and Kitonga Alexander, a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. ‘Milwaukee Bronzeville Histories’ is a website and mobile app that will allow people to learn about the past — and the present — as they walk the northside neighborhood. It went live in time for Bronzeville Week, which begins Saturday.”

Minnesota Department of Public Safety: Minnesota Crime Data Explorer gives detailed information on criminal activity with just a few clicks. “Minnesota Crime Data Explorer is easy to use and more detailed than previous reports, largely due to a change in crime reporting using the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)…. The new online tool incorporates NIBRS and adds to the existing annual uniform crime report published each year. It allows users to query, filter and sort crime data; view trends in charts and graphs; and export graphics and spreadsheets. The visual options make the data more accessible and easier to understand.”

The Hindu: Google launches ‘India Ki Udaan’ to mark 75 years of Independence . “Capturing the milestones India has achieved in its journey of 75 years since Independence, software giant Google on Friday unveiled a vibrant online project drawing from rich archives and featuring artistic illustrations to tell the story of the country. Named ‘India ki Udaan’, the project executed by Google Arts & Culture celebrates the country’s achievements and is ‘themed on the unwavering and undying spirit of India over these past 75 years’.”


Chrome Unboxed: Add-ons for Google Classroom are (finally) available. “Starting today, add-ons for Google Classroom are available for education customers using the ‘teaching and learning’ and ‘education plus’ editions of Google Workspace for Education.”

ReviewGeek: Google Debuts Google Meet, Not to Be Confused With Google Meet. “Starting today, Google is combining its Meet and Duo apps into a single app for voice and video calls. The search giant confirmed the change in June, adding the best of Google Meet’s features into Google Duo, and is now changing the name to Google Meet. Are you still with me? It’s confusing, I know. Google Meet already exists as a Zoom competitor for businesses. Still, between now and September, users will start to notice the Google Duo app change into Google Meet with a new name and logo.”


WIRED: Retweets Ruined Twitter. Here’s How to Get Rid of Them. “Glance at the trending section right now—I’m sure half of it is ‘someone said something stupid/offensive/wrong and people are mad,’ or some variation on that. I, for one, think Twitter would be a better place without retweets, so I figured out how to not see retweets anymore. It made my timeline a lot calmer, and my life less stressful. Here’s how you can do it, too.”


New York Times: You, Too, Can Strike It Rich on YouTube!. “YouTube automation has led to a cottage industry with online influencers offering tutorials and opportunities for fast money. But, as is often the case with promises of quickly made fortunes in online businesses, the YouTube automation process can be a money pit for aspiring internet entrepreneurs and a magnet for poseurs selling unhelpful services.”

The Construction Index: Funding secured for Irish navvy archive. “The archive will include an array of documents and recordings of the many Irish emigrants who became known as the generation that built Britain. It will be digitised from records and interviews already gathered by Irish historian Ultan Cowley for a book who wrote more than 20 years ago, chronicling the tales of those who crossed the Irish Sea to work in UK construction. Irish construction workers at the time were widely labelled as ‘navvies’, the pejorative term used for the manual labourers who dug the canal network (the navigators) in the 18th and 19th centuries.”


Mint (India): Govt issued 105 orders to block social media content under new IT rules . “According to information shared by the minister of state for electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a written reply to Rajya Sabha, 94 directions to block content were issued to YouTube between December 2021 and April 2022.”

Reuters: Trump Social Media Deal Can’t Close on Time, Needs Extension, Buyer Says . “Digital World Acquisition Corp, the blank-check company taking former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Truth Social app public, on Friday announced a special meeting of shareholders to approve an extension to the cut-off date to complete the merger.”


PetaPixel: MegaPortraits: High-Res Deepfakes Created From a Single Photo. “Researchers from Samsung Labs have developed a way to create high-resolution avatars, or deepfakes, from a single still frame photo or even a painting.”

Yale Insights: Is Elon Musk Right about the Bot Problem on Twitter?. “When he announced that he was buying Twitter, Elon Musk said his goals included ‘defeating the spam bots.’ Two months later, he withdrew his offer, claiming that the company had failed to make data on bots available to him. We asked Prof. Tauhid Zaman, who has studied the impact of bots, how much they skew the experience of Twitter users.” Good morning, Internet…

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