Government of Luxembourg: Léier Lëtzebuergesch Online – LLO. LU A new tool to learn Luxembourgish: digital, global and free. “At a press conference on September 9th, 2022, the Minister of Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch, and the Director of the ‘Institut National des Langues’ (INL), Maisy Gorza, launched the new learning platform for Luxembourgish, LLO.LU. The new digital tool for learning Luxembourgish online not only globally promotes the importance of our language but furthermore consolidates its future use.”
Hawaii Public Radio: 3 new monkeypox cases confirmed as Hawaiʻi data goes online . “The state Department of Health is moving its monkeypox data reporting online. The website provides positive case numbers, vaccine availability and general information on the disease.”
University of Wyoming: UW Extension Releases New High-Altitude Cookbook. “University of Wyoming Extension recently released its new ‘High-Altitude Baking’ cookbook, a collection of original elevation-adjusted and user-tested recipes ranging from cakes and cookies to scones, muffins, breads and pizza. Available in print and online, the publication offers more than 100 tasty altitude-adjusted recipes, all tested at both 3,500 feet and 7,200 feet (and other elevations in between).” The online version is free to download.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
XDA: The Google Play Store will now implement a time buffer for ratings and reviews. “It looks like Google is taking some measures in order to curb suspicious reviews that might pop up on the Google Play Store. The company announced changes to its procedures, where there will now be up to a 24-hour delay with user-submitted ratings or reviews.”
AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD
EdSurge: Teaching ‘Digital Native’ College Students Who Understand TikTok — But Not Microsoft Excel. “Though today’s young people have gained a reputation as ‘digital natives,’ that doesn’t always translate to having the digital skills that are needed to succeed in college. In a 2021 survey from the College Innovation Network, 20 percent of students at four-year colleges said they struggled learning new edtech tools. And professors report that some students even have trouble using more fundamental computer programs to write essays or run calculations. So some colleges and instructors have started to think about how to help students get up to speed on their digital and technical skills.”
Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure: Why Does a Librarian Own a Social Media Site That’s Been Around for Longer Than Facebook?. “Jessamyn West is not just one of the web’s favorite librarians, but the new owner of Metafilter, an incredibly long-running social network that dates back to a very different Internet. In the first part of our interview with Jessamyn, she tells us just how Metafilter has kept going and stayed healthy since 1999.” Podcast with full transcript.
The Atlantic: Just a Few People Crowned Some of YouTube’s Earliest Hits. “Everyone had to see this. It was early 2007 when Sadia Harper called her YouTube co-workers to her desk to watch. On her screen, a preteen with a buzz cut and an oversize dress shirt was belting out an Alicia Keys song. ‘This kid is amazing,’ Harper said. The singer’s mother had been badgering her with emails to feature her son, Justin Bieber, on YouTube’s homepage. Harper was one of YouTube’s ‘coolhunters,’ a team once tasked with curating videos on YouTube.com.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
KINY: Alaska Online Checkbook Act becomes law. “Last legislative session, Senate Bill 25, sponsored by Anchorage Senator Bill Wielechowski, passed unanimously in both chambers of the legislature. According to a release, the bill establishes a searchable online database so the public can easily view details on state government spending and revenues.”
TorrentFreak: Google Removes YouTube Rippers from UK Search Results. “Google has removed several popular YouTube rippers from its UK search results. The company took this action following a notice from local music group BPI, which pointed out that local ISPs are required to block the sites due to a High Court order. In response, Google voluntarily took the same action.”
The Guardian: Iranian authorities plan to use facial recognition to enforce new hijab law. “The Iranian government is planning to use facial recognition technology on public transport to identify women who are not complying with a strict new law on wearing the hijab, as the regime continues its increasingly punitive crackdown on women’s dress.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
WUSF: Humans are no longer the line judges at the U.S. Open. “In 2020, to minimize the risk of infection, the U.S. Open eliminated nearly all line judges, using instead the optical technology called Hawk-Eye Live. Tournament officials thought it worked so well that now they use it exclusively.”
Imperial College London: Cryptocurrency must be made less energy intensive to protect the planet. “Despite the financial benefits of cryptocurrencies, such as their potential to offer a financial system that is safe from bankruptcy or crisis, continued investment in more energyintensive cryptocurrency is likely to increase the probability of a global climate crisis, according to the report, Damage Limitation: Cryptocurrencies and Climate Change.” Good morning, Internet…
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