Portuguese WWI Military Veterans, TikTok, Regular Expressions, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 17, 2022


Institute of Contemporary History (Portugal): Digital Archive On The History Of The Portuguese Maimed By War. “This week saw the launch of the digital archive ‘Os Mutilados da Guerra (1914-1918): reavivar uma memória’ [The War Maimed (1914-1918): Reviving a Memory], which aims to ‘work as a starting point for the study and dissemination of the history of the Portuguese maimed in the First World War’.” The site is in Portuguese but Google Translate worked fine. As you might expect some of these images are very disturbing; I didn’t go past the thumbnails.


Business Insider: Business Insider
TikTok copies Instagram’s move to copy buzzy app BeReal
. “TikTok is launching a new tool that people quickly noticed is incredibly similar to another popular app: BeReal. The social media platform announced on Thursday TikTok Now, a tool where users receive a daily prompt to film a 10-second video or take a photo to share what they’re doing in the moment from the front and back cameras on their phone.”


Red Hat Developer: Regex how-to: Quantifiers, pattern collections, and word boundaries. “Filtering and searching text with regular expressions is an important skill for every developer. Regular expressions can be tricky to master. To work with them effectively, you need a detailed understanding of their symbols and syntax. Fortunately, learning to work with regular expressions can be incremental. You don’t need to learn everything all at once to do useful work. Rather, you can start with the basics and then move into more complex topics while developing your understanding and using what you know as you go along.”


Independent: ‘GrieveWatch’ Twitter account goes viral for showcasing how brands are mourning the Queen. “One such image it shared was from an unnamed laser hair removal company. In a screenshot of what looks like an email, the company writes: ‘To celebrate and remember our Queen, we are offering the most amazing deals until the 19 September 2022.’ Another shows a shopfront with ‘RIP Queen Elizabeth’ carved into the side of a watermelon, which the account dubbed ‘Mourn Melon’.”

New York Times: For Gen Z, TikTok Is the New Search Engine. “Need to find a restaurant or figure out how to do something? Young people are turning to TikTok to search for answers. Google has noticed.”

Front Office Sports: ESPN’s Newest Attempt To Target Younger Audiences. “ESPN is making a play for Gen Z by putting its social media might behind a new network of content creators, the network told Front Office Sports. The Worldwide Leader is launching ESPN Creator Network, a program that will provide up-close access to ESPN’s sports properties — as well as the company’s considerable resources — to up-and-coming content creators.”


CNET: Uber Investigating Computer System Breach. “Uber’s computer network was breached on Thursday, leading the ride-hailing giant to take several internal communications and engineering systems offline as it investigated the hack, The New York Times reported.”

ProPublica: Human Trafficking’s Newest Abuse: Forcing Victims Into Cyberscamming. “Tens of thousands of people from across Asia have been coerced into defrauding people in America and around the world out of millions of dollars. Those who resist face beatings, food deprivation or worse.”


BusinessWire: American Library Association Releases Preliminary Data on 2022 Book Bans (PRESS RELEASE). “Between January 1 and August 31, 2022, ALA documented 681 attempts to ban or restrict library resources, and 1,651 unique titles were targeted. In 2021, ALA reported 729 attempts to censor library resources, targeting 1,597 books, which represented the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling these lists more than 20 years ago.”

IANS: NASA, Google to help track air pollution at local level. “NASA and Google will develop advanced machine learning-based algorithms that link space data with Google Earth Engine data streams to generate high-resolution air quality maps in near real-time.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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