Purdue University: New online toolbox offers many ways to view snow data in the continental US. “Purdue University’s Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) has launched an online interactive Snowfall Climatology Toolbox that provides easy-to-use, visually appealing data on annual snowfall, monthly snowfall, number of snow days, first and last snow dates, and record one-day snowfall for the entire United States.”
University of Nottingham: Hub to support refugee education across Europe launched by Nottingham academics. “The Hub for European Refugee Education (HERE) brings together academic and stakeholder expertise of policies and practices for integrating children, young people and adults with refugee backgrounds through education, in order to help them to be able to live lives of dignity and value in their new societies.”
Business Insider: You may pay nearly $8 for a McDonald’s Big Mac in Massachusetts versus $3 in Oklahoma. Here’s why costs can vary — even for locations across the street from one another.. “Riley Walz is a business major at the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York and dabbles in coding. The 20-year-old one day hopes to run his own business. Until that happens, he’s taken on the unofficial position of ‘fast-food data scientist,’ thanks to his latest side project, the Fast Food Index. Walz’s index, distributed to classmates last month, tracks the pricing of four popular fast-food items…”
State of Mississippi: BEAM to Create Mississippi Broadband Map, Needs Feedback from the Public. “The Office of Broadband Expansion and Accessibility of Mississippi (BEAM) launched a new website to record internet speeds and gather information about internet usage and availability. This information will allow BEAM to create a unique and updated Mississippi Broadband Map that is critical for expanding broadband infrastructure in the state.”
Library of Congress: Now Playing: the CCHC Data Jam!. “In October 2022, the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud (CCHC) team held a virtual Data Jam featuring speakers from higher education, library, and museum organizations around the world who presented feedback on working with Library of Congress data in the cloud. The LC Labs team recorded our event and invite you to watch it now on the Library’s website!”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
TechCrunch: Wordle was Google’s top trending search term globally in 2022. “Google has released its annual ‘Year in Search’ report outlining the top searches of 2022 around the world. The report reveals that popular online game Wordle topped the list globally.”
Google Blog: New Chrome features to save battery and make browsing smoother. “With the latest release of Chrome on desktop, we’re introducing two new performance settings so Chrome uses up to 30% less memory to keep your tabs running smoothly, and extend your battery when it’s running low. We’ll be rolling out both Memory Saver and Energy Saver modes over the next several weeks globally for Windows, macOS and ChromeOS.”
AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD
Variety: Kanye West’s Massive Reddit Page Overtaken by Taylor Swift Appreciation, Holocaust Awareness Content as Fans Abandon Him. “Following the 45-year-old’s appearance on right-wing talk show host Alex Jones’ ‘Infowars’ on Thursday, where he continued to spew anti-Semitic rhetoric and deliberately gave praise to Adolf Hitler and Nazis, fans on the artist’s r/Kanye Reddit page, which has more than 700,000 subscribers, have decided to turn the subreddit into a Taylor Swift appreciation page.” There seems to be a bit of a war going on the subreddit at the moment.
CNBC: SpaceX, Tesla, and Boring Company execs are helping Elon Musk at Twitter, records reveal. “Elon Musk led a $44 billion acquisition of Twitter and appointed himself CEO there in late October. Ever since, he has enlisted high-ranking executives and engineers from his other businesses, including SpaceX, Tesla and The Boring Company, to help out at the social media company, according to internal records obtained by CNBC and conversations with recent Twitter employees.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Federal News Network: NDAA compromise gives NARA $60M to address veteran records backlog. “The compromise House and Senate lawmakers reached Tuesday night on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would give NARA $60 million to address the backlog of veterans’ requests for military service records at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis.”
Reuters: Google must remove ‘manifestly inaccurate’ data, EU top court says. “Alphabet unit Google must remove data from online search results if users can prove it is inaccurate, Europe’s top court said on Thursday.”
New York Times: Indiana Sues TikTok for Security and Child Safety Violations. “Indiana’s attorney general on Wednesday sued the Chinese-owned app TikTok for deceiving users about China’s access to their data and for exposing children to mature content, in the first state lawsuits against the popular video service. Good morning, Internet…
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