Civil War Letters, Biodiversité Québec, Feedly, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, December 11, 2022


News 12 Long Island: Civil War letters written by Islip soldier delivered to Long Island historical society. “Over 100 letters providing a firsthand account of life during the Civil War were recently delivered to a historical society on Long Island. The correspondence was written by 41-year-old Frederick Wright Sr., a private in the Union Army, to his family home on Monell Avenue in Islip…. The letters are available for viewing on the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet’s Online Museum website.”

Montreal Gazette: Biodiversité Québec launches online portal. “The platform at… includes more than 21 million observations, with 2,223 species of plants, vertebrates and invertebrates — a fraction of the 40,000 species in Quebec.”


Feedly Blog: Track the latest patents filed on your market. “We heard from our market intelligence customers that it is extremely time consuming to keep up with latest patents in their industry. We are excited to announce our new Leo Model: ‘New Patents’, a machine learning model that allows you to keep up with the innovation strategies of your competitors by tracking recent patents filed on your market.”


Hongkiat: How to Take Screenshots on Your Smart TV . “There can be any reason to take screenshots of your TV screen, but most of us don’t know how. In this post, I will show you some ways to take screenshots on your smart TV, where find out where screenshots are saved, and how you can transfer these screenshots to your PC.”

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Smartphone Apps for Children With Autism. “The Google Play Store is flooded with apps for children to enjoy, but many are designed for entertainment and early learning. There is an underserved population of children, though, that has another set of needs: children with autism. For the parents of these children (and I am one of them), it can be a struggle finding digital resources to help your children learn about the complex world around them. So we’ve selected some of the best Android or iPhone apps you can use below.” Mostly learning/social understanding type games, with a little AAC thrown in.


Bored Panda: This Dog Is A Local Landmark In Tbilisi, Georgia With A Personal Google Maps Mark And Positive Reviews. “In large cities of Georgia, stray animals are not tortured or harassed. They are treated and sterilized. This is the most modern and humane way to control the population. But the problem is not solved – there are no fewer stray animals, and this has its own reasons. In Tbilisi, Georgia on the street called Amagleba a stray dog has become a local landmark. The adorable dog has his own Google Maps reviews with positive feedback and fans ready to feed him.”

Philly Voice: Philadelphia Orchestra, Academy of Music donate expansive historical archives to Penn. “The archives include early stock certificates, conductor’s files, photographs, programs and sound recordings. The materials date back to the years leading up to the Academy of Music’s 1857 opening. Under the agreement, Penn Libraries will make the collection accessible to scholars and the general public for the first time in 15 years.”


TechCrunch: Florida state tax website bug exposed filers’ data. “A security flaw on the Florida Department of Revenue website exposed at least hundreds of taxpayers’ Social Security numbers and bank account numbers, a security researcher found. Kamran Mohsin said the security flaw — now fixed — allowed him, or anyone else who was logged in to the state’s business tax registration website, to access, modify and delete the personal data of business owners whose information is on file with the state’s tax authority by modifying the part of the web address that contains the taxpayers’ application number.”

Patrick Breyer: Political advertising: EU lawmakers to reign in on surveillance-based targeting of political advertising. “Today, the European Parliament’s LIBE committee voted to restrict the use of personal data to target online political advertisements to data explicitly provided for this purpose by citizens with their consent, excluding the use of behavioral and inferred intelligence on citizens. LIBE has the exclusive competence on the articles dealing with data protection (the targeting). However, the position will be subject to trilogue negotiations with EU governments.”

Reuters: Australian court dismisses suit against Google over personal data use. “Australia’s competition regulator said on Friday its lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s GOOGL.O Google that alleged consumers were misled about expanded use of personal data for targeted advertising had been dismissed by a court.”


University of Hawaii: Decades of racial disparities revealed in National Science Foundation funding patterns. “The study, recently published in eLife by a team of researchers including University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Associate Professor Rosie Alegado, revealed that white principal investigators (PIs) are consistently funded at higher rates than most non-white PIs. Further, the gap between funding rates for white PIs and other groups has widened during the period studied.”

Techdirt: State TikTok Bans Are A Dumb Performance And Don’t Fix The Actual Underlying Problem. “In this reality, fixating exclusively on TikTok is both dumb and performative. Yeah, TikTok probably shouldn’t be on government employee phones. That said, neither should dozens if not hundreds of other apps and services repeatedly found to be over-collecting and poorly securing user data. The delusion that you’re safe simply if the app isn’t Chinese is just toddler thinking.” Good morning, Internet…

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