Abraham Lincoln Artifacts, MacKenzie Scott Philanthropy, Ukrainian Books for Children, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, December 17, 2022


WMAY: ALPLM Now Offering 3D Online Renderings Of Artifacts. “It’s a new way to get an up-close look at dozens of artifacts in the collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The library has now released an online 3-D gallery of around 100 different items, allowing you to get a full 360-degree view of the items, using your mouse to rotate the image and zoom in and out.”

GeekWire: MacKenzie Scott launches new website that details her giving process and lists recipients of $14B. “Since her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2019, Scott has given away more than $14 billion to more than 1,600 nonprofit organizations, which are all listed on the new site, along with the amount of money received. She has stayed out of the limelight during that time, only penning a handful of essays to describe her donations.”

Ukrainian Jewish Encounter: Free electronic books for children in Ukrainian. “The Librarian Bear invites children aged 3-10 and their parents to join the ‘Let’s Read Together’ club in Ukrainian. This is a virtual reading club of the ‘Let’s Read’ digital library. In this club, you will be able to receive electronic children’s books, cartoons, movies, exercises, and trivia for children every week for free.”


The Verge: Google’s making code formatting a breeze in Docs. “Google Docs is getting a new feature that will make it easier to show code in an easy-to-understand way. The company announced that it’s adding code blocks to its ‘smart canvas’ system, which will automatically add the proper spacing and color-coding for a variety of programming languages, such as Python, C, and Javascript.”

Washington Post: QAnon, adrift after Trump’s defeat, finds new life in Elon Musk’s Twitter. “Twitter owner Elon Musk’s boosting of far-right memes and grievances has injected new energy into the jumbled set of conspiracy theories known as QAnon, a fringe movement that Twitter and other social networks once banned as too extreme.”


ZDNet: How to download YouTube videos three ways: Free, paid, and Linux command line. “So you want to download a YouTube video? While basic YouTube only offers downloads for a few selected videos in a few selected locations, there are ways to download any YouTube video you want at any time.”


Sydney Morning Herald: Australia’s largest abortion services provider hit with Google ad ban. “Search giant Google has blocked ads from the country’s largest abortion provider, MSI Australia, for the last two weeks, claiming the ads violated its policies that are based on Australian law. But a version of the ads are likely to be allowed to go live after questions from this masthead, pressure from MSI and a review by Google.”

Android Police: Google’s parent company could slash more money-losing moonshot projects. “Investing in offbeat technology because a brand believes in its potential can quickly turn expensive. In a comprehensive report, The Information reveals the eleven currently active other bets cost Alphabet around $30 billion in operating losses so far, of which a $4.5 billion loss was recorded in the first nine months of 2022. However, the search titan has also acknowledged an economic slowdown with a freeze on hiring, and its recent quarterly report also reveals plans for fewer-than-usual moonshots.”


SEC: SEC Charges Eight Social Media Influencers in $100 Million Stock Manipulation Scheme Promoted on Discord and Twitter. “These seven defendants allegedly purchased certain stocks and then encouraged their substantial social media following to buy those selected stocks by posting price targets or indicating they were buying, holding, or adding to their stock positions. However, as the complaint alleges, when share prices and/or trading volumes rose in the promoted securities, the individuals regularly sold their shares without ever having disclosed their plans to dump the securities while they were promoting them.”

Reuters: Ex-Twitter worker gets 3-1/2-year U.S. prison term for spying for Saudi Arabia. “A former Twitter Inc manager convicted of spying for Saudi Arabia by sharing user data several years ago and potentially exposing users to persecution was sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison on Wednesday, U.S. prosecutors said.”


LAist: He Logged Trending Twitter Topics For A Year. Here’s What He Learned. “Let’s say you wanted to create a record of everything that happened in 2022, through the lens of social media. Where would you start? Brian Feldman began and ended in the same place: the sidebar on the right-hand side of, which keeps a running list of trending topics in fields from sports to politics to entertainment.”

Mirage News: New tool to help maximise nation’s solar and wind potential. “A new tool developed by researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) shows the best locations around Australia that could be used to build new wind or solar farms.” Good morning, Internet…

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