SEARCH GIZMO OF THE DAY: Shuffle Search
Google’s search results look different depending on the order of your query words! Shuffle Search takes a 2-, 3-, or 4-word query and creates a Google search list of all possible orders for those query words.
Lion’s Roar: Chögyam Trungpa Digital Library at Naropa University launches with catalog of over 170 recorded teachings. “The new Chogyam Trungpa Digital Library at Naropa University is offering an online archive of recorded teachings by the late Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in both audio, video, and transcript formats. On April 4, the library released a new batch of content to mark the 36th anniversary of the passing of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, including a seminar, a community talk, and a radio interview.”
Greeneville Sun: TN Historical Commission Unveils Online Database Of Cemeteries. “The Statewide Cemetery Map and the Tennessee Historic Cemetery Register are now available online in ArcGIS format for public use on the THC’s website. The map has been populated by data from the commission’s cemetery database, which currently contains more than 32,500 cemeteries statewide, a news release notes.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Slate: Twitter Isn’t a Company Anymore. “Twitter, as a defendant, must continue to submit corporate disclosure statements to the court. And so, in its most recent filing, the company provided notice that ‘Twitter, Inc. has been merged into X Corp. and no longer exists.’ As the ‘successor in interest’ to Twitter Inc.—that is, the survivor of the merger—X Corp. is now the defendant in Loomer’s suit. Its parent corporation is identified as X Holdings Corp.” I don’t have enough legal/financial/corporate expertise to assess whether this is sinister or not. It could simply be an attempt to dodge the mountain of bills Twitter hasn’t paid.
Android Police: Google Play will now auto-archive your least-used apps. “If you’re big into downloading media, or playing weighty games, finding all the space you need can be a challenge. Last year, Google introduced the idea of app archiving to help people manage their precious storage, and now it’s tweaking the program to work automatically.”
Ars Technica: Apple releases last week’s security patches for older iPhones, iPads, and Macs . “Last week, Apple released iOS and iPadOS 16.4.1 and macOS Ventura 13.3.1 to patch two actively exploited security vulnerabilities and fix other small bugs. Today it’s following those up with iOS and iPadOS 15.7.5, macOS Monterey 12.6.5, and macOS Big Sur 11.7.6 to patch those same vulnerabilities in older devices that are still receiving software updates but aren’t capable of running the newest OSes.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
BuzzFeed News: Twitter Circles Is Broken, Revealing Nudes Not Meant For The General Public. “Eight months and one ownership change later, Circles’ secure functionality appears to have broken. A number of users are publicly warning those who use the feature that their supposedly secure posts — oftentimes nudes — are leaching into the main For You feed, the algorithmically driven homepage of Twitter.”
New Zealand Herald: Privacy fears over New Zealand government departments’ use of Google Analytics. “Privacy experts and analysts warn government departments’ use of Google Analytics may be allowing the world’s biggest marketing company to harvest New Zealanders’ private data for its own purposes.”
Bloomberg: South Korea Fines Google $32 Million for Squeezing Local Rival. “South Korea fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google 42.1 billion won ($32 million) for using its clout in the mobile app market to squeeze out a local rival, the latest sign of intensifying scrutiny on the US tech firm as it seeks to expand overseas.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
MIT Technology Review: How AI is helping historians better understand our past. “Historians say the application of modern computer science to the distant past helps draw connections across a broader swath of the historical record than would otherwise be possible, correcting distortions that come from analyzing history one document at a time. But it introduces distortions of its own, including the risk that machine learning will slip bias or outright falsifications into the historical record.”
EurekAlert: Hooper creating public database of slaving voyages across the Indian Ocean and Asia. “The primary investigators will create an Indian Ocean and Asia (IOA) database of voyages that transported enslaved African, Malagasy, Middle Eastern, Indian, Southeast Asian, and East Asian men, women, and children within and beyond the Indian Ocean world between 1500 and 1940 as an integral part of the SlaveVoyages website.”
The Conversation: TikTok’s poor content moderation fuels the spread of hate speech and misinformation ahead of Indonesia 2024 elections. “Researchers and civil society organisations must start to study TikTok’s potential impact on Indonesia as the country will hold its general and presidential elections in February 2024.”
OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL
Taiwan News: National Taiwan Library repairs 500-year-old Quran. “The ancient text was given to Tzu Chi Buddhist Humanitarian Foundation Master Cheng Yen (證嚴) by a Tzu Chi Turkish volunteer, Faisal Hu (胡光中), over two years ago, per CNA. Hsu Mei-wen (徐美文), a book restorer at Taiwan Book Hospital of National Taiwan Library, was entrusted with the job. With 15 years of experience, Hsu quickly devoted herself to absorbing the book’s lessons and teachings.” Good morning, Internet…
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