SEARCH GIZMO OF THE DAY: Backyard Scholarship
Enter a name and a birthplace in America, and Backyard converts the city state to a zip code and finds all higher education institutions within a 30-mile radius. It then assembles the domain names of those institutions into a Google query. You will need a Data.gov API key to use this Gizmo. They’re free.
Bard College: The Gagarin Center at Bard College and PEN America Establish Russian Independent Media Archive. “The Gagarin Center at Bard College is partnering with PEN America to launch the Russian Independent Media Archive (RIMA), a project that aims to preserve the last two decades of independent Russian journalism, an irreplaceable historical record at risk of erasure as Russian media outlets not aligned with the regime of President Vladimir Putin are shuttered and their reporters and editors are cast into exile.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Engadget: Google Bard’s new ‘experiment updates’ page lets you know what’s new. “In an attempt to be more open about Bard’s development, Google has created a new ‘experiment updates’ page where anyone can find information on recent updates to Bard, including new features and bug fixes.”
Google Blog: Discover more than 800 free TV channels with Google TV. “Today, we’re introducing a new live TV experience that lets you browse more than 800 free TV channels across multiple providers, organized in one easy-to-use guide right in the Live tab.”
AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD
ComicBook .com: Lofi Girl Scrambles Social Media as New Anime Boy Joins the Mix. “There have been a few staples of Youtube that have helped to elevate the platform to new heights over the years. One of the more somber and relaxing just so happens to be the channel known as ‘Lofi Girl’. Seeing an animated girl hovering over a desk, her cat and background prominently feature, the channel would let viewers hear some relaxing tunes with the animation that would rarely change. Now, the Lofi Girl threw a major curveball at fans by introducing ‘Lofi Boy’, or Synth-Wave Boy as some call him, and fans are beside themselves at this big addition.”
National Széchényi Library (NSZL): Cooperation agreement between the National Library of Mongolia and the NSZL. “Dr. Borbála Obrusánszky, Ambassador of Hungary to Ulaanbaatar, on behalf of the National Széchényi Library (NSZL) and with her authorization, signed a cooperation agreement with the National Library of Mongolia (MNM) at the launch of the volume of Sándor Petőfi’s poems in Ulaanbaatar.” The NSZL is one of two national libraries in Hungary.
MEAT+POULTRY: Frozen food startup inspired by social media influencers. “Counter was founded by former Walmart merchants Jeff Ferrell and Benn Manning. The brand partners with health and wellness content creators to develop high-protein, low-calorie meals inspired by popular recipes on Instagram and TikTok. Products include protein waffles, burritos, bowls and chicken bites.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
SiliconANGLE: Google debuts new API for detecting open-source security vulnerabilities. “Google LLC is releasing an application programming interface that will enable developers to scan the open-source code they use for vulnerabilities and other issues. The deps.dev API, as it’s called, debuted today. It extends an open-source cybersecurity project called deps.dev that Google launched in 2021.”
Texas Standard: Fentanyl’s rise, distribution tied to growth of social media. “According to an expert who studies drug trafficking, fentanyl is the new ‘social media drug’ and Mexican criminal groups are exploiting the technology to dominate the market – recruiting dealers in Texas to peddle the opioid.”
CBC (Canada): Federal department asked social media giants to drop newspaper article, documents show. “Newly released documents show that a federal government department asked Facebook and Twitter to delete a newspaper article that it felt contained errors — but both social media giants denied the request.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Stanford Medicine: For better video meetings, try taking turns talking. “Early in the pandemic, video conferencing became the only way many of us could work, socialize, see a doctor or take a yoga class, among many other activities. By now, it’s become a fixture of the work-from-home lifestyle. Two new studies led by Stanford Medicine researchers examined whether we work, behave and feel differently in these virtual versus in-person interactions and what’s going on in our brains.”
History Today: Lost Movies. “Almost three quarters of the golden age of Hollywood has been lost. Preservation only began when film came to be seen as art.”
New York Times: In A.I. Race, Microsoft and Google Choose Speed Over Caution. “Technology companies were once leery of what some artificial intelligence could do. Now the priority is winning control of the industry’s next big thing.” Good morning, Internet…
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