White House Historical Association, Oz Black, University of Arkansas, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, April 26, 2023


White House Historical Association: New Digital Library Exhibit “Slavery and Freedom in the White House Collection”. “The White House Historical Association debuted a new virtual exhibit today, , that explores slavery’s influence on the ideas, people and movements that shaped the White House through close examination and interpretation of 21 objects in the White House Collection.”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Graham archiving the prolific work of Nebraska’s Oz Black. “Oswald Ragan ‘Oz’ Black studied art at the University of Nebraska from 1918 to 1923. He went on to document local news 365 days a year for nearly four decades, first at the Lincoln Star from 1921 to 1927, and then for the Nebraska State Journal from 1930 to 1940. Following his work in Nebraska, Black went to the Minneapolis Tribune, before moving to Denver, where he worked in public relations and as an instructor in cartooning and caricature at the University of Colorado Institute of Adult Learning.”

University of Arkansas: Libraries Publish Digital Collection Documenting U of A’s First 50 Years. “The University of Arkansas Libraries have published a new digital collection of materials dating back to the university’s opening in 1872. The University of Arkansas Catalog Collection, available to the public online at no cost, features course catalogs and announcements for the first 50 years of the U of A’s history.”


Clemson News: Open Parks Network surpasses 1 million digitized images. “The Open Parks Network, a partnership between Clemson Libraries and the National Park Service to digitize images, artifacts and documents related to the history of national parks and other national heritage sites, has surpassed a significant milestone. The network now has more than 1 million scanned images and other items in its collection, all available to the public.”

TechCrunch: Yelp rolls out AI-powered search updates and the ability to add videos to reviews. “Yelp announced today that it’s introducing a series of new updates, including an enhanced AI-powered search experience and the ability to add videos to reviews.”

9to5Mac: Snapchat users are furious over recent My AI update, flooding the App Store with 1-star reviews. “…Snapchat users are so frustrated by this change that they are flooding the App Store listing with one-star reviews. According to the report, which cites data from Sensor Tower, Snapchat’s average rating in the App Store over the last week is just 1.67 stars. In fact, 75% of all reviews left in the past week have been one-star reviews.”


Reuters: Google’s parent Alphabet beats revenue expectations on ad, cloud strength. “Alphabet reported a slight dip in ad sales to US$54.55 billion from US$54.66 billion a year earlier. The decline is just the third in the company’s history since it became public in 2004 but follows a fourth quarter drop of 3.6 per cent.”


Euronews: EU targets Google, Facebook, Twitter and other ‘very large’ tech companies with stricter rules. “Social media giants, Google, Alibaba, Amazon and Wikipedia are among the big tech companies that have been labelled ‘Very Large Online Platforms’ by the European Commission and will now have to adhere to tighter rules under the bloc’s landmark Digital Services Act (DSA).”

Quartz: Elon Musk is courting fresh FTC scrutiny with his latest Twitter fiasco. “In misrepresenting who is paying for Twitter Blue and who isn’t, Twitter could be flouting consumer protection laws and angering regulators at a time when the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is already scrutinizing Twitter’s behavior.”

NBC News: A 13-year-old boy was groomed publicly on Twitter and kidnapped, despite numerous chances to stop it. “Heather and Ken McConney, the boy’s parents, told NBC News that they believe the kidnapping was preventable. It came after a series of missed opportunities over the span of nearly a month, where, they said, Twitter and law enforcement failed to effectively intervene despite an abundance of information posted online. They’re demanding answers.”

Texas Tribune: Texas kids would need parental consent to create social media accounts under House bill. “The Texas House on Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill that would require digital service providers such as social media platforms to get consent from a parent or guardian before entering into an agreement with minors younger than 18, including to create an account.”


Sydney Morning Herald: Ticked off by Twitter? LinkedIn is the best social media site left . “The networking site has grown in numbers and appeal since the pandemic. Exceeding expectations, LinkedIn revenue grew 17 per cent in 2022 and had record levels of user engagement. Many people don’t realise that 60 per cent of LinkedIn users worldwide are between the ages of 25 and 34. It may not be the best social media platform, but it seems to me it’s the least screwed up.” Good morning, Internet…

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