Coin Resource Center, Overture Maps Foundation, Online Reviews, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, July 29, 2023


Stack’s Bowers Galleries: Stack’s Bowers Galleries Launches Coin Resource Center As A Premier Online Reference For Collectors . “The Coin Resource Center, available on the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website, is an in-depth digital archive of numismatic research including a detailed reference guide for all U.S. coins, historical backgrounds of each U.S. Mint, insightful Collector Guides explaining a variety of approaches to this fascinating hobby, and convenient tools for calculating the precious metal ‘melt’ value of popular gold and silver coins.”

TechCrunch: Meta, Microsoft and Amazon release open map dataset to rival Google Maps, Apple Maps. “A group formed by Meta, Microsoft, Amazon and mapping company TomTom is releasing data that could enable developers to build their own maps to take on Google Map and Apple Maps. The group, called the Overture Maps Foundation, was formed last year. Today, the group has released it first open map dataset.”


Search Engine Roundtable: Google Categorizes Reviews By Type Of Reviewer. “Google seems to be testing categorizing the review by the type of review in the Google Maps and Local reviews section. So if you have a couple on vacation leaving a review versus a solo traveler or family, it will say so.”

The Verge: Google delays its upgraded, more expansive Find My Device network. “Google is delaying the broad expansion of its Find My Device feature, and it says it’s doing so with personal safety in mind since the industry spec proposed by itself and Apple isn’t quite ready yet.”


WSOC: ‘We don’t have phone books anymore’: Google listed business as permanently closed when it wasn’t. “The Yellow Submarine Restaurant in Hudson is open for business. In fact, there are open signs posted in at least three places on the property. But it didn’t say so in one place owner Kathy Norwood says really mattered: Google.”

ABC News (Australia): National Film and Sound Archive dusting off vintage video games so people born hundreds of years from now can play them. “From the Atari, to the Vic-20, the Sega and the Commodore 64, the NFSA has begun a project to tell the history of Australia’s computer industry – and the games that have kept generations entertained. Its collection even includes a 1991 game based on the soapie juggernaut Neighbours, where you can choose to play as Charlene or Henry, skateboarding through the streets of Erinsborough.”

Institute of Museum and Library Services: IMLS Announces $20 Million Investment in U.S. Library and Archive Initiatives. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 64 awards totaling $20,363,297 to support libraries and archives across the country. The FY 2023 awards were made through National Leadership Grants for Libraries and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.”

Engadget: The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class puts TikTok on the road. “The E-Class is Mercedes’ first car with a selfie camera and the first car in the world that offers TikTok, WebEx, and Zoom right there in the dashboard. All that, paired with some advanced driver assistance on the highway plus all the luxuries you’ve come to expect from a Mercedes, creates a sedan that’s perhaps a bit too steady for some, but will be right on the money for many.”


EFF: FBI Seizure of Mastodon Server Data is a Wakeup Call to Fediverse Users and Hosts to Protect their Users. “We’re in an exciting time for users who want to take back control from major platforms like Twitter and Facebook. However, this new environment comes with challenges and risks for user privacy, so we need to get it right and make sure networks like the Fediverse and Bluesky are mindful of past lessons.”

Cornell University: That’s funny – but AI models don’t get the joke. “Large neural networks, a form of artificial intelligence, can generate thousands of jokes along the lines of ‘Why did the chicken cross the road?’ But do they understand why they’re funny?”

Dartmouth College: Researchers Examine ‘Like-Minded Sources’ on Social Media. “Seventeen academics from U.S. colleges and universities, including government professor Brendan Nyhan at Dartmouth, teamed up with Meta, the parent company of Facebook, to conduct independent research on what people see on social media and how it affects them. To protect against conflicts of interest, the project built in several safeguards, including pre-registering the experiments. Meta could not restrict or censor findings, and the academic lead authors had final say over writing and research decisions.”


University of Reading: Kids’ summer salad problem solved with SEE & EAT solution. “The SEE & EAT books, launched by a team at the University of Reading, were created to encourage children to eat healthier. Research led by Professor Carmel Houston-Price has shown that pre-schoolers are more likely to eat vegetables at mealtimes if they are already familiar with what the vegetable looks like and where it comes from.” The ebooks are available for free. Good morning, Internet…

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