Oregon Housing, NYC Asylum Seeker Spending, World Rugby, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 26, 2023


Central Oregon Daily News: Oregon launches online housing, homelessness, rent and poverty dashboard. “Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) announced the launch of a County Profiles data dashboard Thursday with data about housing and related dynamics across the state. It includes income levels, median home prices, percentage of home ownership and homelessness trends.”

New York City Comptroller: NYC Comptroller Lander Unveils New Online Hub to Track City’s Contracting & Budgeting Data for Asylum Seeker Service Provision. “New York City Comptroller Brad Lander launched a new resource on the Comptroller’s Office website to enhance transparency into the City’s contracting and budgeting for service provision to support asylum seekers. The page, titled ‘Accounting for Asylum Seeker Services,’ brings together the most comprehensive publicly available set of the City’s known emergency contracts, budget projections, and high-level data on the asylum seeker population.”

Hypertext: World Rugby launches free streaming site ahead of 2023 World Cup. “The global governing body for the sport of Rugby has launched its first streaming platform ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France – RugbyPass TV. The streaming platform offers content for free but matches are capped as only the highlights, at least for right now.”


WBUR: Ousted Mass. police chiefs missing from state discipline database. “Massachusetts’ new officer disciplinary database lists more than 2,100 officers who were punished for wrongdoing. But missing from that list are several police chiefs who were investigated for their own misconduct.”

Fast Company: Chrome’s sidebar apps are the best new productivity feature no one’s talking about. “Back in May, Google added a brilliant new feature to Chrome, and almost everyone appears to have missed it. It’s called the Side Panel API, and it allows Chrome extensions to run as miniature apps in the browser’s sidebar. Several extensions have used this feature to add vertical tabs in Chrome, while other have added things like a ChatGPT sidebar or a persistent scratchpad for notes.”

How-To Geek: Google Photos Is Getting a Revamped Web Editor. “Google Photos keeps improving, from a new scrapbook and AI tool to 3D Cinematic photos and more. While most of the best editing features have been available on mobile for quite some time, they’re finally coming to Google Photos on the web this week.”


Associated Press: Native American Group to Digitize 20,000 Archival Pages Linked to Quaker-Run Indian Boarding Schools. “A coalition advocating for Native American people traumatized by an oppressive system of boarding schools for Native youths plans to digitize 20,000 archival pages related to schools in that system that were operated by the Quakers.”

The Verge: 3D printer nightmare fuel: Bambu X1C and P1P started printing while owners were asleep. “When owners of Bambu’s extremely well-regarded 3D printers woke up on August 15th, some found their printer had gone rogue. Some woke up to failed prints. Some found a second copy of a previous print. And at least a few found their Bambu X1C or P1P had started smacking itself apart — damaging components — while trying to print a second copy atop the object they’d actually asked for.”


Gizmodo: The College Board Tells TikTok and Facebook Your SAT Scores. “Many students have no choice about working with the College Board, the company that administers the SAT test and Advanced Placement exams. Part of that relationship involves a long history of privacy issues. Tests by Gizmodo found if you use some of the handy tools promoted by College Board’s website, the organization sends details about your SAT scores, GPA, and other data to Facebook, TikTok, and a variety of companies.”

Radar Online: Blogger Who Owes Cardi B $3.9 Million Offers to Pay 6-Figure Sum to Settle Debt in Bankruptcy, Rapper Objecting to Plan. “The blogger who owes Cardi B millions after losing a defamation lawsuit brought by the singer has offered to pay a 6-figure sum to settle the $3.9 million she was ordered to pay the rapper, has learned. According to court documents obtained by, Tasha K, who filed for bankruptcy earlier this year after Cardi started garnishing her wages, has submitted her proposed plan to repay her creditors.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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