WSMV: New search engine featuring black authors. “‘I started having a lot of conversations, especially during the lockdown, with some of my friends just trying to understand, “where were melinnial BIPOC youth and young adults getting their news from,”‘ said Dr. Paul McNeil of MB Usable Security LLC. McNeil found many were missing the black perspective. So he created ‘BLAAGLE,’ a search engine he designed where he’s indexing articles specifically written by black journalists and bloggers.” It appears that the site is currently in closed beta, but you can apply for access.
News18: ‘Same Energy’ is a Visual Search Engine Which Finds Similar Images to Match the ‘Vibe’ Perfectly
News18: ‘Same Energy’ is a Visual Search Engine Which Finds Similar Images to Match the ‘Vibe’ Perfectly. “Same Energy is a new web tool (still in development) that’s perfect for anyone looking for visual inspiration – It’s an AI-powered visual search engine that provides a fast and simple experience for exploring visually similar photos.” I played with it a little. Loved its wicked-fast response and the way the results filled the screen.
Washington Post: How Google is hurting local news. “As an example, we examined the proportion of local and national search results for ‘early voting’ that Google News returned Oct. 26, before the 2020 election. Certainly at least some people searching for that term hoped to get information about local or state early voting information. However, only 20 percent of the top 10 returned searches were from local outlets. If readers kept scrolling past the 20th result, they would eventually find local outlets. But national outlets were the most common sources returned in the top results — and therefore more likely to be clicked. In the top two results, national outlets’ stories appeared 56 percent of the time. Google News’s top pick was a national outlet almost 74 percent of the time.”
US Copyright Office: Copyright Office Launches Copyright Public Records System Pilot. “Today, the U.S. Copyright Office launched a new Copyright Public Records System (CPRS) pilot to the public. The new portal will provide access to the same copyright records for both registration and recordation data that exist in the Copyright Public Catalog but with enhanced search capabilities and improved interfaces for internal and external users.”
Gizmodo: Google Adds Knowledge Panels in Search Results for Covid-19 Vaccines to Counter Misinformation
Gizmodo: Google Adds Knowledge Panels in Search Results for Covid-19 Vaccines to Counter Misinformation. “Google plans to counter vaccine conspiracy theories and misinformation by tacking on new knowledge panels to search results when people look up information about covid-19 vaccines.”
SCOTUSblog: Legal research no longer limited to keywords. “Longtime readers of SCOTUSblog are by now familiar with Casetext’s legal search tool. It solves an ever-present need for our team: finding opinions from all levels of the court system for our articles and case pages. Practitioners who read this blog, on the other hand, face a different need in their day-to-day work with the law. Rather than searching cases by name, attorneys need a way to search case law to find support for specific propositions. This task is challenging not just because the common law is vast, but because judges will use different articulations for the same proposition or principle. Casetext addresses this formidable challenge head on with their new tool: Parallel Search.”
The Verge: Keyword search is coming to Instagram. “Instagram users’ ability to search is getting an upgrade. Today, the company announced that English-speaking users in six countries, including the UK, US, Ireland, and Canada, will be able to search the platform using keywords. Before today, they could only search for hashtags or accounts.”
Digital Inspiration: How to Search Emails in Gmail by Specific Time. “Gmail supports an undocumented time-based search option that lets you find emails sent or received during a specific hour, minute or event second. For instance, you can limit your Gmail search to emails that were received between October 10 8:15 PM and October 10, 2020 8:45 PM.”
Man of Many: New Google Feature Let’s You to Hum a Song You’re Trying to Find. “Hey, you know that song that goes, ‘duh do do de duh duh’? Nope? Me neither, but I can guarantee the geniuses over Alphabet Inc. might have the answer to the dreaded earworm question because Google is bringing out a brand new feature allowing you to hum or even sing the song you’re trying to find.”
PR Newswire: AcademicInfluence. com Ranks the World’s Most Influential Think Tanks (PRESS RELEASE). “… AcademicInfluence.com examines billions of open-source, crowd-edited data points, mapping lines of influence through continuously updated data repositories, including Wikipedia and Crossref. These databases result in analysis that resists being gamed or undermined by single-source editorial bias. AcadmicInfluence.com now opens access to these user-customizable search capabilities so that students, researchers, and inquirers can discover the most influential people and institutions, providing the answers users seek with the objectivity they need.” The people search, to see how famous people rank in influence, is addictive.