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Andy Warhol, Connecticut Elections, Facebook Chat, More: Monday Evening Buzz, October 15, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Stanford University: Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries collaborate to make Warhol photography archives publicly available . “For those who ever wondered about the exact design of John Lennon’s iconic glasses or what it would have been like to have had a front-row seat at Maria Shriver’s wedding to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the newly accessible archive of Andy Warhol’s photography provides a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the social and art-world celebrities of the time.”

WTNH: New website highlights candidate stances on local government. “The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities has launched its new ‘2018 Election Central’ website , where voters can find the candidates’ answers to a host of questions about key state-local issues affecting Connecticut’s 169 municipalities.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Facebook Groups can now launch up to 250-person chat rooms. “If you miss the old AOL chat rooms, you’ll love Facebook’s plan to combine Groups and Messenger without spamming you to death. Starting today, Facebook will gradually roll out the ability for members of Facebook Groups to launch group chats about specific sub-topics that up to 250 members can join.”

BetaNews: Privacy: Twitter is under investigation for data collection through its link-shortening system. “Twitter is being investigated by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) over concerns about how much data it collects through its t.co link-shortening tool. The Irish privacy regulator is concerned about the amount of data Twitter is able to collect through the service — something that was only heightened by the company’s refusal to hand over information about link tracking when it was requested.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Quartz: Ballet shows what’s wrong with Instagram. “Instagram creates an illusion of flawlessness, eliciting not only awe, but also envy and a sense of inadequacy in those who consume it, especially in those most vulnerable. It also has the effect of flattening out certain experiences, encouraging superficial engagement. It’s a platform built on quick glances, and on attracting attention…. At the same time, it’s a medium that provides exposure to many voices who wouldn’t have had it otherwise, and it actually helps people connect and discover. Ballet is the perfect case study for how these two Instagram forces play out.”

CNET: Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show. “That’s three, count ’em, three titans of tech battling it out to get you to buy in on their smart displays this holiday season (not to mention ones from Lenovo and JBL that already made their debut earlier this year, or ones from Sony and LG that are yet to arrive). So, how do these new displays stack up against one another? Let’s start the best way I know how: With a sizable, borderline unwieldy chart that’s chock full of specs.”

BBC: Yang Kaili: China live-streamer detained for ‘insulting’ national anthem. “A Chinese live-streaming celebrity has been detained for five days for ‘insulting’ the country’s national anthem. Yang Kaili, a 20-year-old with tens of millions of followers, had appeared on camera singing the anthem while flailing her arms around.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

ZDNet: Around 62% of all Internet sites will run an unsupported PHP version in 10 weeks. “According to statistics from W3Techs, roughly 78.9 percent of all Internet sites today run on PHP. But on December 31, 2018, security support for PHP 5.6.x will officially cease, marking the end of all support for any version of the ancient PHP 5.x branch.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Clinical Leader: ClinicalTrials.gov: To Get Better Results, Talk To The Real Audience. “While controversy continues to simmer over who is accountable for posting results on ClinicalTrials.gov, perhaps the ‘results debate’ masks the more challenging problem: ClinicalTrials.gov is not working for its intended audience.”

Library of Congress: Data Mining Memes in the Digital Culture Web Archive. “As part of an effort to analyze how comprehensive our web crawls are, we ended up deriving data that we realized may be potentially useful for users of the collection. In working on methods to track the number of various kinds of files in individual web archives, Chase Dooley, a Digital Collections Management Specialist on the Web Archiving Team here in the Digital Content Management section, was able to generate lists of the individual GIFs and Memes in these web archives. For these kinds of web archives, researchers often want to explore data about these resources more than they want to replay what the site looked like at a given point in time.” Good evening, Internet…

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