Tennis Fashion, Free Music Archive, Sheryl Sandberg, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, December 1, 2018


Baseline: International Tennis Hall Of Fame Courts Fashion. “‘Couture curious?’ asks the International Tennis Hall of Fame, alluding to its new style-centric exhibit. The surefire reply: Yes. More. One doesn’t truly need to ask for more from this, the Hall of Fame’s first-ever digital exhibit, titled ‘Courting Fashion.’ ”


Free Music Archive: Update: FMA’s Future. “Friends, something wonderful is happening here at FMA, but we can’t give you all the details just yet. For the time being, we are still suspending new uploads and backing up our MP3 collection at, but we’re thrilled that service will NOT be suspended on December 1 as previously indicated.”

New York Times: Sheryl Sandberg Is Said to Have Asked Facebook Staff to Research George Soros . “Sheryl Sandberg asked Facebook’s communications staff to research George Soros’s financial interests in the wake of his high-profile attacks on tech companies, according to three people with knowledge of her request, indicating that Facebook’s second in command was directly involved in the social network’s response to the liberal billionaire.”

Google Blog: Bringing Google Fi to more people on Android and iOS. “Starting today, Project Fi is available on more phones: our plan now works with the majority of Android devices and iPhones. And since we’re officially expanding our device support, we’re making our name more official, too: we’re now Google Fi.”

TechCrunch: Facebook launches Watch Party for all, tests Live PiP commentating. “Facebook Watch has failed to capture viewers with its content, so it’s hoping to differentiate through the company’s core strength: social. Today Facebook fully launches Watch Party, its co-viewing feature where users can see and comment on the same video at the same time, to all profiles and Pages around the world.”


Lifehacker: The Best iPhone Podcast Managers for 2018. “Almost everyone loves listening to podcasts. Nobody, however, loves picking out an app to be their podcast listening hub. Since we last got the lay of the podcast-app land in 2015, digital audio has become way more popular and, as a result, there are more podcast managers than ever out there. After testing just under 20 of the most popular podcast listening apps, I have a pair of definitive recommendations for what you should use to manage podcasts on your iPhone and/or iPad.”


Gizmodo: When the Internet Archive Forgets. “On the internet, there are certain institutions we have come to rely on daily to keep truth from becoming nebulous or elastic. Not necessarily in the way that something stupid like Verrit aspired to, but at least in confirming that you aren’t losing your mind, that an old post or article you remember reading did, in fact, actually exist. It can be as fleeting as using Google Cache to grab a quickly deleted tweet, but it can also be as involved as doing a deep dive of a now-dead site’s archive via the Wayback Machine. But what happens when an archive becomes less reliable, and arguably has legitimate reasons to bow to pressure and remove controversial archived material?”

Washington Post: Facebook, Twitter crack down on AI babysitter-rating service. “Predictim, a California-based start-up, analyzes babysitters’ online histories, including on Facebook and Twitter, and offers ratings of whether they are at risk of drug abuse, bullying or having a ‘bad attitude.’ Facebook said it dramatically limited Predictim’s access to users’ information on Instagram and Facebook a few weeks ago for violating a ban on developers’ use of personal data to evaluate a person for decisions on hiring or eligibility.”

Hyperallergic: As the Getty Digitizes the Archives of the Woman’s Building, Artists Remember Its History. “Earlier this month, the Getty Research Institute announced it was awarded a ‘Save America’s Treasures’ grant to process 11 collections related to the Woman’s Building, the seminal Los Angeles-based center for feminist art that operated from 1973 to 1991. The $284,400 grant, administered by the National Park Service and the Institute of Museums and Library Services, will provide about half the budget for a two-year project of preserving, processing, and digitizing holdings already at the Institute. ”


WKMS: MSU Graduate Course to Cover New ‘Facebook Firing’ Phenomenon. “With an increasing number of legal cases involving employee termination based on social media content coming forward, a new term has been coined in legal communities across the country called ‘Facebook firings.’ ‘Facebook firings’ refer to any termination related to employee-published content on any social media site, including Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Seemingly insignificant posts on social media, whether out of anger in relation to the workplace or otherwise, have resulted in the termination of many employees who have sought legal action. Within the context of the National Relations Act, certain social media posts can be considered ‘concerted activity,’ which is legally protected under the 1935 law.” MSU in this case refers to Murray State University.

Bloomberg: Marriott Hit by Starwood Hack That Ranks Among Biggest Ever. “The attack is troubling not just because of its sheer size, but also the level of detail potentially stolen by the attackers. The hack affects some 500 million guests, and for about 327 million of them, the data included passport numbers, emails and mailing addresses, Marriott said. Some credit card details may also have been taken.”


Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Teens who are constantly online are just as likely to socialize with their friends offline. “Close to half of U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 say they are on the internet ‘almost constantly,’ and more than nine-in-ten are social media users. These highly plugged-in youth, however, are just as likely as their less-connected peers to socialize regularly with their friends in person, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data.” Good morning, Internet…

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