Cleveland Museum of Art, Microsoft Edge, Flickr Photography, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 24, 2019


Creative Commons: CC0 at the Cleveland Museum of Art: 30,000 high quality digital images now available . “The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most visited art museums in the world, and soon it will become one of the most important online collections as well. Today, we are announcing a release of 30,000 high quality, free and open digital images from the museum’s collection under CC0 and available via their API. CC0 allows anyone to use, re-use, and remix a work without restriction.”


Engadget: Microsoft’s mobile Edge browser begins issuing fake news warnings . “Microsoft’s Edge mobile browser has started flagging fake news sites as part of its latest update for iOS and Android. Previously only available as a desktop plug-in, the feature is powered by news rating company NewsGuard — which makes a point of using journalists, not algorithms, to identify ‘unreliable’ websites. Its eponymous fake news extension is also available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari.”

Flickr Blog: And the winners of Your Best Shot 2018 are…. “In just one month, over 8,000 amazing photos (!!!) were submitted to the Your Best Shot 2018 group. Through our process, we narrowed it down to five winners, photographers whose photos emanate originality, creativity, and technical skill. We’re pleased to announce the winners of Your Best Shot 2018 and know you’ll be just as impressed as we are.”


PC World: Best VPN services of 2019: Reviews and buying advice. “Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Just look at the critiques of notable computer security experts and online pundits to understand the challenge.”

Quartz: How To Stream All This Year’s Best Picture Oscar Nominees. “The nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards were announced this morning (Tuesday, Jan. 22), which gives you a month to catch up on all eight of the films nominated for best picture before the big night on Feb. 24. Netflix’s Roma tied with The Favourite for the most nominations. Some of the best picture candidates are still in their theatrical runs, but there are also plenty of nominated films that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch.”


The Daily Dot: Facebook is helping husbands ‘brainwash’ their wives with targeted ads. “Imagine you’re married. Maybe you’ve been going through a stressful couple of months. Perhaps you’ve lost your job, or your current job is a nightmare, and maybe you’ve suffered from poor health and fallen out with long-term friends, so that you hardly ever see anyone but your husband and kids. Now imagine that, understandably, your libido has fallen through the floor during this difficult period, so you don’t even think about sex anymore. And finally, imagine that your husband has begun targeting you with online ads intended to ‘brainwash’ you into having sex with him, since he can’t think of any other way of restoring your interest in lovemaking.”

Mother Jones: Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Sponsored a Conference That Promoted Climate Change Denial. “All three tech companies were sponsors of LibertyCon, the annual convention of the libertarian group Students for Liberty, which took place in Washington, DC. Google was a platinum sponsor, ponying up $25,000, and Facebook and Microsoft each contributed $10,000 as gold sponsors. The donations put the tech companies in the top tier of the event’s backers. But the donations also put the firms in company with some of the event’s other sponsors, which included three groups known for their work attacking climate change science and trying to undermine efforts to reduce carbon emissions.”


The Guardian: Martin Lewis drops lawsuit as Facebook backs scam ads scheme. “The consumer finance journalist Martin Lewis is dropping his lawsuit against Facebook over its repeated failure to prevent scam adverts from using his name and image, after the company agreed to donate £3m to set up an anti-scam project with Citizens Advice and launch a UK-specific one-click reporting tool.”


Tubefilter: Analysts Project Instagram Will Rake In $14 Billion In Revenues In 2019. “A group of analysts from Jefferies Financial Group expects that Instagram will bring in $14 billion in revenue in 2019 — more than double last year’s forecasted revenues of $6.84 billion, they found in a report. If that forecasted $6.84 billion is on target, that would mean Instagram’s 2018 revenues were more than double its 2017 earnings of $3.64 billion.”

Phys .org: Why paper maps still matter in the digital age. “With the proliferation of smartphones, it’s easy to assume that the era of the paper map is over. That attitude, that digital is better than print, is what I call ‘technochauvinism.’ In my book, ‘Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World,’ I look at how technochauvinism has been used to create an unnecessary, occasionally harmful bias for digital over print or any other kind of interface. A glance at the research reveals that the paper map still thrives in the digital era, and there are distinct advantages to using print maps.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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