Buffalo NY News, Dev Domains, Momo Videos, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, March 3, 2019


WIVB: The Buffalo Library has a new digital collection of News 4 content. “The Buffalo Library has a new digital collection now available to the public featuring close to four decades of local television news segments and documentaries seen right here on Channel 4.”


This update is especially for Carl Friedberg, and I’m using his full name because he left a public comment about how much the new Google .dev domains cost when they launched in late February. It’s much better now, Carl! From BetaNews: Now you can buy a .dev domain for a sensible price. “Google recently launched the new top-level domain, .dev. When the TLD was introduced, pricing was a little out of the reach of most people — there are few who would be willing to part with $11,000. Now, however, pricing has dropped dramatically. ”

The Verge: YouTube is demonetizing all videos about Momo. “YouTube isn’t running ads on videos about the recent Momo Challenge resurgence, even those coming from respected news organizations and popular creator commentators.”

Search Engine Land: Google opens complaint form to crack down on fake info in Maps. “Marissa Nordahl, a Google My Business Community Manager announced that Google launched a new form named the Business Redressal Complaint Form that will allow searchers and users to ‘report fraudulent activity relating to businesses Google Maps,’ she said.”

TechCrunch: Medium lowers its paywall for Twitter users . “On Wednesday, Medium CEO and Twitter co-founder Ev Williams announced that Medium is tearing down its paywall for readers that visit the site through Twitter. In tweets, Williams elaborated a bit on the company’s thinking, explaining that the decision wouldn’t affect Medium members who rely on paid readerships, as paid readers would still be counted like they were before.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Beautiful Mind Mapping Apps to Help You Think Outside the Box. “Mind mapping isn’t a recent discovery; it has existed since the third century. Now, it has got its due because you need new ways to think and organize information. And you need to think outside the box too. Try putting a mind map to unexpected uses. Maybe, use it as a morning journal or retain a book you just read. You can do a mind map on paper or you can turn to these clean and clutter free mind mapping apps.”


BBC: ‘Why I recreate famous movie scenes online’. “On a windswept Welsh beach, Thomas Duke is searching for the perfect shot. … For a few days, almost a decade ago, the beach was a hive of activity – home to a film crew and a newly-constructed cottage as the penultimate instalment of the Harry Potter series was filmed. The cottage and the film crew are long gone but Thomas, a 20-year-old film student, is paying homage to the scene by pinpointing the spot where it was filmed and recreating it photographically.”

Route Fifty: Counties Take Broadband Maps Into Their Own Hands. “The National Association of Counties plans to launch a mobile app Monday that will help the organization crowdsource broadband speed maps to pinpoint the flaws in the Federal Communication Commission’s much-criticized maps.”


CNET: Facebook faces complaints from more former content moderators in lawsuit. “Two former Facebook content moderators have joined a lawsuit against the tech giant, alleging they suffered psychological trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by reviewing violent images on the social network.”

Los Angeles Times: Tech workers’ fight against forced arbitration gets a boost in Congress. “The technology industry isn’t known for its activist culture, but after years of relative silence some workers are beginning to challenge practices they consider unfair, such as mandatory arbitration. A push is underway across the sector to end companies’ long-held practice of forcing staffers to take workplace disputes to arbitration instead of suing. Workers at Google persuaded the search giant to drop its requirement that employees waive their right to bring disputes against it to court, starting March 21.”


Science Magazine: Earth scientists plan to meld massive databases into a ‘geological Google’. “The British Geological Survey (BGS) has amassed one of the world’s premier collections of geologic samples. Housed in three enormous warehouses in Nottingham, U.K., it contains about 3 million fossils gathered over more than 150 years at thousands of sites across the country. But this data trove ‘was not really very useful to anybody,’ says Michael Stephenson, a BGS paleontologist. Notes about the samples and their associated rocks ‘were sitting in boxes on bits of paper.’ Now, that could change, thanks to a nascent international effort to meld earth science databases into what Stephenson and other backers are describing as a ‘geological Google.'”

I wasn’t sure where to put this. PetaPixel: This Site Ranks the Attractiveness of AI-Generated Faces. “NVIDIA’s mind-blowing AI that generates faces of people who don’t exist recently led to an unofficial website called that lets anyone generate a new random face in an instant. Creative director Mike Solomon has built upon the idea with a new website called Judge Fake People that experiments with letting the public rank the attractiveness of AI-generated faces.” Good morning, Internet…

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