MySpace Music, Bioinformatics Data, University of Arkansas Newspapers, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, April 5, 2019

Late again. This time my old refurb HP’s hinky power supply fan finally died. Spent the whole day yesterday running through non-working solutions, finally back up this morning. Getting back on track.


TechCrunch: The Internet Archive has uploaded 450,000 songs collected before Myspace’s massive data loss. “Called the MySpace Music Dragon Hoard, the collection contains 450,000 songs. While this is just a small percentage of the tracks reportedly lost (according to estimates, up to 53 million songs from 14 million artists were deleted), it contains early work from now-famous artists including Donald Glover and Katy Perry, as Twitter user @pinkpushpop discovered.”

EurekAlert: New Metascape platform enables biologists to unlock big-data insights . “… scientists from Sanford Burnham Prebys, the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF) and the University of California, San Diego have revealed an open-access, web-based portal that integrates more than 40 advanced bioinformatics data sources to allow non-technical users to generate insights in one click. Called Metascape, this tool removes data analysis barriers–allowing researchers to spend more time on important biological questions and less time building and troubleshooting a data analysis workflow.”

University of Arkansas: Libraries Digitize First Issues of Arkansas Traveler Student Newspaper. “The University Libraries have digitized the first issues of the Arkansas Traveler student newspaper from 1907 to 1947. The first phase of the digital project is composed of 1,042 issues or roughly 4,780 single scans.”


Fatherly: What Momo and Condom Snorting Teach Us About Internet Hoaxes. “Condom snorting enjoyed some prominence on the Internet over the years, with one or two videos of wayward teens sucking prophylactics up their nasal passageways and, inevitably, immediately regretting their choice. A 2013 video by Youtuber Amber-Lynn Strong has more than two million views and was covered on prominent media sites like Buzzfeed. And then, the once-viral trend went silent until 2018, when it was resurrected, like a zombie, into relevance.”

Mashable: Mainline 90s nostalgia with the forgotten cartoon channels of YouTube. “For every Batman: The Animated Series there’s a Street Sharks. Did you know that Kid ‘n’ Play had their own cartoon? There could practically be a whole genre called ‘musicians or professional athletes fight crime.’ Shameless video game and movie tie-ins were the norm. Even Free Willy had a cartoon with a Captain Picard-looking cyborg villain. Where’s all the love for those old cartoons? Surely they were a memorable part of someone’s Saturday morning block, right?”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Cohen, Price receive NEH grant for Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive. “The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $292,627 to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for work on The Charles Chenutt Digital Archive, a free electronic archive of the writings of African-American author Charles Chesnutt edited by Stephanie Browner (of The New School), Matt Cohen, and Kenneth M. Price. The grant, awarded by the NEH’s Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, will support two years of work at UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and at The New School in New York City to expand and update the archive.”

BBC: Video app TikTok fails to remove online predators. “Video-sharing app TikTok is failing to suspend the accounts of people sending sexual messages to teenagers and children, a BBC investigation has found. Hundreds of sexually explicit comments have been found on videos posted by children as young as nine.”


Business Insider Singapore: Singapore seeks social media ‘corrections’ in proposed fake news law. “Singapore submitted new fake news legislation in parliament on Monday requiring social media to carry warnings on posts it deems false and remove comments against ‘public interest’. The move came two days after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said governments should play a more active role in regulating the online platform.”

IP Watchdog: Visual Search Engines: A New Side Door for Competitors or a Better Infringement Detection Tool? . “There is no doubt … that IP owners will be exposed to new and costly infringement tactics as a result of visual search engine technology. Competitors will try to closely imitate digital ad copy and product photographs (including at the metadata level) in order to achieve a prominent ranking in search results when a user searches for the “other guy’s” product. While such imitations may constitute classic copyright infringement, the means by which the infringement is accomplished, i.e. by designing ad copy to exploit visual search engine algorithms, is entirely new.”


FedTech Magazine: How AI Will Reshape the Federal Workforce. “The Office of Management and Budget is preparing new policy guidance for how federal agencies should use automation technologies, paving the way for wider adoption of artificial intelligence in government. As agencies deploy more AI tools, however, they should do so in a way that is responsible, according to a recent report.”

Berkman Klein Center: When Twitter Fingers Turn to Trigger Fingers: a Qualitative Study of Social Media-Related Gang Violence. “A study by BKC Faculty Associate Desmond Patton, et al. addresses the challenges many researchers and practitioners face when trying to understand relationships between social media use and gang activity in marginalized communities. It outlines the methods, guidelines, and results to their study to better address this barrier.” This article links to the research article which I was able to completely access.

Arizona State University: Can social media breaks make you more productive?. “This coming football season, the Arizona Cardinals will take social media breaks every 20 minutes during meetings. While Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s decision might seem counterproductive — at least according to the reaction of sports commentators — scientists who study attention laud it as a step in the right direction.” Good morning, Internet…

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