Chicago Ride Sharing, Charlie Chaplin, Aspen Browser, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, April 16, 2019

Here’s the thing: I do not like stories sitting in my Pocket queue and getting stale. So if I have over x number of stories in the queue, I do another issue. There is a LOT going on so there might be three-issue days for a while. We’ll see how it is after school lets out and there are fewer university announcements. Apologies for the deluge.


Curbed Chicago: Chicago first city to publish data on ride-hailing trips, drivers, and vehicles. “Ride-hailing apps have changed the way cities work and now Chicago is allowing the public to take a closer look at those effects. The published datasets include information about Uber, Lyft and Via trips—even listing how much drivers were tipped.”

Little White Lies: Explore Charlie Chaplin’s life and career via a new digital archive. “To coincide with Charlie Chaplin’s 130th birthday on 16 April, Roy Export and the Cineteca Di Bologna have created a digital archive dedicated to Chaplin’s life and illustrious 75-year career as a pioneering actor and filmmaker. Around 80 per cent of the materials from the Chaplin family’s collection, including photographs, scripts, notes, sheet music, telegrams, letters, legal contracts, and memos, is now available to the public for the first time.”


BetaNews: Avast releases ‘Aspen’, its most secure browser to date. “People tell us they are becoming increasingly wary of using third-party browsers such as those from Opera, Chrome and Firefox. It might come as a surprise, but many average users will opt to stick with their default OS browser, Edge, and a powerful security suite to keep themselves secure. The question is, is this the most secure way of surfing the web in 2019? Could the connection between your computer and the internet be made more rock solid? Well, Avast certainly thinks so.”


BuzzFeed News: YouTube’s New Fact-Check Tool Flagged Notre Dame Fire Coverage And Attached An Article About 9/11. “As the Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday, YouTube flagged livestreams of the incident as possible sources of misinformation and then started showing people articles about the 9/11 attacks.”

NBC News: Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip, while publicly proclaiming to be protecting that data, according to about 4,000 pages of leaked company documents largely spanning 2011 to 2015 and obtained by NBC News.”

Mail & Guardian: ‘South America’s biggest museum was destroyed by fire on my watch’. “The fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris devastated one of the world’s most iconic buildings, an incalculable loss to humanity’s architectural, religious and cultural heritage. Alexander Kellner knows exactly what this feels like. He was in charge of Brazil’s National Museum when it burnt down last year, destroying more than 90% of the collection. This is his story.”

Ars Technica: Notre Dame Cathedral will never be the same, but it can be rebuilt. “After a long night of work by more than 400 Paris firefighters, the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral is beginning to cool as of 7:00pm Eastern Time (1:00am in Paris). We’re still not sure about the extent of the damage, but as Paris and the rest of the world watch the fire slowly dying, attention starts to shift to what can be salvaged and rebuilt. And art historians and architects have incredible records of the cathedral, which has been damaged, rebuilt, nearly abandoned, and renovated many times throughout its long history.”


News18: TikTok Ban: Government Asks Apple and Google to Take Down TikTok From App Stores. “India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has reportedly asked Google and Apple to remove the Chinese video sharing application TikTok from their app stores. This development comes just a day after the Supreme Court had rejected TikTok’s plea to stay a Madras High Court order from April 3, to put a ban on the app’s downloads.”


Quartz: A new Twitter account is outing shoddy reporting in science stories. “In this era of fake news, it’s not unusual for social media users—including the US president—to accuse journalists of doing bad work. Sadly, when it comes to coverage of scientific studies especially, there’s some truth to these accusations. Science writers do sometimes overstate claims based on research findings, and now one Twitter account exists solely to highlight a particular variety of these misleading stories.”

The Commentator: A Call to Digitize YU’s Student Newspapers. “Rabbi Karasick’s Commentator issues are just one small collection of thousands of fascinating stories that are documented in hundreds of newspapers that hit [Yeshiva University’s] shelves over the past 80+ years. Aside from that which Rabbi Karasick was able to share in person, newspaper archives attest to repeated themes, such as countless attempts to define “Torah Umadda,” as well as unique episodes, such as the newspaper’s decades-long struggle for independence, several sophisticated debates between college faculty and roshei yeshiva and even embarrassing moments such as a 1941 major Commentator headline that bashed Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s candidacy for the position of Rosh Yeshiva. Unfortunately, Commentator archives are not easily accessible.” Good evening, Internet…

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