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Whitney Museum, US National Parks, Facebook, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 19, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

ArtNews: Whitney Museum Launches Online Platform for Past Biennials. “The Whitney Biennial began in 1932, when the show was split into two exhibitions—one for painting, the other for mediums including sculpture, watercolors, prints, and drawings. In 1937 the exhibition shifted to an annual timeline instead of every two years, and then it changed back in 1973.”

Google Blog: Visit the U.S. National Parks in Google Earth. “Each spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation dedicate a week to celebrating the protected spaces in our communities. Today, we’re bringing the national parks to you in a Google Earth guided tour through 31 different parks around the country.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Guardian: Facebook bans far-right groups including BNP, EDL and Britain First. “Years after the company first dismissed fears it was empowering extremists, Facebook has permanently banned a number of far-right organisations and individuals including the British National party (BNP), the English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First .”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The 9 Best Code-Along YouTube Channels to Learn Programming. “There are many great ways to learn to code. Websites like CodeAcademy allow you to work through exercises in a browser to learn a language. This is a great way to learn the syntax and structure of a language without having to install a development environment. Not everyone learns this way and many people believe project-based work is better for long term learning. These YouTube channels let you code-along with full projects, allowing you to learn practical skills while achieving something!”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: Pinterest’s IPO shows the internet isn’t always as awful as you thought. “Pinterest has been around for nine years, having launched right around the same time as the first iPad, and back when Facebook was pulling in merely half a billion monthly users (it tops 2.3 billion today). But the social network that Sharp co-founded with CEO Ben Silbermann and Paul Sciarra, now a venture capitalist, is different from peers like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It’s not known as a place to get the news. It doesn’t have a robust way to message your friends. And it’s not trying to dream up whiz-bang new services and tech like livestreaming or virtual reality.”

New York Times: The Real Stars of the Internet. “Star ratings, meant to serve as a shorthand for written reviews, now require significant context to be comprehensible. Three stars for a restaurant might be excellent or middling, depending on the platform. On Uber, a 4.3-star average might mean a driver is at risk of getting booted from the system, while on Amazon 4.3 stars might be the result of a hard-fought and expensive campaign to climb to the first page of the search results for ‘Bluetooth headphones.’ A two-star restaurant might have mice, or its owner might have just made the news.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Hacker News: Over 100 Million JustDial Users’ Personal Data Found Exposed On the Internet. “An unprotected database belonging to JustDial, India’s largest local search service, is leaking personally identifiable information of its every customer in real-time who accessed the service via its website, mobile app, or even by calling on its fancy ‘88888 88888’ customer care number, The Hacker News has learned and independently verified.”

Bleeping Computer: Unsecured Databases Leak 60 Million Records of Scraped LinkedIn Data. “Eight unsecured databases were found leaking approximately 60 million records of LinkedIn user information. While most of the information is publicly available, the databases contain the email addresses of the LinkedIn users.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Slate, and let me say up front I don’t agree with the “blogging is dead” part (for obvious reasons): End the Tyranny of Arial. “After an era where customizability was the norm, we’ve now reached a period where everything we read online looks the same. Blogging is dead, and the current dominant social media platforms have settled on a unified look: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages largely look the same. While Slack offers themes to change its default colors, and there are third-party apps to modify WhatsApp, there’s little you can do to change the look of messages you send.”

Phys .org: New algorithm allows for faster, animal-free chemical toxicity testing. “The use of animals to test the toxicity of chemicals may one day become outdated thanks to a low-cost, high-speed algorithm developed by researchers at Rutgers and other universities.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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