Berkeley Library, YouTube Originals, Chrome OS, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 4, 2019


Berkeley Library: Just use it: Change in UC Berkeley Library permissions policy lowers barriers for researchers. “Driven in part by a desire to track the use of their collections, for decades, many museums, archives, and libraries — including the UC Berkeley Library — have required researchers get their approval and, sometimes, pay for permission to include excerpts or images in their scholarship. With the aim of fostering a more researcher-friendly environment, a progressive new policy across all of UC Berkeley’s libraries does away with these hurdles, making it easier for scholars to use a trove of Library materials in their publications.”

BetaNews: Confirmed: YouTube Originals content will be free. “Currently locked behind a paywall, Originals will become free and ad-supported. At the moment, it is not clear exactly when the change will happen, but it is certainly in the cards, meaning shows like Cobra Kai should reach a larger audience.”

Neowin: Chrome OS 74 adds audio output to Linux apps, improved USB camera support. “Google has released a new major update to its Chrome OS platform, bringing it to version 74 and aligning it with the current release of the Chrome browser. This release comes with a few improvements to PDF handling and Linux apps.”


CNET: Instagram Stories don’t need pics or video anymore. Here’s how to get started. “Instagram is getting a slew of new features, including a camera tool called Create Mode, enhanced shopping tools and support for starting a fundraiser within the app. Instagram has already started rolling out the new tools. Here’s how to use them.”


Reuters: Romania’s witches harness the powers of the web. “The power of the Internet has allowed Romania’s busy witch community to gradually migrate their ancient practices onto the Web. Witchcraft has long been seen as a folk custom in the eastern European country, and many of its estimated 4,000 witches are luring customers from Europe, Asia and the United States.”

BuzzFeed News: Pornhub Is “Extremely Interested” In Acquiring Tumblr. “Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in an email to BuzzFeed News that the porn-streaming giant is extremely interested in buying Tumblr, the once uniquely horny hub for young women and queer people that banned adult content last December to the disappointment of many of its users. Price said that restoring Tumblr’s NSFW edge would be central to their acquisition of it, were it to actually happen.”

Wired: France is ditching Google to reclaim its online independence. “France is working hard to avoid becoming a digital colony of the US or China. Last month, both the French National Assembly and the French Army Ministry declared that their digital devices would stop using Google as their default search engines. Instead, they will use Qwant, a French and German search engine that prides itself for not tracking its users.”


Congressman Bruce Westerman: Westerman, Kind Introduce Bipartisan Bill Creating Federal Lands Database. “Today, U.S. Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) introduced the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to create a single database for lands owned by the federal government.”

Marketplace: Facebook’s version of privacy still collects plenty of data. “According to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook is about to become a ‘privacy-focused’ company. He made that loud and clear at this week’s developer’s conference, F8, which some analysts called ‘privacy-palooza.’ But there’s the kind of privacy Zuckerberg is talking about, and then there’s the kind of privacy that users and advocates and federal regulators are talking about — and they are not the same thing.”


New York Times: 500 Days of Duolingo: What You Can (and Can’t) Learn From a Language App . “If mobile language-learning apps are to be believed, it’s never been easier to pick up another language. Just spend 20 minutes a day with a few virtual flashcards and you’ll be fluent in no time! The reality is a lot more nuanced — and arguably more disappointing — than that.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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