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iTunes, Tax Rolls, Python, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 4, 2019

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TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BBC: Apple dissolves iTunes into new apps. “Apple has announced that iTunes is to be replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. There had been speculation that the tech giant was planning to shutter the music service it launched in 2001.” There is a picture with this story of Tim Cook with his hands clasped together like he’s praying. I’ll pray that Apple Podcasts’ podcast search is better than iTunes’.

USEFUL STUFF

Florida Memory: Using Tax Rolls for Family History Research. “You’ve probably heard the tired old cliché that nothing in life is certain except for death and paying taxes. Roll your eyes if you must, but if you’re researching your family tree, you can make this reality work in your favor! Tax records are probably one of the most sorely underutilized resources in the genealogist’s toolbox.”

Code (Love): 49 Essential Resources To Learn Python. “Hi, I’m Roger, and I’m a self-taught data analyst/scientist (but only on my good days). I spent a lot of time thinking about Python — and here’s a compilation of resources that helped me learn Python.” Decent annotation, especially for such a big list!

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Global Atlanta: How Jack Dorsey’s Love of Maps, Cities Helped Birth Twitter, Square. “Twitter co-founder CEO Jack Dorsey has never been particularly passionate about computers, and in fact confirmed on that social media platform that he doesn’t use either a laptop or a tablet despite running two public companies. But it was the humble PC that set him about solving problems that ultimately would lead to the emergence of the now-ubiquitous short messaging service used almost daily in the making of U.S. policy under President Donald Trump.”

Poynter: What’s Crap on WhatsApp? is the winner of the 2019 Fact Forward Fund. “For the next 12 months, a team led by Africa Check’s Deputy Chief Editor Kate Wilkinson and Volume’s co-founder Paul McNally, will work to expand the success achieved by the pilot of ‘What’s Crap on WhatsApp?.’ Launched May 3, the voice note show was 5 minutes long and dealt with different false stories that were going viral on WhatsApp in South Africa the previous month. One falsity, for example, was an image that showed Zimbabweans burning South African trucks in the border. Using the audio sharing feature, professional fact-checkers were able to debunk it.”

Forbes: Finding A Way To Make Digitizing Art Collections Profitable. “Institutions that hold the world’s art have often been slow to create user-friendly digital databases and websites to display their collections (not to mention their retail). The challenges are clear: collections are vast with a majority of works in storage, building new websites and painstakingly cataloging photos of pieces is expensive, and keeping these colossal digital collections up-to-date technologically is difficult.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: Filling Oreo With Toothpaste Earns YouTube Prankster a Jail Sentence. “It was a humiliating video that fueled outrage on social media. A YouTube prankster filmed himself offering a homeless man in Barcelona an Oreo cookie filled with toothpaste rather than cream. Now, the prankster, known as ReSet to his followers on YouTube but whose real name is Kanghua Ren, has been handed a 15-month prison sentence and must pay 20,000 euros, or about $22,300, compensation to his victim.”

ZDNet: New Iranian hacking tool leaked on Telegram. “Responsible for this leak is the same individual who, in April, leaked the source code of six other Iranian hacking tools, along with information on past hacked victims, and the real-world identities of members of Iranian government hackers.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

TechCrunch: Targeted ads offer little extra value for online publishers, study suggests. “How much value do online publishers derive from behaviorally targeted advertising that uses privacy-hostile tracking technologies to determine which advert to show a website user? A new piece of research suggests publishers make just 4% more vs if they were to serve a non-targeted ad.”

DW: Artificial intelligence creates perfumes without being able to smell them. “Noses are overrated: In June, a perfume created by a computer system will be launched on the Brazilian market. The artificial intelligence involved combined ingredients in a manner unthinkable to most humans.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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