Dallas Music, Sustainability Experts, Dropbox, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, June 12, 2019


University of Texas Arlington: Music archive allows users to preserve and stream DFW bands. “A faculty member at The University of Texas at Arlington is working to preserve North Texas’ independent music scene through an online audio archive and streaming platform. David Arditi, a UTA assistant professor of sociology, has spent four years building the newly revamped MusicDetour: The DFW Local Music Archive, a digital depository for music created and performed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

The Daily Iowan: New database by the Office of Sustainability bridges the gap between UI researchers and the community . “The Sustainability Scientists and Scholars database currently holds 42 different profiles for all faculty levels, scientists, research staff, research administration, and graduate students. It hosts over 200 topics and fields ranging from water quality to geological processes, economics, and climate change.” This is the University of Iowa.


Yahoo Finance: Dropbox Overhauls Software, Upping Rivalry With Microsoft, Google. “Dropbox Inc. unveiled the biggest overhaul yet to the way users experience its software as it seeks to push further into the productivity market dominated by Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.”

BetaNews: Firefox unveils new-look logo and introduces new parent brand. “Firefox has revealed its redesigned branding, including a new icon for its web browser, as well an introducing the logo for the new Firefox parent brand, some 18 months in the pipeline.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Free Video Conference Apps for Office Meetings and Friendly Calls. “You no longer need to install Skype or pay a hefty amount for a video call. These free video conference apps let you set up an office meeting or reconnect with friends, each offering something unique in return.”


The Guardian: From witchcraft to cheese theft: archive sheds light on 200 years of crime. “From the tragic case of Cecilia Samuel, found guilty of drowning her newborn baby in a ditch in Wisbech, to William Sturns, accused of stealing three cheeses, 200 years of crimes in the diocese of Ely are being catalogued for the first time.” The archives are expected to be finished in September of next year.

The Collegian: The History of Video Search: Who’s Still Standing, Who Isn’t, and New Players in the Space. “You may be wondering how video search has fared amidst the constant shifts in popularity and functionality, and it’s a thought worth considering. Video content is being consumed more and more online, with some platforms boasting staggering statistics: almost 5 billion videos are viewed on YouTube every day. Below is a brief overview of video search to better understand the digital playing field.”

The Verge: As CBD Booms, Facebook Is Quietly Cracking Down On Ads. ” A survey in January found 65 million Americans had tried CBD in some form, with 63 percent finding it effective; it’s finally gone mainstream. As a non-psychoactive derivative of the hemp plant, its effects are difficult to pin down, but the market for CBD is undeniable, estimated to grow as high as $16 billion over the next six years. It’s become something of a cliché that if you have a problem that modern medicine can’t seem to fix, someone will eventually offer you CBD. Facebook, on the other hand, still treats CBD like the contraband it isn’t.”

The Intercept: Right-Wing Sting Group Project Veritas Is Breaking Facebook’s “Authentic Behavior” Rule. Now What?. “A MEMBER OF Project Veritas gave testimony in a federal court case indicating that the right-wing group, known for its undercover videos, violates Facebook policies designed to counter systematic deception by Russian troll farms and other groups. The deposition raises questions over whether Facebook will deter American operatives who use the platform to strategically deceive and damage political opponents as vigorously as it has Iranian and Russian propagandists. But is the company capable of doing so without just creating more problems?”


Bank Info Security: Unsecured Database Leaves 8.4 TB of Email Metadata Exposed. “An unprotected database belonging to a major Chinese research university left 8.4TB of email metadata exposed to the internet before school officials locked it down in late May, a security researcher says.”


Ottawa Citizen: Social media skepticism helping fuel distrust of the internet, survey finds. “A new global survey suggests distrust of the internet is being fuelled by growing skepticism of social-media services like Facebook and Twitter. One in four people who took part in the survey said they didn’t trust the internet, a view increasingly being driven by lack of confidence in social media, governments and search engines.”

Academia: Tweeting in Zapotec: Social Media as a Tool for Language Activists. “Social media is used by speakers of languages big and small. For languages with a small number of speakers, social media may offer opportunities not easily available elsewhere, such as low-cost publishing and distribution of text. Furthermore, smaller languages are often devalued by surrounding communitiesÑin these situations, the use of language in global media, such as Twitter, can have additional layers of impact and can be a form of language activism in itself.” Good morning, Internet…

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