Classical Music, New Orleans Food, Twitter, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, July 27, 2019


Classical Music: Warner Classics digitises its full catalogue on new streaming site. “Warner Classics’s back catalogue of classical music will now be available to stream for free on the label’s new website. It allows users to access 30-second samples of recordings from the likes of Jacqueline du Pré, Simon Rattle and André Previn. Subscribers to Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer are able to stream entire tracks.”

NOLA: After a Facebook fracas, online map, new support network for black New Orleans restaurants. “In mid-July, with some unexpected time on his hands as Tropical Storm Barry effectively shut down the city, [Westley] Bayas decided to do something about it. He created an online map to help connect the dots, and connect more people with more of these restaurants, the Where Black NOLA Eat maps (see the map here and below). Today it shows 116 businesses, from full-service restaurants to bars and sno-ball stands.”


TechCrunch: Twitter Q2 beats on sales of $841M, posts big EPS of $1.43 due to one-off tax benefit, mDAUs up to 139M. “The figures beat on revenues, but missed by quite a bit on EPS (if you remove the one-off tax benefit): Analysts were expecting earnings per share of around $0.19 on revenues of just over $829 million for the quarter. A year ago, Twitter posted an EPS of $0.17 on sales of $710.5 million, and last quarter, the company handily beat analyst expectations on sales of $787 million and diluted EPS of $0.25.”

The Next Web: WhatsApp reportedly building a desktop version that works without your phone. “In 2015, WhatsApp released a web version that mirrored the conversation from the mobile app. To use it, though, you still needed to have your phone connected to the internet. But that might soon change.”


Social Media Examiner: How to Get Your Videos Discovered on YouTube. “Is YouTube video part of your marketing plan? Want more people to find and watch your videos on YouTube? To explore how to get your videos discovered on YouTube, I interview Tim Schmoyer. Tim is a YouTube expert whose channel has 500,000 subscribers. He hosts the Video Creators podcast and his course is called Video Labs.” Social Media Examiner’s usual ridiculously good work.

Larry Ferlazzo: The Best Resources For Learning About Protests Against The Telescope In Hawaii. “You may have seen recent media attention to protests by Native Hawaiians against a decision to build a telescope there. I thought it was definitely worth a ‘Best’ list, especially with the The International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People coming up.”


Reuters: Australia to ‘lift veil’ on Facebook, Google algorithms to protect privacy . “Australia said it would establish the world’s first dedicated office to police Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Google (GOOGL.O) as part of reforms designed to rein in the U.S. technology giants, potentially setting a precedent for global lawmakers.”

The Intercept: Google Continues Investments In Military And Police AI Technology Through Venture Capital Arm. “Rather than directly engage in controversial contracts, Google is providing financial, technological, and engineering support to a range of startups through Gradient Ventures, a venture capital arm that Google launched in 2017 to nurture companies deploying AI in a range of fields. Google promises interested firms access to its own AI training data and sometimes places Google engineers within the companies as a resource. The firms it supports include companies that provide AI technology to military and law enforcement.”

Route Fifty: Watchdog Warns Census ‘Short on Time’ While Using Untested New Methods. “The 2020 Census will for the first time allow respondents to answer surveys online, but the Census Bureau hasn’t been able to test to ensure all new innovative methods will function correctly when deployed, according to the Government Accountability Office.”

Washington Post: Why crafty Internet trolls in the Philippines may be coming to a website near you. “The world of Internet trolls — the gaslighting, the fabrications, the nastiness — is now a fact of life in the Web ecosystem nearly everywhere. But something new is happening here: Experienced public relations experts in the Philippines are harnessing the raw energy of young and aggressive social media shape-shifters.”


Wired: Facebook’s Ex-Security Chief Details His ‘Observatory’ For Internet Abuse. “WHEN ALEX STAMOS describes the challenge of studying the worst problems of mass-scale bad behavior on the internet, he compares it to astronomy. To chart the cosmos, astronomers don’t build their own Hubble telescopes or Arecibo observatories. They concentrate their resources in a few well-situated places and share time on expensive hardware. But when it comes to tackling internet abuse ranging from extremism to disinformation to child exploitation, Stamos argues, Silicon Valley companies and academics are still trying to build their own telescopes. What if, instead, they shared their tools—and more importantly, the massive data sets they’ve assembled?”

NBC29: Archaeologists Develop Interactive Map for Daughters of Zion Cemetery. “The interactive map uses a geographic information system to display information about more than 200 graves and markers at the site. Project Manager Steve Thompson has been working on the program for a little over a year and estimates there are thousands of unmarked graves.” Good morning, Internet…

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