Google Photos, Agricultural Injuries, Art Identification, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, September 13, 2019


The Verge: Google Photos adds Memories, a private archive that looks like Instagram Stories. “Google Photos is adding features to encourage reminiscing, starting with a new tool that brings back old photos and videos on their anniversaries in a format that closely resembles Instagram Stories. The feature, called ‘Memories,’ begins rolling out to users today.”

Wisconsin State Farmer: New online database puts sharper focus on U.S. agricultural injuries. “The original version… was launched in 2015. New features and design changes include an interactive map display, more data granularity for search and filters, and customizable email alerts.”


New York Times: Wondering Who Did That Painting? There’s an App (or Two) for That. “At the Betty Cuningham gallery on the Lower East Side recently, I noticed an arresting painting: It showed a nude woman curled against a window, asleep, with the old New Yorker Hotel and Empire State Building in view and a fish above her, hanging or floating. I opened a smartphone app called Magnus, snapped a quick picture, and clicked ‘Use.’ Seconds later, I got that addictive, satisfying click. The app had found a match.”

Shake Up Learning: 10 Google Classroom Tips You Didn’t Know – SULS029. “In this blog post and podcast episode, you will learn insider Google Classroom tips that most teachers don’t know, as well as, a closer look at important Google Classroom updates to help you make the most of this robust tool!” You can get a lot from the blog post — you don’t have to listen to the podcast.

Make Tech Easier: How to Find Your Searches, YouTube History, Voice Recordings, and Other Data Stored by Google. “If you want to read through your old YouTube comments (or just delete them to save yourself that ordeal) or get a visual representation of your location history, My Activity is the way to go. It’s a bit more user-friendly and visual. If you’re looking for the raw, compact data so you can scroll through more easily or apply some analytics yourself, Takeout has your back.”


TechCrunch: Hatebase catalogues the world’s hate speech in real time so you don’t have to. “Policing hate speech is something nearly every online communication platform struggles with. Because to police it, you must detect it; and to detect it, you must understand it. Hatebase is a company that has made understanding hate speech its primary mission, and it provides that understanding as a service — an increasingly valuable one.”

Yahoo Finance: Exclusive: An in-depth look at Facebook’s content police. “Concerns about misinformation on Facebook reached a fever pitch after the 2016 presidential election, the outcome of which some have attributed to a Russian disinformation campaign on the platform. When revelations surfaced last year that Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm hired by the Trump campaign, had harvested the data of 50 million Facebook users, distrust of the company worsened. In an exclusive interview at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters with the three executives who oversee content at Facebook, the company responded to its detractors.”

Poynter: How 3 local newsrooms grew exponentially on Instagram. “This summer, three young journalists went to work in local newsrooms. But they weren’t there to report, photograph, video or edit — they did it for the gram. University of Missouri Journalism School graduates Emily Dunn, Grace Lett and Magdaline Duncan worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Boston Globe and the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune specifically to test and create Instagram strategies to attract younger audiences.”


Bloomberg Quint: Google Hit With Sweeping Demand From States Over Ad Business. “State attorneys general investigating Google are ordering it to turn over a wide range of information about its advertising business, according to an investigative demand that takes direct aim at the biggest source of the company’s revenue.”

The Register: D-Link, Comba network gear leave passwords open for potentially whole world to see . “DSL modems and Wi-Fi routers from D-Link and Comba have been found to be leaving owners’ passwords out in the open. Simon Kenin, a security researcher with Trustwave SpiderLabs, took credit for the discovery of five bugs that leave user credentials accessible to attackers.”


NoCamels: Preserving the Future: Israeli Researchers Unveil New Coding Technique To Store Data On DNA. “In a new study, Israeli researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya make a case for using DNA as part of a viable, long-term solution to storing our digital libraries as well as the incredible amount of data created every day by humans and machines. And they say they’ve developed a new DNA coding method to do so.”

Phys .org: Professor’s research paints picture of #MeToo movement’s origins. “With the help of machine learning, [Sepideh] Modrek and her research assistant Bozhidar Chakalov studied more than 12,000 #MeToo tweets posted between Oct. 15 and 21. After applying and gaining access to Twitter’s application programming interface, or API, they were able to count every undeleted #MeToo tweet. They then downloaded a representative subset, which helped them describe magnitude of the movement in terms of size, demographics and the personal narratives shared.” Good morning, Internet…

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