Annie Leibovitz, Jewish San Francisco, Yahoo Groups, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 17, 2019


Google Blog: Annie Leibovitz unveils photo series with Google Pixel. “The individuals photographed include soccer player Megan Rapinoe, equal justice lawyer Bryan Stevenson, artist James Turrell, journalist Noor Tagouri, hip-hop activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Army Officer Sarah Zorn, global-health scientist Jack Andraka and more.”

Jewish News of Northern California: New digital map offers walking tours of San Francisco’s hidden Jewish history. “The main map collects Jewish sites across the city, from landmarks like Congregation Emanu-El to lesser-known bits of history, like Cable Car Clothiers, located at the original Montgomery Street location where founder Charlie Pivnick first opened it.” There are plans to expand the maps further.


BetaNews: Yahoo Groups is closing down and all content will be deleted. “A piece of internet history is being consigned to the rubbish heap. Yahoo has announced that the once-popular Yahoo Groups service is being closed down later this month. More than this, the huge amount of information and exchanges that have been uploaded will not be archived. Before the end of the year, all Yahoo Groups content will be permanently wiped out — so if there’s anything you want to keep, you’ll have to act swiftly.”

Neowin: DuckDuckGo adds new servers in India, improves search, and refines dark theme. “DuckDuckGo has announced a couple of new features that will improve the search experience for its users, especially for those located in India who have complained about slow speeds.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Use vDOS to Run Old DOS Programs on Windows 10. “If you’re feeling nostalgic for 8-bit games or need to run some old software, 32-bit Windows 10 doesn’t accommodate. Old DOS programs need a little extra to run on the newer, 64-bit version of Windows. You can use vDos to help you run old DOS software if you need to, although it isn’t a suitable option for gaming. Here’s how to use it.”


Noted: The little known story of the great Polynesian migration and its radical navigators. “The stories of how a team of three celestial navigators guided them 4300km across the Pacific Ocean, relying solely on the technology available to the Polynesian wayfinders who preceeded them, have been uploaded to the website, which was being furiously readied for launch as this story was published. Next, the film crew is shifting its attention from the sea to the land, travelling around the country to record stories of Māori innovation and create a digital archive as a gift to the nation.”


Ars Technica: Man agrees to pay $25,000 for abusing YouTube’s takedown system. “A Nebraska man has agreed to pay $25,000 for abusing YouTube’s takedown system under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, YouTube said in an emailed statement Tuesday. The man, Christopher Brady, also signed a public apology admitting to ‘falsely claiming that material uploaded by YouTube users infringed my copyrights.'”

The Fashion Law: Does the Unauthorized Embedding of Social Media Posts Amount to Copyright Infringement?. “Does the unauthorized embedding of a social media posts that contain copyright-protected photos amount to copyright infringement? If you were hoping to get a definitive answer to that question from the case that photographer Robert Barbera filed against CBS, think again. The case settled out of court last month, thereby, failing to pick up – in any meaningful way – where the Goldman v. Breitbart lawsuit over embedded tweets that featured a photo of football star Tom Brady left off before it was voluntarily dismissed in May.”


CNET: Twitter, you’ll crimp world leaders’ tweets? Good luck with that. “Hey, @jack, can we talk some more? Two years ago, I asked seven questions about how you handled harassment, arguing, among other things, that you need to more clearly spell out enforcement policies for ‘newsworthy’ people, including the president of the United States. I wanted to know what rules and standards you’d hold them to.”

Phys .org: California earthquake alerts to become available statewide. “Warnings produced by the ShakeAlert system will be pushed through two delivery systems: a cellphone app called MyShake and the same wireless notification system that issues Amber Alerts, meaning people may receive both notifications…. The state earthquake app, developed at the University of California, Berkeley, is available for download to IOS users through iTunes and through GooglePlay stores for Android phones.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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