California Wildfires, Getty Fire, Facebook News, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, October 29, 2019


California Governor Gavin Newsom: Governor Newsom Launches Resource Website for Californians Impacted by Wildfires and Power Shutoffs. “RESPONSE.CA.GOV provides Californians with information and resources for current incidents, transportation impacts, vital health services information, shelter and housing locations, unemployment assistance and other state information. The website also directs users to Public Safety Power Shutoff information and preparedness tips. As incidents continue to evolve, the portal will be updated to reflect the latest information and any additional resources the state may develop.”


The Getty Iris: Getty Center Safe and Secure after Mass Efforts in Getty Fire . “Dozens of news media reported on the fire, taking particular interest in Getty fire prevention measures. The Getty Center is well protected from fire due to its construction and architecture, with our 1.5 million feet of travertine stone walls and floors, cement and steel construction, and stone on rooftops that prevents wind-blown embers from igniting. Additional fire-prevention measures include water storage on-site to provide for grounds irrigation.” That on-site water storage includes a million-gallon water tank.

Nieman Journalism Lab: Pretty much no one has seen Facebook News yet, but it’s off to a rough start. “It’s been only three days since Facebook News rolled out as a test to about 200,000 people in the U.S., meaning that only a tiny handful of Facebook users have seen it. (I had a brief moment of excitement this morning when I thought I was one of them, but it turns out my app actually just updated with Today In, Facebook’s less-new local news tab, which has its own problems.) Not having seen or used the new feature yet, however, is no reason for people not to hate it, and the complaints and concerns had time to marinate over the weekend.”

Twitter Blog: Twitter builds partnership with UNESCO on media and information literacy. “At Twitter, we have always championed the free flow of information and people’s right to free expression online. These complementary commitments intersect when we discuss media and information literacy. We want to empower the people who use our service to critically engage with the content they see. That’s why today, to mark the beginning of @UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019, we are launching a new handbook for educators, entitled Teaching and Learning with Twitter.”


MakeUseOf: The Trello Cheat Sheet: Search, Navigation, and Markdown Essentials. “Once you start using Trello to track all the bits and pieces of your life, it’s a great idea to become familiar with Trello shortcuts to save yourself time. But given that there are so many shortcuts, it’s easy to miss quite a few of them, even crucial ones, or forget about them altogether.”


Wired: YouTubers Must Unionize, No Matter What Google Says. “Most YouTubers aren’t millionaires famous for living their lives. Most don’t have Nike brand deals and fleets of assistants to bring them green juice and walk their small dogs, or account managers who can call YouTube when something goes wrong. That stereotype applies to maybe a few dozen people on the platform, but those people are not the only ones who helped YouTube to grow from cat video emporium to the second most popular search engine on the web.”

The Washington Post: Google CEO, in leaked video, says company is ‘genuinely struggling’ with employee trust. “Google CEO Sundar Pichai acknowledged the tech giant is struggling with how to deal with internal debate over controversial topics and the company defended hiring a former government official who backed the Trump administration’s travel ban, according to video of an all-hands meeting obtained by The Washington Post.”

The Atlantic: Inside R/Relationships, the Unbearably Human Corner of Reddit. “There are more than 1 million subreddits on Reddit, though the number of active communities is somewhere around 140,000. With more than 2.6 million members, r/relationships is currently number 74 on the site by size—a little less popular than basketball, a little more popular than tattoos. Last month, it recorded more than 40 million pageviews, and added an average of 1,516 new members each day.”


Sydney Morning Herald: Consumer watchdog takes legal action against Google for ‘misleading’ conduct. “Announcing the legal action on Tuesday, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said Google had misled Android mobile phone and tablet users about the location data the company was collecting and using.”


The Daily Dot: Amazon’s facial recognition misidentified Boston athletes as criminals. “Amazon’s facial recognition technology falsely matched nearly 30 professional athletes to individuals in a mugshot database, the Massachusetts chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said.” Good evening, Internet…

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