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Underground Newspapers, YouTube, Google, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 13, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Cincinnati Enquirer: Our history: 1960s underground newspaper Independent Eye gets exposure. “In the 1960s, underground newspapers were subversive, radical publications. Now they are cultural artifacts of that era. One of Cincinnati’s alternative presses, the Independent Eye, has found new exposure with an exhibit and discussion panel Wednesday night, Nov. 13, at Downtown’s Main Library. The entire run of the newspaper, from 1968 to 1975, has been digitized by the library…”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Mashable: YouTube says it can delete your account if you’re not ‘commercially viable’ . “As written, these broad terms give YouTube the power to delete a creators’ account if they upload or livestream video that, for example, doesn’t pull in enough advertising revenue. YouTube viewers aren’t in the clear either. Notice the terms are worded to cover anyone who has an account, not just its content creators. The language used can mean that a user who looks at lots of content but doesn’t necessarily monetize can also have their account removed.” The article has been updated with a couple of responses.

CNET: Google will offer checking accounts next year, report says. “Google reportedly plans to start offering checking accounts to consumers next year. The accounts will be run by Citigroup and a credit union at Stanford University, according to a report Wednesday from The Wall Street Journal.”

USEFUL STUFF

How-To Geek: How to Customize Gmail on the Web. “Gmail is an enormously popular email provider with an easy-to-use web interface. However, not all preferences and screen sizes work well with the default settings. Here’s how to customize the Gmail interface.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: ‘Filter Bubble’ author Eli Pariser on why we need publicly owned social networks. “To internet activist Eli Pariser, who coined the term and wrote a book on the subject, questions about how tech platforms are reshaping public life remain as relevant as ever. In a new TED talk, Pariser says social platforms should be rebuilt to serve the greater good, drawing on principles from urban planning. (Civic Signals, a NEW organization he co-founded with University of Texas at Austin professor Talia Stroud, aims to build new models that would do just that.)”

PC World: Brave 1.0 review: This excellent, privacy-focused browser can make you money, too. “Brave Software’s new Brave browser, which emerges out of a long beta into a full-fledged Brave 1.0 release today, works in two ways: As a privacy-minded browser that does everything it can to minimize your footprint on the Web, and as a convoluted means of paying people who provide you the content that you read daily.”

The Conversation: The future of protest is high tech – just look at the Catalan independence movement. “People across the world are demonstrating their discontent in increasingly creative and disruptive ways. The past year has seen schoolchildren across the world join the Fridays for Future strikes, witnessing mass walkouts from schools across the globe. In Chile, coordinated fare-dodging protests on public transport – also led by school pupils – has now grown into mass unrest against the rising cost of living. During the past two weeks, protests have erupted across Lebanon in opposition to rising taxes, involving road blockades and a human chain across the country to illustrate the unity of the people.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Regulators begin probe into Google-Ascension cloud computing deal – WSJ. “A U.S. federal regulator has initiated an investigation into a cloud computing deal between Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Ascension Health which would give Google access to detailed health information of millions of patients, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Newswise: Immersion in virtual reality scenes of the Arctic helps to ease people’s pain. “Watching immersive 360 videos of icy Arctic scenes helps to relieve intense burning pain and could hold hope for treating chronic pain, a small study has found. Scientists from Imperial College London have found that using virtual reality headsets could combat increased sensitivity to pain, by immersing people in scenes of icebergs, frigid oceans and sprawling icescapes.”

Phys .org: The smell of old books could help preserve them. “Old books give off a complex mélange of odors, ranging from pleasant (almonds, caramel and chocolate) to nasty (formaldehyde, old clothes and trash). Detecting early signs of paper degradation could help guide preservation efforts, but most techniques destroy the very paper historians want to save. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Sensors have developed an electronic nose that can non-destructively sniff out odors emitted by books of different paper compositions, conditions and ages.” Good evening, Internet…

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