Twitter, Word Pronunciation, Virtual Fashion, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 18, 2019


UPI: Twitter details bans of political ads, limits ’cause-based’ ads. “Twitter announced details of its new policy on accepting political advertising on Friday, which effectively stops candidates and campaigns from buying advertising.”

Google Blog: How do you pronounce quokka? Practice with Search. “First, we’re launching a new experimental pronunciation feature that lets you practice word pronunciations right in Search. For the visual learners out there, we’re adding images to our English dictionary and translation features to help you better understand the meaning of a word.”


BBC: The £7,500 dress that does not exist. “Earlier this year Richard Ma, the chief executive of San Francisco-based security company Quantstamp, spent $9,500 (£7,500) on a dress for his wife. That is a lot of money for a dress, particularly when it does not exist, at least not in a physical form.”

Dezeen: Indian designers dismiss “design-school propaganda” as they decolonise their work. “Designers in India are rejecting the western canon and instead searching for home-grown approaches to their discipline. The movement to decolonise design in India comes as practitioners question the way they were taught about the subject. Design education in the subcontinent has until now largely focussed on overseas examples.” There’s been an Instagram account established to show examples of Indian graphic design, but it’s too new to have much associated with it.

San Francisco Chronicle: How to go viral on TikTok, the app you need to know now. “There isn’t an easy way to describe TikTok. Not really. Some people call it the ‘new Vine.’ Technically, you could call it a short-form video app. But both feel deeply inadequate. They miss the weird, unpredictable places people take memes on TikTok or the way the app seems to serve up exactly what you never knew you wanted on the mysterious ‘for you’ page.” I promised myself I’d ease up on the TikTok articles, but I enjoyed Ryan Kost’s writing on this so much…


CNET: Google ditched project to release 100,000 X-ray images, amid privacy concerns. “Google was getting ready to publicly release more than 100,000 human X-ray images through a partnership with the US National Institutes of Health, before abandoning the plan last minute after the government agency raised privacy concerns, says a Friday report by The Washington Post.”

New York Times: A Paranoid Guide to Fighting the ‘Bugging Epidemic’. “iny cameras have been found in places where they shouldn’t be, like Airbnb rentals, public bathrooms and gym locker rooms. So often, in fact, that security experts warn that we are in the throes of a ‘bugging epidemic.’ It is not paranoid to take precautions. A lot of spy gear is detectable if you know what to look for, said Charles Patterson, president of Exec Security, a firm in Tarrytown, N.Y., that specializes in corporate counterespionage.”

Techdirt: Giant Publisher Macmillan Goes To War Against Libraries. “f you’re not already aware, most libraries offer ebook lending — which gives borrowers temporary access to an ebook, just like borrowing a hard copy library book. I use this all the time to borrow ebooks from my local library (which has also resulted in my buying permanent copies of many of those books). However, Macmillan has decided to crack down on the practice. ”


ENDS Report: Hazardous substances: ECHA to launch first version of new database. “The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has set October 2020 as the provisional date for rolling out the first version of a database listing substances of concern in articles or complex products.”

EurekAlert: King’s College AI-Longevity Hub launched via support of Biogerontology Research Foundation. “The UK’s first AI for Longevity hub — the Longevity AI Consortium — is launched at King’s College London with the strategic and financial support of the Biogerontology Research Foundation and Deep Knowledge Ventures.” Good evening, Internet…

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