2010s Music, Podcasts, Data Scientists, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, December 15, 2019


The Verge: Mashup star DJ Earworm ends his decade with two new compilations and a promise. “To mark the end of a decade, [Jordan] Roseman has released two new tracks: a best-of-decade mashup and a traditional end-of-year tribute. Music has changed over the last 10 years, of course. New superstars like Lizzo have emerged, and former main players like the Black Eyed Peas have faded away. Roseman’s own career has skyrocketed; assisting artists like Pink and Queen with mashup projects of their own have helped him turn his viral moment into a full-fledged career. Tracking trends in music, shifts in technological methods and melancholic voices, have also become much easier through Roseman’s compilations.”

Neowin: Apple Podcasts Spotify podcasts are now available on Amazon Alexa devices. “Today, Amazon announced that you can now use Apple Podcasts and Spotify podcasts with Alexa. All you’ll need to do to get started is enable it through the Alexa app, and link your Apple or Spotify account.”


TechBeacon: 14 data scientists you should follow on Twitter. “The application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to business and IT, from intelligent IT operations (AIOps) to service management to software testing, is keeping the data revolution moving at lightning speed. That’s why data science remains a popular concentration for computer science students who have the talent for math and analytics.” Excellent annotation with lots of book links.


Charity Digital News: Museum to unveil online historical archiving project. “The British Motor Museum is to launch an online project showcasing ‘the art of selling’ vehicles following a £30,000 funding award. Available online will be a collection of sales and press material from British Leyland and other vehicle makers on how cars have been historically marketed.”

Slate: The Very Respectful Wikipedia Battles Over “OK Boomer”. “The Wikipedia user Linguaddict drafted the first version of the OK Boomer Wikipedia page on Nov. 4. The article’s prospects were touch-and-go there at the beginning. Two editors declined the article, with one saying that it should instead be a subsection on the Baby Boomer entry, and the other that the neologism failed to meet Wikipedia’s infamous notability guidelines. But within two days, the article was accepted. Since its official publication on Nov. 6, the entry has received more than 700,000 page views on Wikipedia directly, and it’s had even greater reach through search engine results and the digital assistants that sample from the site’s publicly-available content.”


New York Times: Boston Marathon Bomber’s Death Sentence May Depend on What His Jurors Tweeted. “During the days after bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon in 2013, killing and maiming people who had gathered to cheer on runners, a restaurant manager from Dorchester joined the chorus of heartbreak and outrage on Twitter.”

CNET: Database exposes names of risky potential bank customers. “If your name’s on this list, banks will treat you with extreme caution. The database is supposed to be private, but it was found online, accessible to anyone with a web browser, a security researcher said Friday.”

BT: Landmark data sharing agreement made to cut spread of child sex abuse imagery. “The UK’s Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is to work with a US counterpart to create the biggest database of hashed child abuse images in the world to help fight the spread of such content. The IWF will work with the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the US to share known content with each other – helping internet companies stop the upload, sharing and storing of such content.”


Nuclear Secrecy Blog: Why NUKEMAP isn’t on Google Maps anymore. “When I created the NUKEMAP in 2012, the Google Maps API was amazing. It was the best thing in town for creating Javascript mapping mash-ups, cost literally nothing, had an active developer community that added new features on a regular basis, and actually seemed like it was interested in people using their product to develop cool, useful tools. Today, pretty much all of that is now untrue.”

Science: Elsevier deal with France disappoints open-access advocates. “Publishing giant Elsevier has signed a national license deal with Couperin, France’s consortium of universities and research organizations, but critics say it doesn’t do enough to advance open access (OA) to scientific journal articles. Its terms are at odds with Plan S, a mandate to make publications immediately free to read starting in 2021, which France’s National Research Agency has backed.”

The Diplomat: How to End the Internet Shutdown in Kashmir. “The contradictions in the availability of digital liberties in India continue to be glaring. Even as the state of Kerala declared the internet to be a basic right and approved a fiber optic network project to provide connectivity to every household in the state, Kashmir entered its fifth month of being in a digital void.”


Mashable: Curl up in front of a cozy Lego yule log that’s streaming on YouTube 24/7. “Instead of watching one of the many yule log videos that feature real fireplaces, consider breaking tradition and watching Lego’s Festive Fireplace. It’s cute as hell, and streaming live on YouTube 24/7.” Good morning, Internet…

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