PR Newswire: Fragrance Creators Association Launches Groundbreaking Digital Fragrance Resource for the Public (PRESS RELEASE). “The Fragrance Conservatory empowers users to: Search ingredients to understand their use and safety. Learn about the history and science behind making a fragrance. Discover the many positive wellness benefits of fragrance. Follow the fragrance industry’s efforts to promote public health.”
Science: New website aims to gather all those camera trap mugs of wildlife. “Wildlife Insights will allow users to upload camera trap images and then have software powered by artificial intelligence analyze them. Users will be able to ask the system to search for their animal of interest, and all of the images will be publicly available. That could be a huge help to researchers, Kinnaird says, saving time and putting a global data set within easy reach.” I spent a few minutes playing with this, and for the most part it’s pretty good, but I really doubt there’s a camera in North Carolina capturing pictures of white-nosed coati. Call me cynical.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
The Verge: Spotify will ask people what they’re interested in to give them podcast suggestions. “Spotify wants more people to listen to podcasts, so it’s making the process of finding one that interests you even easier. Starting this week, the company will include a button on free users’ homepages that’ll ask them to pick topics that interest them in order to get podcast recommendations.”
Tubefilter: For The First Time, YouTube Consumption Will Inform The ‘Billboard 200’ Albums Chart. “Beginning next year, the Billboard 200 chart — which tracks the nation’s most popular albums of the week based on a number of factors, including traditional sales and other digital-equivalent metrics — will incorporate video and audio data from YouTube in making its calculations. The move marks a notable adjustment by the iconic charts tabulator and media brand, as video becomes an increasingly vital component of music consumption.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Arizona State University: New Partnership to Provide Statewide Online Coding Curriculum. “The Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas State University, and the Arkansas Public School Resource Center announced a partnership program to provide a statewide online coding curriculum starting with the fall 2020 semester.”
The Guardian: Fifth Google worker-activist fired in a month says company is targeting the vulnerable. “Kathryn Spiers, a 21-year-old security engineer who had worked for Google since February 2018, was suspended from work on 25 November – the same day that four other worker activists were fired for what the company described as ‘intentional and often repeated violations of our longstanding data security policies’.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Reuters: Google settles ‘longstanding’ tax dispute with Australia. “Alphabet Inc’s Google has settled a ‘longstanding’ tax dispute with Australia’s tax office, it said on Wednesday, after paying an extra A$481.5 million ($326.75 million) on top of its previous tax bill.”
Washington Post: A tweet gave a journalist a seizure. His case brings new meaning to the idea of ‘online assault.’. “The Epilepsy Foundation announced on Monday it lodged a sweeping slate of criminal complaints against a legion of copycats who targeted people with epilepsy and sent them an onslaught of strobe GIFs — a frightening phenomenon that unfolded in a short period of time during the organization’s marking of National Epilepsy Awareness Month in November.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
TechCrunch: Is Facebook dead to Gen Z?. “Overall penetration is still high, as 99% of our respondents have Facebook accounts. And most aren’t abandoning the platform entirely — 59% are on Facebook every day, and another 32% are on weekly. Daily Facebook usage is much lower than Instagram, however, which 82% of our respondents use daily and 7% use weekly.”
Quartz: How to avoid another Russian-troll misinformation nightmare in 2020. “We typically think of social media platforms—Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, etc.—as distinct from one another…. This is true for most users. But it’s also true for the trolls and bots that drive disinformation campaigns. This phenomenon helps explain what happened when the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) targeted US social media during and after the 2016 US presidential election.”
University of Waterloo: New tool uses AI to flag fake news for media fact-checkers. “A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool could help social media networks and news organizations weed out false stories. The tool, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, uses deep-learning AI algorithms to determine if claims made in posts or stories are supported by other posts and stories on the same subject.” Good morning, Internet…
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