YouTube, Twitter, Amazon, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 25, 2019


9to5Google: YouTube will test a new ‘featured in this video’ grid for collaborators. “YouTube’s Android app is about to be the testing grounds for a handy new feature for creators. Soon, YouTube will add a ‘featured in this video’ section to videos that involved any collaborators instead of having creators push that information into a cluttered description.”

Engadget: Twitter blocks animated PNGs to keep trolls from using them to trigger seizures (updated). “Twitter will no longer animate PNG files after trolls hijacked the Epilepsy Foundation’s handle and hashtags last month to send potentially seizure-inducing images to epileptic and photo-sensitive individuals. The company says it recently discovered a bug that had allowed people to add multiple animated images to a tweet and bypass Twitter’s autoplay protections using the file format.”


The New York Times: Prime Power: How Amazon Squeezes the Businesses Behind Its Store . “Amazon has transformed the small miracle of each delivery into an expectation of modern life. No car, no shopping list — no planning — required. But to make it all work, Amazon runs a machine that squeezes ever more money out of the hundreds of thousands of companies, from tiny start-ups to giant brands, that put the everything into Amazon’s Everything Store.”

Culver City News: Polish Solidarity Collection Donated to Wende Museum. “The Wende Museum of the Cold War received a groundbreaking collection of materials from the Polish Solidarity movement, an anti-Soviet and anti-authority movement that is credited for playing a vital role in the collapse of the Soviet Union during the 1980s. The Polish Solidarity is a trade union that was formally started in September of 1980 in Poland and was made up of a group of workers that were striking against the scarce economy, rising food prices, and authoritarian state under a Polish government that was controlled by the Soviet sphere of influence.” Plans are to digitize the collection and make it available online.

XinhuaNet: China makes headway in promoting archives digitalization. “A total of 25 institutions for digital archive storage were established this year, the National Archives Administration said Monday.”


The Verge: Zynga hack affected 170 million accounts. “A September password breach of online game company Zynga affected 170 million people, according to a new report from Have I Been Pwned. According to that site, the Zynga hack ranks 10th among its all-time largest hacks of user information.”

TorrentFreak: EU Court: Unauthorized Sale of Used eBooks Infringes Copyright. “Selling second-hand paper books is regular business for thousands of companies around the world, but what if those books are digital? A ruling just handed down by Europe’s highest court has determined that the unauthorized sale of second-hand copyrighted eBooks via a website constitutes a communication to the public and an infringement of the owners’ rights.”


Towards Data Science: 5 Things I Learned from Google’s New ML-Powered Recorder App. “With the camera hardware spec a little below industry mainstream, Google’s Pixel flagship phone managed to pull off as one of the best smartphone cameras on the market thanks to its Machine Learning algorithms for image post-processing. The ‘Recorder’ app is yet another attempt by Google to spice up competition using AI, this time on audio.”

DJ Booth: Music Consumption Is Now a Dating App — It Doesn’t Have to Be. “Today, music consumption is no longer a courtship; it’s a dating app. Time is short, options are infinite, and many works of art—including great ones—risk falling through the cracks if the wrong curator swipes left. Even for fans, love affairs are short. Why take time to get to know a work of art when 50 algorithmically-selected options are waiting in the wings?”

Slate: What to Salvage From the Wreckage of Libra. “… the 1.7 billion users of Facebook’s platforms outside the U.S. and Europe actually could use something like Libra to store and transfer money. These users would take on most of the risk and harm if things go wrong with Libra. And if everything went right—it’s a big if—they’d gain the most too. It’s why, even if Libra is dead in the water, I hope the idea behind it isn’t.” Good evening, Internet…

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