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West Australia Convicts, Facebook Watch, PBS Zest, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 21, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

The West Australian: Researcher delves into convict past. “The convict register includes details of the 2500 men who arrived in the district at differing stages of their prison sentences. Some arrived as probationer prisoners at the Geraldton Convict Hiring Depot or as members of road parties living in tents, some as ticket of leave men (parolees) and some whose sentences were almost over and were granted more freedom to move.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Tubefilter: UFC Signs 3-Show Deal With Facebook Watch, Aiming To Promote Its PPV Matches. “UFC is trying to boost its number of pay-per-viewers by investing in Facebook content. The mixed martial arts organization has signed a deal to produce three exclusive shows for Facebook Watch over the next year, Variety reports. All three shows will tie into UFC events, the majority of which are pay-per-view matches.”

RealScreen: PBS Digital Studios launches food-focused YouTube channel PBS Zest. “PBS Digital Studios has launched its food-focused, documentary-style YouTube channel PBS Zest as part of the studio’s ‘themed channel strategy,’ which will bring together curated content from PBS member stations across the U.S.”

USEFUL STUFF

Gizmodo: How to Stop Too Many Tabs From Taking Over Your Browser. “Browser tabs. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. They’re both incredibly useful and an extremely annoying suck on your productivity and your computer’s system resources. But perhaps there is a way to use multiple tabs the way the universe intended without letting them run roughshod over your life.”

CNET: Best resume builder of 2020. “This list of the best resume building services includes websites and apps that offer templates, suggestions, and sometimes even on-hand professionals to help you build a resume that will put your best foot forward to potential employers. Some of our picks for best resume builder are free, some operate on an honor system, and some require a one-time payment or a subscription.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Boston Globe: 7 Massachusetts projects awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants. “New grant funding for seven Massachusetts-based projects will help protect historic works of art, create new editions of centuries-old books, and build a database that can reveal the history of South Asian paintings through paint pigments.”

Los Angeles Sentinel: Lucas Museum Acquires African American Film History Archive ‘SEPARATE CINEMA’. “The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, currently under construction in Los Angeles’s Exposition Park, is thrilled to announce its recent acquisition of the Separate Cinema Archive, which documents African American cinema history from 1904 to 2019.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Techdirt: Study Shows The Internet Is Hugely Vulnerable To SIM Hijacking Attacks. “U.S. Wireless carriers are coming under heavy fire for failing to protect their users from the practice of SIM hijacking. The practice usually involves conning or bribing a wireless employee to port a victim’s cell phone number right out from underneath them, letting the attacker then pose as the customer to potentially devastating effect. Carriers are facing numerous lawsuits from victims who say attackers used the trick to first steal their identity, then millions in cryptocurrency, or even popular social media accounts.”

The Verge: Facebook accused of shutting out mobile competitors in lawsuit. “The suit, which is seeking class-action status, argues that the company ‘identified and categorized potential market threats, then extinguished those threats’ by cutting them off from access to data on its platform. Facebook, the suit alleges, “moved aggressively to shut out entirely direct competitors,” like WeChat, by revoking access to its platform.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Ubergizmo: Björk And Microsoft Use AI To Create Music That Adapts To Changes In The Sky. “We’ve seen AI used for all kinds of things, ranging from automation and to even helping doctors detect diseases and illnesses they might have otherwise missed. Now it looks like AI could soon be applied to music, thanks to a collaboration between musician Björk and Microsoft, where they are using AI to adapt Björk’s music to the ever-changing skies.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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