Music Zines, Google File Sharing, Learning About WWII, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 30, 2020


Buffalo State College: Zine Scene: Buffalo State Music Publications Preserved in New Digital Archive. “Long before music websites, blogs, and social media accounts provided a means of instant communication, fanzines—or zines—were one of the few ways for aspiring rock writers to get published. In the early to mid-1970s, Buffalo State College provided a supportive environment for students who embraced a do-it-yourself ethic to detail the burgeoning new music—punk, glam, and new wave—that was largely ignored by the mainstream press. With funding from United Students Government, two influential zines—the Shakin’ Street Gazette (SSG) and Foxtrot—were published and distributed throughout the city.”


Ars Technica: Google’s upcoming Airdrop clone gets an early demo on video. “Google is working on a wireless local file sharing feature for Android along the same lines as Apple’s Airdrop. While it isn’t out yet, XDA’s Mishaal Rahman got an early version of it up and running on a few devices, as it’s currently dormant in versions of Google Play Services that are out in the wild.”

Narragansett Times: The Non-Profit World War II Foundation Launches Innovative Educational Website. “The non-profit World War II Foundation has launched its totally redesigned website… to provide students, educators and the public with resources to teach and learn more about the personal stories of the World War II generation.”


CNET: Best apps to put on your kid’s phone: Content monitors and screen-time limits. “So you bought your kid their first phone. Now what? Simply handing over the device — especially if you bought them one that uses Wi-Fi or has apps — might make you nervous. But it’s likely you’ll have to think about these things: Odds are, you didn’t get your 16-year-old a Nokia 3310.”


Institute of Museum and Library Services: IMLS Invests in School Readiness, Building National Network of Museums and Libraries. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced a new initiative to better equip museum and library professionals to serve young children and families. Building a National Network of Museums and Libraries for School Readiness, a cooperative agreement with the Boston Children’s Museum funded through a National Leadership Grant for Museums, aims to addresses persistent gaps and opportunities in early childhood education by forming coalitions of museums and libraries. The goal of the initiative is to ensure every child, regardless of socio-economic or linguistic background, has the skills needed to enter school prepared for success.”

Digiday: ‘You’re able to grow audiences much faster’: For some creators, Facebook Watch beats YouTube. “Markian Benhamou is a 22-year-old Facebook creator who specializes in producing comedy skits geared to Generation Z. He started creating content for YouTube in 2014 when he was 16. But after one of his videos went viral on Facebook in 2018, he retooled his approach: Now his videos appear first on Facebook. To date, he has 7 million followers on Facebook and 400,000 subscribers on YouTube.”


BBC: Government plans new laws for smart gadgets sold in UK. “The government is developing laws that would require manufacturers to ensure their smart gadgets cannot be hacked and exploited via the internet.”

New York Post: Social media accounts of NFL, several teams hacked by OurMine. “Social media accounts belonging to the NFL and several of its teams, including the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, were hacked on Monday.”


Synced: AraNet: New Deep Learning Toolkit for Arabic Social Media. “The performance of natural language processing (NLP) systems has dramatically improved on tasks such as reading comprehension and natural language inference, and with these advances have come many new application scenarios for the tech. Unsurprisingly, English is where most NLP R&D has been focused. Now, a team of researchers from the Natural Language Processing Lab at the University of British Columbia in Canada have proposed AraNet, a deep learning toolkit designed for Arabic social media processing.”

EurekAlert: New study examines the accuracy of plastic surgery videos on social media. “…YouTube has emerged as an essential platform for reaching people interested in plastic surgery. However, due to a variety of factors, such as confusing terminology, inaccurate information and unreliable sources, YouTube and social media videos in general aren’t necessarily the most reliable source of information, concludes a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).” Good evening, Internet…

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