NYC Hospital Postcards, YouTube Royalties, Tab Management, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 19, 2020


The New York Academy of Medicine has launched a new collection of hospital postcards. (Thanks for letting me know, Carrie!) “This pilot project represents a small portion of the NYC sub-collection of the Robert Matz Hospital postcards digitized by the New York Academy of Medicine Library. It showcases 118 hospital postcards from New York City. Hospitals from all five boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) are represented, including public, private, not-for-profit, government, and military hospitals.” The entire collection is about 2000 postcards.


CNBC: YouTube says it paid the music industry more than $3 billion last year. “YouTube ads generated $15.15 billion in revenue in fiscal 2019, with $4.72 billion generated in the fourth quarter alone. However, the segment didn’t include YouTube’s non-advertising revenue, like subscriptions for YouTube TV, which are included in Google’s ‘other’ revenue segment.”


How-To Geek: How to Enable and Use Tab Groups in Google Chrome. “Are too many tabs cluttering up your Chrome browser? Google’s working on a solution to help organize all the tabs you have open. The Tab Groups feature provides neat, color-coded labeling for all your tabs. It’s available today behind a flag.”


ABC News: Veterans group: Pentagon broke agreement to reopen database. “The Pentagon has reneged on its agreement to reopen a vast records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Tuesday.”

New York Times: The iPhone at the Deathbed. “In a collision of technology and culture, of new habits and very old ones, we are beginning to photograph our dead again. For families like Mr. [Robert] Alexander’s who are choosing home funerals and following natural death practices — D.I.Y. affairs that eschew the services of conventional funeral parlors — photography is an extension and celebration of that choice.”


Engadget: Ring says its app will allow more control over data shared with Google, Facebook. “On Friday afternoon a company spokesperson told CBS that soon, users will be able to opt-out of information sharing agreements ‘where applicable.’ There’s no real detail on what exactly that means, although apparently some information will still be shared.”

Associated Press: Twitter, Facebook fined for not moving user data to Russia. “A court in Moscow fined Twitter and Facebook 4 million rubles each Thursday for refusing to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia, the largest penalties imposed on Western technology companies under internet use laws.” Three million rubles is a little under $63,000 USD.


Ars Technica: A new spin on 3D printing can produce an object in seconds. “The new technique builds a model by hardening a photosensitive resin with a laser, not unlike existing stereolithography (SLA) printers. The big difference here is the application of tomographic techniques, the same used in x-rays and ultrasounds, that allows for rotational printing. Laser light is modulated with a DLP chip (just like in old rear-projection HDTVs) and is blasted into a container full of resin.”

Mashable: The greatest gift machine learning ever gave us is this archive of Mark Zuckerberg haircuts. “Created by Sam Lavigne, an artist whose work focuses on automation and surveillance (among other things), the archive consists of 387 machine-learning generated images of Mark Zuckerberg’s hair. To isolate just the CEO’s mop, Lavigne used an ‘open source hair detector’ available on GitHub.” And now my cat wants to know what’s so funny…


Hyperallergic: Explore Ancient Athens Online Through 3D Models, Created by One Animator Over 12 Years. “Visitors to the site can browse reconstructions that date back as early as 1200 BCE, the Mycenaean period — or Bronze Age — through Classical Athens, featuring the rebuilds made necessary by the Greco-Persian War, and ages of occupation by Romans and Ottomans. Tsalkanis traces the evolution of sites like the Acropolis throughout the ages, the rise and fall of the city walls, the Agora, which served as center of city life, and various temples, libraries, and other fortifications.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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