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Movie Theater Photography, Star Wars Fandom, Apple Maps, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 27, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse: Movie Magic. “You can see the Riviera in all its long-lost splendor, and dozens of other unique movie theaters, in this month’s set of Free to Use and Reuse prints and photographs from the Library’s collections of copyright-free material. There’s the neon-lit Tower Theater, a Sacramento landmark. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. The Ritz Theatre in Greenville, Alabama, an Art Deco building opened in 1935 and now devoted to the performing arts.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Fantha Tracks: Be a part of the Fantha Tracks Star Wars fan created video database. “From its launch, Fantha Tracks have supported our fellow Star Wars podcast creators in promoting their shows, and our readers in discovering new and exciting audio content in the form of our Podcast A-Z Database. Now, Fantha Tracks wants to expand that to the realm of Star Wars fan made videos.”

Ars Technica: Apple Maps expands its Street View competitor to Boston, DC, Philadelphia. “Apple Maps has been slowly expanding regional coverage for its Google Street View-like Look Around feature, and now MacRumors forum members have spotted rollouts for the feature in the US cities of Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC.”

Times of India: Google Translate gets support for five new languages. “Google translate help users by giving them perfect translations in different languages. The company has rolled out the latest update for the app which will make it useful for more people. Google has announced that it is adding five new languages to the Google translate app. This is the first expansion made by the company in the past few years.”

USEFUL STUFF

The Verge: How to use filters to improve your Instagram photos. “If you want to get the most out of Instagram, it pays to improve your pictures with a little bit of technical magic before you post them. Serious photographers do this by using digital tools to adjust everything from color balance to sharpness to saturation. For everyone else, the Instagram app includes easy-to-use filters and editing tools that can make your photos and videos more visually appealing.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Ubergizmo: Top TikTok Stars Could Earn As Much As $1 Million Per Post. “Remember back in the day when bloggers could earn a ton of money for sponsored posts? This later moved on to social media platforms, where those who were particularly popular on platforms like Instagram could also earn a lot of money, but now it looks like we’re moving on to a new platform: TikTok.”

NiemanLab: Report for America will support 19 journalists to cover Native American communities. “It’s hard to say that Native Americans have, historically, gotten the kind of journalism they deserve. Mainstream news outlets typically pay them little attention, and when they do, indigenous people are more often the subject of reporting than its target audience. Less than one half of one percent of journalists at U.S. news organizations are Native, compared to 1.7 percent of the national population. And that’s not even to mention how Native Americans are portrayed in the limited coverage they do see.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Google defeats conservative nonprofit’s YouTube censorship appeal. “Google persuaded a federal appeals court on Wednesday to reject claims that YouTube illegally censors conservative content. In a 3-0 decision that could apply to platforms such as Facebook FB.O, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle found that YouTube was not a public forum subject to First Amendment scrutiny by judges.”

University of Texas at Dallas: Computer Scientists’ New Tool Fools Hackers into Sharing Keys for Better Cybersecurity. “Instead of blocking hackers, a new cybersecurity defense approach developed by University of Texas at Dallas computer scientists actually welcomes them. The method, called DEEP-Dig (DEcEPtion DIGging), ushers intruders into a decoy site so the computer can learn from hackers’ tactics. The information is then used to train the computer to recognize and stop future attacks.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Tufts Now: Teaching Kids About Nature to Save the Planet. “The class explores programs and methods that connect children and teens to the natural world in ways that support their development as stewards of the Earth—from forest schools, wilderness programs,environmental education, and urban gardening programs to reading programs using nature-friendly children’s books and teen protests that have captured the attention of the world. The class has also proved a catalyst for a new online venture to share that information with the wider world. Tomorrow’s Earth Stewards, an online publication, includes articles on programs and methods being used around the world to support children’s and youth’s development as earth stewards.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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