Wall Street Journal, VHS Tapes, Opioid Crisis, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, March 3, 2020

Wall Street Journal has apparently dropped its paywall for March 3-5. From the tweet: “❤ to remind yourself that is free with unlimited access starting Super Tuesday, March 3 – 5. ”


The Verge: The Internet Archive’s VHS Vault will send you on a 90s nostalgia trip. “The Internet Archive, perhaps best known for the extremely handy Wayback Machine you can use to find older versions of webpages, also has free movies, books, software, and music. Yet a little known part of the organization’s media trove includes uploaded recordings from VHS tapes, as I learned today thanks to this Vice article. They live on The VHS Vault, and as of this writing, there are more than 20,000 recordings you can peruse.”

Cache Valley Daily: USU Extension and USU Libraries launch digital library focused on opioid crisis. “The Utah State University Extension Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, & Teaching (HEART) Initiative, in partnership with USU Libraries, recently launched a digital library collection featuring stories from people affected by the opioid crisis.”


CNET: Google Stadia 2020 plans, newest games and everything else you need to know. “Google Stadia, the megacorp’s service to stream playable games on TVs and mobile devices without a console or PC, is the company’s leap into the melee of cloud gaming. Google is typically the biggest fish in any pond, but in cloud gaming it competes with other heavy hitters like Microsoft (xCloud), Nvidia (GeForce Now) and Sony (PlayStation Now).”

TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger ditches Discover, demotes chat bots. “Chat bots were central to Facebook Messenger’s strategy three years ago. Now they’re being hidden from view in the app along with games and businesses. Facebook Messenger is now removing the Discover tab as it focuses on speed and simplicity instead of broad utility like China’s WeChat.”


Vox: Most Americans are not prepared for a disaster. Now survival kits are all over Instagram.. “It was a bit odd to see the Kardashians pivot from pushing detox tea to preaching the preparedness gospel, but they weren’t the only influencers lining up behind the idea. Popular accounts, including those of Olivia Culpo, Nyle DiMarco, Comments by Celebs, Haylie Duff, WeWoreWhat, Makeup by Mario, and not one but two Real Housewives of New Jersey, posted Stories or photos featuring their own orange gear, part of a new line of preparedness kits called Judy.”

CNET: Activist investor seeks to replace Jack Dorsey as Twitter CEO, report says. “Paul Singer, the billionaire founder of the activist fund Elliott Management, is preparing a plan to try to replace Jack Dorsey as CEO of Twitter, according to a report Friday by Bloomberg.”

Times Now News: Search engine firm Baidu reports 5% revenue growth in 2019. “China’s leading search engine and AI tech firm Baidu has reported total revenues of 107.4 billion yuan (about $15.4 billion) in 2019, representing a 5 per cent year-on-year (YoY) growth.”


Washington Post: How the cloud has opened new doors for hackers. “Cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft’s Azure and Google Cloud have their own security features, but they typically manage security only for the underlying infrastructure. Customers are responsible for securing the applications and databases that they put on top of that infrastructure. Software that powers smart thermostats, smart speakers, online shopping, online games — nearly everything anyone does online these days — runs through applications and databases in the cloud.”

Phys .org: Updated legal maps show marginal change in U.S. state fair housing laws. “Two updated datasets published to today show minimal change in state fair housing laws and city nuisance property ordinances since 2017, in spite of the continued housing crisis in the United States.”

TorrentFreak: DMCA Notices Took Down 14,320 Github Projects in 2019. “Github has revealed that throughout 2019, the coding hosting platform took down more than 14,300 projects following DMCA complaints. Of the total notices received, only a tiny proportion was contested via counter-notice. Interestingly, the Microsoft-owned platform also reveals that one copyright complaint cannot be detailed as it’s the subject of a gagging order.”


Slate: The Smithsonian Archive Brings the Breadth of Black Womanhood Into View. “The archives present a kaleidoscope of the reality of Black womanhood: These women were musicians like jazz vocalist Maxine Sullivan; playwrights like Elizabeth Shearer White, known for her production of Othello featuring an all-Black cast; milliners like Mae Reeves; and athletes like golfer Ethel Funches. They registered voters, wrote letters to their loved ones and studied a variety of skills at the Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth in Bordentown, New Jersey. Some joined Masonic societies, worked fields, sold pralines, and hit jigs at the Cotton Club.” Good morning, Internet…

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