Ed Sullivan Show, NYC Traffic Cameras, Google, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, June 14, 2020


Rolling Stone: Entire ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Catalogue Hits Streaming Platforms. “Nearly 50 years after it aired its final episode in 1971, the legendary Ed Sullivan Show is officially headed to all streaming platforms. From the Beatles’ debut to Elvis Presley to the Rolling Stones, iconic clips and low-resolution bootlegs of the variety show have been available for years, but this marks the first time the entire catalogue will be available digitally — thanks to a deal between UMe and SOFA Entertainment Inc.”

NYC Mesh: We’ve Created a Public Archive of NYC’s Surveillance Footage . “Holding the police accountable requires witnessing, recording and sharing footage of their actions. Inspired by Darnella Frazier, whose recording of George Floyd’s murder sparked a global movement, I am archiving NYC traffic camera footage with help from the NYC Mesh community to make it easier for the public to identify police misconduct.”


AP: Google Says It Won’t Build AI Tools For Oil And Gas Drillers. “Google says it will no longer build custom artificial intelligence tools for speeding up oil and gas extraction, separating itself from cloud computing rivals Microsoft and Amazon. A statement from the company Tuesday followed a Greenpeace report that documents how the three tech giants are using AI and computing power to help oil companies find and access oil and gas deposits in the U.S. and around the world.”

CNBC: Zoom will no longer allow Chinese government requests to impact users outside mainland China . “Video-calling service Zoom said Thursday it will not comply with requests from the Chinese government to suspend hosts or block people from meetings if those people are not located in mainland China.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Edit Your Videos Using the YouTube Video Editor. “There are plenty of video editors out there, and we already have a big list for Windows, macOS and Linux. However, if you want to do a simple edit, they can be overkill. If you’re uploading your video to YouTube, why not use YouTube’s own video editor? It’s sparse on features, but it’s a good option if you want to do bare-bones editing. Let’s explore what the YouTube video editor can and can’t do and how to use it.”

Wired: How to Clean Up Your Old Social Media Posts. “If your social media life spans more than a few years then you might not want friends, family, or prospective employers looking back on the sort of person that you used to be. Here we’ll show you how you can scrub your timelines on the three biggest social platforms, using both built-in tools and third-party add-ons.”


CNN: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan say they are ‘disgusted’ by Trump’s comments. “Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan say they are ‘disgusted’ by President Donald Trump’s remarks on the nationwide protests against racial injustice. The Facebook founder and his wife this week shared their thoughts in an email to a group of scientists who are backed by their nonprofit organization, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). The scientists recently raised concerns about how Facebook (FB) has handled Trump’s posts on the platform.”

Mashable: Facebook insists new Workplace tool was for ‘preventing bullying,’ not suppressing unions . “Facebook wants to empower you to make the world more open and connected as you suppress your workers’ legal right to form a union. The social media giant that seemingly goes out of its way to be awful set a new bar Wednesday, when, according to reporting by the Intercept, it showed off a new Workplace tool designed to prevent certain words from trending on the enterprise-focused platform. And, to make things as clear as possible during the internal meeting, it chose an example word: ‘unionize.'”

New York Times: ‘Morally Impossible’: Some Advertisers Take a Timeout From Facebook. “Ever since Mark Zuckerberg defended the platform’s hands-off policy toward posts by President Trump that contained misinformation or promoted violence, some companies are staying away.”


Twitter Blog: Disclosing networks of state-linked information operations we’ve removed. “Today we are disclosing 32,242 accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations — the only one of its kind in the industry. The account sets we’re publishing to the archive today include three distinct operations that we have attributed to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Russia, and Turkey respectively. Every account and piece of content associated with these operations has been permanently removed from the service.”


Horse Talk New Zealand: Horse manure an unlikely ally in unmasking art forgeries. “As Lucile Beck and her colleagues at the University of Paris-Saclay in France point out, the absolute dating of paintings is crucial for tackling the problem of fake art. Radiocarbon dating is the only technique that gives access to an absolute time scale, but its application is limited to organic materials such as wood, canvas or natural binder. Being able to extend absolute dating to the range of inorganic pigments used for colours in art would make it possible to overcome the lack of available materials for dating easel and mural paintings.”

PubMed: A New Source of Data for Public Health Surveillance: Facebook Likes. “Facebook likes may be a source of digital data that can complement traditional public health surveillance systems and provide data at a local level. We explored the use of Facebook likes as potential predictors of health outcomes and their behavioral determinants.” Good morning, Internet…

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