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Billionaires, Georgia O’Keeffe, Elton John, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 3, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Americans for Tax Fairness: Billionaires By The Numbers: New Website Offers Insights Into Nation’s Biggest Fortunes. “A new website launched today provides in-depth insights into the startling reality of America’s billionaires—their growth in numbers and fortunes over recent decades, staggering real-time net worth, and growing political influence. ‘Billionaires by the Numbers’ tracks the fortunes of U.S. billionaires and is particularly vital right now for a nation confronting long-standing economic injustice brought to light by disease, recession and racial oppression.”

I have no idea how new this is, but I apparently haven’t cataloged it yet, so from My Modern Met: 1,100+ Works of Art by Georgia O’Keeffe Is Now Free to View Online. “Cultural institutions around the world may still be shuttered due to COVID-19, but fortunately, there’s still a way to browse renowned collections while practicing social distancing. Through Google Arts & Culture, you can virtually tour world-famous museums such as the Musée d’Orsay, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Uffizi Gallery. Now, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico has made 1,100+ works of art by the modern American painter available to view online for free.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Musically: YouTube lands exclusive on archive Elton John concerts. “The series premieres on Friday (3 July) with the stated aim of raising $500k in donations for the Elton John AIDS Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Each week, a new archive concert will be made available in its entirety, starting with gigs from 1976, 1986, 1989, 1995, 2000 and 2001.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Web Stories WordPress Plugin for More Traffic. “Google announced a beta WordPress plugin that enables publishers to take advantage of Google’s relatively new Web Stories. Web Stories is a way to rank at the top of Google search, Google images, Discover, and Google App.”

USEFUL STUFF

Search Engine Land: CCPA enforcement begins now and most companies aren’t ready. “A number of categories of businesses are explicitly exempted from CCPA compliance, including certain industries covered by federal regulations. However, most publishers will need to be ready to enable U.S. consumers to opt-out of third-party data transfers and demonstrate compliance to regulators in the event of an investigation or complaint.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Morocco World News: Morocco’s National Library, Museum Foundation to Digitize Moroccan Art. “The National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco (BNRM) and the National Foundation of Museums (FNM) have signed a partnership agreement to accelerate the project of digitizing art collections created by Moroccan artists.”

OneZero: Months Before Reddit Purge, The_Donald Users Created a New Home. “Monday, Reddit banned thousands of subreddits including The_Donald, a conservative community of nearly 800,000 members accused of inciting violence, spreading white supremacist propaganda, and other repeat offenses since its creation in 2015. The takedown marked Reddit’s latest push to curb hate speech on the platform, and The_Donald was a ripe target for moderation. But while the community was purged from Reddit, its members have been relocating to an alternate website for months now, suggesting that users were expecting the ban — and serving as a reminder that ‘deplatforming’ is only so useful.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: Consumer orgs ask world’s competition watchdogs: Are you really going to let Google walk off with all Fitbit’s data?. “Twenty consumer and citizen rights groups have published an open letter [PDF] urging regulators to pay closer attention to Google parent Alphabet’s planned acquisition of Fitbit.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: Study: Crowdsourced data could help map urban food deserts. “In a feasibility study published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, scholars found that the methods used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to identify areas with low access to healthy food are often outdated and narrow in scope. Their findings indicate that crowdsourced information gathered from mobile apps such as Yelp could help provide more accurate real-time representation of food deserts in impoverished communities.”

New York Times: Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?. “Judging when to tighten, or loosen, the local economy has become the world’s most consequential guessing game, and each policymaker has his or her own instincts and benchmarks. The point when hospitals reach 70 percent capacity is a red flag, for instance; so are upticks in coronavirus case counts and deaths. But as the governors of states like Florida, California and Texas have learned in recent days, such benchmarks make for a poor alarm system.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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