Facebook, Amazon Fire, YouTube, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 12, 2020


TechCrunch: Facebook code change caused outage for Spotify, Pinterest and Waze apps. “If you’re an iPhone user, odds are fairly good you spent a frustrating portion of the morning attempting to reopen apps. I know my morning walk was dampened by the inability to fire up Spotify. Plenty of other users reported similar issues with a number of apps, including Pinterest and Waze. The issue has since been resolved, with Facebook noting that the problem rests firmly on its shoulders.”

Neowin: YouTube Kids app finally arrives on Amazon Fire TV. “The YouTube Kids app has finally made its way to Amazon Fire TV devices. The app offers a safe experience for kids that is more fun for them to explore on their own and makes it easier for parents and caregivers to manage their television viewing.”

Korea Herald: Google to strengthen monitoring of fake news and illegal content on YouTube . “Google’s video-sharing platform YouTube will cooperate with South Korea to closely monitor and prevent the spread of fake news and illegal content, South Korea’s telecommunications regulator said Friday, citing a Google executive.”


Tubefilter: FYP.RIP Lets TikTok Creators Download Every Video They’ve Ever Made At Once. “The free tool, released Wednesday by tech startup Stir, lets TikTok creators download every video they’ve made on the app in one ZIP file. To use it, creators just fill out this form telling FYP.RIP their TikTok user name, the email tied to their account, and their exact number of followers. Then Stir will email them a downloadable file of their videos.”


Michigan State University: Social Scientists Awarded National Parks Service Grant. “This grant will be used to develop The Internment Archaeology Digital Archive, an open digital archive that will host, preserve and provide broad public access to digitized collections of archaeological materials, archival documents, oral histories and ephemera that speak to the experiences of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II in the United States.”

Page Six: Instagram apologizes to Bella Hadid for removing pic of her dad’s passport. “Instagram has apologized to Bella Hadid after she accused the social media platform of ‘bullying’ for removing a photo she posted of her father’s passport, which showed his birthplace as Palestine.”


Twitch: Twitch Faces Sudden Stream of DMCA Notices Over Background Music. “There is obviously a great deal of action going on currently in the streaming world, spurred on in part by the COVID-19 crises that has many people at home looking for fresh content. Between the attempts to respond to social movements and tamp down “hateful” content to changes to the competitive landscape, streaming services are having themselves a moment. But with the sudden uptick in popularity comes a new spotlight painting a target on streaming platforms for everyone from scammers to intellectual property maximilists. Twitch has recently found itself a target for the latter, suddenly getting slammed with a wave of DMCA notices that appear to focus mostly on background music.”

Gulf News: 10 Kuwaiti influencers suspected of money laundering. “Ten Kuwaiti social media influencers are on the radars of the Kuwaiti state security agency after their bank accounts showed massively inflated balance, Kuwaiti media reported.”


The Verge: How Twitter is shifting the power balance from companies to their employees. “Last week, the worlds of technology and journalism were transfixed by a conflict that played out across across Instagram, Twitter, and the upstart audio-only social network Clubhouse. One reason it generated so much attention — you can read thorough accounts from varying perspectives at Vice, on Quora, or this venture capitalist’s Substack — is that you can approach the drama from so many angles. But despite the best efforts of everyone here, I still think the most clarifying way to understand the story of Steph Korey, Taylor Lorenz, Balaji Srinivasan, venture capital, and Clubhouse has mostly gone unspoken. And those who fail to see it, I think, could be in for a rude awakening of their own.”

Penn Arts & Sciences: New Database Aims to Make Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Easier and Earlier. “Do you get nervous when you can’t think of a word? Chances are it’s a momentary lapse, but problems with language are one of the symptoms that can indicate a neurodegenerative disorder like Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, diagnosing these conditions requires scoring below a rather low threshold on a test battery administered by a specialist. This often means, says Mark Liberman, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, that people have already been suffering from the disease for a decade or more when they’re diagnosed. Liberman, the director of the Linguistic Data Consortium, is working with researchers at Penn Medicine to build a database that will allow neural health to be tracked across time, so that doctors can make an earlier diagnosis and researchers can evaluate medications and other treatments.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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