Van Gogh Museum, Wrestling Masks, North Carolina Newspapers, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, July 18, 2020


Blooloop: The Van Gogh Museum’s new website has retail, UX and colour focus. “The Van Gogh Museum has now put their entire collection of letters, paintings and drawings online. Visitors to the new website will even be able to zoom in on each artwork to see the brushwork. There will also be information about which artwork is currently on display at the museum.”

CBR: Masked Wrestler Guide Recreates Over 200 Masks – in 8-Bit Form. “An Illustrated Guide to Masked Wrestlers is a cross between an interactive gallery and an online museum exhibit where 226 wrestling masks are recreated in an 8-bit art style. From the home page, you can choose to either be guided through the gallery, connecting certain masks’ and wrestlers’ stories together (under ‘Choose a Guided Story’) or choose to explore the gallery freely, clicking on whichever mask ignites your curiosity (under ‘Skip the Story’)”


DigitalNC: Eastern Carolina News New to DigitaNC. “DigitalNC is happy to announce that we are now home to 51 late 19th century issues of Eastern Carolina News. We would like to thank our partners at Trenton Public Library for contributing this new title to our digital newspaper collection.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google to ban more ads from sites promoting virus conspiracies. “Google said it will block more ads from websites that promote conspiracy theories about COVID-19, starting next month. The world’s largest internet search provider will use human and automated reviews to locate and take action against rule-breaking web publishers and advertisers.”

The Register: Google gives Gmail’s collab chops a good buffing to make it the ‘home for work’ while we’re working from home . “Google is to shovel yet more bells and whistles into its Gmail client in an effort to demonstrate its collaborative chops in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Javier Soltero, who skipped away from the doomed Cortana business at Microsoft in 2018 and is now veep of G Suite, talked up the integrated workspace, which combines Gmail, Chat and Meet.”


Wired: An Ethics Guide for Tech Gets Rewritten With Workers in Mind. “The Ethical Explorer Pack fits into a broader push for companies to think about social and cultural impacts the way they think about user engagement or profits. Some companies in Silicon Valley have even created internal corporate positions to focus on those issues, like Salesforce’s Office of Ethical and Humane Use. (Salesforce’s chief ethical and humane use officer, Paula Goldman, was poached from the Omidyar Network; she helped to create the original EthicalOS.) There are also other tool kits designed to help people go much deeper on specific problems, like the Open Data Institute’s Data Ethics Canvas.”

KPIX: ‘Voices of San Quentin’; Instagram Page Portrays Prisoners, Families Cut Off By COVID. “Marion Wickerd’s husband, Tommy, is serving time in San Quentin for voluntary manslaughter. He tested positive for COVID-19, and doesn’t show symptoms, but she’s worried…. So she’s turning to social media. ‘The Voices of San Quentin’ Instagram is allowing people to share what’s going on with their loved ones, with their fears,” she explained.”

Tom’s Guide: Google Pixel 4 XL glass backs are prying off — and it gets worse. “Wear and tear is an inevitability with any tech product. Smartphones are especially vulnerable, given that we carry them around and use them every day. But a disconcertingly large group of Google Pixel 4 XL owners have found that their devices are aging in quite a strange and potentially dangerous way.”


CNET: Facebook executives could be deposed by FTC in antitrust probe, report says. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg could be asked by the Federal Trade Commission to provide sworn legal testimony as part of a yearlong antitrust probe conducted by the agency, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.”

CNN: How the massive Twitter hack may have happened. “A group of former Twitter (TWTR) employees who watched in shock as a hack compromised the accounts of some of the most prominent people on the social network, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk, are among those trying to figure out how an attack of such staggering proportions could have happened. As they conduct their unofficial investigation in a closed Slack group, the former employees, including some who were members of Twitter’s security team, are attempting to reconstruct the events leading up to the takeovers based on their knowledge of the social network’s internal protocols and technical systems.”


Phys .org: Weaving Indigenous knowledge with scientific research: A balanced approach. “Indigenous knowledge, including oral histories, mythologies, place names and classification schemes, can span many generations, preserving information that has helped native communities adapt to natural hazards as well as gradually changing conditions. Although Western scientists have historically deemed such information unreliable, during the past decade there has been increasing recognition of the advantages of bicultural approaches to scientific research, including demonstration of reliability.”

VentureBeat: Artie releases tool to measure bias in speech recognition models. “Artie, a startup developing a platform for mobile games on social media that feature AI, today released a data set and tool for detecting demographic bias in voice apps. The Artie Bias Corpus (ABC), which consists of audio files along with their transcriptions, aims to diagnose and mitigate the impact of factors like age, gender, and accent in voice recognition systems.” Good morning, Internet…

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