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Kevyn Aucoin, NYPD Discipline Records, National Brewery Centre, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, July 28, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

PR Newswire: Makeup Museum Unveils Digital Preservation Of Kevyn Aucoin’s Historic Journals (PRESS RELEASE). ” Makeup Museum today unveils images from a new digital archive of journals kept from 1983 to 1994 by legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin. Aucoin worked extensively with iconic photographers such as Steven Meisel, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, and Francesco Scavullo, models Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Paulina Porizkova, and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli, and many others. Aucoin’s journals chronicle his life and work, complete with behind-the-scenes images from photoshoots for VOGUE magazine and brands such as Shiseido, Chanel, and Revlon.”

ProPublica: We’re Publishing Thousands of Police Discipline Records That New York Kept Secret for Decades. “In releasing the information included in our database, ProPublica is not publishing all complaints against officers. As we’ve noted, we’ve limited the data to only those officers who’ve had at least one substantiated allegation. And every complaint in the database was fully investigated by the CCRB, which means, among other steps, a civilian provided a sworn statement to investigators. We’ve also excluded any allegations that investigators concluded were unfounded, meaning investigators determined the incident did not happen as the complainant alleged. There were about 3,200 allegations listed as unfounded in the data we were provided, about 9% of the total.”

Sky News: National Brewery Centre Archives now available online. “The National Brewery Centre Archives feature around half a million items spanning 250 years of British brewing history. Currently, about 5,000 items of this ever-growing collection are publicly displayed at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-on-Trent, while many more are now free to access on the newly launched online database.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Engadget: Google’s latest local news effort is a dedicated sports hub. “With its latest local news initiative, Google wants to give sports fans the chance to read coverage from all of the best reporters who cover professional and college teams at local news publications across the US and Canada. To that end, the search giant is helping the Local Media Consortium, a group made up of local media companies, launch The Matchup.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: Best Chrome Extensions to Refresh the New Tab Page. “Google Chrome’s new tab page is very minimal with a few quick links to the most viewed websites. For many, this default new tab page is boring and uninspiring, and the lack of customization options make it unpopular with the crowd. Luckily, there are lots of good chrome extensions which can totally revamp your default new tab page to a more useful one.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Mashable: The ‘I have a joke’ meme gives us some much-needed humor . “2020 has already ushered in new and sometimes painful memes — which, given that many of us are in front of our screens while social distancing, isn’t wholly surprising. Not all of these new memes have to do with our current reality, either. In recent days, the people of Twitter decided to add some levity to our strange year as the ‘I have a joke’ meme erupted on the platform.”

BuzzFeed News: “Facebook Is Hurting People At Scale”: Mark Zuckerberg’s Employees Reckon With The Social Network They’ve Built. “On July 1, Max Wang, a Boston-based software engineer who was leaving Facebook after more than seven years, shared a video on the company’s internal discussion board that was meant to serve as a warning. ‘I think Facebook is hurting people at scale,’ he wrote in a note accompanying the video. ‘If you think so too, maybe give this a watch.’ Most employees on their way out of the ‘Mark Zuckerberg production’ typically post photos of their company badges along with farewell notes thanking their colleagues. Wang opted for a clip of himself speaking directly to the camera. What followed was a 24-minute clear-eyed hammering of Facebook’s leadership and decision-making over the previous year.”

Core 77: The Most Instagrammed Train Stations in the World. “As an industrial designer in New York City, I commuted through Grand Central Station and never got tired of it. At least once a week, I’d halt my rush and take in some new detail of the ceiling or concourse. I’m not alone in my appreciation. Grand Central Station is the most Instagrammed train station in the world, with some 339,116 IG posts featuring it to date, according to European rail travel website Trainline.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Next Web: This AI uses emoji to protect BLM protestors from facial recognition. “If you’ve attended any of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, there’s a good chance you’ve been caught on camera. And if your image has been shared on social media, it could end up in a facial recognition database used by police…. These concerns led Stanford Machine Learning researchers to develop a new anonymization tool: the BLMPrivacyBot.”

Reuters: Australian regulator says Google misled users over data privacy issues. “Australia’s competition regulator on Monday accused Alphabet’s Google of misleading consumers to get permission for use of their personal data for targeted advertising, seeking a fine ‘in the millions’ and aiming to establish a precedent.”

Bleeping Computer: Dave data breach affects 7.5 million users, leaked on hacker forum. “Overdraft protection and cash advance service Dave has suffered a data breach after a database containing 7.5 million user records was sold in an auction and then released later for free on hacker forums. Dave is a fintech company that allows users to link their bank accounts and receive cash advances for upcoming bills to avoid overdraft fees. Subscribers who need extra money to pay a bill can get a payday loan up to $100, but cannot receive another loan until it is repaid. A threat actor released a database containing 7,516,691 users records for free on a hacker forum on Friday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: Researchers build first AI tool capable of identifying individual birds. “New research demonstrates for the first time that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to train computers to recognise individual birds, a task humans are unable to do. The research is published in the British Ecological Society journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.”

Poynter: How users see Facebook’s labels will determine their effectiveness. “We can’t say it enough: A label is not a fact-check. Twitter said as much when it applied a label to the Trump tweet in May. Susan discussed this in the May 28 edition of Factually, and predicted more fights to come over these labels. The question is how users will see the Facebook labels. Even though they’re not fact-checks, will they inadvertently send a signal that the content is questionable?” Good morning, Internet…

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