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Milwaukee, Black Business, Google Play Music, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 5, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Urban Milwaukee: Google Arts & Culture highlights all that Milwaukee has to offer. “Last week it was announced that Google had launched a Milwaukee experience on its virtual Arts & Culture platform which aims to make local culture more accessible to anyone, anywhere at any time. Milwaukee becomes the second city to receive this designation.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Google will help you find Black-owned businesses. “Google is adding new ways to help users find and support Black-owned businesses, the search giant said Thursday. US merchants with a verified Google Business Profile can now add a Black-owned business attribute to their profile so customers can see that it’s Black-owned when they find that business through Google Search and Maps, according to a blog post.”

Neowin: Google Play Music shutdown will commence in September. “Google’s push to get Play Music users to transfer to YouTube Music started to get more aggressive in May when it launched a tool to move an entire music library from the old service to the new. That was in preparation for Google’s plan to shutter Play Music later this year. Today, the search giant announced the timeline for the Play Music shutdown.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The Ultimate Raspberry Pi Commands Cheat Sheet. “While the Raspberry Pi runs on Linux, there are a few more features that you’d find in a common Linux distribution. The addition of GPIO pins, along with the two main libraries supporting them, means much more to remember! That’s why we’ve prepared this handy cheat sheet for day-to-day Raspberry Pi usage.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: ‘Instagram Can Hurt Us’: Mark Zuckerberg Emails Outline Plan To Neutralize Competitors. “The emails between Zuckerberg and [David] Ebersman were revealed today during the House antitrust subcommittee’s hearing on antitrust issues in tech, as Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) questioned Zuckerberg about the Instagram acquisition. The emails, along with several other messages and documents from 2012, show that Facebook — and Zuckerberg, in particular — wanted to buy Instagram to avoid competition, the committee argued.”

Washington Post: Trump administration is crippling international Internet freedom effort by withholding funds, officials say. “The Trump administration is withholding $20 million in funding approved by Congress for a U.S. Internet freedom organization, forcing the cutoff Friday of tools used by tens of millions of people worldwide to access the Internet and uncensored news through the Voice of America, officials said. The head of the Washington-based Open Technology Fund said Thursday that it is being forced to halt 49 of the fund’s 60 Internet freedom projects. The move, according to the head of the fund, affects about 80 percent of the group’s work helping human rights and pro-democracy advocates, journalists and others in 200 countries.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

USA Today: Twitter hack: Three charged for alleged roles, including 17-year-old ‘mastermind’. “Three people, including a 17-year-old Tampa teen, face charges linked to the largest breach ever on Twitter, affecting the accounts of verified figures including Bill Gates and former President Barack Obama. In a statement released Friday, the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office in Florida said the teen was the ‘mastermind’ behind the hack, which involved posting messages on high-profile Twitter accounts soliciting bitcoin.”

Reuters: Levandowski gets 18 months in prison for stealing Google files. “A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski to 18 months in prison for stealing a trade secret from Google related to self-driving cars months before becoming the head of Uber Technologies Inc’s (UBER.N) rival unit.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Science Blog: Video Game Teaches Productive Civil Discourse And Overcoming Tribalism. “A Carnegie Mellon University researcher is proposing that students can learn to make their civil discourse more productive through an video game powered by artificial intelligence. The educational system targeted toward high schoolers adapts to students’ specific values and can be used to measure — and in some cases reduce — the impact of bias.”

MIT Technology Review: The field of natural language processing is chasing the wrong goal. “What has the world really gained if a massive neural network achieves SOTA on some benchmark by a point or two? It’s not as though anyone cares about answering these questions for their own sake; winning the leaderboard is an academic exercise that may not make real-world tools any better. Indeed, many apparent improvements emerge not from general comprehension abilities, but from models’ extraordinary skill at exploiting spurious patterns in the data. Do recent ‘advances’ really translate into helping people solve problems?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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