Isamu Noguchi. California Wildfires, Mozilla, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 20, 2020


Architectural Digest: So This Is What the Noguchi Museum Got Up to During Quarantine. “With limited social interaction comes more opportunities for reflection, meditation, and contemplation. The last five months have offered that opportunity, though people and institutions have taken to it with varying degrees of enthusiasm. The Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York, has chosen to lean even further into the culture of stillness that their founder Isamu Noguchi engaged with during his lifetime. During one week in May, Dakin Hart, the senior curator of the museum, and artist Nick Knight collaborated on a special project celebrating the ideals of Noguchi. Distance Noguchi is a series of twenty-two films of roughly four hours each (edited down from 80 hours of raw footage) that have now been made available through the museum website.”


CanIndia News: Google unveils new California wildfire map in Search, SOS alerts. “As the devastating wildfires tore through Northern California, Google on Thursday launched a new wildfire boundary map in Search and Maps SOS alerts to provide deeper insights for areas impacted by an ongoing wildfire.”

ZDNet: Sources: Mozilla extends its Google search deal. “Mozilla and Google have extended their current search deal for another three years, multiple sources have told ZDNet. The new search deal will ensure Google remains the default search engine provider inside the Firefox browser until 2023 at an estimated price tag of around $400 million to $450 million per year.”


Lifehacker: How to Call Out Dodgy Claims on Social Media Without Giving Them More Fuel. “Disinformation and misinformation can run rampant online but while debunking it seems the obvious thing to do, there are best practices for carrying out your noble intentions. Most importantly, it means not further amplifying false claims to people who might be susceptible to them.”


CNN: Fake texts and YouTube video spread disinformation about Republican primary candidate on election day. “The texts, which included a message and video, falsely claimed that Byron Donalds, a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, had dropped out of the race for Florida’s 19th Congressional District. Text messages received from at least two numbers said, in part: ‘Hello folks, I’m Byron Donalds, and today I dropped out of Southwest Florida’s race for Congress.’ They included a link to a YouTube video, which has since been taken down. It’s unclear how many people received the text messages.” In case you’re wondering, Mr. Donalds won the primary, but only by a whisker.

Vice: The Boogaloo Bois Are All Over Facebook. “The anti-government Boogaloo movement is thriving on Facebook under an array of code names, where followers are circulating links to Google Drives containing manuals on bomb making, how to be a getaway driver, and how to murder people with your bare hands, an investigation by the Tech Transparency Project found.”

Wall Street Journal: Apps Serve Professionals Distanced Networking With Novel Twists. “A growing range of social networks for professionals are trying to capitalize on workers’ continued confinement to their homes—and stand out in the shadow of Microsoft Corp.’s LinkedIn—by offering more sharply defined missions, faster contacts and unusual user experiences. With in-person networking opportunities such as conferences, happy hours and industry events still on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, the platforms hope career-minded networkers are game to try their newest ‘value proposition,’ as their executives frequently put it.”


Tom’s Guide: 235 million Instagram, TikTok profiles exposed in data leak — what to do now . “Data from almost 235 million social-media profiles was left exposed on the open internet by a company that had ‘scraped’ the information from Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. The exposed data included full names, ages, genders, profile photos and, in some cases, telephone numbers and email addresses.”


Canadian Manufacturing: The next invasion of insect pests will be discovered via social media. “People of all ages are taking to social media to connect with other naturalists. From Whatsthisbug on Reddit (which boasts 245,000 members), to the thousands of active entomologists on Twitter, to the hundreds of groups dedicated to insect identification on Facebook such as Entomology (146,000 members) and Insect Identification (62,000 members), social media are enabling biodiversity conversations. New scientifically unnamed species — from fungi to flowers to insects — are now regularly found via Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.”

University of California: With a nod to UC Berkeley, Google crowdsources earthquake data. “A UC Berkeley idea to crowdsource every cellphone on the planet to create a global seismic network has been adapted by Google and incorporated into the Android operating system, kicking off an effort to build the world’s largest network of earthquake detectors.” Good evening, Internet…

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