Battle of Plattsburgh, BTS, Google Chrome, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 24, 2020


Press-Republican: ‘Let’s not let it die’. “The Battle of Plattsburgh, known locally as the real end to the War of 1812, has been commemorated in the Lake City since 1997, but administrative challenges late last year had made longtime volunteers question the ability of the decades-long tradition to go on. ‘There was about 14 of us who got together and thought, “Well, let’s not let it die,”‘ Tom Donahue said, adding that 1814 Commemoration Inc. had thus been born.” The group has launched a new Web site to commemorate the Battle of Plattsburgh.


BBC: BTS’s Dynamite smashes YouTube records and heads for UK number one. “Dynamite, the latest single by Korean boy band BTS, has smashed YouTube records – and looks set to be the UK’s number one single this Friday. The pastel-coloured, dance-heavy video was watched 101.1 million times in 24 hours after its release last Friday. That surpasses the previous record, set by fellow K-Pop band Blackpink, whose song How You Like That racked up 86.3 million views in 24 hours in June.”

Indian Express: Google tests ‘Kaleidoscope’ hub to bring all streaming services in one place: Report. “Google is working on a unified one-stop hub to collate all of your video streaming services in Chrome, called Kaleidoscope, according to a report by ChromeStory. The new feature is currently accessible to select users running the Canary build of Google Chrome.”


Search Engine Journal: The Beginner’s Guide to Google Data Studio. “Originally introduced in beta mid-2016, Google Data Studio is a free data visualization tool. Google Data Studio syncs all of your data sources into one reporting experience. It enables users to create informative and visual dashboards that are easy to interpret, share, and customize.”


New York Times: Swipe-Through Activist Guides Are the New Zines. “The Yellow Pages stopped printing. Libraries are largely closed. And fliers, well designed as they may be, don’t always meet people where they are. So in this time of grief, isolation and information overload, some are taking a creative approach to resource sharing. Artists, activists and academics are publishing mini-guides on Instagram — swipe-through galleries of text and visuals that help people find local businesses to support and fund community fridges; learn about mutual aid efforts in their neighborhood and the global effects of climate change; locate Black healers and wellness spaces; and nourish themselves, among other things.”

Poynter: Automated fact-checking can catch claims that slip past human checkers. Here are the two ways they work.. “Although media literacy is essential to turning the tide, the use of automation and algorithms could help conduct fact-checking efforts at scale. In his 2018 report, Lucas Graves essentially identified two types of automated fact-checking: fact-checks that verify claims by validating them against an authoritative source or a story that had already been verified, and fact-checks that rely on ‘secondary signals’ such as stance detection — a computing technique that determines whether a piece of text agrees or disagrees with a claim. Here is an overview of journalistic uses and research projects looking at both aspects.”


NiemanLab: Fortnite’s battle with Apple and Google could have an impact on news publishers, too. “The past couple of years have been filled with complaints about the aggregated power of Google, Apple, and a few other tech titans. For app stores, though, the imbalance of power has been too big to prompt any real change. Apple took a 30 percent cut of App Store purchases when it launched in 2008; it still does today. But it’s one thing for small developers to complain; it’s another for Netflix, Epic, Spotify, or Sonos — much less Amazon or Facebook — to raise a fuss, legal or otherwise. Apple cut a special deal to quiet its most potent opponent on that list, Amazon. Epic, though, seems prepared to push this to some sort of legal conclusion.”

Techdirt: Clearview Hires Prominent First Amendment Lawyer To Argue For Its Right To Sell Scraped Data To Cops. “Clearview — the facial recognition company selling law enforcement agencies (and others) access to billions of photos and personal info scraped from the web — is facing lawsuits over its business model, which appears to violate some states’ data privacy laws. It’s also been hit with cease-and-desist requests from a number of companies whose data has been scraped…. Now, the company appears to be going on the offensive.”


Analytics India: This AI Startup Aims To Be The Google Maps For The Emerging Market. “Emerging markets can be more complicated than developed economies in terms of cultures, use of different languages, densely populated cities, poor infrastructure, hyperlocal nuances and more. Ajay Bulusu, Gaurav Bubna and Shaolin Zheng, former employees of Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant, Grab understood these challenges and are now trying to solve these complexities using AI. With, founded in 2020, they are on a mission to be the world’s most hyperlocal AI company.”

Gizmodo: The Dish: Australia’s Most Famous Radio Telescope Added to Heritage List. “The CSIRO’s Parkes Observatory, known colloquially as The Dish, will be the 118th entry to the National Heritage List, joining the ranks of Australia’s most iconic attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House.” Good evening, Internet…

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