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Studio Ghibli, Native American Artifacts, Google Assistant, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 24, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

SoraNews24: Studio Ghibli releases 400 images from eight movies free to download online. “Studio Ghibli has built up a reputation over the years for steadfastly keeping a stern hold over the distribution and copyright of their films, even once sending a samurai sword to Harvey Weinstein with the message ‘no cuts’ in relation to the overseas version of Princess Mononoke…. Now the studio is making another unprecedented move, by announcing they’ll be releasing hundreds of images from their movies for the public to use free-of-charge, with one caveat: they’re to be used ‘within the scope of common sense.'” On the Internet?

Cornell University Library: Artifacts from upstate Indigenous towns digitized, repatriated. “Unearthed, digitized and soon to be repatriated, artifacts from two Native American towns are beginning to share their rich stories online thanks to a collaborative project by anthropologists, librarians and Indigenous community members.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Gizmodo: The Google Assistant Is Getting a Routine to Make Working From Home Easier. “The recent mass shift to working from home hasn’t been easy for a lot of folks, so in order to help people manage their time a little better, the Google Assistant is getting a new Workday Routine feature.”

Mashable: Citymapper might be better than Google Maps. It just came to 17 more cities. . “The Google Maps alternative for iOS and Android announced Monday it launched navigation support for 17 more cities in the U.S. These include Pittsburgh, Dallas, Miami, the Twin Cities, and several more.”

MarketWatch: Russia’s ‘Google’ Yandex joins super-app race with $5.5 billion offer for online bank Tinkoff. “Shares in TCS Group Holdings rose almost 7% on Wednesday, after the Russian bank said it is in talks to sell its online bank Tinkoff to Russian technology giant Yandex for almost $5.5 billion. The two companies said late on Tuesday they had come to an agreement in principle on a cash-and-shares offer that would value London-listed Tinkoff at $5.48 billion, or $27.64 a share. The offer represents an 8% premium over Tinkoff’s closing share price on Sept. 21.”

USEFUL STUFF

CNET: The best new podcasts to listen to in 2020. “If nothing else, 2020 has been great for podcasts. We’ve seen an influx of celebrity-hosted, guest-driven podcasts and been treated to a number of high quality episodic, narrative reporting. Below are our picks for those looking for something new to binge.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Jakarta Post: TikTok urges social media alliance against suicide content. “TikTok on Tuesday proposed an alliance with nine other social media platforms to work collectively and rapidly to remove suicide content, following an incident this month when a man killed himself on Facebook. The Chinese-owned app said it had set out its proposal in a letter to the chief executives of Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, Snapchat, Pinterest and Reddit.”

Reuters: Australia asks Google to block users ‘walking’ sacred site . “Australia in 2019 closed Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, after a decades-long campaign by indigenous communities to protect it. Parks Australia, which is responsible for the national park where Uluru is located, said Google images contains photographs of the sacred site, which effectively defies the ban.” Google put Uluru on Google Street View in 2017. According to an Australian news source, Google has removed the images.

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: This Deal Helped Turn Google Into an Ad Powerhouse. Is That a Problem?. “Google owns the world’s leading search engine, it operates the largest video-hosting service in YouTube, and its popular web browser, email, map and meeting software is used by billions of people. But its financial heft — the source of nearly all its enormous profits — is advertising. And perhaps no day was more pivotal in transforming Google into a powerhouse across the entire digital advertising industry than April 13, 2007, when the company clinched a deal to buy DoubleClick for $3.1 billion.”

Washington Post: A Google employee is suing for discrimination. He wants to know if Google can use his data against him.. “Attorneys representing a Google employee suing the company want to know whether the search engine giant thinks it is allowed to view his digital communication, a case that has renewed questions about the extent of Google’s power to surveil.”

ZDNet: Google unveils new real-time threat detection tool from Chronicle. “The tool is the culmination of Chronicle’s efforts to build a rules engine that can handle complex analytic events, flesh out a new threat detection language tuned for modern attacks and take advantage of the security advantages offered by Google’s scale. Additionally, Chronicle Detect is designed to make it easy for enterprises to move from legacy security tools, or to better analyze data collected with endpoint security solutions like CrowdStrike.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

BSA TechPost: Open Data in U.S. States: An Untapped Resource. “As the past few months have demonstrated, ensuring that the public has access to trustworthy and dependable open government data can be a matter of life and death. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and policymakers have used open data to learn more about the virus and plan effective responses to it, examining everything from mobile phone mobility data to information about health system capacities. Our communities at large- from small business owners to K-12 schools, universities to sports programs- are relying on this information to make critical decisions about bringing people back into the office or sending kids back into the classroom this fall.” Good morning, Internet…

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