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Facebook Voter Registration Prompts, Stanford Medical School, LinkedIn Stories, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 20, 2020

WSAV: How to turn off Facebook voter registration prompts. “Whether you’re already tired of election season, or you’ve already voted early, you may be sick of seeing the prompts on Facebook to register to vote. Here’s your hack to make them go away.”

NEW RESOURCES

Stanford University: New Online Exhibits from the Medical History Center. “Adelaide Brown was one of the first women to graduate from the school. Iga Mori was one of the school’s first Asian graduates. Both of them went on to careers in medicine and public health that demonstrate obstacles they faced as well as their resilience and activism.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Drum: LinkedIn rolls out Stories feature worldwide. “LinkedIn has launched LinkedIn Stories worldwide, an opportunity for individuals and company pages to publish photos and short videos via the mobile app. Can the feature bring a little Instagram glamour to the networking platform?”

Man of Many: New Google Feature Let’s You to Hum a Song You’re Trying to Find. “Hey, you know that song that goes, ‘duh do do de duh duh’? Nope? Me neither, but I can guarantee the geniuses over Alphabet Inc. might have the answer to the dreaded earworm question because Google is bringing out a brand new feature allowing you to hum or even sing the song you’re trying to find.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: Everyone’s Playing Among Us. “Among Us is a multiplayer game where between four and 10 players are dropped onto an alien spaceship. Each player is designated a private role as a ‘crewmate’ or ‘impostor.’ Crewmates must run around the ship and try to complete a set of tasks while trying to root out and avoid getting killed by the one or several impostors.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: U.S. Justice Department sets antitrust briefing; no mention of Google. “The U.S. Justice Department said that it would hold a media briefing on Tuesday on an antitrust announcement but did not mention Google.” Wall Street Journal is reporting a lawsuit will be filed against Google today.

Chiang Rai Times: Posting a Protest Selfie on Facebook in Thailand Could Land You in Jail. “Social media in Thailand is playing an important role in anti-government protests, now the government warns over selfies at rallies. The Thai Government has announced plans to take legal action against those using social media accounts to publicize the anti-government protests, which includes posting selfies on Facebook from rallies.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: Artistic enigma decoded by cosmic Czech start-up. “A Madonna and Child painting with a history almost as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa’s smile has been identified as an authentic Raphael canvas by Czech company InsightART, which used a robotic X-ray scanner to investigate the artwork.”

Science: Nature family of journals inks first open-access deal with an institution. “The Nature family of journals announced today it has become the first group of highly selective scientific titles to sign an arrangement that will allow researchers to publish articles that are immediately free to read. The deal will allow authors at Germany’s Max Planck research institutes to publish an estimated 400 open-access (OA) papers annually in Nature journals, which have traditionally earned revenues exclusively from subscription fees.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Mashable: New web app lets you take Game Boy Camera-style pics and pretend it’s 1998. “On Saturday a coder, animator, and electronic musician by the name of maple ‘mavica’ syrup published a free web app that lets anyone take Game Boy Camera-style photos with just their browser and a webcam. It’s super fun.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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