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Island of Negros, Online Education, Soul Fire Farm, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, November 7, 2020

Crying again. And still, it’s all right. Much love.

NEW RESOURCES

BusinessWorld: New website to focus on the culture of Negros. The island. Not anything else you might be thinking about. “WHEN one thinks of the island of Negros, one thinks of its role in the sugar trade and the fortunes that it created. Those fortunes came to polish some of the nation’s most illustrious last names: these include figures in politics, showbiz, business, and the arts. The Angelica Berrie Foundation is launching the Negros Season of Culture Website, addressing the region’s cultural assets which can be seen in its cuisine, art, textile, architecture, and literature.”

York Region: ‘Online learning is here to stay’: King student creates online database of education websites. “Sophia Joffe saw a gap in online education and she filled it. The Grade 12 student at King Township’s Country Day School has created … an online database that lists 300-plus learning websites.”

Spectrum News: Meet the New Generation of Farmers Tackling “Food Apartheid” . “Soul Fire Farm manger and founding co-director Leah Penniman’s harvest is enough to provide food to over 50 families throughout the Capital Region weekly…. The organization built an online database of BIPOC, short for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, farmers which anyone can use to donate tools, funds or even land to support urban farm initiatives.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Engadget: Google Photos adds paid color pop editing feature. “The next time you dive into Google Photos’ editing suite, you may notice some tools locked behind a paywall. As part of an ongoing rollout, Google is adding a new take on its color pop feature that users can apply to any photo, not just ones that include depth information. The catch is you’ll need to subscribe to Google One before you can tweak your photos with the new color pop.”

BetaNews: Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 20251 with a selection of welcome fixes . “Microsoft has a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build on hand to brighten the days of those in the Dev Channel. Build 20251 (FE_RELEASE) isn’t the most existing of new flights it must be said, consisting mainly of fixes and known issues.”

Los Angeles Times: ‘Baby Shark’ takes a bite of ‘Despacito’s’ record as most-viewed YouTube video . “‘Baby Shark’ just swam away with a tasty YouTube record, making chum of Luis Fonsi’s 2017 hit ‘Despacito’ as the platform’s most-viewed video of all time. No doubt thanks to little sharks who repeatedly demand viewing of the colorful, choreographed hit.”

USEFUL STUFF

Consumer Reports: How to Handle Post-Election Misinformation, Even With a Presidential Winner Declared. “With courtroom battles underway, recounts possible and President Trump claiming without evidence that the election was rigged, an avalanche of election misinformation on social media is likely to continue unabated even after news outlets including the Associated Press, Fox News and NBC called Joe Biden the winner in the presidential race Saturday morning.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Washington Post: In Delaware, a new Instagram-friendly driving trail spotlights local artists and sites. “Ask me what I did on a recent trip to Delaware and I will tell you that I stand-up paddleboarded on the Mispillion River. Rode in the back of a pickup truck through a stand of sunflowers. Romped through a cascade of azaleas. And, before heading home, stood in a starburst of sunshine while a dolphin frolicked at my feet. Now ask me how I could participate in so many activities during a pandemic and I will share my strategy: I followed the Delaware Discoveries Trail.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

KVOR: Google Will Not File Motion to Dismiss US Lawsuit. “Alphabet’s Google said on Friday it would not file a motion to dismiss a U.S. government lawsuit filed last month but would fight it in federal court. The U.S. Justice Department sued the $1 trillion search and advertising giant in October, accusing it of illegally using its market muscle to hobble rivals in the biggest challenge to the power and influence of Big Tech in decades.”

PBS: The 21st Century Threat to Wildlife is “Cyberpoaching”. “The illegal wildlife trade has transformed with the growth and accessibility of the internet. Animals that used to be sold in physical markets are now sold by anonymous online vendors. As a result, a largely unregulated online market allows criminal enterprises to sell illegally acquired wildlife products, and transport them around the world. The consumer-to-consumer marketplace has made buying shark fins, pangolin scales, and rhino horns as easy as click, pay, ship.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MIT Technology Review: Why social media can’t keep moderating content in the shadows. “In the post-election fog, social media has become the terrain for a low-grade war on our cognitive security, with misinformation campaigns and conspiracy theories proliferating. When the broadcast news business served the role of information gatekeeper, it was saddled with public interest obligations such as sharing timely, local, and relevant information. Social media companies have inherited a similar position in society, but they have not taken on those same responsibilities. This situation has loaded the cannons for claims of bias and censorship in how they moderated election-related content.”

The Canberra Times: The world’s largest camera and most exciting telescope are nearly here. “Making telescopes larger allows you to see fainter and therefore more distant objects but it doesn’t help you catch a supernova explosion if you are not pointing the telescope in the right direction. The Rubin Observatory solves this problem with a telescope design that allows for a very large field-of-view of 10 square degrees, 40 times the size of the full moon. This is also why it needs such a large camera – to be able to capture the details of such a huge part of the sky.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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