Wisconsin Legal Help, Black Lives Matter, Apple App Store, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, November 22, 2020


Milton Courier: State Bar launches pro bono website to connect lawyers with their communities. “Low-income Wisconsinites facing civil legal challenges can receive free legal help from pro bono attorneys. A new website… enables attorneys and law students to match their skills and interests with opportunities available through legal agencies, such as Legal Action of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Judicare.”

Arizona State University: ASU librarians create Black Lives Matter Library Guide. “The library guide points learners in all directions — to books, articles, films, podcasts, reports, courses and talks about the history of racial injustice — on everything from Jim Crow and the practice of redlining to the Tulsa race massacre of 1921. There are sections devoted to police violence data, resources for K–12 learners and information about ASU allies.” Only some of the resources are specific to ASU.


New York Times: Apple Halves Its App Store Fee for the Smaller Companies. “Apple, facing growing antitrust scrutiny over what it charges other companies for access to its App Store, said on Wednesday that it would cut in half the fee it took from the smallest app developers.”

JewishStandard: Jewish digital library gets better — and now we’re in it. “The free website offers an ever growing library of Jewish texts, starting with Torah and Talmud (with English translation!) and myriad commentaries, but including contemporary authors such as Teaneck’s Rabbi Chaim Jachter, whose four volumes of Gray Matter halachic discussions are online…. This year, of course, computer-based learning has gone into overdrive, and Sefaria has risen to the challenge with two exciting new features.”

PCMag: Google Extends Support for Chrome on Windows 7 Until 2022. “Though Google previously announced in January 2020 that it would effectively be yanking the security blanket from the arms of Windows 7 users browsing with Chrome on July 15, 2021, things have changed a bit. But this isn’t an altruistic move to coddle users who refuse to upgrade. It’s purely a business decision, at least for those who use Chrome as part of their organization’s IT hierarchy.”


Android Police: The best Google Play Store alternatives for buying music, books, movies, and TV shows . “When Google discontinued Play Music, it also decided to pull the plug for the Play Store music section. That means you can no longer purchase songs from Google. A YouTube Music or Premium subscription is the only option going forward if you want to access songs through the company. That’s a bummer because the Play Store is no longer a one-stop solution for all of your media needs, and there aren’t a whole lot of full-fledged alternatives. But if you’re looking to decouple parts of your digital life from Google, there are a few things you can do.”


BuzzFeed News: Facebook Knows That Adding Labels To Trump’s False Claims Does Little To Stop Their Spread. “The labels Facebook has been putting on false election posts from President Donald Trump have failed to slow their spread across the platform, according to internal data seen by BuzzFeed News.”

Block Club Chicago: The Mintels Spent Decades Preserving Classical Music In Chicago. Their Archive Is Headed To The Library Of Congress. “Four decades of Chicago’s contributions to classical music history, painstakingly recorded and archived by a Hyde Park husband and wife, will be preserved and catalogued by the Library of Congress. The Richard and Judith Mintel Archive of Recordings contains nearly 350 hours of classical music recorded from 1974-2014, of which samples are available online.”


Department of Justice: India-based VoIP provider and its director indicted for facilitating millions of scam robocalls to Americans . “A first-of-its-kind indictment was unsealed today against Indian-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider, E Sampark, and its Director, Gaurav Gupta, who pushed out tens of millions of scam calls to American consumers on behalf of India-based phone scammers. Pursuant to a consent permanent injunction, a federal court has also ordered a Florida-based server farm to stop providing E Sampark and Gupta with servers used to help perpetuate the fraud scheme. The consent permanent injunction seeks to prevent E Sampark and Gupta from further victimizing U.S. consumers through the use of the servers located in Florida.”


VentureBeat: Google’s Project Guideline uses AI to help low-vision users navigate running courses. “In collaboration with nonprofit organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Google today piloted an AI system called Project Guideline, designed to help blind and low-vision people run races independently with just a smartphone. Using an app that tracked the virtual race via GPS and a Google-designed harness that delivered audio prompts to indicate the location of a prepainted line, Guiding Eyes for the Blind CEO Thomas Panek attempted to run New York Road Runners’ Virtual Run for Thanks 5K in Central Park.”

UVA Today: Study: How Facebook Pushes Users, Especially Conservative Users, Into Echo Chambers . “Analyzing opt-in user data from 2012 to 2016, Brent Kitchens, Steven L. Johnson and Peter Gray, all faculty members in UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce, found that all three social media sites [Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter] connect their users to a more diverse range of news sources than they would otherwise visit. However, Facebook tends to polarize users, particularly conservative users, more than other social media platforms. In fact, the researchers found that typical conservative users, in months when they visited Facebook more than usual, read news that was about 30% more conservative than the online news they would typically read. Users who visited Reddit more than usual, on the other hand, read news that was about 50% more moderate than what they would typically read.”


PBS: Charlie Brown specials to air on TV, after all, in PBS deal. “The ‘Great Pumpkin’ never showed on broadcast television this year, but after a deal with PBS, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will return to the air.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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