Vertebrate 3D Scans, Missouri Scholarships, Google Pay, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, November 23, 2020


University of Wyoming: UW Museum of Vertebrates Launches 3D Scans Database for Remote Research, Teaching. “UW’s Museum of Vertebrates, located in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, and Coe Library Digital Collections recently released 65 3D scans, such as the skulls of eagles and bears. These images are available free to remote learners, researchers and teachers. The specimens can be viewed through augmented reality and rotated 360 degrees or downloaded as still images.”

BusinessWire: My Scholarship Central: New Online Search Tool Connects Students to College Scholarships (PRESS RELEASE). “With the new functionality, college-bound students use a map to quickly identify scholarship providers serving their area. With just a few clicks students can easily review application criteria and apply directly with the scholarship provider. The new tool also includes scholarship opportunities available to students residing in the suburban Illinois or Kansas counties adjacent to the St. Louis and Kansas City metro areas.”


CNBC: Google moves into Venmo and bank territory with checking accounts and updated payment app. “The Mountain View, California-based company partnered with Citi and Stanford Federal Credit Union to launch the mobile bank accounts and said it plans to add 11 new partner institutions next year. Google Pay will also let users send peer-to-peer payments — a feature that made PayPal’s Venmo and Square’s Cash App household names as people shift to digital payments during the pandemic.”


CNET: The election’s over, but baseless voter-fraud claims still roam the web. “The online nonsense has created a massive game of whack-a-mole for social media companies, which are shellacking problematic posts with labels that say the claims of fraud are disputed and voter fraud is rare, and that include a link to the CISA’s page on election integrity. Here are some of the most outlandish stories running amok online. And just to be clear: They’re all bogus.”


BuzzFeed News: Facebook Has A Rule To Stop Calls To Arms. Moderators Didn’t Enforce It Ahead Of The Kenosha Shootings.. “In August, following a Facebook event at which two protesters were shot and killed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Mark Zuckerberg called the company’s failure to take down the event page asking militant attendees to bring weapons ‘an operational mistake.’ There had been a new policy established earlier that month ‘to restrict’ the ability of right-wing militants to post or organize in groups, Facebook’s CEO said, and under that rule, the event page should have been removed. BuzzFeed News has learned, however, that Facebook also failed to enforce a separate year-old call to arms policy that specifically prohibited event pages from encouraging people to bring weapons to intimidate and harass vulnerable individuals.”

South China Morning Post: Biggest photo archive of 19th century China needs a new custodian, says US collector who amassed the 20,000-plus images. “A woman wearing jade bracelets, her hair pulled back into a shiny bun, appears to rest a moment against a table…. Another shows a street scene in a narrow alleyway. Figures peer out from behind an array of commercial signs for shops, offering everything from tea, noodles and dim sum to paper products, stone tortoises and floor bricks.”


Reuters: UK’s competition regulator looking at formal investigation into Google. “Britain’s competition regulator the CMA said on Monday it had received a complaint about Google related to its market study on online platforms and digital advertising earlier this year.”

Sakshi Post: 5-year jail term for ‘offensive’ social media post: Kerala’s Scary New Law. “According to the new Section, 118 (A) in the Kerala police Act, any person who is responsible for creating a post that is offensive or harmful to another person, will be punished. This includes malicious posts made on any platform or any mode of communication. The punishment for such an act will be 5 years in jail or a Rs. 10,000 fine or both.” [Rs. 10,000 is just under $135 USD.]

The Register: Facebook sues to shut down alleged Instagram clone maker over scraping and sharing personal info for cash . “Facebook on Thursday sued Ensar Sahinturk, a software developer based in Istanbul, Turkey, who is alleged to have built a network of sites that scrape data from Instagram to create Insta-clones.”


EurekAlert: SPIE announces partnership with global open-knowledge platform The Lens. “Under the agreement, all scholarly citation and patent citation data for SPIE publications curated by The Lens will be integrated into the SPIE Digital Library and available to readers. The SPIE Digital Library, the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics applied research, comprises more than 500,000 publications which cover topical areas ranging from biomedical optics and neuroscience, to physics and astronomy-related technology.”

USC Viterbi: AI Tool May Predict Movies’ Future Ratings. “Movie ratings can determine a movie’s appeal to consumers and the size of its potential audience. Thus, they have an impact on a film’s bottom line. Typically, humans do the tedious task of manually rating a movie based on viewing the movie and making decisions on the presence of violence, drug abuse and sexual content. Now, researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, armed with artificial intelligence tools, can rate a movie’s content in a matter of seconds, based on the movie script and before a single scene is shot.”

Washington Post: The disinformation system that Trump unleashed will outlast him. Here’s what reality-based journalists must do about it.. “Social media platforms, streaming ‘news’ channels and innumerable websites will spew lies and conspiracy theories, and will keep weakening the foundation of reality that America’s democracy needs to function. So what, if anything, can the reality-based press do to counter it? I see three necessities.” Good morning, Internet…

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