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Wein Museum, Richard Socher’s Search Engine, Web Automation, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 9, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

ORF Online, and translated from German: Wien Museum shows 47,000 objects online. “There are currently objects from Otto Wagner’s drawing estate, more than 400 works by Gustav Klimt, photographs by Trude Fleischmann and Robert Haas, large unpublished photo holdings on political Vienna in the 1970s and often sought-after images from the topographical photo collection and the Topics coffee house, Prater, Revolution 1848 and rulers. In addition to known holdings, the search often also yields numerous surprising hits, the museum announced.”

TechCrunch: Former Salesforce chief scientist announces new search engine to take on Google. “Richard Socher, former chief scientist at Salesforce, who helped build the Einstein artificial intelligence platform, is taking on a new challenge — and it’s a doozy. Socher wants to fix consumer search and today he announced… a new search engine to take on the mighty Google.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: 5 Chrome Extensions that Automate Boring Browsing Tasks. “Working in today’s fast-paced world can be daunting. There is so much to do with so little time available. Thankfully, automation is fast becoming a solution available to everyone. Activities such as filling out forms and job registrations are no longer tedious. Complex activities like scouring the Internet for information are now automated, thanks to browser automation extensions!” Bunch of stuff here I hadn’t heard of.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Boston University: From Secrecy to #WitchTok: How the Internet Is Demystifying Africana Religions. “Today, a number of public online communities dedicated to Africana practices have emerged in places like Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and recently TikTok, where the tag #WitchTok has gained over 1.7 billion views.”

Wired: All the Social Media Giants Are Becoming the Same. “Companies are always eyeing their competitors to see what works; that’s just market research. But copycatting on social media has led to platforms that look suspiciously similar, with fewer things that set them apart. It’s harder to know what any given platform is for when they all do the same thing. Which major platform has a news feed, disappearing posts, private messaging, and a live broadcasting feature? That would be … all of them.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

MarketWatch: Facebook hit with antitrust suit from FTC and 48 states targeted at acquisitions . “A consortium of 48 state attorneys general and the U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook Inc. on Wednesday, claiming it committed unlawful, anticompetitive acts that put rivals out of business and cemented its status as the pre-eminent social-networking giant.”

BBC: Rio Tinto ordered to rebuild ancient Aboriginal caves. “Mining giant Rio Tinto must rebuild a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cave system it blew up in May, an Australian parliamentary inquiry has said. The Juukan Gorge caves in Western Australia were destroyed as part of an iron ore exploration project. In a report released on Wednesday, the inquiry blasted Rio Tinto’s ‘inexcusable’ act, and said they should compensate the traditional owners.”

US Department of Justice: Hacker Collective Member Who Made Online Threats Against Schools and Airline Sentenced to Nearly 8 Years in Federal Prison. “A North Carolina man who engaged in a series of cyber and swatting attacks, including sending bogus threats of shootings and bombings to schools in the United States and United Kingdom, was sentenced today to 95 months in federal prison.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: AI predicts which drug combinations kill cancer cells. “Researchers at Aalto University, University of Helsinki and the University of Turku in Finland developed a machine learning model that accurately predicts how combinations of different cancer drugs kill various types of cancer cells. The new AI model was trained with a large set of data obtained from previous studies, which had investigated the association between drugs and cancer cells.”

The Hornet (Fullerton College): Opinion: Twitter And Instagram’s New Updates Are Useless And May Deter Their Younger Demographic. “Twitter and Instagram had made new updates to the social media and already has many users in rage over the changes or additions they have made. And it’s understandable as the changes they’ve made unnecessary or shouldn’t be on the app.” Good evening, Internet…

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