Diagonal Lines, Columbia Maryland Archives, YouTube, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, December 10, 2020


Architectural Digest: There’s Now an Online Museum Dedicated Entirely to Diagonal Lines (Yes, Really). “Joel Levinson was in his second year of architecture studies at the University of Pennsylvania when he overheard two students speaking as if they were up to no good. These being fellow building buffs, however, their illicit conversation turned out to be a far cry from planning house parties while perched in the library stacks. Instead, the whispered dialogue was more of the drafting table variety: ‘They were talking about attaching triangular shapes into their otherwise orthogonal, blocky building designs,’ Levinson recalls. At the time, Levinson was intrigued. But today, he credits the moment with catalyzing his lifelong interest in what he refers to as ‘diagonality,’ or put more simply, the study of diagonal lines.”

Scott E’s Blog: Columbia Association announces the launch of Columbia Maryland Archives. “Columbia Association (CA) is thrilled to announce the launch of Columbia Maryland Archives. This new name and new platform allow researchers and residents to browse through the history of this planned community from the comfort and convenience of their own home, just as we wrap up American Archives History Month.”


AP: Weeks after election, YouTube cracks down on misinformation. “More than a month after the U.S. presidential election, YouTube says it will start removing newly uploaded material that claims widespread voter fraud or errors changed the outcome. The Google-owned video service said Wednesday that this is in line with how it has dealt with past elections. That’s because Tuesday was the ‘safe harbor’ deadline for the election and YouTube said enough states have certified their results to determine Joe Biden as the winner.”

The Verge: Microsoft Teams gets an overhauled calling interface, CarPlay support, and more. “Microsoft is overhauling its calling features inside Microsoft Teams today. A new calling interface will now show contacts, voicemail, and calling history in a single location. It’s designed to allow Microsoft Teams to more easily replace your desk phone, with built-in spam call protection, reverse number lookup, and the ability to merge calls.”


CPJ: Cuban authorities harass journalists, block social media amid protests. “Since November 26, amid protests following the arrest of artist Denis Solís of the San Isidro Movement, a local freedom of expression and artistic freedom group, Cuban authorities have obstructed members of the press from doing their jobs, and have intermittently blocked access to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Instagram, according to news reports and four local journalists who spoke with CPJ via messaging app but asked to remain anonymous, citing security concerns.”

WSBT: Thousands of historic photographs to be digitized in St. Joseph Co. Public Library project. “A monumental task is ahead for the St. Joseph County Public Library. Soon, it will begin to digitize thousands of old photo negatives. The pictures were taken by the South Bend Tribune over the course of 5 decades and the negatives were recently donated to the library. The library was awarded an $11,802 grant to digitize a portion of the photo negatives.”

KnowTechie: TikTok creators are coughing up more than $1,000 to get their accounts verified. “Everyone wants to be a TikTok star these days. And one of the best ways of getting there is getting a coveted blue checkmark next to your name. In other words, getting verified on the platform. And now it seems like a decent amount of creators are paying cold-hard cash to seedy brokers to get their account verified, and in some cases, it costs over $1,000.”


Reuters: French watchdog fines Google, Amazon for breaching cookies rules. “France’s data privacy watchdog has handed out its biggest ever fine of 100 million euros ($121 million) to Alphabet’s Google for breaching the country’s rules on online advertising trackers (cookies).”

Independent (Ireland): Social media giants could face hefty fines amounting to billions of euro under new online safety rules. “THE Government will introduce new fines, potentially amounting to billions of euro, on social media firms that breach proposed new online safety and media regulations. The Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill will set an upper limit for financial penalties of €20m, or 10pc of a company’s turnover. Last year, Facebook’s turnover was €58bn.”

National Security Archive: Archive, Historians, CREW Sue White House, Seek to Preserve Presidential Records During the Transition. “The lawsuit cites the inadequacy of current White House policies that only require a screenshot of instant messages to be saved, preserving only the graphic content, when the law (as amended in 2014) requires ‘a complete copy’ to be preserved, including digital links and attachments.”


Brookings Institution: How should Facebook and Twitter handle Trump after he leaves office?. “By one estimate, if Trump spends 2 minutes on each tweet and 10 seconds on each retweet, he will have spent almost 476 hours—1.6% of his presidency—tweeting between taking office in January of 2017 and May 2020. There is no doubt that Trump as a private citizen will retain an active public presence in 2021 and beyond, and that he will continue tweeting and posting. While we cannot know for sure what the future holds for his public pronouncements, his actions allow us to reliably presume that he will continue to lie and distort.” Good morning, Internet…

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