Buddhist Heritage, Burger King, Unilever, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, December 19, 2020


Buddhist Door: First Online Exhibition of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Shared Buddhist Heritage Opens. “The exhibition features the latest technologies, including 3D scanning, a webGL platform, virtual space utilization, innovative curation and narration methodology, and more. Visitors have an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and a glimpse of the artistic wealth displayed in various museums across Asia.”


USA Today: Burger King rolls out feature to let customers order straight from Google search, Maps, Google Pay. “Burger King really wants you to have it your way, even by ordering from a Google search. The fast-food chain said it will allow customers, starting Dec. 21, to order pickup or delivery straight from Google search results. Customers can also order directly from Google Maps or Google Pay.”

CNN: Unilever to resume advertising on Facebook and Twitter . “Unilever (UL) paused advertising on all three platforms in June, citing hate speech and the polarized atmosphere in the United States. On Thursday, the household goods giant said it would end the pause in January because of progress it said the platforms had made in cleaning up their act.” LOL

Google Blog: 20 years of Year in Search. “The original year-end collection wasn’t just created as a way for people to reflect on Search trends; it was also a way for people, including those who work in marketing or media, to find interesting stories and understand more about the events, people and moments of a certain year. These days, Year in Search is accompanied by a film that showcases the emotion behind the searches and trends of the year. ‘We also started finding a theme—this year it’s “why,” which was at an all-time high in Google Trends history,’ says Simon [Rogers of Google Data Trends].”


UPROXX: Meet The Community Of Preservationists In Search of Lost Movies. “Sometimes a mere 29 seconds can upset history. And sometimes that 29 seconds arrives in a garbage bag. Dino Everett works at the University of Southern California’s Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, a job that sometimes means sorting through a lot of junk sent by well-meaning people who think they might have stumbled on an important find in their family attic. But not always. A few years ago, Everett received an unpromising package from Louisiana, an unwanted batch of movie reels someone had acquired in an estate sale, that reframed a key element of film history.”

Bloomberg: Record Labels Reap Billion-Dollar Bonanza From Tunes on Social Media. “After years of railing against technology giants for exploiting music to attract customers, record companies have embraced social media as their new cash machine. In the latest example, Warner Music Group Corp. has signed a deal with TikTok that will boost its fees for song rights and increase collaboration with the popular social-media app. The contract covers recordings from the company’s labels, as well as songs from its publishing division.”

ABC (Australia): ABC establishes new Indigenous Archives Unit. “The Unit will oversee the ABC’s Indigenous content collection, including video, audio, photos and documents. This unique and important collection captures songs and ceremonies from as early as the 1940s to contemporary material on Indigenous communities, health, the land rights movement, the freedom ride in 1965, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in front of Parliament House and the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart.”


Arab News: YouTube falls in line with ‘draconian’ social media law, opens office in Turkey. “The law, passed by the Turkish government in July, requires social media companies to abide by new rules by April next year or face hefty fines and a reduction of internet bandwidth to as low as 90 percent.”

BBC: US cyber-attack: Russia ‘clearly’ behind SolarWinds operation, says Pompeo. “US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Russia for what is being described as the worst-ever cyber espionage attack on the US government. ‘We can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity,’ Mr Pompeo said on Friday.”


The Conversation: How to reduce the spread of fake news – by doing nothing. “A 2018 study found that when people repeatedly saw false headlines on social media, they rated them as being more accurate. This was even the case when the headlines were flagged as being disputed by fact checkers. Other research has shown that repeatedly encountering false information makes people think it is less unethical to spread it (even if they know it is not true, and don’t believe it). So to reduce the effects of false information, people should try to reduce its visibility. Everyone should try to avoid spreading false messages.”

EurekAlert: ‘The robot made me do it’: Robots encourage risk-taking behaviour in people. “New research has shown robots can encourage people to take greater risks in a simulated gambling scenario than they would if there was nothing to influence their behaviours. Increasing our understanding of whether robots can affect risk-taking could have clear ethical, practiCal and policy implications, which this study set out to explore.” Good morning (just barely), Internet…

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