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BBC Soundscapes, LinkedIn, Clubhouse, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 26, 2021

NEW RESOURCES

Classical Music: BBC launches music and nature-themed programming as part of ‘Soundscapes for Wellbeing’ project. “The BBC has launched Soundscapes for Wellbeing, a new project which invites audiences to take part in a UK-wide ‘Virtual Nature Experiment’ exploring the role of virtual nature experiences to boost wellbeing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The ‘Virtual Nature Experiment’ will be run in collaboration with the University of Exeter to explore people’s responses to digital nature soundscapes created by sound recordist Chris Watson and composer Nainita Desai.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Search Engine Journal: LinkedIn Users Can Now Control Who Sees Their Posts. “LinkedIn is giving users the ability to control who can see and comment on individual posts, allowing content to be shared with select audiences. In addition, changes are coming which will let users adjust their content preferences in the main feed.”

TechCrunch: Clubhouse announces plans for creator payments and raises new funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. “Buzzy live-voice chat app Clubhouse has confirmed that it has raised new funding — without revealing how much — in a Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz through the firm’s partner Andrew Chen. The app was reported to be raising at a $1 billion valuation in a report from The Information that landed just before this confirmation.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: How to Collect, Organize and Share Your Research with Zotero . “When researching a topic, collecting and managing all the tidbits of information, such as bibliographic data and references, it can get chaotic. That’s where Zotero can help, since this free and open-source app specializes in research collection and organization. Let’s see how to use it.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: Telegram, Pro-Democracy Tool, Struggles Over New Fans From Far Right. “The app has helped fuel democracy movements in Iran and Belarus but now faces scrutiny as extremists and conspiracy theorists flock to it amid crackdowns by Facebook and Twitter on disinformation.”

The Verge: Parkinson’s Meds Are Hard To Grab, So TikTok Users Crowdsourced A Solution. “Jimmy Choi’s TikTok page is filled with the typical videos of a high-level athlete: clips of himself doing one-armed pushups, climbing ropes, holding planks with weights on his back. If you look closely, though, you’ll notice that even before he begins his feats of strength and endurance, his hands are shaking. Choi has Parkinson’s disease, a central nervous system disorder that causes tremors, and he often posts about what it’s like to live with the disease…. One of his daily struggles comes in the shape of the pills he takes to manage his tremors. They’re very tiny, making them difficult to grasp with trembling hands.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Motherboard: Bot Lets Hackers Easily Lookup Facebook Users’ Phone Numbers. “Although the data is several years old, it still presents a cybersecurity and privacy risk to those whose phone numbers may be exposed—one person advertising the service says it contains data on 500 million users. Facebook told Motherboard the data relates to a vulnerability the company fixed in August 2019.”

CNET: TikTok vulnerability left users’ private information exposed. “A vulnerability identified in the popular video-sharing app TikTok exposed users to having personal information scraped from their profile, including their phone number and profile settings, security researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point said Tuesday. That information could have been used to manipulate users’ account details and build a database of TikTok users for malicious activity, researchers said.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Portland Press Herald: Our View: Fees are too high for Maine electronic court records. “Someone visiting a courthouse can read as many pages in the court files as they wish without any charge. If they want to copy any of the pages, they are charged $1 a page. The electronic records cannot be viewed without paying the fee, $2 for the first page and $1 per page after that. And even though the copying fee is steep, it more closely approaches the real cost of a public employee photocopying a document and processing payment. No human assistance is necessary for someone who wants to access an electronic record.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Opinion: Social media sites have little incentive to curb lies. We desperately need legislation.. “Large audiences attract advertisers as well as politicians. In 2019, advertising was the main source of Google’s more than $160 billion in revenue. There aren’t many better ways to increase media revenue than to publicize claims like ‘the election was rigged.’ But the problem isn’t that posters lie, it’s how easy Twitter and others make it to distribute their lies to hundreds of millions of people and make a lot of money doing it.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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