Music Composition, ChromeOS, Twitter, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 20, 2021


UChicago News: Drawn from music: Art exhibition opens window into composers’ creative process. “For composers, drawing a ‘map’ of music can give shape to a new work and articulate its overarching ideas. As evocations of the composer’s intentions—from sweeping curves to stars, birds and brightly-colored dots—such maps capture the ebbs and flows within a musical piece and complement musical scores, serving as guides for performers. MAPS OF FORM, a new exhibition at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, presents a collection of these musical illustrations as works of art in their own right.”


CNET: Social network Gab back online after bitcoin scam. “In a Friday blog post, CEO Andrew Torba said Gab took itself offline after several accounts ‘were posting bitcoin wallet spam and related content.’ Fewer than 20 accounts were affected and no bitcoin was transferred, Torba said.”


Chrome Unboxed: 3 Hidden Features In Chrome OS 88 You Can Try Right Now. “While there are plenty of shiny new gems to play with, there are some hidden features in Chrome OS 88 that you can enable with very little effort and enjoy and add to your Chromebook toolbox. We’ve covered each of these features at some point as they moved their way up from the Canary channel but now, you can enable each of them in the Stable channel with just the flip of a switch.”

Mashable: 6 savvy time management extensions for Chrome. “Unfortunately, time management isn’t the easiest skill to acquire, especially if you’re busy stressing about how bad your time management is. There are tools that can help, however. And if you work online, there are extensions for Google’s popular Chrome browser that can help you more effectively manage your time. Struggling to make the minutes meet? Consider one of these extensions to help you get better at time management.”

MakeUseOf: How to Mute Specific Words and Hashtags on Twitter. “Sometimes, Twitter can be an information overload—from bad news, to spammy trends, to content that you have no interest in engaging with. Luckily, it’s possible to tune your timeline and notifications to filter out harmful content or topics you’d rather not see on your timeline. Read on to learn how to mute tweets that contain particular words, phrases, usernames, emojis, or hashtags.”


USA Today: Do Lincoln, Washington deserve statues? Chicago flags 41 controversial monuments for scrutiny. “City leaders on Wednesday flagged 41 controversial monuments, plaques and artworks for public discussion, months after the mayor formed a committee to review the city’s collection in the wake of a series of protests related to monuments last summer.”

Rolling Stone: Sex Workers Worry They’re Going to Be Purged From Twitter. “Compared to other social platforms, Twitter has historically been relatively adult-friendly, allowing adult content on its platform where competitors like Instagram and Tumblr have purged such content from their sites. Still, it’s not uncommon for individual sex workers’ accounts to be suspended from large platforms for violating terms of service when users attempt to skirt guidelines about nudity or sexual content. It’s rare, however, for the accounts of large websites like ModelCentro or Clips4Sale to be subject to such treatment.”

NY Daily News: Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery seeks to honor WWII veterans with extensive online database. “World War II veterans buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn will soon be honored by a team of dedicated archivists set on preserving their memories. Staffers and volunteers at the historic grounds will pore over internment records and public documents to help identify men and women who served in the Second World War, and compile that information into an extensive online database to help honor their legacies…”


EUToday: Danish bill will require tech giants Facebook & Google to pay for media content. “Denmark looks set to follow Australia by making tech giants such as Facebook and Google pay for content published by media organisations on their platform, says Denmark’s minister for culture. Joy Mogensen said on Friday that she would put forward a bill next month which would require tech companies to pay publishers if news content is posted on their websites.”


EurekAlert: Location tracking apps and privacy implications. “How much personal information can our phone apps gather through location tracking? To answer this question, two researchers – Mirco Musolesi (University of Bologna, Italy) and Benjamin Baron (University College London, UK) – carried out a field study using an app specifically developed for this research. Through the app employed in the study – published in Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies – researchers were able to identify which kind of personal information the app extracted and its privacy sensitivity according to users.” Good evening, Internet…

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