David C. Driskell, LinkedIn, Flight Turbulence, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 1, 2021


Howard University: Howard University Receives Grant to Launch Online Gallery of African and African-American Art on March 1 featuring Exhibit Honoring David Driskell. “The Howard University Gallery of Art has been awarded the IMLS CARES Act Grant of $175,641 to fund the development of its virtual services to offer accessibility to those viewing or studying art in storage or on exhibit. The first exhibit, ‘In Great Company: David C. Driskell and Howard University,’ will honor the scholar, artist, and professor David C. Driskell (1931-2020).”


Search Engine Journal: LinkedIn is Reportedly Creating a Service For Hiring Freelancers. “LinkedIn is reportedly planning to launch a new service this fall where users can find and hire freelance professionals. A report from The Information credits ‘two people with direct knowledge of the matter’ with providing details about LinkedIn Marketplaces.”


Lifehacker: Use This Website to Predict Potential Turbulence on Your Next Flight. “If you’re someone who likes to get all the details on your flight ahead of time, you may be interested in a new website that predicts whether an upcoming flight has a decent chance of turbulence. Here’s what to know.”

Make Tech Easier: 4 of the Best Search Engines For Privacy. “For the past several years, online privacy has been a prominent theme. Google, in particular, dominates almost all aspects of the Internet, which considering its business model, isn’t compatible with user privacy. As such, many are looking for Google alternatives, especially when it comes to search engines. In this post, we look at some of the best search engines that focus on privacy first and foremost. Before this, we also discuss why you’d want to choose a more private search engine in the first place.”


BBC: Hundreds of K-pop songs disappear from Spotify. “Hundreds of popular K-pop songs have been removed from Spotify, amid a dispute with South Korean music distributor Kakao M. Releases by popular acts including Sistar, IU, Monsta X and Epik High have vanished, leaving fans frustrated.” Do you have favorite K-pop songs? I like bouncy stuff and I have no K-Pop in my standard Spotify list.

ARTNews: U.S. House Curator Seeking $25,000 to Repair Art Vandalized During the Capitol Riots. “At the time of the attack, the National Statuary Hall to the south of the Rotunda contained 35 statues of prominent Americans, from civil rights leaders to famous inventors, as well works by artists such as Thomas Crawford and Constantino Brumidi. Though much of the collection emerged unscathed from the rampage, a 19th-century marble bust of former president Zachary Taylor was defaced with what resembled blood, while a framed photo of the Dalai Lama was stolen. A scroll featuring Chinese characters was also destroyed.”


Mashable: Minneapolis will pay influencers to post during the George Floyd murder trials. “Minneapolis, Minn. approved a unique program on Friday. The city will pay social media influencers to spread ‘approved messages’ during the trials of the police officers charged with killing George Floyd.”

Wired: Far-Right Platform Gab Has Been Hacked—Including Private Data . “WHEN TWITTER BANNED Donald Trump and a slew of other far-right users in January, many of them became digital refugees, migrating to sites like Parler and Gab to find a home that wouldn’t moderate their hate speech and disinformation. Days later, Parler was hacked and then dropped by Amazon web hosting, knocking the site offline. Now Gab, which inherited some of Parler’s displaced users, has been badly hacked too. An enormous trove of its contents has been stolen—including what appears to be passwords and private communications.”


Ubergizmo: Chanel Debuts AI Powered App That Can Find Lipstick In Any Shade. “If you’ve ever seen a person in an advertisement or on TV or in a photograph wear a lipstick whose shade you like, you’ll be able to find that shade for yourself. This is thanks to Chanel who recently debuted an app called the Lipscanner that uses the power of AI to help find the exact shade in the image.”


Metal Sucks: New A.I. Bot Generates Fake Metal Band Names and Album Art. “All Skynet needs now is a band name and some album art and it should be ready to keep rocking out long after Judgment Day. Enter This Band Isn’t Real, a new Twitter account that uses A.I. to generate metal band and album names… and album art.” These look real. They’re good. Good evening, Internet…

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