Black Theatre, Connecticut Newspapers, Microsoft Edge, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, March 13, 2021


American Theatre: Woolly Mammoth Launches RESET Digital Collection. “Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company has announced the launch of RESET, a free digital collection of resources and video performances. The collection will be available through March 31. In August 2020, curators Nicole M. Brewer, Faedra Chatard Carpenter, Jordan Ealey, Kristen Jackson, Leticia Ridley, and Nikkole Salter began identifying works that have deeply impacted them as Black women theatre artists, activists, and scholars. The collection will pay tribute to Black playwrights, poets, actors, and members of the National Black Theatre.”

Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project: Litchfield County Post and Litchfield Enquirer Now Online!. “The CT Digital Newspaper Project (CDNP) is excited to announce that two more historic Connecticut newspapers have been added to Chronicling America – the Litchfield County Post and the Litchfield Enquirer! We have digitized Litchfield County Post issues covering 1826-1829 as well as issues of the Litchfield Enquirer, the successor of the County Post. Currently Enquirer issues covering 1829-1866 are available, with additional issues through 1881 to follow later this summer.”


CNET: Microsoft Edge accelerates to Chrome’s 4-week browser release cycle. “Microsoft Edge will follow Google’s lead in speeding up browser releases, issuing a new version every four weeks instead of every six weeks, the software maker said Friday.”


TechRadar: Google Lens: how to master Google’s super-useful AI camera app. “It’s been around since 2017, but rather than get quietly sidelined like so many other Google projects, Google Lens has slowly built up increasingly impressive powers – many of which aren’t that well known or understood.”


CNN: Google and Microsoft are in a public feud. “Google and Microsoft openly sparred on Friday as the latter prepared to testify at a Congressional hearing focusing on Big Tech’s impact on local news. Microsoft (MSFT) targeted Google’s dominance in advertising as it described in congressional testimony how the tech industry has contributed to the erosion of local journalism.”

Mashable: Adventure Lab is building the VR gig economy of the future for performers. “The brainchild of co-founders Maxwell Planck and Kimberly Adams, who share a common professional past at both Pixar and the now-defunct Oculus Story Studio, Adventure Lab is picking up where their previous experiments in VR had left off and applying lessons learned. Whereas their initial efforts in the space attempted to ‘steal’ from filmmaking and storytelling, as Planck puts it, the duo’s new company is pulling its inspiration from something a bit more intangible: the creation of shared memories.”

Washington Post: A push to save landmarks of the ‘Great Migration’ — and better understand today’s racial inequities. “As a child in the 1950s, Amelia Cooper lived in a multigenerational home in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood that often served as a settlement house for friends of her grandfather, the blues musician Muddy Waters. Many were musicians, arriving from the rural South as Waters had, and they needed a place from which to launch their new life….Cooper’s memory is a classic snapshot of the Great Migration, the period between 1916 and 1970 when Northern cities drew millions of Black Americans seeking greater economic opportunities and fleeing the racial violence and Jim Crow laws of Southern states. It was a seminal event, yet many of the sites that played so significantly into those years have fallen into disrepair or worse, the memories they held forgotten. But that is changing.”


Bloomberg Quint: Google Must Face Suit Over Snooping on ‘Incognito’ Browsing. “The consumers who filed the case as a class action alleged that even when even they turn off data collection in Chrome, other Google tools used by websites end up amassing their personal information. A federal judge on Friday denied the Alphabet Inc. unit’s initial request to throw out the case.”

Toronto Star: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg summoned to testify before parliamentary committee. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned to appear before a House of Commons standing committee within the next 30 days. The summons was contained in a motion adopted by the Canadian Heritage standing committee on Friday and states that Zuckerberg is legally required to attend for at least 90 minutes.”

KCLR: Database with details for nearly 450,000 across Ireland compromised by hackers. “The Irish Data Protection Commission says it’s received a breach notification from Fastway Couriers. The customer data impacted includes names, addresses, email accounts and phone numbers, but the company says nobody’s financial data was at risk. It’s understood that up to 450,000 people may be impacted.”


Yale: Yale study shows limitations of applying artificial intelligence to registry databases. “Artificial intelligence will play a pivotal role in the future of health care, medical experts say, but so far, the industry has been unable to fully leverage this tool. A Yale study has illuminated the limitations of these analytics when applied to traditional medical databases — suggesting that the key to unlocking their value may be in the way datasets are prepared.”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: New Online ‘Farm Stat’ Tool Allows Farmers and Agronomists to Easily Analyze Data from Their Own On-Farm Research. “A new tool, Farm Stat, is available on the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network (NOFRN) website. Farm Stat enables growers and agronomists to easily run statistical analysis of their own research studies…. Farm Stat is accessed online and allows producers or agronomists to specify how many treatments and replications their unique study had and then enter their yield data or other data to be statistically analyzed. The program will quickly produce a complete statistical analysis of variance that can be saved as a PDF.” Good morning, Internet…

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