1968 Kansas City Uprising, Google Play, Facebook, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 16, 2021


University of Missouri System: A New Online Exhibit Brings Insight Into The 1968 Kansas City Uprising. “Eight Days in April recalls the events of the 1968 Uprising in Kansas City through photos, audio, and video found directly on the online exhibit and through links to additional sources. This most recent iteration of the exhibit paints a picture by highlighting Kansas City’s past policies on segregation, and builds a timeline depicting the events leading up to and during the Uprising.” I didn’t know anything about this part of Kansas City’s history. KSHB has an extensive article.


TechCrunch: Google Play drops commissions to 15% from 30%, following Apple’s move last year. “The Android-maker said on Tuesday that starting July 1, it is reducing the service fee for Google Play to 15% — down from 30% — for the first $1 million of revenue developers earn using Play billing system each year. The company will levy a 30% cut on every dollar developers generate through Google Play beyond the first $1 million in a year, it said.”

BBC: Facebook to pay News Corp for content in Australia. “Facebook has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia for journalism from its local mastheads. The deal was secured just weeks after Australia passed a controversial world-first law aimed at making tech platforms pay for news content.”


Wired: How to Export Your Passwords From LastPass. “There are several other password services we think are better than LastPass, and one of them is also free. If you’d like to switch, have a look at our updated Guide to the Best Password Managers. Once you’ve decided where you want to take your passwords, you will need to export your data out of LastPass and import it into the new service.”


BBC: Wildfires: Cambridgeshire archive saves couple’s wedding album . “An American couple whose 1960s wedding album was destroyed by wildfire have rediscovered their photos in archives held by an English council. Chris and Lindy Date, who married in Cambridgeshire in 1963, lost their home when fires swept through California in August 2020…. The council had been given the archive by a photographic company in the 1980s.”

The Guardian: Hunting for books in the ruins: how Syria’s rebel librarians found hope. “These young Syrians cohabited with death night and day. Most of them had already lost everything – their homes, their friends, their parents. Amid the chaos, they clung to books as if to life, hoping for a better tomorrow, for a better political system. Driven by their thirst for culture, they were quietly developing an idea of what democracy should be. An idea that challenged the regime’s tyranny and Islamic State’s book burners.”


Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project: FinCEN Warns Art and Antiquities Traders of New AML Measures. “The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a so-called Blue Box Notice on Tuesday to inform art and antiquities traders that they will be held to the same reporting standards as financial institutions are under the 1970 Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). This means that they will have to submit suspicious activity reports (SARs) for antiquities trade.”

CNN: What it’s like to live in the robocall capital of America. “[Melinda] Walsh lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which receives the most robocalls per person in the United States, according to data from YouMail, a robocall-prevention service that tracks robocall traffic across the country. The city averaged 39 robocalls per resident in February, YouMail found. That’s more than two and a half times the national average, which is about 14 to 15 calls monthly for each person, according to YouMail.”


The Verge: The Climate Controversy Swirling Around NFTs. “Individual pieces of crypto art, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), are at least partially responsible for the millions of tons of planet-heating carbon dioxide emissions generated by the cryptocurrencies used to buy and sell them. Some artists — including those who have already benefited from the craze — think it’s a problem that can be easily solved. Others think the proposed solutions are a pipe dream.”

The Register: A Code War has replaced The Cold War. And right now we’re losing it . “Like the Cold War, the Code Wars won’t have much of a body count and might never flare into outright violence. But when we peel back the cool surfaces, we witness the same titanic battles for power and control, this time using cyberspace as a platform for dominance – just as, militarised by ICBMs, outer space became the premier platform for dominance in the Cold War.” Good evening, Internet…

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