Armenia Music, Google Arts & Culture, Windows 10, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, March 20, 2021


Asbarez: Armenian Museum of America Launches Fourth Virtual Series with Focus on Early Recordings . “The Armenian Museum of America in Watertown, MA, has launched its fourth online program called the Sound Archive, which is featured on its website and social media pages every month. The debut offering presents the full catalog of Mardiros Der Sarkis Tashjian and his brothers for the first time and is considered to be the earliest known Armenian sound recordings produced in the United States in the early 20th century.”


Google Blog: Why Do We? – Answers to art & culture over tea. “When the pandemic locked us up a year ago, we had to travel in our minds. For me, less time on the road meant more inspiring digital conversations with friends. Exploring Google Arts & Culture’s online collections, I wanted to spend a few minutes — a brain-refreshing tea break — to call on the know-how of friends and experts and dive into some of life’s big questions. So we came up with Tea with B, a 5-episode series to explore these questions with guest stars ranging from authors, comedians, and poets.”

Neowin: Microsoft releases additional updates to resolve some more printer problems. “The updates should be available – as optional – to users on Windows 10 versions 1507, 1607, 1803, 1809, 1909, 2004, 20H2, and Insiders on 21H1, but Microsoft recommends you to proceed with the update only if you’re affected by the problem.”

Tubefilter: Clubhouse Launches ‘Creator First’ Accelerator Program, Offering Monetization, Audience Growth, More. “Clubhouse, the trendy and oft-copied audio app that fosters discussions on myriad subjects in virtual rooms, and which is now valued at a reported $1 billion, has announced a slew of updates on its first anniversary. First, the company tweeted yesterday that it is launching an accelerator program for native creators called Clubhouse Creator First.”


CNET: Twitter wants your opinion on how it should handle world leaders. “Twitter is putting out a call for public input as to how it should handle world leaders on the platform — particularly ones who violate the site’s rules.”

CNN: Social media platforms are going to war for online talent. “When Katerina Horwitz started out as a social media influencer in 2016, she didn’t earn much money beyond a handful of sponsored posts. A few years later, Horwitz and her husband Yinon quit their day jobs, started a joint Instagram account and got creative with monetizing their 400,000 followers, including selling their own photo filters and building an app that offers editing templates for Instagram Stories. But recently they’ve found a simpler revenue stream: earning money directly from social media companies.”

NiemanLab: The New York Times is so done with its 77,000-member Facebook cooking group. What happens now?. “Members are speculating: Why would The New York Times want to abandon its 77,000-member cooking Facebook group? The one whose demise I surely ensured by reporting, upon its launch two years ago, that it was a ‘happy corner of the internet’? A place where, as one Times social media editor put it at the time, ‘everyone’s so nice to each other, and so encouraging, it feels like one long episode of “The Great British Baking Show,” 24 hours a day’? A lot can change in two years.”


Mozilla Blog: Reinstating net neutrality in the US. “For almost a decade, Mozilla has defended user access to the internet, in the US and around the world. Our work to preserve net neutrality has been a critical part of that effort, including our lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to keep these protections in place for users in the US. With the recent appointment of Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the agency, there will be a new opportunity to establish net neutrality rules at the federal level in the near future, ensuring that families and businesses across the country can enjoy these fundamental rights.”

New York Times: We Don’t Know How Much Art Has Gone Missing From Museums. “Two pieces of gold and silver-encrusted Italian Renaissance armor, which had been stolen from the Louvre in 1983 and found this year in a family’s private collection in France, were discovered the way stolen art often is: An expert crosschecked the items against an online database of lost and stolen art. But museums have at times withheld information about thefts, fearing that revealing security weaknesses could make other institutions less likely to loan them art or that it could encourage other thefts, according to current and former museum officials.”

Search Engine Journal: DuckDuckGo Blasts Google Over New iOS Privacy Labels. “As is now required by Apple, Google is providing privacy labels for each of the apps which list the data they collect from users and what the data is used for. The long list of information Google collects from iOS app users is the subject of DuckDuckGo’s latest attack against the search giant.”


HPC Wire: Sandia Announces Rare Open-Access Quantum Computer Now Operational. “Quantum computers are poised to become major technological drivers over the coming decades. But to get there, scientists need to experiment with quantum machines that relatively few universities or companies have. Now, scientists can use Sandia’s QSCOUT for research that might not be possible at their home institutions, without the cost or restrictions of using a commercial testbed.”

Brookings Institution: How to increase transparency for political ads on social media. “As we set out to research the impact of the platform political ad bans, we quickly realized that there were holes in the available data that made it difficult to assess the policy intervention. In a brief recently published by the Center on Science & Technology Policy at Duke University, we identify three significant impediments to assessing the impact of the recent political ad bans.” Good morning, Internet…

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