Queer Heritage South, Spotify, Cloud Storage, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 27, 2021


Fyne Times: Queer Heritage South Launches Digital Museum. “As museums across the country await reopening, Queer Heritage South are thrilled to launch an extensive new Queer Heritage South Digital Museum this month. Queer Heritage South is where LGBTQ+ heritage can be preserved, sourced and celebrated. This is not just a collection of exhibits but a comprehensive LGBTQ+ archive that the community of Brighton and beyond are invited to contribute to, enjoy and share.”


TechCrunch: Spotify rolls out redesigned desktop and web apps. “The changes, which will be made available to all global users, focus on improving the navigation and providing users with access to new controls and features across playlists, search, radio, their queue, library and more.” Spotify should let you block songs from your recommendation lists, banishing the songs with bad memories attached.


Tom’s Guide: Google Drive vs Microsoft OneDrive: Which is best?. “In this article, we pit Google Drive against Microsoft OneDrive in a one-on-one showdown to find out which can be considered among the best cloud storage software providers. We’ll examine their features, performance, support, and pricing in order to come to our decision.”


If I wanted to I could make ResearchBuzz 100% NFT stories right now. I don’t want to. But I do want to pick out a few here and there. New York Times: Why Did Someone Pay $560,000 for a Picture of My Column?. “When I pitched the idea to my bosses, I thought the stunt might attract a handful of bids from curious Times readers who had spare Ethereum, the cryptocurrency being used for the auction, burning a hole in their digital wallets. Maybe we’d raise a few hundred dollars for charity and explain the complicated process of creating and selling NFTs along the way. I set the auction’s minimum price low — 0.5 Ether, or about $800 — and was nervous I might not get even that much.”

BBC: China: 3,000-year-old gold mask sparks online memes. “The artefact was one of 500 Bronze-Age relics found at the Sanxingdui archaeological site. Experts say the discovery could provide new insights on the ancient Shu state, which ruled the area before 316 BC. But the mysterious half-faced mask has also spawned a popular meme and tribute videos on social media.”


Search Engine Journal: Facebook for WordPress Plugin Vulnerability Targets +500,000 Sites. “Two vulnerabilities were patched in the Facebook for WordPress Plugin. The exploits could allow a malicious attacker to install backdoors, create administrator level accounts and stage a complete site takeover.”

Independent: Facebook apps used in over half of online child sex crimes, says NSPCC. “More than half of online child sex crimes are committted over Facebook-owned apps, data from the [National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children] suggests, as the charity called for more to be done to tackle abuse in private messaging.”

StateTech Magazine: How 4 Cities Are Trying to Close the Digital Divide. “The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many fault lines in American society, but one that quickly became remarkably visible is the digital divide, a term used for decades that has lately described those who have access to broadband internet and those who do not.”


Coast Reporter: Mapping project illuminates links between poor environment, historical racism. “A new tool that measures the environmental quality of any urban street in Canada — and maps it out in colour — illustrates vividly the many neighbourhoods in the country that have poor environment scores, neighbourhoods that are often home to racialized communities.”

Medium: Building a Better Search Engine. “To take it back a step, when was the last time you ever looked past the first page of Google? If I’m doing that, I almost instantly know I’ve used the wrong search terms…. In the end, we decided that the most interesting search engine is one that gives you more control, not less. One that lets you decide if you want to see ads, if you want to see 1.6 billion results or 5.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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