Krzysztof Penderecki, Campaign Finance, Spotify, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 30, 2021


Culture .pl: Penderecki’s Garden, A Digital Project Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Krzysztof Penderecki, Opens a Year After His Death. “Penderecki’s Garden is a virtual, interactive space inspired by the work of Krzysztof Penderecki, one of Poland’s most celebrated composers, who passed away on 29th March 2020. Through the virtual garden’s layout, architectural structures and vegetation, audiences are invited to explore the life of Penderecki alongside compositions, inspirations and poems.”


JD Supra: FEC Database Now Allows Search by Leadership PAC Sponsor. “The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently expanded options for searching campaign finance data to include the ability to search by leadership PAC sponsor. The new search allows users to select ‘Leadership PAC’ as the committee type, then enter a sponsor name to search.”

NBC News: Spotify jumps into social audio, acquires sports-focused live audio app. “Spotify said Tuesday it has acquired the company behind the live audio app Locker Room, giving the music and podcast platform a new foothold in a space that has seen a surge of interest following the rise of the app Clubhouse.”


New York Times: Streaming Saved Music. Artists Hate It.. “My colleague Ben Sisario says that musicians complain about streaming economics that can translate millions of clicks on their songs into pennies for them. Last week, a group of musicians protested outside Spotify offices for changes in how they are paid from streaming. Ben spoke with me about why streaming music has been a letdown for many musicians. The challenges reflect a larger question: What happens when the promise of making a living online from music, writing or building apps doesn’t match the reality?”

University of Texas at Dallas: Photographer Pictures UTD as New Home for Collection. “In 1969 Carolyn Brown departed Chicago on the first flight of her life to Egypt to study Islamic art and architecture at The American University in Cairo. Her experience over the next three years began a career in photography that would take her across the Middle East, Mexico and the southwestern U.S. Her archives include thousands of print and digital images from 14 countries, including 24 Mexican states, as well as locations across Texas and the city of Dallas.”


AP: AP sources: SolarWinds hack got emails of top DHS officials. “Suspected Russian hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to the Trump administration’s head of the Department of Homeland Security and members of the department’s cybersecurity staff whose jobs included hunting threats from foreign countries, The Associated Press has learned.”

SCOTUS Blog: Justices return to standing after Spokeo. “Nearly five years ago, the Supreme Court decided Spokeo v. Robins, the case of a Virginia man who alleged that an internet database company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act when it published inaccurate information about him. The justices ruled that to have standing – that is, a legal right to sue – it is not enough to simply allege that a statute has been violated. Instead, a plaintiff must show an injury that is both concrete and particularized, even if it is not necessarily a tangible one. On Tuesday in TransUnion v. Ramirez, the justices will consider how these requirements apply to class actions.”

The Guardian: Web giants must stop cashing in on pension scam misery, say MPs. “Ministers must force tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft to stop the ‘immoral’ practice of profiting from the £10bn of pension fraud committed by internet scammers, a committee of MPs has urged. Fraudsters use online advertisements, mostly on Google, to trick people out of their pension funds, according to a report published by the work and pensions select committee, but regulators are ‘powerless’ to hold the internet firms to account.”


CTV News: Turning to ‘Dr. Google’ may not be as anxiety-inducing or misleading as believed, study finds. “Have you found yourself Googling your symptoms in an attempt to soothe health-related anxieties, and then worried that you were going to accidentally misdiagnose yourself and make those anxieties worse? Well, according to a new study from the U.S., turning to ‘Dr. Google’ does not make a person’s assessment of their symptoms less accurate, or worsen their anxiety regarding their health.”


CNET: Google’s Suez Canal Easter egg brings boatloads of fun. “Now that the Ever Given cargo ship has finally been freed after spending nearly a week stuck in the Suez Canal, Google has launched a celebratory Easter egg in its Search results. A search for ‘Suez Canal’ and ‘Ever Given’ pulls up an animation of little boats rolling across the top of the page.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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