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Stage Managers of Color, Windows Updates, Google, More: Sunday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 13, 2021

NEW RESOURCES

Broadway World: Broadway & Beyond Creates Contact Database for Stage Managers of Color. “Broadway & Beyond: Access for Stage Managers of Color has recently updated its website to include a contact database for stage managers of color who are open to work and a job postings section. Broadway & Beyond is committed to continuing to develop pathways for aspiring and mid-career stage managers of color to enter or achieve the next level of success within the professional theatre industry. With these new functions, the Broadway & Beyond website is an invaluable, free resource for making those connections.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: Microsoft releases out-of-band KB5004327 update for Windows 10 to fix 0x80073D26 and 0x8007139F errors. “Microsoft has issued an off-schedule update for Windows 10 that addresses 0x80073D26 and 0x8007139F errors in versions 20H1, 20H2 and 21H1 of the operating system.”

New York Times: Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander. “For many years, the vicious cycle has spun: Websites solicit lurid, unverified complaints about supposed cheaters, sexual predators, deadbeats and scammers. People slander their enemies. The anonymous posts appear high in Google results for the names of victims. Then the websites charge the victims thousands of dollars to take the posts down. This circle of slander has been lucrative for the websites and associated middlemen — and devastating for victims. Now Google is trying to break the loop.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: How to Use Facebook’s Transparency Center to Understand the Social Network Better. “Facebook wants to be clearer about its policies to help you better understand the app, and has launched a new resource to help in this respect. Facebook’s Transparency Center is a one-stop shop for anyone looking to understand how the platform deals with all manners of things. This article will help you navigate the Transparency Center so you can understand the social media network better.”

Make Tech Easier: A Guide to Emulation with RetroPie. “Emulating video game systems and computers is one of the things that the Raspberry Pi has always been good at, right from the start. You can do this with your own Raspberry Pi using RetroPie emulators. RetroPie is easily one of the best all-in-one plug-in-play retro gaming solutions. Even with systems that don’t work flawlessly, it’s not too difficult to tweak them to work right.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Radio Bulgaria: Digital archive to store history of Bulgaria’s industrial heritage. “Factories, railway facilities, bridges, slaughterhouses, showing the history of rapid industrial development in the first decades of the 20th century, are often left to destruction these days or they ‘accidentally’ burn down. To preserve the story of these valuable architectural specimens, a team of historians has decided to develop a digital archive and a mobile application dedicated to the industrial heritage of Bulgaria.”

BBC: The firms paid to delve into sport stars’ social media past. “Officials at sporting organisations are increasingly requesting detailed reports into sport stars’ social media history to unearth risky and problematic content. For companies offering so-called online due diligence – or background checks – the headlines around England cricketer Ollie Robinson, who was suspended over offensive historic tweets, are a cautionary tale likely to feature in sales pitches in the coming months and years.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Verge: Ring will require video requests to be public in Neighbors app starting next week. “Ring is adjusting how public agencies such as police and fire departments are able to request video clips from Ring camera owners in its Neighbors app. Starting next week, agencies will only be able to request clips be sent to them through public posts that are viewable in the app’s main feed; they will no longer be able to send individuals specific requests for clips.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Psychology Today: FOMO and Social Media. “One concept that has been linked to problematic social media use is FOMO, or ‘fear of missing out.’ FOMO describes the nagging feeling that other people may be experiencing something fun and awesome but that you are missing out on it. It is easy to see why experiencing FOMO has been linked to interest in social media: If someone is afraid that their friends are doing all of these awesome activities without including them, constantly checking their social media feeds to see what they are up to could make sense from this person’s perspective.”

EurekAlert: Social media influencing grows more precarious in digital age. “Influencing millions of people on social media and being paid handsomely is not as easy as it looks, according to new Cornell University research. Algorithm vagaries are just one of several challenges social media content creators face, according to study author Brooke Erin Duffy, associate professor of communication at Cornell.” Good evening, Internet…

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