Arcade Fire, Tyres & Accessories, Europe Methane Emissions, More: Saturday Evening ResearchBuzz, June 26, 2021


NME: Arcade Fire launch new ‘Past Lives’ series, sharing archive gig footage. “Arcade Fire have launched a new archive series, sharing footage from past gigs during the summer. Past Lives will see the band sharing performances from across their career, beginning today (June 25) with a performance from their ‘Everything Now’ tour in 2017.”

Tyre Press: Tyres Industry Publications: the next 75 years. “The consumer tyre advice site WhatTyre and a new paywall-free digital archive of Tyres & Accessories magazine lead a range of new services from Tyre Industry Publications.”

Clean Air Task Force: Massive Quantity of Methane Emissions Documented Across Europe at Oil & Gas Facilities. “Using a state-of-the-art infrared camera, Clean Air Task Force has documented methane emissions leaking or venting from oil & gas facilities all over Europe. So far, the organization has visited over 150 sites in seven European countries and found harmful, invisible methane pollution at the vast majority of sites. Today, Clean Air Task Force (CATF) releases footage from Germany, Italy and Hungary as the first wave of evidence for its new campaign, CutMethaneEU.”


9to5 Google: Twitter may soon let you connect your Google Account. “Twitter is working to make it possible to sign in to your account through a connected Google Account. For years, Google has offered a way for apps to let their users sign up or log in with nothing more than their Google Account, saving the step of needing to fill in basic information like your name and email address or even picking a password.”

Screen Rant: Posting To Instagram On Desktop Now Available For Some Users. “A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Bloomberg that the company is testing the ability to create a new Instagram post from a desktop browser. Only a small bunch of users are currently part of the test and it remains unclear if it is a closed beta test or just a random server-side selection.”


The New Arab: The road ahead for Israel’s Naftali Bennett and Archiving the Middle East’s Queer Heritage. “In this week’s episode of The New Arab Voice, we will start by covering Iran’s presidential election. Then, we will dive into the profile of Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennet, and what his leadership will mean for Palestine. Finally, we will continue celebrating pride month by speaking to the founder of Takweer, an online archive trying to reshape narratives surrounding the queer community in the Middle East.” 30-minute podcast, I did not see a transcript.


CNBC: TikTok insiders say social media company is tightly controlled by Chinese parent ByteDance. “The former employees who spoke to CNBC said the boundaries between TikTok and ByteDance were so blurry as to be almost non-existent. Most notably, one employee said that ByteDance employees are able to access U.S. user data.”

Tom’s Guide: Apple Glass patent shows how it could avoid Google Glass fail. “One of the many problems with Google Glass was a fear of privacy violations. When somebody films you with their phone, it’s pretty obvious that you’re on camera, and you can move away, cover your face or ask the person to stop filming. With Google Glass, the only clue that footage was being taken was a small light on the camera. For Apple Glass, the iPhone maker’s upcoming smart glasses, Apple seems to have taken heed of the controversy.”


International Policy Digest: In Celebrating Pride, Social Media and Civil Society Transcend the Political Battle over Trans Rights. “This online cultural movement is thus cementing ideas around transgender rights more quickly and assertively than the federal government—fulfilling much the same role popular culture played during the battle to secure legal equality for gay and lesbian Americans a decade ago. In 2012, then Vice-President Biden famously credited the TV series Will and Grace for doing ‘more to educate the American public than almost anybody’s ever done so far,’ setting in motion a societal shift that culminated with the Supreme Court decisions to legalize same-sex marriage across all 50 states in 2015 and ban workplace discrimination based on both sexuality and gender identity in 2020.”

NASA: Watch (and Hear) How NASA’s Perseverance Rover Took Its First Selfie. “The historic image of the rover beside the Mars Helicopter proved to be one of the most complex rover selfies ever taken. Video, with bonus audio, sheds light on the process.” Good evening, Internet…

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