Brian Wilson, TweetDeck, DuckDuckGo, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, July 21, 2021


Rolling Stone: Brian Wilson Announces Tour, Drops Demos, Rarities on New Website. “Wilson’s new site contains a timeline feature organized by decades spanning from his birth in 1942 to the present. He previewed the launch with a 1995 demo of ‘Desert Drive,’ which appeared on 2004’s Gettin’ in Over My Head. Other demos from the era, written with Andy Paley, are also available — including the unreleased ‘I’m Broke.'”


Uh-oh. Engadget: TweetDeck could soon look much more like Twitter’s web app. “TweetDeck is a secret weapon for Twitter power users. The column layout allows them to keep tabs on tweets from a large number of accounts at once, using Twitter’s handy lists. That could be about to change, based on an image Twitter shared of the ‘new and improved TweetDeck’ that it’s testing. At first glance, it looks a lot like the standard Twitter web app.”

Bleeping Computer: DuckDuckGo’s new email privacy service forwards tracker-free messages. “DuckDuckGo is rolling out an email privacy feature that strips incoming messages of trackers that can help profile you for better profiling and ad targeting. Users of the service get a free ‘’ email address that cleans messages of trackers and forwards them to your normal inbox.”


Mashable: How to make a Linktree for your Instagram. “Instagram limits users to only one link in their bio, which can be a problem for content creators, and pretty much anyone who might want their followers to visit more than one link. The usual solution — updating your bio every time you have a new link to share — can be time-consuming. Linktree is a tool that helps you share all your links with your followers.”

The Verge: How to find and create live videos on TikTok. “But before we go into making a live broadcast, here’s a quick tip on how to find one. Note that, at present, you can only see live feeds from people you are following, so if you are really into live broadcasts, the best thing to do is follow a bunch of people.”


PR Newswire: First Artworks Selected for Dubai Collection (PRESS RELEASE). “Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Collection is a community-led and collaborative scheme allowing patrons to lend their works while retaining legal ownership, in addition to benefitting from expert advice to support the growth of both personal and public collections.”

Global Times: Chinese netizens offer advice to Indians on how to prevent deadly selfie accidents. “Has taking selfies become a deadly extreme sport? The answer is yes. On Monday, the news that more people have died while taking selfies in India than any other place around the world shocked Chinese netizens, who took to social media to provide tips on how to safely take memorable photos without putting one’s life in danger.”


Wall Street Journal: China Compromised U.S. Pipelines in Decade-Old Cyberattack, U.S. Says. “Hackers working for the Chinese government compromised more than a dozen U.S. pipeline operators nearly a decade ago, the Biden administration revealed Tuesday while also issuing first-of-its-kind cybersecurity requirements on the pipeline industry.”

BNN Bloomberg: Biden to Name Google Foe Jonathan Kanter as DOJ Antitrust Chief. “President Joe Biden plans to nominate Jonathan Kanter as head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, according to a White House official, the latest sign that the administration is preparing a broad crackdown on large technology companies.”

HuffPost: Female Twitch Streamers Spend Their Lives Online. Predators Are Watching.. “There’s no social media platform where women are safe from sexual harassment. Mobs of misogynist trolls have chased countless women and girls off of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and lesser known sites. But when it comes to streaming on Twitch, women are exceptionally vulnerable to this kind of abuse, which has become normalized as an intrinsic part of their experience both on- and off-platform, regardless of the nature of their content.”


NASA: Hubble Returns to Full Science Observations and Releases New Images. “NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is back in business, exploring the universe near and far. The science instruments have returned to full operation, following recovery from a computer anomaly that suspended the telescope’s observations for more than a month.”

KDLG: Fishermen as scientists? A new app gathers climate observations from fishermen at sea. “Fishermen have observed changes in ocean ecosystems for years. But, there was no one place to record those observations. This summer, a new mobile app will gather observations from commercial fishermen on the water to bridge the gap between what they see, and what scientists need to know.” Good morning, Internet…

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