IMDb TV, Dark Patterns, Spotify, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 6, 2021


Engadget: IMDb TV now has standalone apps for Android and iOS in the US. “IMDb’s free, ad-supported streaming service finally standalone mobile apps for iPhones, iPads and Android in the US. The Amazon-owned subsidiary released IMDb TV apps for LG Smart TVs, PlayStation 4, NVIDIA Shield and TiVo Stream 4K in March, following its recent expansion to Roku. Up until now, though, you’d have to fire up the IMDb app to access the service’s offerings on mobile.”


The Conversation: What are dark patterns, and how do they affect you?. “Dark patterns are design elements that deliberately obscure, mislead, coerce and/or deceive website visitors into making unintended and possibly harmful choices. Dark patterns can be found in many kinds of sites and are used by several kinds of organizations. They take the form of deceptively labeled buttons, choices that are difficult to undo, and graphical elements like color and shading that direct users’ attention to or away from certain options.”

Mashable: 10 best websites to analyze your Spotify data. “Every so often a website that analyses Spotify data blows up on Twitter and it is all we see for the next 24 hours. Then it’s just as quickly forgotten. But these websites are still valuable if you want to analyze your listening habits. We’ve scoured the corners of the internet and collected our ten favorite websites that analyze your Spotify data.”


Library of Congress: All Hyped Up for HyperCard: Further Adventures with an Apple Legacy Format. “Jacob and Hilary assisted in updating and expanding the Sustainability of Digital Formats website, which provides information and analysis on over 500 digital file formats and offers guidance on the long-term preservation of digital content at the Library. Through their work, they assisted in providing current information on file formats to users at the Library of Congress and throughout the international digital preservation community. In this blog post, Jacob and Hilary discuss their research on the HyperCard file format.”

Japan Times: Learning from disaster: Across Tohoku, a race is on to preserve vital records. “In a public facility run by the town of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture, located in a designated no-go zone, stacks of cardboard boxes slowly gather dust. The boxes are filled with public documents detailing the March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and the evacuation that followed — outlining the ordeal Okuma and its residents have been through over the past decade.”

New Zealand Herald: ‘Instagram therapy’: How women use social media for mental health support, solidarity. “Women make up the majority of people living with mood disorders in some countries. However, treatments and resources that are adapted to their needs are still lacking. Looking for ways to feel better, many women are turning to social media platforms like Instagram.”


Motherboard: Scammer Service Will Ban Anyone From Instagram for $60. “Scammers are abusing Instagram’s protections against suicide, self-harm, and impersonation to purposefully target and ban Instagram accounts at will, with some people even advertising professionalized ban-as-a-service offerings so anyone can harass or censor others, according to screenshots, interviews, and other material reviewed by Motherboard.”

CBC: Late Winnipeg rapper’s mom sues Google, Facebook for access to son’s accounts. “The mother of late Winnipeg hip-hop artist Jaime Prefontaine is suing Google Inc., Facebook, SoundCloud and SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada), among others, for the rights to her late son’s accounts.”


UC Santa Barbara: Taming Satellite Data. “More than 700 imaging satellites orbit the Earth, and every day they beam vast amounts of information to databases on the ground. There’s just one problem: While the geospatial data could help researchers and policymakers address critical challenges, only those with considerable wealth and expertise can access it. Now, a team of scientists, including UC Santa Barbara’s Tamma Carleton… has devised a machine learning system to tap the problem-solving potential of satellite imaging.”

Penn Today: Women are undercited and men are overcited in communication. “A new study from the Addiction, Health, & Adolescence (AHA!) Lab at the Annenberg School for Communication found that men are overcited and women are undercited in the field of communication. The researchers’ findings indicate that this problem is most persistent in papers authored by men.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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