Waldorf Astoria New York, Racial Equity Assessment & Learning Tool, Aviation History Video, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 27, 2021


PR Newswire: Iconic Waldorf Astoria New York Launches ‘Waldorf Stories’ Website To Honor The History Of The World-Renowned Hotel (PRESS RELEASE). “Today the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York has launched Waldorf Stories, a brand-new website that will honor, document, and preserve the oral history of the world’s most famous hotel through stories told by the people that lived them—the guests, visitors, and staff who have experienced special moments at the legendary building on Park Avenue.”

SportAndDev: New tool addresses racial inequities in sport. “The free online Racial Equity Assessment & Learning Tool (REAL) allows users to self-assess their internal systems and practices and provides steps that can be taken to improve an organization’s ability to address structural racism. U.S.-based sports organizations are strongly encouraged to use the free tool to help support work to advance racial equity across the sector.” This is one of those “answer a bunch of questions and get a PDF download” tools, but unlike many of those it does NOT ask for your email or any other personal information. (You do have to answer some general questions about your organization.)

Warbird Digest: Rare Short Films Now Online Digital Delights. “Eighty-six selections from The Museum of Flight’s collection of rare, behind-the-scenes movies have been digitized for the first time and are now online. The films date from World War I to Apollo 13. Most of the films are privately shot footage and home movies that offer surprising views of local culture and aerospace history not available anywhere else. Highlights include home movies of flight attendants at work and leisure circa 1940; making and flying German fighters in 1918; Alaska bush flying the 1940s; Aerocar fun in 1968; and Bill Boeing partying with friends circa 1930.”


CNET: TikTok says 1 billion people now use its app every month. “TikTok has hit a new milestone, more than 1 billion monthly active users around the world. The popular social video app shared the news in a blog post on Monday.”

Android Police: Google’s new customizable avatars add a splash of color (and anonymity) to your profile . “Google has had a few dozen pre-made avatars available to Gmail and Google Workspace users for years. But if you prefer something other than your smiling face, you’d have to hunt around the web for some image to use for an alternative. Today Google is introducing a new avatar system called Google Illustrations, which lets you choose from a huge variety of scenes, elements, and custom colors.” Android only at the moment, coming to other platforms later.

BNN Bloomberg: YouTube CEO Says Google Sees Free Speech as Core Value in Russia. “Susan Wojcicki, chief executive officer at Google’s YouTube, said the internet giant still holds free speech as a ‘core value,’ in the company’s first public comments since it acceded to a Russian government order to remove material from political opponents.”


The Register: Mobile mobile museum looks to chart the history of portable phones . “A very-literally-mobile museum boasting over 2,000 exhibits is to go online and on the streets this year to show off the evolution of the mobile phone from 1984 to the present day – and its founders are looking for donations to fill a few gaps in the collection.”

NiemanLab: Publishers hope fact-checking can become a revenue stream. Right now, it’s mostly Big Tech who is buying.. “Which came first: public scrutiny of misinformation on social media sites or companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google investing in fact-checking? The answer may not surprise you.”


BloombergQuint: Danish Artist Takes Museum’s Money and Runs, Calls It Artwork. “Jens Haaning had agreed with Kunsten museum, in northern Denmark, that he would borrow the money to replicate earlier work which displayed the annual incomes of an Austrian and a Dane. But when the museum in Aalborg opened the box that Haaning had shipped, the cash was missing from the two glass frames and the artwork’s title had been changed.” The money he took equals about $84,000 USD.


ZDNet: Preparing for the ‘golden age’ of artificial intelligence and machine learning. “Can businesses trust decisions that artificial intelligence and machine learning are churning out in increasingly larger numbers? Those decisions need more checks and balances — IT leaders and professionals have to ensure that AI is as fair, unbiased, and as accurate as possible. This means more training and greater investments in data platforms. A new survey of IT executives conducted by ZDNet found that companies need more data engineers, data scientists, and developers to deliver on these goals.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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