Block Party, Instagram Live, Podcast Knowledge Panels, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, October 16, 2021


The Verge: Block Party is out of beta and ready to block anyone who likes bad tweets. “Block Party, the anti-harassment service that specializes in making Twitter more tolerable to use, is out of beta and available now. Block Party automates the time-consuming process of moderating your Twitter feed, filtering out content from people you don’t want to see for later review and, starting today, blocking accounts that retweet or like a bad tweet of your choice with blocklists.”


Mashable: Instagram will now let creators practice live videos . “Anyone who’s ever done an Instagram Live will know the prep behind it, making sure everything is just right: lighting, volume, Internet connection, the works. I do not count myself amongst these creators, but I can imagine it’s a stressful enough process for those that do. Instagram is changing this, though, and helping its dedicated Live creators out. A flock of new features are coming to the app, allowing a shift in how Live is used.”

Search Engine Journal: Podcast knowledge panels go live in Google Search. “Google seems to be rolling out podcast-based knowledge panels in Google Search. When you search for your favorite podcast, you might see a new knowledge panel show up in the search results.”


Tubefilter: Netflix Launching Virtual Book Club On Its YouTube And Facebook Channels. “Netflix Book Club content will be hosted by Orange Is The New Black star Uzo Aduba, and videos will live on Netflix’s Still Watching YouTube channel and the Netflix U.S. Facebook channel, beginning Nov. 16. A flagship Starbucks-sponsored series, titled But Have You Read The Book?, will see cast, creators, and authors chatting over a cup of coffee.”

New York Times: ‘Disability Drives Innovation’. “Do you love audiobooks? ‘You have blind people to thank for that,’ said Catherine Kudlick, director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. The godfather of the book being read aloud through your smartphone headphones was Talking Books, the records developed in the 1930s in the United States for people with impaired vision as an alternative to Braille.”

BBC: Cambridge University’s Jesus College bronze cockerel to be returned. “A bronze cockerel kept at Cambridge University that had been looted in a British raid on what is now Nigeria will be handed back this month. The Benin bronze, known as an ‘okukor’, was given to Jesus College in 1905.”


Techdirt: Court Says Google Translate Isn’t Reliable Enough To Determine Consent For A Search . “Pre-printed consent forms have been vetted and edited. Google Translate, as powerful as it is, generates what it thinks is the best translation of what it’s hearing, and its best is years away from being at the level of someone truly bilingual. Thus, it’s fallible enough it shouldn’t be used to ask people who speak other languages to waive their rights.”

TechCrunch: DocuSign phishing campaign targets low-ranking employees. “Phishing actors are following a new trend of targeting non-executive employees but who still have access to valuable areas within an organization. As reported by Avanan researchers, half of all phishing emails they analyzed in recent months impersonated non-executives, and 77% of them targeted employees on the same level.”

ANI: Pakistan’s new social media rules give more powers to govt. “Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Technology announced new social media rules on Thursday that will empower the telecom regulator to block any website or platform on the directives of court and federal government or under any law, reported local media.”


Georgia Tech: Through Another’s Eyes: University Researchers, Facebook Release Massive Dataset to Expand Innovation in AI. “Imagine a collection of assistive technologies that could help a user learn a new skill, assist an elder individual with a task around the home, or help detect autism in early childhood. There exists an endless list of possibilities where artificial intelligence could impact humanity, but to do so it must see the world as we do — in the first person. A consortium of universities brought together by Facebook AI, including Georgia Tech, has collaborated to compile the largest dataset ever collected on egocentric computer vision — or computer vision from the first-person point of view.”

The Conversation: Squid Game and the ‘untranslatable’: the debate around subtitles explained. “Not many people know the difference between translation and interpreting. To put it simply, translation refers to rendering of written texts from one language into another, whereas interpreting refers to spoken language. Subtitling falls between translation and interpreting, because a subtitler listens to spoken language just as an interpreter does, and translates the oral language into written form for viewers. Subtitling requires not only bilingual competence but specific skills essential to deliver messages within a limited space on screens.”


Boing Boing: Draw a picture and this AI matches it to a movie image. “Hugging Face, a company that makes AI language-and-image-processing tools, just released this little web toy ‘Draw To Search’. You draw something and it attempts to recognize what you’ve drawn and match it to an image from a movie.” Good morning, Internet…

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