Louisiana Life Sciences, Les Paul, Famine Tales, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 23, 2021


New Orleans City Business: Louisiana’s new website for the life sciences industry. “[The site] features an interactive resource guide with information about dozens of established life sciences entities that range from startups and incubators in New Orleans, Thibodaux and Lafayette to established research institutions in Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Covington, a news release said.”

American Songwriter: New Website Celebrates the Legacy of Les Paul. “There is no name better known to guitarists, songwriters, guitar collectors, and music fans than the name Les Paul. A website recently launched that is dedicated to the inventor, musician, and music technology pioneer who has become known as the ‘father of modern music’. It celebrates his remarkable life through hundreds of rare videos, photo galleries, behind-the-scenes experiences, and more.”

Edugraph: Jadavpur University and University of Exeter join hands for digital archive of famine tales. “It’s a digital tale of two famines, told through art, connecting two continents with a shared history. Jadavpur University and University of Exeter, England, are collaborating on a project to document and also artistically depict the history of famines in India and Britain. The project, Famine Tales: Famine and Dearth in India and Britain 1550-1800, is being funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK.”


Associated Press: The Facebook Papers. “COMING MONDAY: The Facebook Papers represents a unique collaboration between 17 American news organizations, including The Associated Press. Journalists from a variety of newsrooms, large and small, worked together to gain access to thousands of pages of internal company documents obtained by Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager-turned-whistleblower.”


Washington Post: New whistleblower claims Facebook allowed hate, illegal activity to go unchecked. “A new whistleblower affidavit submitted by a former Facebook employee Friday alleges that the company prizes growth and profits over combating hate speech, misinformation and other threats to the public, according to a copy of the document obtained by The Washington Post.”

CNBC: Spotify begins allowing more creators to upload podcasts as it continues to embrace video. “Spotify announced Thursday it is opening up its video podcasting feature to more creators. It may help the company attract more paying subscribers and boost engagement. The move shows Spotify continues to embrace video on top of its audio offering.”


NiemanLab: The New York Times hopes to hook listeners on audio. Will a new standalone app do the trick? . “The new app will feature the Times’ own podcasts alongside narrated versions of news, opinion, and magazine articles across a handful of publishers. For those who aren’t participating in the closed beta, nothing will change for the moment. The Times is not putting any podcasts behind a paywall or making them exclusive to the new app with this announcement; you can still listen to The Daily or The Ezra Klein Show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify and wherever else you like to hit play.”

New York Times: Eating Disorders and Social Media Prove Difficult to Untangle. “On Tuesday, executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat are scheduled to testify before a Senate subcommittee about the effects of their products on children. They are expected to face questions about how they moderate content that might encourage disordered eating, and how their algorithms might promote such content.”


Government of Canada: Competition Bureau obtains court order to advance an investigation of Google. “The Bureau is investigating whether Google has engaged in certain practices that harm competition in the online display advertising industry in Canada. This industry is made up of various technology products that are used to display advertisements to users when they visit websites or use apps.”

Wired: New Sex Toy Standards Let Some Sensitive Details Slide. “Security researchers who specialize in sex toys have been pointing out the potential risks of ‘teledildonics’ for years. To them, the new ISO standards—which don’t address privacy and barely touch on security—are something of a missed opportunity.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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