Boston Celtics, White House Christmas Decorations, Twitter, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, December 4, 2021


Boston Celtics: Celtics Launch New Team Site: “ contains hundreds of unique items sure to entice any basketball fan, including rare glimpses of game-used gear, hundreds of images and photos, official team publications and promotional items, vintage video highlights and one-of-a-kind mementos from Celtics legends. Fans can explore galleries dedicated to all-time greats, sneakers, mascots and more.”

Engadget: Tour the White House’s Christmas decorations on Google Street View. “You can now take a tour of the White House’s halls decked with Christmas trees and other decor fit for the season — virtually, that is. Google first added the official residence of the President of the United States to the places you can visit on Street View almost a decade ago. But now, you can take a virtual walk of its premises to see how the place has been decorated.”


TechCrunch: New Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal begins restructuring as two execs step down. “Earlier this week, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey stepped down from his role. He appointed CTO Parag Agrawal as new CEO, effective immediately. Agrawal, who joined Twitter as an engineer in 2011, already announced a major reorganization of the company today, per an internal email obtained by The Washington Post. Twitter confirmed the news to TechCrunch, as well. So far, two executives have stepped down as part of this restructuring: Twitter’s Chief Design Officer Dantley Davis, who joined the company in 2019, and Head of Engineering Michael Montano, who joined in 2011.”

CNET: Twitter says it mistakenly suspended accounts after new policy spurred ‘malicious reports’. “A ban on sharing media of private individuals was misused by some far-right activists to report anti-extremism researchers and journalists, according to The Washington Post.”


Gizmodo: How to Decide What Happens to Your Data When You Die. “You can just write down your usernames and passwords and keep the document in a safe place until you shuffle off this mortal coil, but that’s not a particularly secure or elegant solution. The big tech companies have over the years developed settings that are more sophisticated and easier for everyone involved. Here we’ll tell you how to set up your legacy using your Google, Apple, and Facebook accounts.”


Axios: Gophers sign social media and appearance deals under new NCAA rules. “Driving the news: Student athletes at the University of Minnesota’s flagship campus have capitalized on their ‘name, image and likeness’ (NIL) at least 139 times since this summer, per disclosures obtained by Axios via a public records request. Why it matters: The NCAA’s new NIL rules, which took effect July 1, let student athletes benefit financially from their college careers while they’re still playing.”

Associated Press: Inside the ‘big wave’ of misinformation targeted at Latinos. “Heading into a midterm election in which control of Congress is at stake, lawmakers, researchers and activists are preparing for another onslaught of falsehoods targeted at Spanish-speaking voters. And they say social media platforms that often host those mistruths aren’t prepared.”

Sports Illustrated: He Can Knock Out a World Champion From the Comfort of Your Local Library. “In a sport without any sort of central governing body—and that is known to traffic in half truths—Bob Yalen is here to get the boxing records straight, one yellowed newspaper clipping at a time.”


Bloomberg: Google, Other Tech Giants Enlist Mom-and-Pop Shops in Antitrust Campaign. “Online platforms made Mimi Striplin’s dream of selling handmade jewelry possible….Earlier this year she spoke with the offices of her South Carolina senators to warn that antitrust bills introduced in Congress risked complicating the online tools she uses not just to reach customers, but also to organize her team, inventory and shipping. Her argument wasn’t just on her own behalf.”

New York Times: Who Owns a Recipe? A Plagiarism Claim Has Cookbook Authors Asking.. “U.S. copyright law seeks to protect ‘original works of authorship’ by barring unauthorized copying of all kinds of creative material: sheet music, poetry, architectural works, paintings and even computer software. But recipes are much harder to protect. This is a reason they frequently reappear, often word for word, in one book or blog after another.”


University of Texas at Austin: First Digital Platform to Track and Prevent Drug Overdoses in Texas Launches. “The rate of opioid and other drug overdoses is on the rise in Texas, but there has been no statewide system to collect overdose data—until now. An interdisciplinary team of developers, designers, clinical partners and researchers led by Dell Medical School and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin has created a digital reporting and surveillance system to track drug overdoses statewide.”

Auburn University: Building Science, Architecture faculty digitally preserving Alabama’s disappearing Rosenwald Schools. “In the early decades of the 1900s when racial segregation was the norm, almost 400 schools were built in rural Alabama to serve as educational facilities for African American children. These were known as the Rosenwald Schools and, between 1912-32, they made it possible for African American children to obtain a formal education in a time when doing so would otherwise be nearly an impossibility.” Good morning, Internet…

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