FIFA+, National Recording Registry, Woodstock Memories, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 13, 2022


Hollywood Reporter: FIFA Launching Soccer-Focused Streaming Platform FIFA+. “The new ad-funded service will include live matches, a huge archive of World Cup clips and games, plus original content, including feature docs and series, with hopes that it will become the ‘undisputed destination of football content.'”


NPR: The Library of Congress is preserving these major historical recordings for posterity. “When the World Trade Center was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, staffers at the city’s largest public radio station struggled to report the news — not because their transmitter was atop one of the Twin Towers. But our colleagues at WNYC persevered and managed to keep New Yorkers informed throughout the horror and chaos of that terrible day and provide the first eyewitness accounts of the attack. Now, WNYC’s 9/11 broadcasts will be archived in the National Recording Registry. Every year since 2000, when the Registry was first established by an act of Congress, the Library of Congress picks 25 titles to be preserved for posterity.”


Sullivan County Democrat: Preserving Memories of The Woodstock Music & Art Fair. “The Museum at Bethel Woods, the National Register Historic Site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair, is working on compiling an archive of oral histories of Woodstock from the people who experienced it firsthand. The Museum is asking festival alumni to connect, and arrange for their stories to be heard and recorded. The goal is for these combined narratives to tell the untold story of the festival, preserving them for generations to come.”

Reuters: Google to invest $9.5 billion in U.S. offices, data centers this year. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it plans to invest about $9.5 billion across its U.S. offices and data centers this year, up from $7 billion last year. Google said the investment will create at least 12,000 full-time jobs in 2022 and focus on data centers in several states including Nevada, Nebraska and Virginia.”


University of Missouri: MU professor says Google v. Oracle case leaves fair use ‘muddy’. “After more than a decade of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2021 that Google did not violate copyright laws by including 11,500 lines of code from Java (which is owned by Oracle) in its own Android operating system. It was the first time the court updated fair use precedents since 1994 and one of the few cases specifically addressing how these laws intersect with software development. Now, new research from Gary Myers, Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law, is urging another look at the consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision. He said the ruling could introduce uncertainty when deciding how new software can build on what came before.”

WIRED: The Tricky Aftermath of Source Code Leaks. “Businesses, governments, and other institutions have been plagued by ransomware attacks, business email compromise, and an array other breaches in recent years. Researchers say, though, that while source code leaks may seem catastrophic, and certainly aren’t good, they typically aren’t the worst-case scenario of a criminal data breach.”

Associated Press: Lawsuit accuses Elon Musk of breaking law while nearly doubling Twitter stock. “Elon Musk’s huge Twitter investment took a new twist Tuesday with the filing of a lawsuit alleging that the colorful billionaire illegally delayed disclosing his stake in the social media company so he could buy more shares at lower prices.”


SciTechDaily: When It Comes to AI, Can We Ditch the Datasets? Using Synthetic Data for Training Machine-Learning Models. “A machine-learning model for image classification that’s trained using synthetic data can rival one trained on the real thing, a study shows.”

Phys .org: What our negative comments and consumer gripes on social media reveal about us. “We’ve examined the issue of consumer anger on social media because, as marketing academics, we’re interested in how companies handle the excessive toxicity that comes with corporate social media engagement. But our research also helps explain the causes of this culture of complaint. Our findings point to this behaviour meeting two basic psychological needs.”

University at Buffalo: These stunning 3D models of coral reefs are a crucial research tool. “Where do coral larvae, called planulae, like to settle? What seascapes help youngsters of different coral species flourish? And do varying species compete for the same microhabitats/spots on the reef? To study these questions, University at Buffalo scientist Ángela Martínez Quintana has created stunning 3D digital models that visualize the surface of coral reefs in painstaking detail. And these artful re-creations aren’t just beautiful: They’re also filled with data on the distribution of young corals, known as recruits, that scientists are analyzing.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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