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Utah Theater, Washington Post, Google, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 20, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

Salt Lake Tribune: Final scene: Salt Lake City’s Utah Theater meets the wrecking ball. “Wrecking cranes began gouging into the blond brick walls of the Utah Theater on Tuesday as a hotly contested demolition of the historic building finally got underway…. Interior features of the neoclassical playhouse, opened in 1919, have also been extensively documented in a digital archive now maintained at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library.”

Washington Post: Introducing “Ecokitchen,” a Washington Post newsletter dedicated to climate-conscious cooking. “…to commemorate Earth Day 2022, The Washington Post will lift its paywall and offer free digital access to The Post – including its award-winning climate coverage – to all registered non-subscribers from April 20-22.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

9to5 Google: Google Search on desktop tests redesign that puts Images, Video, and more to the left. “Google has been spotted testing a new redesign for Search that moves alternate search methods like Google Images over to the left-hand side.”

The Verge: Brave is bypassing Google AMP pages because they’re ‘harmful to users’. “Brave announced a new feature for its browser on Tuesday: De-AMP, which automatically jumps past any page rendered with Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages framework and instead takes users straight to the original website…. Brave framed De-AMP as a privacy feature and didn’t mince words about its stance toward Google’s version of the web.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Teleprompter Apps to Read Scripts While Shooting Videos or Hosting Webinars. “From the President of the USA to Jeff Bezos, successful people use teleprompters to give speeches that seem impromptu. You can use the same trick to remember your lines with these free teleprompter apps.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Motherboard: Google’s AI-Powered ‘Inclusive Warnings’ Feature Is Very Broken. “Starting this month—21 years after Microsoft turned off Clippy because people hated it so much—Google is rolling out a new feature called ‘assistive writing’ that butts into your prose to make style and tone notes on word choice, concision, and inclusive language…. this feature is showing up for end users in Google Docs, one of the company’s most widely-used products, and it’s annoying as hell.”

WSET: Eastern Iowa dairy farmer uses social media to entertain and educate. “Dan Venteicher is no stranger to technology. On his Iowa dairy farm, robots milk and feed his cows every day…. Over the last year, though, he’s made connections through another tool – his smartphone.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

NBC News: Crypto casinos: How bitcoin opened up a new online gambling world. “Online casino gambling in the U.S. is illegal in all but six states, kept in check by strict rules that make it hard for users to move money in and out of regulated internet casinos. But those rules don’t hold up so well when it comes to bitcoin.”

Reuters: Exclusive-Vietnam plans 24-hour take-down law for “illegal” social media content -sources. “Vietnam is preparing new rules requiring social media firms to take down content it deems illegal within 24 hours, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said. The planned amendments to current law will cement Vietnam, a $1 billion market for Facebook, as one of the world’s most stringent regimes for social media firms and will strengthen the ruling Communist Party’s hand as it cracks down on ‘anti-state’ activity.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Guelph Today: U of G study uses Google trends to help pinpoint hot spots for ticks, Lyme disease . “Researchers at the University of Guelph have undertaken a spatial epidemiological analysis of Lyme disease using internet searches to focus on the association between Lyme disease prevalence and internet search frequencies recorded by Google Trends.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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