Library of Congress, Snapchat, Stablecoins, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 30, 2022


Library of Congress: What’s new online at the Library of Congress – Memorial Day Weekend 2022. “Interested in learning more about what’s new in the Library of Congress’ digital collections? The Signal now shares out semi-regularly about new additions to publicly-available digital collections and we can’t wait to show off all the hard work from our colleagues from across the Library. Read on for a sample of what’s been added recently and some of our favorite highlights.”


Engadget: Snapchat’s Shared Stories will let you collaborate with friends of friends. “Snapchat has updated its Custom Stories feature to allow more people to participate. While the original version of the feature only gives you a way to add friends to view and contribute to your Stories, the new version called Shared Stories allows the friends you add to add their own contacts.”

Rest of World: From Argentina to Nigeria, people saw Terra as more stable than local currency. They lost everything. “The apparent security of stablecoins has made them attractive to people in countries that experience high inflation or currency devaluations, such as Argentina, Iran, and Nigeria. The UST crash, which has hit other crypto assets, shattered that illusion. Valeria is one of more than a dozen people Rest of World spoke with, from countries including Argentina, Venezuela, Iran, Iraq, and Nigeria, who invested in UST — the third-largest stablecoin — and its accompanying Luna token, and who said they have now lost tens of thousands of dollars in savings.”


Make Tech Easier: 8 Tools for Designing Amazing Social Media Graphics. “Social media has become a key part of the marketing strategy for most companies and influencers. However, not everyone has the graphic design chops to make amazing social media graphics on their own. Luckily, there are several great online tools that can help you design graphics for your social media accounts, and many of these tools offer free versions.”


PC Gamer: The Embracer Group is now collecting historical games in addition to developers. “The Embracer Group, a massive conglomerate formerly known as THQ Nordic AB, has recently announced a game preservation initiative called the Embracer Games Archive(opens in new tab) with the stated goal to ‘archive and save as much of the videogames industry as possible.'”

The Next Web: Halsey’s record label won’t release a new song until it goes viral on TikTok. Is this the future of the music industry?. “Like MTV or top 40 hits radio stations before it, TikTok is where popular music lives right now. Labels understand that. To them, the allure of TikTok is that musical content can go viral quickly, offering the potential to save millions on other types of marketing campaigns.”


The Hacker News: Microsoft Warns of Web Skimmers Mimicking Google Analytics and Meta Pixel Code. “Threat actors behind web skimming campaigns are leveraging malicious JavaScript code that mimics Google Analytics and Meta Pixel scripts in an attempt to sidestep detection.”

Nature: Artificial intelligence is breaking patent law. “Rather than forcing old patent laws to accommodate new technology, we propose that national governments design bespoke IP law — AI-IP — that protects AI-generated inventions. Nations should also create an international treaty to ensure that these laws follow standardized principles, and that any disputes can be resolved efficiently. Researchers need to inform both steps.”


Psychology Today: AI Device Helps Diagnose Autism in Children. “A new peer-reviewed study published in npj Digital Medicine, a Nature Portfolio journal, shows the results of a clinical trial in which an artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) helped primary care providers assess whether young children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).”

WIRED: Let’s Get Our Shit Together—Literally. “IT’S TIME TO give a crap about crap. To save animals, we need to save their poop. If a bear shits in the woods and a scientist is there to collect it, where will it be stored? The Poop Ark!” Good afternoon, Internet…

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