New York Internet Access, Destination Distillery, Discord, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 17, 2022


WKBW: Governor Hochul’s office unveils interactive broadband service map. “The state’s new interactive broadband service map is part of a $1 billion initiative called ConnectAll. The map provides detailed information on the broadband infrastructure of neighborhoods around the state by allowing users to search their addresses and see which providers are available, the technology those providers use and what speeds are available in their area.”

BusinessWire: Distilled Spirits Council Launches Providing Interactive Map of U.S. Distilleries, Their Stories & the History of Spirits (PRESS RELEASE). “The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today launched Destination Distillery™ (, a new website providing a tourism-driven experience and educational journey into the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America. Visitors to the website will be able to explore many of America’s most famous distilleries as well as up-and-coming ones, state-by-state trails, economic impact of the spirits industry by state, and important sites connected to the history of distilling and spirits in our country.”


Digital Trends: Discord’s new content moderation tool will automatically block words and phrases. “In an effort to help its own moderators out, Discord has developed a new automated content moderation tool. Content moderation can be an exhausting, burnout-inducing task that requires community moderators to view upsetting content and then decide how best to handle such content and the user who posted it. Discord’s new tool, called AutoMod, is meant to help with that task.”

Android Central: Google finally shutters this long-defunct messaging service. “Google has completely pulled the plug on Talk, a legacy messaging service that you probably haven’t used in a very long time. Google Talk has remained operational for quite some time, even after it was retired a few years ago, but that officially ends today.”


Government Executive: The EPA is Getting Rid of Its Online Archive and Groups Are Unhappy. “Content from the archive will be moved elsewhere when the archive is retired in July. The agency argues it is not compromising transparency by doing so, but a range of groups have voiced their concerns.” I mentioned this a while ago; this is a bit of an update.

RFI: RIP Internet Explorer: South Korean engineer’s browser ‘grave’ goes viral. “In honour of the browser’s ‘death’, a gravestone marked with its signature ‘e’ logo was set up on the rooftop of a cafe in South Korea’s southern city of Gyeongju by engineer Kiyoung Jung, 38. ‘He was a good tool to use to download other browsers,’ the gravestone’s inscription reads.”


New York Times: How a Religious Sect Landed Google in a Lawsuit. “In a tiny town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, a religious organization called the Fellowship of Friends has established an elaborate, 1,200-acre compound full of art and ornate architecture. More than 200 miles away from the Fellowship’s base in Oregon House, Calif., the religious sect, which believes a higher consciousness can be achieved by embracing fine arts and culture, has also gained a foothold inside a business unit at Google.”

Security Week: 2,000 People Arrested Worldwide for Social Engineering Schemes. “As part of this operation, which ran between March 8 and May 8, police raided more than 1,700 locations, identified roughly 3,000 suspects, and arrested 2,000 individuals believed to be involved in illicit activities. Authorities also froze approximately 4,000 bank accounts and intercepted $50 million worth of illegal funds.”


Fast Company: This new AI-powered paint tool helps you create custom colors with your voice. “If an architect wanted to create a building that matched the color of a New York City summer sunset, they’d have to pore over potentially hundreds of color cards designed for industry to get anything close, and still it’d be a tall order to find that exact match. But a new AI-powered, voice-controlled tool from Sherwin-Williams aims to change that. The paint brand recently launched Speaking in Color, a tool that allows users to tell it about certain places, objects, or shades in order to arrive at that perfect color.”

The Conversation: When texts suddenly stop: Why people ghost on social media. “I am a professor of psychology who studies the role of technology use in interpersonal relationships and well-being. Given the negative psychological consequences of thwarted relationships – especially during the emerging adulthood years, ages 18 to 29 – I wanted to understand what leads college students to ghost others, and if ghosting has any impact on mental health.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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