Spanish-Language Radio, Google Photos, Patreon, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 15, 2022


RadioWorld: AAPB Releases Resources to Honor Hispanic Heritage. “To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is releasing a selection of documentaries, interviews and other archival material for stations to air. The resources highlight the AAPB’s archive of Latinx, Hispanic and Spanish-language programs created by public radio broadcasters for radio and television. The material includes more than 8,000 newly added broadcasts from Linea Abierta, the only nationally-aired, Spanish-language, public radio call-in show.”


PC Magazine: Google Photos Rolls Out Its Biggest Ever Feature Update for Memories. “Google Photos is harnessing our collective need to share nostalgia with its biggest-ever update to Memories, which surfaces snapshots from recent years. The redesign, according to product manager Yael Marzan, will feature more videos—including ‘the best snippets’ from longer videos automatically trimmed ‘so you can relive the most meaningful moments.'”

TechCrunch: Patreon lays off 17% of staff, affecting 80 employees. “CEO Jack Conte wrote in a letter to staff — cross-posted to Patreon’s blog — that 17% of the staff will be laid off. This affects the Go-to-Market, Operations, Finance and People teams. Patreon will also close its Berlin office, which worked on sales and marketing.”


Smashing Magazine: Making Sense Of WAI-ARIA: A Comprehensive Guide. “The Web Accessibility Initiative — Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) is a technical specification that provides direction on how to improve the accessibility of web applications. Where the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) focus more on static web content, WAI-ARIA focuses on making interactions more accessible.” This article is sponsored. Normally I hate sponsored articles and I will not link to them. This one is so information-rich that I’m breaking my own rule.


The Snapper (Millersville University): Content creator inspires discussion through nostalgic memes. “Humorous phenomena taking the form of pictures, videos, and sounds, known as ‘memes,’ have been taking the world by storm for as long as most of us can remember. They spark joy, help us to cope or distract us from life’s troubles, and even inspire discussion about the world around us…. Living a Hannah Montana-esque double life, Lydia navigates work and life as any young woman in her 20s would, but when she wants to escape or express herself, she takes to the internet as her own online persona – Klit Klittredge.”

Globe and Mail: Sidewalk Labs project gained support from Trudeau in 2017 call ahead of bid process. “Google parent Alphabet Inc. gained support from Justin Trudeau for its plan to build a technology-driven community in Toronto after a private, undisclosed call between the Prime Minister and the company’s chairman before the project was ever made public.”


Bleeping Computer: Microsoft September 2022 Patch Tuesday fixes zero-day used in attacks, 63 flaws. “Today is Microsoft’s September 2022 Patch Tuesday, and with it comes fixes for an actively exploited Windows vulnerability and a total of 63 flaws. Five of the 63 vulnerabilities fixed in today’s update are classified as ‘Critical’ as they allow remote code execution, one of the most severe types of vulnerabilities.”

Associated Press: South Korea fines Google, Meta over privacy violations. ” South Korea’s privacy watchdog has fined Google and Meta a combined 100 billion won ($72 million) for tracking consumers’ online behavior without their consent and using their data for targeted advertisements.”


USA Today: Livestreamed violence compounds America’s horror and inspires copycats, experts say. When will it stop?. “The violence across Tennessee’s second-largest city that left four dead and three injured is the latest example of why advocates have been pushing tech companies since the 2019 mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, to draft policies against livestreamed attacks and quickly scrub the videos from their platforms.”


Washington Post: They’re locked up in D.C. — and learning how to code from MIT. “The last time Rochell Crowder held an office job, he said, it was 1983 and computers were not yet central to everyday life. But on Thursday, after almost four decades of odd jobs and crimes that landed him in and out of jail, the 57-year-old completed a computer science course taught by PhD candidates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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