Puerto Rico Art, New York Long Covid Support, Silicon Valley Job Cuts, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, September 23, 2022


Google Blog: Digitizing artwork to share Puerto Rican culture around the globe . “10 museums and archives in Puerto Rico have come together through a partnership with Google Arts & Culture, Lin-Manuel Miranda and myself to launch Puerto Rico: The Sum of Its Arts. This new, digital exhibition is an immersive experience of Puerto Rico’s rich multicultural heritage through over 60 expert stories and exhibits, curated from over 1,100 artworks and artifacts by our partners.”

New York State Department of Health: State Department of Health Launches New Website and Audio Resources to Support New Yorkers With Long COVID. “As long COVID response efforts continue – in partnership with national and global health experts – the State’s new webpage offers information on what long COVID is, the symptoms, and how New Yorkers can prepare or seek treatment from healthcare providers…. To support New Yorkers currently struggling with long COVID, the website is also available in an audio format.”


CNET: Facebook Parent Meta, Google to Cut Costs and Staff, Report Says. “Facebook parent company Meta and Alphabet’s Google are reportedly cutting staff as the tech giants look to slash costs amid slowing growth. Citing people familiar with these decisions, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Meta is looking to slash its costs by at least 10% within the next few months.”

TechCrunch: Google rolls out a new set of search tools for eco-conscious travelers. “In recent months, Google has been steadily adding new tools to help consumers choose more sustainable options when using its services like Google Maps, Google Flights and hotel search. On Tuesday, the company announced it’s expanding these efforts with the addition of a handful of new features that allow travelers to better filter their searches to make sustainable choices when booking flights or hotels as well as improved options for trains.”

CNBC: Google co-founder’s flying car startup is winding down. “Kittyhawk was founded as Zee.Aero in 2010 when Page recruited Sebastian Thrun, who had worked on self-driving cars and other experimental projects at Google, to create electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The company unveiled a demonstration video of a flying car in 2017, and Thrun said he envisioned a time when people would be able to hail flying cars through an app like Lyft or Uber.”


Tom’s Guide: Telegram: What it is and how to use it. “There are plenty of WhatsApp alternatives for those who want to break free of Facebook’s ecosystem and Telegram is one of the more popular choices. Back in 2020, Telegram’s founder, Pavel Durov, revealed that the messaging platform had nearly 500 million active users and as it stands now, there are over 700 million monthly active users(opens in new tab).”


Washington Post: Inside the civil rights campaign to get Big Tech to fight the ‘big lie’. “Through memos and meetings, the Change the Terms coalition for months had pleaded with Facebook parent Meta, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube to bolster the content moderation systems that it says allowed Trump’s baseless claims about election rigging to spread, setting the groundwork for the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to interviews and private correspondence viewed by The Washington Post. Now, with less than two months before the general election, coalition members say they’ve seen little action from the platforms.”

Technical .ly: Meet Maryland’s Treevo, a single app for all social media accounts. “Treevo leaders Tywande Barnes and Michael Ogunyemi gave us the 411 on their app, which looks to create a centralized digital identity by letting users post and view content from all their apps in a single place.”

Make Zine: Elecrow CrowPi L: Chromebook Killer for Creatives?. “Raspberry Pi-powered laptops are not anything new, with offerings from Pi-Top, Kano, and Elecrow themselves, not to mention homebrew projects from makers, the desire to create a fully featured computing device based around the Pi is almost as old as the venerable board itself. The CrowPi L, however, represents a ready-to-run, full-featured maker lab in a box, with a price point and capabilities similar to a low-end Chromebook – but seemingly much more potential.”


Reuters: Florida asks U.S. Supreme Court to revive law targeting social media ‘censorship’. “Florida on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a state law aimed at stopping social media companies from restricting users’ political speech after a federal appeals court blocked it earlier this year. The law, which had been challenged by industry group NetChoice, would require social media companies to disclose the rules they use for banning or censoring users and to apply them consistently, and would limit their ability to ban candidates for political office from their platforms.”

New York Times: ‘They Are Watching’: Inside Russia’s Vast Surveillance State. “Roughly 800 miles east of Moscow, authorities in the Republic of Bashkortostan, one of Russia’s 85 regions, were busy tabulating the mood of comments in social media messages. They marked down YouTube posts that they said criticized the Russian government. They noted the reaction to a local protest. Then they compiled their findings.”


PR Newswire: The Open Mainframe Project Announces A New Mainframe Resource to Advance Mainframe Talent and Innovative Technologies (PRESS RELEASE). “The Open Mainframe Project today announces the availability of a z15 Mainframe system dedicated for training next generation talent and the development of new open software technologies in ways that will further strengthen the integration of mainframe and cloud.”

NewsWise: Even smartest AI models don’t match human visual processing. “Deep convolutional neural networks (DCNNs) don’t see objects the way humans do – using configural shape perception – and that could be dangerous in real-world AI applications, says Professor James Elder, co-author of a York University study published today.” Good morning, Internet…

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