Pinterest, Google, Mastodon, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 13, 2022


TechCrunch: Pinterest launches its collage-making app Shuffles to the general public. “Pinterest’s new collage-making app Shuffles is now available to the general public, after entering an invite-only test phase earlier this summer.”

Google Blog: New feature to help people navigate the energy crisis in Europe. “In times of uncertainty, people turn to Google for help and information. As people look for new ways to stay on top of their energy consumption and keep costs manageable, we’re launching a new feature in 29 countries and 22 languages across Europe to enable people to find relevant and actionable information to help them navigate this crisis and save energy.”


Digital Trends: How to use Mastodon: create your account, join servers, and more. “The best part about Mastodon is that you can follow users in other Mastodon instances, even if you are not a member of that instance. Think of it as being able to talk with a person in a Facebook Group or a WhatsApp group chat without having to join that group. The rest is a familiar affair. You can write posts worth up to 500 characters in length, share photos and videos, repost someone’s else content, and more.”


PetaPixel: The Personal Photo Curator: A New Profession is Born. “The average family may shoot four thousand photos in a year. If you have been taking pictures since the iPhone 3G came out in 2008, it means that now, after 14 years of a trigger-happy existence, you are inundated with over 50,000 photos. And you probably cannot find a perfect shot from a vacation you took just three years ago. Enter personal photo curator Isabelle Dervaux, who can make sense of your photo mess and get your collection organized and, more importantly, functional.”

Mediaite: Twitter Flags Mediaite Post Critical of Elon Musk as ‘Potentially Spammy’. “Twitter deemed a Mediaite article that is critical of the company’s new owner Elon Musk as ‘potentially spammy’ on Friday night, and diverted users to a warning page when they click the post. The warning had been removed as of Saturday morning after multiple media outlets – including this one – reported on it.”

William & Mary News: W&M Libraries partners with local Black churches to preserve important church records. “More than a decade ago, William & Mary began the work of reconciling the institution and community with its history regarding the exploitation of African Americans through the eras of slavery, Jim Crow and segregation. Its reconciliation efforts include The Lemon Project, Center for Racial and Social Justice Speaker Series and Hearth: Memorial to the Enslaved, to name a few. Understanding the importance of the effort, the staff at W&M Libraries looked for ways to contribute.”


Wall Street Journal: Alameda, FTX Executives Are Said to Have Known FTX Was Using Customer Funds . “Alameda Research’s chief executive and senior FTX officials knew that FTX had lent its customers’ money to Alameda to help it meet its liabilities, according to people familiar with the matter. Alameda’s troubles helped lead to the bankruptcy of FTX, the crypto exchange founded by Sam Bankman-Fried. Alameda is a trading firm also founded and owned by Mr. Bankman-Fried.”


Vanderbilt University: Vanderbilt researchers develop app that promotes shared responsibility between parents and teens to manage family online safety and privacy. “…Vanderbilt researchers, with collaborators from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the University of Cincinnati, developed a mobile app—Community Oversight of Privacy and Security (‘CO-oPS’)—and tested it with parents and teenagers to see whether working collaboratively would help resolve some of the tech-centered disputes while enhancing the safety and privacy of all family members.

University of Chicago: UpDown project aims to speed up data processing a hundredfold. “With a $9.2 million grant from Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Prof. Andrew A. Chien will lead a team of University of Chicago computer science researchers building the UpDown Systema—a new approach that could speed up graph analytics a hundredfold. Graph analytics is at the heart of some of today’s most exciting computational applications in science and technology…. However, today’s computing architectures were not designed for graphs, and struggle with efficiency and scalability.” Good afternoon, Internet..

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