Minnesota Lakes, Internet Archive, Internet Video Archive, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 25, 2023


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: News release: New DNR tool provides health information for thousands of lakes. “The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has created a new online tool, called the Watershed Health Assessment Framework for Lakes (WHAF for Lakes)… Users can compare a lake’s health measures to other nearby lakes. Along with graphics showing lakes’ relative water quality, biology, and hydrology, WHAF for Lakes includes information about basic lake characteristics and lake stewardship.”


The Hindu: Internet Archive takes down upload of BBC’s Modi documentary. “The Internet Archive, a US-based repository of webpage archives and media uploads by users around the world, has taken down a widely circulated upload of the first episode of the BBC’s The Modi Question, the documentary that was ordered off of YouTube and Twitter by the Union government, The Hindu has found.”

TV Tech: Fabric Acquires Internet Video Archive. “The media and entertainment catalog management solution provider Fabric has acquired Internet Video Archive (IVA), which has a large inventory of entertainment trailers, as well as a substantial baseline catalog of film and television metadata. Financial terms of the deal for IVA were not disclosed. For the past 18 years, IVA has been providing movie, TV, and game promotional content to some of the largest names in the media industry.”


MakeUseOf: The 5 Best Free Screen Recording Apps Without Time Limits or Watermarks. “Screen recordings are an excellent way to explain things easier, whether it’s a how-to tutorial, an app demonstration, an online presentation, or an online meeting discussion. But most of the ‘free’ screen recording tools have some restrictions or the other. They’ll set a time limit for the recording, render lower resolution videos, add watermarks, or show ads. And you usually have to pay to remove those annoyances. If you’re tired of this and want the best free screen recording apps, you’re in luck.”


The Stack: After 20 years at Google, there were no flowers, no card, and no goodbye. “On Friday staff at the company’s New York offices had queued to try and get in to work after mass Google layoffs. If their passes flashed green, they still had a job. If they flashed red, they had been let go. For many, a terminating email had come in overnight and then their access to corporate email shut down in the morning before they left for the office. It was, said one observer, all a bit ‘Squid Game’.”

Android Police: Spam invites for Google Classrooms are out of control and unstoppable. “Spam has a way of getting around to all the platforms we use online. Whether it’s good ol’ fashioned phone calls or email, the comments section of anything, or automated content generation polluting the tubes of YouTube, it’s all unpleasant and messy and the only real saving grace we have is the ability to ignore it. But for Google Classroom users who are dealing with a wave of fresh textual horrors, they might not even have a valid way of doing so.”


MarketWatch: Feds poised to file another antitrust suit against Google this week: report. “The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to sue Alphabet Inc. in the coming days over its dominance in the online ad market, according to a report late Monday. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg News reported the antitrust suit is expected to be filed in federal court before the end of this week, and as soon as Tuesday.”

Washington Post: ChatGPT is now writing legislation. Is this the future?. “…in what may be a first, a Massachusetts state senator has used a surging new tool to help write a bill aimed at restricting it: ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot. On Friday, state Sen. Barry Finegold (D) introduced legislation to set data privacy and security safeguards for the service and others like it that was ‘drafted with the help of ChatGPT.'”


PsyPost: TikTok use is associated with increased body dissatisfaction, study finds. “TikTok, a social media application consisting of short videos, has grown rapidly in popularity over the last half a decade. It is most popular with Gen Z, and around 40% of the users range in age from 16 to 24. While other social media has been linked with body image issues, TikTok, which has not been extensively researched, has some unique features that may exacerbate this issue.”

Tubefilter: In 2022, 65% of all internet traffic came from video sites . “Each year, intelligence firm Sandvine identifies the websites and applications that gobble up the most bandwidth. In 2022, Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Report reinforced an ongoing trend: Data usage from video sites increased by 24% year-over-year, and video now accounts for 65% of all internet traffic.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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