Johns Hopkins University Public Art, Twitter, Google Keep, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, October 26, 2023


Johns Hopkins University: A New Virtual Guide To The Extensive Public Art Collection At Johns Hopkins. “Johns Hopkins University has joined nearly 300 cultural institutions on Bloomberg Connects, an app offering free digital access to art collections and exhibits around the world. Through the app, users can listen to exclusive audio guides, read commentary from art critics and historians, and view countless works of art.”


Fast Company: ‘Ruthless and clumsy’: Twitter alumni give Elon Musk low marks on his first year. “The litany of issues that X now faces are huge. The userbase has shifted, and who is prioritized in the timeline is dictated now by who’s willing to pay, rather than who has relevance or importance in topical conversation.”

Lifehacker: You Can Now Format Text in Google Keep. “There are a lot of notation apps out there that will happily take both your time and money, but you don’t need to look far for such an app: These days, Google Keep is good enough to make do for simple note taking and writing. The company recently updated the app to support version history (thank goodness), and now allows you to format text within a note.”

Bleeping Computer: Google Chrome’s new “IP Protection” will hide users’ IP addresses. “Google is getting ready to test a new ‘IP Protection’ feature for the Chrome browser that enhances users’ privacy by masking their IP addresses using proxy servers. Recognizing the potential misuse of IP addresses for covert tracking, Google seeks to strike a balance between ensuring users’ privacy and the essential functionalities of the web.”


ProPublica: A Prominent Museum Obtained Items From a Massacre of Native Americans in 1895. The Survivors’ Descendants Want Them Back.. “After the mass killing at Wounded Knee, the American Museum of Natural History received children’s toys taken from the site. A 1990 law was meant to ‘expeditiously return’ such items to Native Americans, but descendants are still waiting.”

The Mainichi: Japan asks Google to revert map names of disputed E. China Sea islets . “Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Friday it had asked Google Inc. to revert to only using Japan’s name on Google Maps for a group of islets controlled by Tokyo but claimed by China and Taiwan.”

New York Times: Cameo to the Moon, and Back. “A start-up that offers fans a way to buy personalized videos from celebrities was supercharged by pandemic boredom and venture capital. All it had to do was grow forever.”


Bloomberg: Google Maps Disables Live Traffic Data in Israel, Gaza at Military Request. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google is disabling live traffic conditions in Israel and the Gaza Strip for its Maps and Waze apps at the request of the Israeli military, ahead of a potential ground invasion into Gaza.”

Kyiv Independent: The writing is on the wall: Ukrainian archivists collect Russian graffiti as evidence of war crimes. “The message is just one of around 650 inscriptions translated and verified by members of the Wall Evidence project, an open-source digital archive of graffiti, drawings, diary entries, notes, and other markings left behind by Russian forces in previously occupied territories. The inscriptions documented by the project span historical references, ethnic sentiments, and propaganda phrases, revealing a wide spectrum of attitudes from fear and confusion to enjoyment, cruelty, cynicism, and remorselessness.”

ALM Benefits Pro: Twitter’s $500M ERISA lawsuit continues, as employees seek denied severance benefits . “Late last week, an earlier lawsuit alleging Employee Retirement Income Security Act violations was amended to include another former employee. It also provides more details on claims about Musk’s disregarding of the severance plan in violation of ERISA and the intertwining of Musk and Twitter so he cannot avoid personal liability. In addition to seeking a minimum of $500 million in damages, the suit aims to compel Musk and X to pay terminated employees what they are owed under the severance plan.”


University of Central Florida: New UCF Project is Harnessing Virtual Reality to Teach Quantum Computing. “Researchers from the University of Central Florida, University of Texas at Dallas and Vanderbilt University have received a three-year, $927,203 grant for advancing future quantum education by using virtual reality (VR) and machine learning to identify and address misconceptions regarding quantum information science (QIS).”

The Conversation: Why Google, Bing and other search engines’ embrace of generative AI threatens $68 billion SEO industry. “Google, Microsoft and others boast that generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT will make searching the internet better than ever for users. For example, rather than having to wade through a sea of URLs, users will be able to just get an answer combed from the entire internet.” Good morning, Internet…

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