Hindi Cinema, The Georgia Bulletin, Detecting Ecommerce Scams, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 21, 2023


Google Blog: Explore the rich legacy of Hindi cinema. “Journey through our collection of over 7,000 cinema artifacts and learn from stories curated by our partners— or, play our first-ever Hindi cinema puzzle party game. And with the help of augmented reality technology, project the poster of your favorite Hindi movie anytime and anywhere.”

The Georgia Bulletin: Sixty years of The Georgia Bulletin . “A project of the Office of Archives and Records of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, full text issues of the local Catholic newspaper from 1963 to current times are now digitized. Over several years, the Office of Archives and Records sent batches of historical print issues of The Georgia Bulletin for preservation scanning. This protects fragile papers from further damage. Researchers can now easily access local Catholic history in north Georgia.”

RTE: New tool launched to prevent online shopping scams. “‘CheckMyLink’ is a security tool built by Munster Technological University Cyber Skills in collaboration with Scam Adviser and An Garda Síochána. It checks that the website someone is about to buy from is genuine and free from malware.” I tried it briefly. Basically it runs a bunch of checks against a domain name. Sometimes it’s confusing — the legitimate Amazon domain name has really bad TrustPilot ratings — but overall it provides a lot of useful information.


Washington Post: In rare show of force, senators enlist U.S. marshals to subpoena tech CEOs. (This link is to a gift article.) “A Senate panel announced Monday it subpoenaed the CEOs of Discord, Snap and Elon Musk’s X to testify at a hearing on children’s online safety next month after ‘repeated refusals’ by the tech companies to cooperate with its investigation into the matter.”

CT Insider: Connecticut attorney general blasts X, leaves social media site. “Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, citing a litany of charges against X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, left the site last week over what he said was owner Elon Musk’s divisive posts.”


Jambands: Neil Young Leaves X Following Musk’s Antisemitic Sentiments. “Two years after Neil Young took his music off Spotify following COVID-19 vaccine misinformation by Joe Rogan on the platform, the artist has once again used his absence from a digital platform as a form of protest, this time stepping off X due to Elon Musk’s antisemitic sentiments.”

404 Media: Bing Generates Disney Logos, Definitely Won’t Incur Disney’s Wrath . “Microsoft is trying to play prompt generation keyword whack-a-mole with AI-generated copyright infringement against one of the most powerful entertainment companies in the world: Disney.”


WIRED: Secretive White House Surveillance Program Gives Cops Access to Trillions of US Phone Records. “A little-known surveillance program tracks more than a trillion domestic phone records within the United States each year, according to a letter WIRED obtained that was sent by US senator Ron Wyden to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sunday, challenging the program’s legality.”

The Verge: A secret Google deal let Spotify completely bypass Android’s app store fees. “On the stand, Google head of global partnerships Don Harrison confirmed Spotify paid a 0 percent commission when users chose to buy subscriptions through Spotify’s own system. If the users picked Google as their payment processor, Spotify handed over 4 percent — dramatically less than Google’s more common 15 percent fee.”


University of Gothenberg: Nostalgia and memories after ten years of social media. “As possibilities have changed and technology has advanced, memories and nostalgia are now a significant part of our use of social media. This is shown in a study from the University of Gothenburg and University West.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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