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Sunday Evening (and how) ResearchBuzz, March 14, 2021 – ResearchBuzz

NEW RESOURCES

KJZZ: Entire Arizona Highways Magazine Archive Available In Arizona Memory Project’s Digital Library. “For nearly 100 years, Arizona Highways magazine has captured the history and culture of the state. Their latest achievement: They’ve now digitized every issue of the storied magazine.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Gizmodo: Google Celebrates Pi Day With a Cute Calculator Easter Egg. “The yearly celebration of the mathematical constant π or pi, aka the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (and here I thought I’d never get a chance to use 9th-grade geometry in real life!). It falls on March 14 because pi written out numerically is 3.14… and then goes on forever because irrational numbers just roll that way. In observance of this pseudo-holiday, Google hid a nerdy little Easter egg in Chrome’s calculator.”

Engadget: Clubhouse tackles privacy issues with its drop-in audio chats. “As The Verge reports, Clubhouse will no longer require access to your phone contacts to invite people to the platform — you only have to add their phone number directly. While that’s not as ideal as avoiding phone numbers altogether, it tackles gripes that Clubhouse was both asking for unnecessary info and creating profiles for people who never intended to join.”

USEFUL STUFF

Mashable: TikTok users are teaching iPhone owners how to screenshot an entire webpage. “Did you know you could screenshot an entire webpage on your phone, then save it as a PDF and revisit its contents whenever your little heart desires? Full-page screenshotting is a super simple and helpful trick, yet I, a person who’s owned an iPhone for over a decade, had no idea it was possible until I watched this TikTok video.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Reuters: Oman blocks audio app Clubhouse citing lack of permit, but some fear censorship. “Oman blocked U.S. audio app Clubhouse on Sunday because it did not have the right permit, authorities said, but some activists described the move as a further erosion of freedom of expression in the Gulf state.”

Scroll .in: How Bangladesh agencies are suspected of taking down websites, YouTube channels of dissidents abroad . “On December 8, Oliullah Noman, the executive editor of the newly established online Bengali news website, Amar Desh UK, received an email from its host DigitalOcean. It started friendly enough – ‘Hi there’ – but its contents were far from it. The email was a notice stating that an article on the website was “the subject of a notification of claimed copyright infringement” under the US law, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. DigitalOcean requested Amar Desh UK to take down the offending article from its website within three days or they “may disable access” to the website.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks. “The sophisticated hacks pulled off by Russia and China against a broad array of government and industrial targets in the United States — and the failure of the intelligence agencies to detect them — are driving the Biden administration and Congress to rethink how the nation should protect itself from growing cyberthreats.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Washington Post: Massive Facebook study on users’ doubt in vaccines finds a small group appears to play a big role in pushing the skepticism. “The company’s data scientists divided the company’s U.S. users, groups and pages into 638 population segments to explore which types of groups hold vaccine hesitant beliefs. The document did not identify how Facebook defined a segment or grouped communities, but noted that the segments could be at least 3 million people. Some of the early findings are notable: Just 10 out of the 638 population segments contained 50 percent of all vaccine hesitancy content on the platform. And in the population segment with the most vaccine hesitancy, just 111 users contributed half of all vaccine hesitant content.”

Jeremiah Owyang: 20 Ways Businesses Will Engage Social Audio. “The tech crowd abuzz with the promise of a new, real-time engagement platform, influencers gathering en masse to share content, and the ever-so-slight opening of the proverbial ‘exclusive access door’ to the public for a peek inside the magic. Except this time around, consumers and the press are much more keen to the potential data risks and platform flaws.” Good evening, Internet…

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