The Verge: Reddit launches five-day live-streaming test

The Verge: Reddit launches five-day live-streaming test. “Reddit is testing out something that, if successful, could help it take on platforms like Twitch and YouTube — live-streaming. The company today announced its first broadcasting tool, which it’s calling the ‘Reddit Public Access Network.’ The software will let eligible users live-stream to a new subreddit called r/pan.”

Tubefilter: The Streamy Awards Pact With YouTube For Exclusive Distribution Deal, Announce Dec. 13 Showdate

Tubefilter: The Streamy Awards Pact With YouTube For Exclusive Distribution Deal, Announce Dec. 13 Showdate. “For the third time to date (once back in 2016, and again in 2018), the Streamy Awards will air exclusively on YouTube. This year’s ceremony — marking the ninth-ever Streamys — will be broadcast live globally from the Beverly Hilton hotel on Dec. 13.”

Bates College: Bates Announces $3.97 Million National Science Foundation Grant For Visual Database Project

Bates College: Bates Announces $3.97 Million National Science Foundation Grant For Visual Database Project. “Bates College has received a National Science Foundation grant of $3.97 million to create a groundbreaking Visual Experience Database to support research in fields that rely on the analysis and recognition of images, such as neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. The largest-ever federal grant awarded to Bates, the four-year award will fuel the creation of a vast gallery of videos that depict what, and how, people see as they go about daily activities.”

The best deepfakes on the web: Baby Elon, Ryan Reynolds Wonka, and beyond (Digital Trends)

Digital Trends: The best deepfakes on the web: Baby Elon, Ryan Reynolds Wonka, and beyond. “Ever since the tech first burst onto the scene, a burgeoning community of deepfake creators has assembled online. Due to the controversial nature of the technology, many of these creators weren’t willing to share their real names. But share their work and thoughts on said work? That’s another thing entirely. Here are some of the most dazzling realistic fruits of their labor.”

Ars Technica: YouTube should stop recommending garbage videos to users

Ars Technica: YouTube should stop recommending garbage videos to users. “Ostensibly, YouTube’s recommendation algorithms are politically neutral. However, they’re optimized to boost ‘engagement,’ and in practice that means promoting videos with extremist and conspiratorial points of view. In Brazil, that has meant bringing a cadre of far-right social media stars to prominence, ultimately helping them gain power in national politics.”