Vivaldi, Deep Web, Google Drive, More: Saturday Buzz, June 17, 2017


Vivaldi 1.1 is now available. “Releasing Vivaldi 1.10, we give you the power for making the Start Page more personal than ever before. You’re the one who gets to decide how your Start Page looks, feels and performs. We’ve also added the much-requested ability to dock the Developer Tools.”


Comparitech: Using deep web search engines for academic and scholarly research. “…what is the deep web exactly, and what purpose does it serve for the greater research community as a whole? Read on in our guide to find out everything you need to know about the deep web, including what it means, where it lives, and how you can use it to your advantage.” More annotated sources than technique, good for beginners.

CNET: 7 hidden features of Google Drive. “I use Google Drive every day. I use it for work. I wrote this blog post in Google Docs, in fact. I use it at home, whether using Sheets to map out the summer schedule for my kids, or adding to my ever-expanding folder of recipes — it makes it easy to share favorites with friends or access needed ingredients on my phone when I’m at the grocery store. It’s hard to imagine my digital life before Google Drive.”

The Next Web: Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button. “The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time, and it isn’t weird to sometimes feel like you want to leave — there’s wasn’t an easy way out, until now.” This is from last November but it feels rather relevant at the moment…


BBC News: Facebook reveals measures to remove terrorist content. “Facebook has announced details of steps it is taking to remove terrorist-related content. The move comes after growing pressure from governments for technology companies to do more to take down material such as terrorist propaganda.”

Daily Nation (Kenya): Did Uhuru spread social media propaganda about Kalonzo?. “This week, President Uhuru Kenyatta appeared to have fallen for misinformation or deliberately deployed it in his campaigns. When fake news is picked up by someone with as much reach and a large audience as the Head of State has, it benefits from his stamp of credibility.”

National Law Journal: Trump Administration Has a Big Thing Against Public Databases. “Companies, raising reputational concerns, have long griped about agencies that post consumer complaints and other data. Republicans are now taking up that cause.”


Mashable: Twitter’s 2-factor authentication has a glaring weakness. “Adding an extra layer of security to your online accounts is a fundamental step to protect your digital life from hackers, but what’s the point if the new methods are just as vulnerable as the old ones? It’s a question some Twitter users are asking after discovering that the two-factor authentication on their accounts isn’t as secure as it seems.”

The Register: When we said don’t link to the article, Google, we meant DON’T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!. “A German court has given Google a hearty slap over its grudging response to ‘right to be forgotten’ laws, telling it that not linking to information means exactly that: not linking to information.”

Ars Technica: It’s criminal charges and leg shackles for man who shared Deadpool on Facebook. “A California man who shared a copy of the movie Deadpool on Facebook has been arrested and charged with criminal copyright infringement. If convicted, he faces a penalty of up to three years in prison.”

New York Times: Google Said to Be Facing Record E.U. Fine by End of August. “European antitrust officials are preparing to hit Google with a potentially record fine by the end of August over some of the Silicon Valley giant’s search services, according to two people with direct knowledge of the case.”


Nieman Lab: Is there a Trump tweet for that? Quartz’s latest bot experiment surfaces similar tweets from the president’s archives . “In an effort to see if tech could automate these juxtapositions and possibly surface humans can’t spot, the Bot Studio at Quartz recently created Trump of Yore, a tool that automatically scans new Trump tweets and compares them to tweets in the president’s pre-inauguration 12,647-tweet archive, posting the comparisons to Twitter.” Good morning, Internet…

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