West Virginia: Attorney General Morrisey, Secretary of State Warner Announce Enhanced Business Search Tool for Consumers. “Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined with Secretary of State Mac Warner on Thursday to inform consumers that they have a new weapon to combat fraud. The West Virginia Tax Department recently shared 77,000 sole proprietor business names with the Secretary of State’s Office for use in a searchable database. The business names were not publicly available until a 2017 change in the law.”
Food & Wine: Julia Turshen’s ‘Equity at the Table’ Is the Food Website We Need. “Cookbook author Julia Turshen’s latest project has less to do with writing recipes and more to do with setting the table—a much larger and more inclusive table. Pull up a chair at Equity at the Table (EATT), an online database aimed at giving creators and professionals who are female, gender non-conforming, queer, and people of color a place to be seen. The self-funded site went live this morning with about 100 profiles, and a few dozen more have been added in the hours since.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Neowin: YouTube TV rolls out support for Mozilla Firefox. “It has been a little over a year since the debut of Google’s TV service, YouTube TV. The firm is now expanding support for its TV service to include compatibility with Mozilla’s Firefox. The change was spotted by YourTechExplained with an update that was issued on the platforms support page. This now means that you can watch YouTube TV on Chrome and Firefox. Those using Microsoft’s Edge or Apple’s Safari are still out of luck.”
BetaNews: Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS ‘Bionic Beaver’ Beta 2 now available. “Ubuntu Linux 18.04 ‘Bionic Beaver’ is almost here — it is due on April 26. In the interim, today, the second — and final — beta becomes available. Bionic Beaver is very significant, as it is an LTS version, meaning ‘Long Term Support.’ This is important to those that prefer stability to bleeding edge and don’t want to deal with the hassle of upgrades. ”
PC World: Microsoft adds ransomware protections to make OneDrive and Outlook.com safer. “If your PC is infected with ransomware, it will spread from file to file, encrypting them until you pay the bad guys for the digital key. But ransomware can also spread to your files stored in the cloud—and that’s what Microsoft’s new OneDrive protections are designed to address.”
MakeUseOf: How to Make Calls and Use Google Hangouts Like a Pro. “With all the confusion around Google’s messaging apps, remember Hangouts? It’s a bit like Google’s version of Skype, offering video and audio calling, as well as text chat, over the internet. While Hangouts was once the default communication app on Android, Google has phased it out in favor of Allo and Duo. However, Hangouts is still a great service for both desktop and mobile. We’ll answer common questions and show you how to use it.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
University of Maryland: UMD, White House Correspondents’ Association, and Newseum Partner to Create Archive of Presidential Pool Reports. “The White House Correspondents’ Association and the University of Maryland today announced the creation of a unique new window into the world of the president and the press — a permanent and ongoing digital, searchable archive of presidential pool reports produced by White House correspondents.” The archive is expected to take a couple of years to put together.
CNBC: Facebook sent a doctor on a secret mission to ask hospitals to share patient data. “Facebook has asked several major U.S. hospitals to share anonymized data about their patients, such as illnesses and prescription info, for a proposed research project. Facebook was intending to match it up with user data it had collected, and help the hospitals figure out which patients might need special care or treatment.”
TechCrunch: Facebook retracted Zuckerberg’s messages from recipients’ inboxes . “You can’t remove Facebook messages from the inboxes of people you sent them to, but Facebook did that for Mark Zuckerberg and other executives. Three sources confirm to TechCrunch that old Facebook messages they received from Zuckerberg have disappeared from their Facebook inboxes, while their own replies to him conspiculously remain. An email receipt of a Facebook message from 2010 reviewed by TechCrunch proves Zuckerberg sent people messages that no longer appear in their Facebook chat logs or in the files available from Facebook’s Download Your Information tool.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Bleeping Computer: Over 1,000 Magento Stores Hacked to Steal Card Data, Run Cryptojacking Scripts. “Security researchers say they’ve identified at last 1,000 Magento sites that have been hacked by cybercriminals and infected with malicious scripts that steal payment card details or are used as staging points in the delivery of other malware.” Magento is an ecommerce platform.
ZDNet: 1.5 billion sensitive files exposed by misconfigured servers, storage and cloud services. “Researchers have discovered over 1.5 billion sensitive files including payroll information, credit card details, medical data, and patents for intellectual property are exposed online, putting consumers and businesses at risk of theft, cybercrime, and espionage.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
TechCrunch: CometML wants to do for machine learning what GitHub did for code. “Comet.ml allows data scientists and developers to easily monitor, compare and optimize their machine learning models. The New York-based company is launching its product today, after completing the TechStars-powered Amazon Alexa Accelerator program and raising a $2.3 million seed round led by Trilogy Equity partners, together with Two Sigma Ventures, Founders Co-Op, Fathom Capital, TechStars Ventures and angel investors.” Good morning, Internet…
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