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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Instagram, Business Transparency, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, May 2, 2018

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

State Archives of North Carolina: New Items Related to Martin Luther King, Jr., Added to NC Digital Collections. “To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, we have added 74 new items from the Daniel K. Moore governors’ papers collection to the Civil Rights digital collection. These items mostly consist of correspondence and clippings from 1968 relating to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Hello Giggles: How to use the new Instagram update, which lets you make video calls (!). “On May 1st, Instagram unveiled several updates that seem like they’ll make the photo-sharing app way more fun. From posting to Instagram Stories directly from other apps to video chatting with friends, Instagram is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for all your social media needs. Here’s how to get the most out of this recent Instagram update.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Guardian:
‘Dirty money’: U-turn as Tories back plans to make tax havens transparent
. “Britain’s overseas territories will be forced to adopt public registers of company ownership at the end of the decade after the government conceded it would have to support a backbench amendment designed to stem the global flow of ‘dirty money’.”

The Irish Times: How Sinn Féin won the social media guerrilla war. “For those of us with a keen eye on Irish republicanism and a knowledge of its tendency towards factional splits, the potential of the net and new forms of activist practice to provide a transformed political space was greeted with now justified cynicism. Irish republicans from Sinn Féin, to dissidents like the 32 County Sovereignty Movement and the newer socialists of éirígí, were forging an ecosystem online, using free spaces to hammer out the structural transformations of a political worldview being dynamically remoulded by internal change and the effects of the peace process.”

Beebom: 7 Highlights From Facebook F8: Dating Service, Privacy Changes, Clear History Button, Focus on Groups and More. “It’s probably the most important Facebook F8 Conference in the company’s history as the world’s largest social network looks to bounce back after a controversial beginning to 2018 following turmoil in 2017. The company has seen severe scrutiny in the past few months, as criticism, and most importantly, mistrust grows from all corners. And with the F8 Conference keynote today, it looked to begin a new chapter with plenty of eye-catching announcements.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Motherboard: Facebook Is Investigating a Claim That an Employee Used His Position to Stalk Women. “Facebook is investigating a claim that an employee potentially used access granted by their job to stalk women online, the social media giant confirmed in a statement to Motherboard on Monday.

Bleeping Computer: New Hacking Tool Lets Users Access a Bunch of DVRs and Their Video Feeds. “An Argentinian security researcher named Ezequiel Fernandez has published a powerful new tool yesterday that can easily extract plaintext credentials for various DVR brands and grant attackers access to those systems, and inherently the video feeds they’re supposed to record. The tool, named getDVR_Credentials, is a proof-of-concept for CVE-2018-9995, a vulnerability discovered by Fernandez at the start of last month.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

TechCrunch: Younger consumers adopt voice technology faster, but use voice assistants less, report claims. “Here’s an odd juxtaposition for you. According to a new report on voice assistants released today by PwC, younger users are adopting voice technology at a faster rate than their older counterparts, but are somehow using their voice assistants less often. The report found that users 18 through 24 had fewer ‘heavy’ users of voice technology, compared with those 25 to 49, and 50 or older.”

University of Kansas: Study shows changing way international nonprofits use social media to directly connect with public. “Like most of society, nonprofit organizations are frequent users of social media. And like many individuals, how they use it has changed over the years. A new study by University of Kansas researchers shows that the goals international nonprofits use social media to achieve have shifted in the last decade with reduced emphasis on providing information to journalists. At the same time, the effects of individual communicators’ characteristics on how their organizations use social media have been diminished with the increased prevalence of social media in our daily lives.”

Penn State: Posting, commenting and customizing on Facebook involves, empowers older adults. “Social networking sites, such as Facebook, offer tools and activities that may help older adults feel more empowered and less isolated, according to researchers. In a study of Facebook use, older adults who posted a lot of personal stories on the social networking site felt a higher sense of community, and the more they customized their profiles, the more in control they felt, said S. Shyam Sundar, Penn State distinguished professor of communications and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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