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Japanese Cars, Papua New Guinea in WWII, Mastodon, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, May 24, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Jalopnik: Now’s Your Chance To Get A Poster Featuring Literally Every Single Toyota Ever Sold Here. “Artist Darren Zayman just completed a two-year project to draw all 269 body variants of every single Toyota ever sold in the United States, and even a few that may not have been sold here. … Zayman, a 42-year-old web designer, began his frankly insane journey almost 20 years ago, when he started drawing every car featured on his website that sold parts for rear-wheel-drive Japanese cars, which started as ToyotaReference.com. … And faced with his new website… Zayman has begun an even larger quest. He aims to illustrate every single Japanese car ever sold in the U.S.”

EMTV: Website for War Memories Launched. “A new website has been launched to preserve the memories and stories of Papua New Guineans during World War II. ‘Voices from the War’ is an oral history collection of interviews with men and women from six provinces in Papua New Guinea about their own, or their relatives, experiences of the war.” Unfortunately this story does not have a link. Many thanks to Mandi O’Garretty from Deakin University for responding to my e-mail and pointing me towards https://pngvoices.deakin.edu.au/ .

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Mastodon has gotten a serious update (link to lengthy changelog on GitHub.)

USEFUL STUFF

CNET: Chrome plug-in tells you when hackers have your password. “You might wonder how you can possibly know which passwords in the entire realm of possibility have been hacked. Login management company Okta is trying to solve that problem with a browser plug-in. Called PassProtect, the plug-in will tell you just how many times the password you’re using has been exposed in a data breach.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Techdirt: Senators Ask FCC Why It Did Nothing To Stop Their Names From Being Fraudulently Used During Net Neutrality Repeal. “Last year you’ll recall that somebody abused the nonexistent privacy protections at the FCC website to flood the net neutrality repeal proceeding with millions of fake comments. While the vast majority of real people oppose the repeal, a bad actor was able to either fraudulently use the identities of real people (like myself), or hijack the identities of dead people to spam the proceeding with bogus support. The goal: undermine public trust in the public comment period in order to downplay the massive opposition to the FCC’s handout to AT&T and Comcast.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New Zealand Herald: Google ‘thumbs its nose’ at New Zealand courts – lawyer. “Tech giant Google is under fire for ‘thumbing its nose’ at the courts by refusing to take down online content which breaches court orders. In high-profile cases covered by the Herald in recent months, Google NZ along with New Zealand’s major media outlets have been served with orders which suppress details and require the removal of content that infringes on privacy or fair trial rights.”

Reuters: Cyber firms warn on suspected Russian plan to attack Ukraine. “Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) on Wednesday warned that hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries with highly sophisticated malicious software, possibly in preparation for another massive cyber attack on Ukraine.”

Huffpost: Trump Blocking People On Twitter Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules. “A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump may not block people on Twitter over the political views they share on social media ― a tactic his administration has employed against at least dozens of people. Siding with the Knight First Amendment Institute in a lawsuit against Trump and his communications team, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in New York concluded that blocking people on Twitter violated their First Amendment rights. ”

RESEARCH & OPINION

PR Newswire: New Survey Details the State of Online Privacy and Social Media in America Amidst GDPR (PRESS RELEASE). “A new survey conducted by Washington-based digital agency Rad Campaign and analytics firm Lincoln Park Strategies has found 3 out of 5 Americans distrust social media when it comes to protecting their privacy online. Despite increased use of social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat and use of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, most Americans have little or no trust that these platforms, or current laws, will protect them.”

EurekAlert: Research highlights the influence social media marketing has on children’s food intake . “New research from the University of Liverpool, presented at the European Congress on Obesity today (Wednesday, 23 May), highlights the negative influence that social media has on children’s food intake. Current research shows celebrity endorsement and television advertising of unhealthy foods increases children’s intake of these foods. However, children are increasingly exposed to marketing through digital avenues, such as on social media, and the impact of marketing by YouTube video bloggers (vloggers) on these outcomes has, until now, not been known.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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