Coastal NC Hurricanes, Dropbox, Facebook, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, June 20, 2018


Coastal Review: ‘Harm’s Way’ Exhibit Shows Century of Storms. “The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center has collected accounts and artifacts from the storms that have molded the coast into what it is today and has compiled ‘Harm’s Way: How Storms Have Shaped Our Communities, Our History and Us,’ an exhibit and online resource that tells how the last hundred-plus years of storms have affected Hatteras, Ocracoke and Down East Carteret County.”


Publishers Weekly: Dropbox Expands Media, Entertainment Partnerships. “Dropbox, a popular file hosting and cloud storage service, has announced expanded relationships with such firms as Getty Images, Marvel, and Westchester Publishing as part of its commitment to expand its presence into digital collaboration and content security.”

CNET: Facebook opioid searches will go to a federal crisis help line, report says. “Facebook users who are trying to buy opioids or are looking for addiction treatment will be pointed toward information about a federal crisis help line, the company reportedly announced Tuesday.” On its face I think this is an excellent idea. But Facebook is so non-transparent about privacy and what it does with user data that this new feature makes me really uneasy.

TechCrunch: Adobe debuts Project Rush, its new all-in-one video editor. “Adobe today announced the launch of Project Rush, a new video editor that takes the core features of its pro tools like Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition and combines them into a single, more accessible tool. Don’t get too excited yet, though, the new tool will only be available later this year (and my guess would be a launch at the company’s Max conference in October).”


Municipalities and local governments, don’t get too comfy about using Google products. Case in point from the New Zealand Herald: Metlink upset over Google Maps price hike of $29,000 a month . “Wellington’s Metlink says a $29,000-a-month price increase for its use of Google Maps is unfair and it was not given enough notice of the change. The public transport provider was told yesterday that its monthly bill will increase from $1000 to $30,000, coming into effect in mid-July.”

TorrentFreak: YouTube’s Blocks MIT Courses, Blender Videos, and More (Updated). “Several popular YouTube accounts, including those belonging to ‘MIT OpenCourseWare’ and the ‘Blender Foundation,’ have had all their videos blocked. People who try to access the videos are informed that they are not available in their country, suggesting that YouTube’s piracy filters have been triggered. It’s unclear, however, who or what is to blame.”


BBC: Facebook ordered to explain deleted profile. “Facebook has been ordered by a UK high court judge to reveal who told it to delete the profile of a jazz musician and his band, six months after he died. The Times reports that the firm said it had acted on a request but had declined to reveal to the family who had instructed it. Mirza Krupalija’s partner Azra Sabados says she is certain that it was not a family member or friend.”

Ars Technica: Widely used D-Link modem/router under mass attack by potent IoT botnet. “Malicious hackers are mass exploiting a critical vulnerability in D-Link DSL routers in an attempt to make them part of Satori, the potent Internet-of-things botnet that is used to take down websites and mine digital coins, researchers said.”


Reuters: Good social media experiences don’t outweigh bad ones for young adults. “For young adults, the adverse effect of negative social media experiences on mental health outweigh any potential benefits of positive experiences, a study of university students suggests. Each 10 percent increase in a student’s negative experiences on social media was associated with a 20 percent increase in the odds of depressive symptoms, researchers found.”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Social Media Use Continues to Rise in Developing Countries but Plateaus Across Developed Ones . “There has been a steady increase in internet use over the past five years among the 19 emerging and developing economies surveyed. Between 2013 and 2014, a median of 42% across these countries said they accessed the internet at least occasionally or owned a smartphone. By 2017, a median of 64% were online. Meanwhile, internet use among the 17 advanced economies surveyed has remained relatively flat, with a median of 87% across these nations using the internet at least occasionally in 2017, similar to the 86% who said this in 2015 or 2016.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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