Amazon S3 Buckets, World Cup, Twitter, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, July 18, 2018


The Daily Swig: A new tool helps you find open Amazon S3 buckets. “Hundreds of thousands of potentially sensitive files are publically available through open Amazon buckets, a new online tool can reveal. The free tool, created by software engineer GrayhatWarfare, is a searchable database where a current list of 48,623 open S3 buckets can be found.”


Engadget: World Cup tweets were viewed 115 billion times. “Twitter had high hopes that the World Cup would be a big hit on its platform. The previous games in 2014 happened before the platform released video features, but this time around, it secured a deal with the event’s US rights holder Fox Sports, as well as others across the world, for exclusive content like highlight clips and interviews. As the dust settles following the French team’s triumph over underdog Croatia’s squad in Sunday’s final game, Twitter has released its own numbers to give us an idea how the World Cup went for the platform.”

TechCrunch: Twitter is holding off on fixing verification policy to focus on election integrity . “Twitter is pausing its work on overhauling its verification process, which provides a blue checkmark to public figures, in favor of election integrity, Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour tweeted today. That’s because, as we enter another election season, ‘updating our verification program isn’t a top priority for us right now (election integrity is),’ he wrote on Twitter this afternoon.”

CNET: Tech giants to Congress: Sorry about our mistakes, but there’s no bias. “Facebook, Google and Twitter offered Congress members an apology Tuesday but wanted lawmakers to understand it’s not all their fault. The House Judiciary Committee held its second hearing on the content filtering practices of tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google, looking to learn how social media blocks content and if there’s any political bias involved.”


MakeTechEasier: 7 Useful WhatsApp Tricks You’re Probably Not Using. “WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app, and it offers more than just the ability to send a text or audio message. With the last few updates it has added some useful new features. Thanks to these new features, using the app is a lot easier and more comfortable. The features are not in plain sight, so you’ll need to use some already existing options in a new way.”

MakeUseOf: How to Use WhatsApp While Maintaining Your Privacy. “Do you want to use WhatsApp, but don’t want people to know what you’re doing? By default, WhatsApp shares your activity with friends and the public in several ways. Privacy-conscious folks will likely have concerns about this. Thankfully, you can use WhatsApp almost completely in secret. So, try these useful tips to regain some of your privacy while using WhatsApp.”

Learning in Hand: An Emoji Education. “There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to emojis. Emojis are not confined to smartphones and tablets; their charm can be put into action on mobile devices and computers since they are a standardized set of characters that work across platforms. I am somewhat obsessed with emojis, and I have clever emoji uses that any teacher can use. Innovative ideas include illustrating ideas, offering feedback, reinforcing vocabulary, kickstarting the writing process, and assessing learning. Check out the tools, resources, and ideas below. You’ll see that emojis can play a role in communication, productivity, creativity, and learning.”


NiemanLab: News n00bs: The quest for new audiences has taken The Washington Post to the streaming platform Twitch. “Twitch: It’s not just for Fortnite battle royales anymore. The Washington Post tried out broadcasting on the streaming platform best known for gaming yesterday with content related to politics — which is its own battle royale, really.”

Breaking News Ireland: Government adds social media’s impact on public debate as new risk factor to Ireland. “The impact of social media on public debate and the economy overheating have been identified as new risks to the country. The findings are from the Government’s National Risk Assessment, which has been published today, and which aims to take a birds-eye view of the biggest risks facing Ireland.”


Bloomberg: Don’t Break Up Facebook. “Facebook Inc. bestrides the Earth. It attracts nearly 1.5 billion users a day, commands a fifth of global online advertising revenue, and has a market capitalization that exceeds the GDP of many countries. An average user spends nearly an hour a day on its various platforms — about as much time as they spend eating and drinking. Any business of such dominance would raise concerns about fair competition, and Facebook is no exception.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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