Grand Canyon National Park, WhatsApp, Dropbox, More: Wednesday Buzz, August 1, 2018


Arizona State University: Marking 100 years of Grand Canyon National Park history. “For the first time ever, thousands of high-quality archival materials — photographs, documents and correspondence — chronicling the early history of the Grand Canyon National Park (1890–1940) have been made digitally available to the public through a partnership between Arizona State University Library, Cline Library of Northern Arizona University, and the Grand Canyon National Park.”


Neowin: WhatsApp launches group calling for voice and video. “If you use WhatsApp, starting today, you’ll be able to make group video and voice calls. The feature was first announced at Facebook’s developer conference, F8, with no real details given about it. Now we have a better understanding of the functionality, including that it offers enhanced security and promises reliability on weaker connections.”

Engadget: Some Dropbox users are getting an extra 1TB for free. “Dropbox Professional and Business Standard users have more storage to play with starting today, as the company is bumping up the capacity on each plan by 1TB. Professional users now have double the space with 2TB, and Business Standard teams will share 3TB between their members.”

The Verge: Firefox is getting a new logo, and Mozilla wants to hear what users think. “Mozilla is redesigning the Firefox logo, with a little help from the rest of us. This time around, though, the plan isn’t just to create one new icon for the flagship browser, but to design an entire series of icons to fit the brand’s different ventures — from mobile and VR browsers, to screenshot and file sharing tools. Mozilla’s already uploaded some possible takes, and now wants users to comment on its blog for feedback about what the icons should look like.”


Lifehacker: What Is Shadow Banning on Twitter?. “A shadow ban, used on sites such as Reddit and Craigslist, is a form of ban that isn’t immediately obvious to the user. The user is allowed to keep posting, but their posts don’t show up to anyone but themselves.”


CNET: Twitter working with academics to spur ‘healthy conversation’ . “Twitter knows it has problems, and it’s turning to scholars for help. Twitter is partnering with researchers from several universities to better understand how to foster ‘healthy conversation’ based on “openness and civility,” the company said Monday in a blog post.”

Irish Times: Unseen Monty Python sketches found in Palin archives. “The comedy group – containing [Michael] Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Terry Jones – produced their last film 35 years ago but boxes of material have now emerged. The material was deposited at the British Library last year and it has now been revealed it contains unused script ideas, including two sketches written for Monty Python And The Holy Grail.”

Politico: Facebook suspends ‘inauthentic’ accounts, sees Russia link. “Facebook shut down more than two dozen ‘inauthentic’ accounts and pages on Tuesday that sought to inflame social and political tensions in the United States, and said their activity was similar — and in some cases connected — to that of Russian accounts during the 2016 election.”


The Register: How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign . “Security researchers at Check Point have lifted the lid on the infrastructure and methods of an enormous ‘malvertising’ and banking trojan campaign. The operation delivered malicious adverts to millions worldwide, slinging all manner of nasties including crypto-miners, ransomware and banking trojans.”

TechCrunch: Dixons Carphone now says ~8.8M more customers affected by 2017 breach . “A Dixons Carphone data breach that was disclosed earlier this summer was worse than initially reported. The company is now saying that personal data of 10 million customers could also have been accessed when its systems were hacked. The European electronics and telecoms retailer believes its systems were accessed by unknown and unauthorized person/s in 2017, although it only disclosed the breach in June, after discovering it during a review of its security systems.”

Techstory: Pepsi sues Facebook, Twitter for alleging Kurkure contains plastic . “On Friday, July 20, Twitter user Nikhil Jois received a mail from Twitter notifying that his account information is being submitted to the court for legal process because of his tweet from June 2015 : ‘Also… did you try burning Kurkure? It has pla’ from his handle @nikhiljoisr. Like Jois, hundreds of social media users in India are being notified that their account details is being submitted to the Delhi High Court over an ongoing civil suit in which PepsiCo is suing platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram.” Kurkure is a snack food sold in India by Pepsi. To me it kind of looks like Cheetos.


Global News: Quebec scientists preparing medical database for astronauts heading to Mars. “A mission to Mars might seem only plausible on the big screen, but plans for the eventual journey are in the works. It might be another decade before human beings touch down on our neighbouring planet, but Canada is investing in research that could get things off the ground.” Good morning, Internet…

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