Wargaming, Facebook, Microsoft, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, August 10, 2018


Nerdvana: The Strong Museum announces wargaming online exhibit. “The Strong museum (home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame) has launched an online exhibit with Google Arts and Culture exploring the history of Wargaming, the Cyprus-based developer of World of Tanks and other free-to-play games.”


TechCrunch: Facebook is shutting down Friend List Feeds today. “Facebook is shutting down Friend List Feeds sometime today, according to a message posted in the Facebook app. The feature allowed users to scroll through only those posts from one of their designated friend lists — for example, family, work colleagues, neighbors, industry peers and so on. The end result was a much more personalized version of Facebook — one where you could catch up on the updates that were important to you, without the clutter from Facebook Pages, posts from acquaintances or those from friends whose updates you didn’t care to follow for any other reason.”

The Verge: Microsoft threatened to drop hosting for Gab over hate speech posts. “Microsoft has threatened to cease hosting services for the alt-right social network Gab over two anti-Semitic posts, according to an email published by Gab founder Andrew Torba. The email claims the posts violate Microsoft policy and requests that Gab ‘promptly take appropriate action to resolve the complaint…within two business days’ or hosting service will be suspended. If Gab is forced off Azure, Torba says service ‘will go down for weeks/months’ as the company secures a new provider.”


Lifehacker: Quickly Delete Years of Facebook Posts With This Chrome Extension. “Going back and deleting posts one by one can be obnoxious. We recently came across a Chrome extension here at Lifehacker HQ that can handle the dirty work for you.”


Rutgers: New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project Receives Additional $219,609 Grant to Digitize Historical NJ Newspapers. “The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project (NJDNP) has received an additional round of funding in the amount of $219,609 to digitize historical New Jersey newspapers and make them available to the public via the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced today.”

Northeastern: Northeastern Library Pioneers New Methods Of Big Data Scholarship In Effort To Digitize History. “Dan Cohen has a vision for the future of the Northeastern library. Cohen, dean of the libraries and vice provost for information collaboration, wants to transform Northeastern’s vast archive of print and photographic data into a standardized digital form that will allow scholars to use modern Big Data techniques to analyze 300-year-old information. And now, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Cohen will have the resources he needs to transform that vision into reality.”

NPR: Mourning And Instagramming The Death Of A Pet. “In 1998, photographer Preston Gannaway and her college roommate answered a newspaper listing that advertised kittens. They drove out to a house and found a man waiting in the driveway, carrying a kitten in each arm. Gannaway picked the one with short hair, because of allergies, and named her Isis because of the Bob Dylan song — ‘Isis, you mystical child’ like the Egyptian goddess, not the terrorist group. They lived together for almost 17 years.” Warning: may punch you right upside the feels.


The Verge: New facial recognition tool tracks targets across different social networks. “Today, researchers at Trustwave released a new open-source tool called Social Mapper, which uses facial recognition to track subjects across social media networks. Designed for security researchers performing social engineering attacks, the system automatically locates profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other networks based on a name and picture.”

ZDNet: AWS error exposed GoDaddy business secrets. “Cybersecurity firm UpGuard’s Cyber Risk Team said on Thursday that a set of documents were left in an Amazon S3 bucket which was available to the public. GoDaddy is a domain name registrar and hosting provider which caters for millions of customers worldwide.”


Phys .org: How new fathers use social media to make sense of their roles. “My research focuses on understanding how modern fathers find and use online communities of men in similar situations, as they all try to make sense of their own parenting identities. By interviewing fathers and using big data analysis, my co-author and I found that fathers seek information and support online, use more anonymous social media sites like Reddit to discuss sensitive issues such as divorce and child custody conflicts, and blog about do-it-yourself projects as a way of legitimizing their childcare and domestic work as masculine labor.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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