Twitter, Arabic Manuscripts, NARA, More: Thursday Buzz, August 16, 2018


Twitter Blog: Finding the news in the noise. “As Bloomberg recently announced, we are expanding our partnership so that Bloomberg can now provide a new, real-time feed of curated Twitter data to its enterprise customers. Algorithmic traders using Bloomberg’s Event Driven Feeds product can now access potentially market-moving Tweets curated by Bloomberg technologies and expertise and enriched with Bloomberg insights and metadata.”

Engadget: Adidas will livestream high school football games on Twitter. “Adidas has partnered with Twitter on a new series that will livestream high school football games happening all over the country on the social network. Titled, naturally, Friday Night Stripes, the show will broadcast friday night games throughout the sport’s regular season from September 7th until November 9th.”

CNET: Looks like Tweetbot, Twitterrific and other Twitter apps are going to be crippled. “The reported change means the Tweetbot app is expected to lose several useful features, including instant timeline streaming on Wi-Fi, and push notifications for likes, retweets, follows and quotes. The changes are also expected to affect its Apple Watch app. After the API changes take effect, timelines will refresh every one to two minutes and push notifications will experience a similar delay, according to 9to5Mac. Neither Tapbots nor Twitter immediately responded to a request for comment.” The continuing saga of Twitter being awful to third-party developers.


UCLA: UCLA Library to host digital archive of ancient Arabic and Syriac manuscripts. “The UCLA Library and Early Manuscripts Electronic Library have partnered with St. Catherine’s Monastery to digitize and publish online on an open access basis some 1,100 rare and unique Syriac and Arabic manuscripts dating from the fourth to the 17th centuries.”

National Archives: National Archives Works to Release Records Related to Judge Kavanaugh. “Each time a candidate is nominated to the Supreme Court by the President, the staff at the National Archives and Records Adminsitration immediately begin the task of reviewing and releasing records related to that nominee. The process is governed by several laws, including the Presidential Records Act, the Federal Records Act, and the Freedom of Information Act. All of the records, electronic and paper, must be reviewed by archival staff before being released.”


ThreatBrief: Vulnerability Disclosures in 2018 So Far Outpacing Previous Years’. “Between January 1 and June 30 of this year, a total of 10,644 vulnerabilities were published compared to 9,690 in the same period in 2017. The trend so far this year suggests that the total number of disclosed vulnerabilities in 2018 will comfortably exceed the 20,832 vulnerabilities that Risk Based Security published during 2017 — which itself represented a 31% increase over 2016.”

BBC: Reddit sleuth identifies car part, leading to hit-and-run arrest. “US Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run case after an obscure part of a car headlight was identified by a social media user.” The part identified is small enough to fit in someone’s hand. A very little bit of car.

The Register: Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed . “Microsoft and Adobe have teamed up to deliver more than 70 patches with this month’s Patch Tuesday batch released today. Microsoft contributed the bulk of the fixes emitted this month, kicking out updates for 60 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its products. These should be installed as soon as you’re able to test and deploy them.”


The Citizen Lab: How WeChat Filters Images For One Billion Users. “With over 1 billion monthly users, WeChat boasts the title of most popular chat application in China and the fourth largest in the world. However, a new report by Citizen Lab researchers reveals exactly how the platform is able to censor images sent by these billion users.”

Nieman Lab: Major internet companies might want to push their own point of view, but can they also take care of misinformation please and thank you. “According to a new survey by the Knight Foundation and Gallup, American adults feel negatively about major Internet companies tailoring information to them individually, acting as content arbitrators that enhances bias, and not being transparent about their methods. (Note: Knight has provided support to Nieman Lab in the past.) Those major internet companies in this context are Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Twitter (surprise).”a

The Japan News: Website collects data on dementia care. “An online database of caregivers’ first-hand experiences with dementia patients is being compiled by universities and other entities in a bid to share effective approaches.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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