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Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, September 10, 2018

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Flickr Blog: All new Flickr galleries . “Flickr’s galleries have long been one of the tools available to our community for visual storytelling, though they have gotten dusty over time as the rest of the site progresses. So today, we’re happy to announce that we’ve begun to roll out a fresh Flickr galleries experience, where we help you tell your visual stories with new tools to facilitate your creativity.”

TechCrunch: Twitter brings Bookmarks to the web with a new design, now in testing . “Twitter is testing a new experience for web users, the company announced in a tweet on Thursday. A small number of Twitter users will see the updated version of Twitter for web, which will include access to Twitter’s Bookmarks feature, and scrolling through Twitter’s Explore section, the tweet said and a spokesperson confirmed.”

Reuters: Google pulls Russian opposition leader’s YouTube advert ahead of vote. “Google removed a YouTube advert by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after authorities complained that the videos would violate an election silence law before Sunday’s vote for regional governors, an aide to Navalny said on Saturday.”

USEFUL STUFF

Hongkiat: 50 Online Tools to Generate Pronounceable / Random Passwords. “…a strong combination of random or pronounceable passwords is not at everyone’s fingertips. In fact, it’s rather difficult and frustrating to come up with one. For such situations, you can take help from online tools to generate random or pronounceable passwords – and that is what this post is about. Take a look at the following list of password generators to decide which one would suit you best.”

How-To Geek: How to Set Up Craigslist Alerts (for Email or SMS). “Whether you’re looking for apartments or used gadgets on Craigslist, you don’t have to keep checking the website. You can stay on top of things by getting notified when new posts go up that match your searches.”

Lifehacker: How to Return to Chrome’s Old Look—and Fix the Blurry Text on Windows. “Google rolled out a new version of Chrome on Tuesday, which changes its look and feel quite a bit. As with any change of this size, not everyone is happy. In fact, there’s a fair bit of grumbling about switching browsers, or at least reverting back to Chrome’s old look. If you’re having issues with new Chrome (or simply don’t like how it looks), here’s how to get your browser back on track.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Harvard Business Review: Why Google Fiber Is High-Speed Internet’s Most Successful Failure . “In 2010, Google rocked the $60 billion broadband industry by announcing plans to deploy fiber-based home internet service, offering connections up to a gigabit per second — 100 times faster than average speeds at the time. Google Fiber, as the effort was named, entered the access market intending to prove the business case for ultra-high-speed internet. After deploying to six metro areas in six years, however, company management announced in late 2016 that it was ‘pausing’ future deployments.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Krebs on Security: Browser Extensions: Are They Worth the Risk?. “Popular file-sharing site Mega.nz is warning users that cybercriminals hacked its browser extension for Google Chrome so that usernames and passwords submitted through the browser were copied and forwarded to a rogue server in Ukraine. This attack serves as a fresh reminder that legitimate browser extensions can and periodically do fall into the wrong hands, and that it makes good security sense to limit your exposure to such attacks by getting rid of extensions that are no longer useful or actively maintained by developers.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

NewsWise: Researchers win $3 million NSF grant to train teams of data detectives with ecological expertise. “When it comes to how climate change is impacting ecosystems, there’s no shortage of data out there. But finding enough people who know both ecology and how to interpret that data can be a different story. A team at Northern Arizona University is wagering that more skilled interpreters can help make sense of this data deluge, and their idea just won a five-year, nearly $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train graduate students in tackling big ecological questions through informatics, collaboration and better communication.”

Engadget: A date with my Tinder data. “I was on Tinder for almost four years. I’m no longer single, but Tinder and its parent company, Match, still have data on me. I didn’t delete my profile — I didn’t even think to — so using GDPR to request what information they had on me was more exciting, or at least more personal, than doing so for other tech companies and services. On the dating apps, I swear I’d tried to keep it classy. I didn’t succeed.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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