LEGO Ads, ProtonMail, Instagram Photos, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, September 19, 2018


Brickset: Archive of adverts added to our library. “You may recall that last month LEGO sent us a load of digital material related to the 40th anniversary of the minifigure. Among it was a collection of scans of LEGO adverts from 1972 to 2000, some 280 of them, which I’ve now had a chance to add to our document library.”

Inverse: ProtonMail Hits 5 Million Accounts and Wants Users to Ditch Google by 2021. “There’s growing interest in ProtonMail, the encrypted email service that started with a splashy Indiegogo campaign in 2014, but co-founder and CEO Andy Yen tells Inverse that email is only the beginning for Geneva, Switzerland-based operation.”


The Daily Dot: How to download Instagram photos: 6 ways to save, backup photos. “Instagram is great for keeping track of memories and promoting your content. But when it comes saving your photos off the site after uploading, it can be needlessly complicated. It doesn’t matter if you want one photo or your whole feed. Here’s how to download Instagram photos and download full-resolution Instagram photos.”

MakeUseOf: Science Made Simple! 5 Sites and Apps That Explain Complex Topics. “Science is fascinating, but also often confusing. It can also get a bit embarrassing to ask someone about basic scientific facts or ideas that we assume every other adult knows. So here are a few sites and apps that explain science in simple terms that anyone can understand.” Nice little roundup.


New York Times: If You See Disinformation Ahead of the Midterms, We Want to Hear From You. “As November’s midterm elections approach, The New York Times is looking for examples of online ads, posts and texts that contain political disinformation or false claims and are being deliberately spread on internet platforms to try to influence local, statewide, and federal elections. Times journalists are hoping to use your tips to advance our reporting. If you see a suspicious post or text, please take a screenshot and upload it with the form below.”

750 KXL: Oregon Using Facebook To Remind Inactive Voters To Register. “In this era of manipulators using social media to interfere in elections, Oregon is instead using Facebook to bolster voter participation by contacting inactive voters to remind them to update their registration.”


The Register: Biz! Formerly! Known! As! Yahoo! Settles! Data! Breach! Cases! To! The! Tune! Of! $47m!. “The company formerly known as Yahoo! is close to settling cases related to the mammoth data security breach it covered up almost four years ago at a cost of around $47m. In its latest SEC filing, Altaba, as Yahoo is now known, said various legal actions spawned by the 2014 attack were nearly resolved.”

Route Fifty: Homeland Security Invests $11.6 Million in Countering Large-Scale Internet Outages. “The Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate awarded $11.6 million in grants last week to organizations focused on protecting against massive disruptions to internet connectivity that could knock critical infrastructure such as hospitals and energy plants offline.


CNET: Google’s sister company fights mosquitoes with AI. “Artificial intelligence is now being deployed to help curb the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes, which are responsible for the spread of such diseases as dengue, yellow fever and the Zika virus.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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