YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter, More: Sunday Buzz, October 28, 2018


TechCrunch: YouTube is closing the gap with Twitch on live streaming, report finds. “Twitch continues to dominate the live streaming market, with approximately 2.5 billion hours watched by viewers in the third quarter of 2018, according to a new industry report out this morning. While YouTube still trails, it’s begun to close the gap with Twitch, it appears. YouTube’s live streaming platform, YouTube Live, started the year with 15 percent of the overall live streaming market’s viewership, but by September 2018, it had grown to roughly 25 percent of all live streaming hours viewed.”

Mashable: Microsoft officially closes $7.5 billion purchase of GitHub. “Microsoft has officially acquired the developer platform, GitHub. In June, Microsoft confirmed reports that the company was seeking a deal to purchase GitHub, a hosting service and platform geared towards computer programmers and developers. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion. Microsoft acquired them for $7.5 billion.”

Engadget: Twitter: It was a ‘mistake’ not to suspend bomb suspect for threats. “One of the people who received his threats was political analyst Rochelle Ritchie, who tweeted screenshots showing threats Sayoc made toward her, and Twitter’s response to her reports: to do nothing. Despite promising her a ‘nice silent air boat ride’ on October 11th after she appeared on Fox News, the company inexplicably decided there was “no violation” of its rules.”

Billboard: Soundcloud & Instagram Announce New Integration. “Soundcloud is the latest audio streaming platform to partner with Instagram, the companies announced Tuesday (Oct. 23), allowing users to share songs in Instagram Stories.”


Make Tech Easier: 4 of the Best MOOC Platforms for Online Learning and Getting a Degree. “Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, have become massively popular since they started taking off in 2012. The explosion in the number of courses, platforms, certificates, and degrees is great for people who love to learn, but they can get a bit overwhelming. They’re mostly free to audit with options to upgrade to some kind of certification, but each platform varies in its format, focus, and pricing, so it can be helpful to get an idea of what each one has to offer.”

MakeUseOf: 4 Anonymous Web Browsers That Are Completely Private. “While it’s almost impossible to remove yourself from the global grid completely, there are some steps you can take to reduce your information footprint. The best place to start is with your browser. It’s your main portal to the web, so using a more secure option will make a big difference to your privacy. Here are four private browsers that are (almost) completely anonymous.”


CNET: Facebook removes Iranian influence campaign as midterms near. “Facebook took down 82 pages, accounts and groups it said are part of an influence campaign originating in Iran, the company announced in a blog post Friday. The accounts were posing as residents of the US and the UK and posting content about race relations, immigration and opposition to President Donald Trump.”

Miami Herald: Vermont looks at creating database to help filmmakers. “Vermont state officials say they are working to set up a database to help out-of-state film crews in hiring local crew members for projects.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Canadian Doctors Will Soon Be Able to Prescribe Museum Visits as Treatment. “A stroll through the galleries of Quebec’s Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) places individuals face-to-face with works of art by the likes of Rembrandt, El Greco and Rodin, as well as some 43,000 artifacts ranging from Chinese ceramics to Inuit sculpture. Visiting is undoubtedly an elucidating cultural experience, but a new initiative posits that a trip to the museum is more than just intellectually stimulating: As Brendan Kelly reports for The Montreal Gazette, beginning on November 1, a select group of local physicians will be able to prescribe museum visits as treatment for an array of ailments.”


UpGuard: Out of Pocket: How an ISP Exposed Administrative System Credentials. “The UpGuard Cyber Risk team can now report that 73 gigabytes of downloadable data belonging to Washington-based internet service provider Pocket iNet was publicly exposed in a misconfigured Amazon S3 storage bucket. According to their website, Pocket iNet ‘makes use of bleeding edge and emerging technologies such as native IPv6, Carrier Ethernet and local fiber to the premise delivering the highest possible service levels to connected customers.'” If misconfigured storage buckets are “bleeding edge,” y’all might want to cauterize.

Techdirt: CEO Gets Nine Months In Prison For Forging Court Documents Ordering Google To Delist Negative Reviews. “Fake court orders have landed a businessman real jail time. Michael Arnstein, CEO of Natural Sapphire Company, pled guilty last year to forging court orders he sent to Google to delist negative reviews. This was apparently the lesson Arnstein learned from his single, successful defamation suit: it’s cheaper and easier to forge documents than jump through judicial hoops for several months to achieve the same ends.”


The Daily Pennsylvanian: Meet the Manuscript Collective: a group of undergrads who explore Penn’s collection of rare texts. “Personal letters from the hands of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Pages from Isaac Newton’s notebook. A copy of the King James Bible from 1613. Manuscripts of Byron’s poetry — complete with a bit of his hair. For a certain group of dedicated undergraduate students at The University of Pennsylvania, documents like these are readily accessible during their club meetings on the top floor of Van Pelt Library.” Good morning, Internet…

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