DC Segregation, Chrome, Vine’s Successor, More: Sunday Buzz, November 11, 2018


The DC Line: New website maps out history of housing segregation in DC. “A new website, Mapping Segregation, seeks to illuminate DC’s history of racially restrictive housing covenants from the last century that continue to define the city’s segregation patterns today. The site is the brainchild of DC historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld, founders of Prologue DC, a private historical research firm. They started the mapping project in 2014, and officially debuted their website at an Oct. 24 event at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.”


Mashable: Google Chrome will warn you before unwittingly falling for a phone subscription scam. “Found yourself subscribed to a shady ringtone service? Even though it’s 2018? Google Chrome will soon stop you from falling into that trap. In an upcoming version of Chrome, the browser will throw up a warning page when it suspects users could be unwittingly subscribed to a direct billing scam, leaving them with unexpected charges on their next bill.”

Neowin: Vine’s successor Byte is coming in 2019 . “In an age where things are hot one day and not the next, there are tons of ruins in the digital graveyard, with Vine being one that was laid to rest some years ago. Around this time last year, Vine co-founder, Dom Hofmann tweeted that he was working on a successor to the service, that was eventually abandoned, due to some complications. But now, it looks like a successor is once again underway, getting a bit more real, with the service donning the moniker, Byte.”

Free Music Archive: Update: Closing Date Pushed to Nov 16. “Due to traffic, the site’s been up and down today. Please DO NOT try to scrape the site, friends! We will keep all the music available here until it is available at, where you can continue to explore the collection, download (even different audio formats!) and mark stuff as ‘favorites’! ”

The Verge: Pinterest gets a redesigned feed that looks a lot like Instagram. “First launched back in March, Pinterest’s friend feed provided a dedicated section of the service where you could follow posts from other users. Now, this feed is getting a redesign, removing the tiled images in favor of a simpler single column of posts, Instagram-style. There are even horizontal rows of Pinterest-recommended accounts that you can follow.”


YaleNews: Digital humanist Schuwey on rebooting a 400-year-old French Facebook. “At Yale, in the newly reopened Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab), [Christophe] Schuwey will work on one of his latest projects, which involves digitizing the printed books of written portraits that circulated amongst French elites and high bourgeoisie in the 1600s — which, he said, functioned pretty much like Facebook does today. Schuwey will use 21st-century computing technology to relink these 17th-century social networks, giving modern scholars like himself new access to this lost ‘virtual world’ of fluctuating social hierarchy and markets of individual reputation in 1600s France.”

Techdirt: Leading Open Access Supporters Ask EU To Investigate Elsevier’s Alleged ‘Anti-Competitive Practices’. “Back in the summer, we wrote about the paleontologist Jon Tennant, who had submitted a formal complaint to the European Commission regarding the relationship between the publishing giant Elsevier and the EU’s Open Science Monitor. Now Tennant has joined with another leading supporter of open access, Björn Brembs, in an even more direct attack on the company and its practices, reported here by the site Research Europe…”

Live Science: Remains of Nazi ‘Flying Bombs’ Uncovered in British Woods. “Project leader Colin Welch told Live Science that almost 10,000 V1 flying bombs were fired mainly from launching ramps in German-controlled Holland against the southeast of England in 1944 and 1945…. Welch and his brother now hope to create an online museum of their v-weapon excavations, which would include 3D models of the recovered artifacts and historical information about the wartime V1 and V2 campaigns.”

New York Times: At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges. ” Every year at the World Internet Conference, held since 2014 in the photogenic canal town of Wuzhen near Shanghai, companies and government officials have convened to send a message: China is a high-tech force to be reckoned with. With that message now settled beyond much doubt, this year’s conference showcased something different. China’s tech industry is becoming more serious about grappling with its products’ unintended consequences — and about helping the government.”


Global News: Statistics Canada failed to disclose key info about project to harvest bank data. “Statistics Canada failed to disclose key details to Canada’s privacy commissioner about a controversial plan to harvest detailed financial transaction data about 500,000 Canadian households, a failing that commissioner Daniel Therrien said contributed to the agency falling ‘way short’ of its stated objective of being transparent.”

AP News: In online ruse, fake journalists tried to hack Saudi critic. “Hackers impersonating journalists tried to intercept the communications of a prominent Saudi opposition figure in Washington, The Associated Press has found. One attempt involved the fabrication of a fake BBC secretary and an elaborate television interview request; the other involved the impersonation of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi to deliver a malicious link.”

CBR: DJI Drone Hack Opens Up Flight and Video Records to Threat Actors. “The research team at cybersecurity firm Check Point discovered a vulnerability which allowed hackers to gain access to the flight logs and videos capture by DJI drone operators. Headquartered in China, DJI is one of the world’s largest producer of drones and quadcopters for the consumer market. Check Point researchers Oded Vanun, Dikla Barda and Roman Zaikin discovered that an attacker could gain access to DJI customer accounts without the account holder being aware that the saved flight paths and footage from their drones were accessible.” Good morning, Internet…

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