Facebook, National Museum of Brazil, Black Friday, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 22, 2018


CNET: Facebook fallout: Civil rights groups call for firing of executive. “In a press conference Tuesday, three civil rights groups, Color of Change, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, and Public Citizen called on the world’s largest social network to fire Joel Kaplan, vice president of global public policy for Facebook. The groups also want Facebook to release a civil rights audit and any opposition research done on them by Definers Public Affairs, a firm that Facebook ended its contract with after an investigation by The New York Times.”

PR Newswire: Tencent and National Museum of Brazil collaborate on a digital museum (PRESS RELEASE). “The signing ceremony for the ‘Rebirth of Luzia – The Digital National Museum of Brazil’ was held at the Brazilian embassy in Beijing on November 16, 2018 (local time). Marcelo Azevedo, head of the Creative Industries Section of the embassy, Alexander W. A. Kellner, director of National Museum of Brazil, and Ye Jun, vice president of Chinese internet company Tencent’s mobile browsing products, took part in the ceremony.”


Make Tech Easier: Best Sites to Help You Find the Best Black Friday Deals . “Black Friday is just about upon us, and already the deals are pouring in from across the Web. But do you dive in now, or do you bide your time until the day itself? Are the current prices really as low as they’ve ever been, or can they get even better? Deal-hunting on Black Friday (and the week leading up to it) can feel like a high-stakes game, so we’re here to make it a little easier by showing you the best tools and websites for monitoring items and tracking down the best prices.”


Reuters: Singapore lawmaker blasts Facebook over refusal to take down ‘false’ post. “A Singapore lawmaker hit out at Facebook (FB.O) on Tuesday, saying it had reneged on a promise to help rein in fake news and calling for tougher regulations, which the social media firm has cautioned against.”

Quartz: Martha Stewart’s Personal Instagram Account Is The Ultimate #Realstagram. “It’s so un-Martha-esque that commenters regularly post asking if the account is real or a joke. But MarthaStewart48 is the real Martha, and her posts suggest she is completely oblivious to any strategies for maximizing her online audience. She just posts what she cares about, whether or not they fit her #brand: her cat’s x-rays; a trio of posts documenting a red tail stuck behind a fence; flooding from a Connecticut river (her friend Doug lost his BMW, she writes); whatever her 2018 Halloween costume was. Her photos are often blurry or unflattering, and her captions inscrutable or borderline offensive.”

Wired: The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Century . “Wearing a black denim jacket covered in pins, [Eric] Pier-Hocking is not a professional audio engineer. The 37-year-old works by day as a production manager at a publishing company. With short hair and a neatly cropped beard, it’s easy to peg him for the enthusiastic indie music fan he is. But to call him an amateur wouldn’t be accurate either. What he does goes far beyond recording on an iPhone.”


The Next Web: 500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer. “Android malware has been on the rise over the past couple of years, we’ve just seen one of the worst attacks of this kind. ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko found 13 apps with malware on the Play store, and said that more than 560,000 people downloaded these apps before Google took them down. Oh, and all these apps came from a lone developer named Luiz Pinto.”

Ars Technica: E-commerce site is infected not by one, but two card skimmers. “Payment card skimming that steals consumers’ personal information from e-commerce sites has become a booming industry over the past six months, with high-profile attacks against Ticketmaster, British Airways, Newegg, and Alex Jones’ InfoWars, to name just a few. In a sign of the times, security researcher Jérôme Segura found two competing groups going head to head with each other for control of a single vulnerable site.”

The Register: Technical foul: Amazon suffers data breach days before Black Friday, emails world+dog. “Amazon has suffered a data breach just days before Black Friday – and the company was tight-lipped about whether it had notified the British data protection authorities.”


Phys .org: Citizen science can play role in addressing agricultural challenges . “An international team of more than three dozen researchers has published a paper highlighting the potential of citizen science to address pressing research challenges in agriculture and food systems. One key to capitalizing on such efforts, the researchers find, may be to build stronger ties between citizen science and agricultural extension efforts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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