Instagram, Chrome, AI, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, November 24, 2018


CNET: Instagram may rearrange your profile in the coming weeks. “Instagram is looking to change up profile pages. The Facebook-owned company said on Wednesday that you might see features rearranged on your profile page in the coming weeks. Icons, buttons and tabs may change, though content on your profile grid won’t change.”

Ubergizmo: Chrome’s New ‘Tab Groups’ Feature Will Make Tab Organization Easier. “Google is working on a new feature for its popular Chrome browser called ‘Tab Groups.’ As the name suggests, it’s going to make it much easier to organize tabs open in the browser. Since many of us tend to have an unreasonable amount of tabs open at any given time, this is certainly going to make life easier for many users.”


MakeUseOf: 9 Great Sites Where You Can Explore the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence. “While most companies cannot stop talking about what they’ve done in the field, there are a host of cutting-edge AI-powered websites that are useful for everyday tasks today. Here are several awesome and insightful artificial intelligence sites you probably don’t know about.”

Make Tech Easier: 5 Recommended Web Tools to Solve Difficult Math Problems. “Many of us have traumatic feelings about Mathematics from our university and school days. Depending on your job profile, you might run into those problems once again at the workplace. Luckily things have changed for the better now. Thanks to latest automated web tools, the equations that used to take forever to solve can be done faster and more accurately online.”


BBC: Facebook ads urge its staff to leak secrets. “Freedom from Facebook says it targeted ads at the technology company’s staff, promoting a ‘safe space’ website where they can anonymously submit ‘whistleblower tips’.”

TechCrunch: As Taiwan prepares to vote on LGBTQ issues, a homophobic group is running ads before kids videos on YouTube . “This Saturday, several issues related to LGBTQ equality, including marriage, are up for referendum in Taiwan’s mid-term elections. A little more than a year after the country’s top court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, the LGBTQ community is once again fighting for their rights due to efforts by anti-gay groups. The battle has reached social media platforms including YouTube, where a group called 3 Yes is running an ad, often appearing before popular children’s videos, that claims teaching about LGBTQ issues in schools will confuse young children about their gender identity.”

BuzzFeed News: Here’s How A Secret Meeting Of Twitter Execs And Indian Activists Caused A Caste Scandal. “At a roundtable discussion in New Delhi last week, Twitter’s top executives seemed unaware of caste-based abuse taking place on its platform in India, according to eight people who were present at the meeting. The discussion, which was attended by CEO Jack Dorsey and Twitter’s head of legal and public policy, Vijaya Gadde, has drawn the company into an ongoing controversy over how it addresses issues of caste on its platform.”

Northwestern University: Survival of a folk revival: Digitizing a vast music archive. “The festival ran from 1957 to 1970 in Berkeley, California, an epicenter of the mid-20th century’s folk music revival. The archive comprises more than 70,000 items, including photographs, posters, recordings, and copious business records centered on a festival that hosted more than 200 folk musicians, including Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Howlin’ Wolf. (Those business records provide a thorough look at the operations of a major festival, down to a receipt for three doughnuts. Total: 50 cents.)”


Krebs on Security: USPS Site Exposed Data on 60 Million Users. “U.S. Postal Service just fixed a security weakness that allowed anyone who has an account at to view account details for some 60 million other users, and in some cases to modify account details on their behalf.” And *how* long was that security hole open again?

Wired: An Ingenious Data Hack Is More Dangerous Than Anyone Feared. “The data theft technique called ‘Rowhammer’ has fascinated and worried the cybersecurity community for years now, because it combines digital and physical hacking in ways that are both fascinating and unaccounted for. Since its discovery, researchers have steadily refined the attack, and expanded the array of targets it works against. Now, researchers have significantly increased the scope of the potential threat to include critical devices like servers and routers—even when they have components that were specifically thought to be immune.”


Virginia Gazette: W&M professor studies polarizing effects of social media. “Jaime Settle is an assistant professor of government at the College of William and Mary. She is co-director of the Social Science Research Methods Center; she founded and directs the Social Networks and Political Psychology Lab at the college. She is also the author of the path-breaking new book, ‘Frenemies: How Social Media Polarizes America.'”

The Register: Talk in Trump’s tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording. “Boffins from the Netherlands and France claim that the word choices and sentence construction in President Donald Trump’s tweets can be used more often than not for lie detection.” Good morning, Internet…

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