Influencer Marketing, Mozilla Labs, Spam Texts, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, December 29, 2018

My sinuses have slowed me down. BUT THEY WON’T STOP ME!


Yahoo Finance: The reign of social media influencers may be coming to an end. “Social media influencing is big business, with Instagram and YouTube stars like Huda Kattan and James Charles bringing in millions of pounds to promote products. But there is now increased scrutiny from consumers, brands, regulators and social media platforms about undeclared conflicts of interest and the power such influencers can have, particularly over young people.”

BetaNews: Mozilla Labs is back!. “The popularity of software betas and the Windows Insider program show that people are keen to get their hands on things earlier. There is a certain delight in tinkering with experimental tools, utilities and apps, and if this is the sort of thing that excites you, you’ll be pleased to hear that Mozilla has brought Mozilla Labs back from the dead with a new site.”

Business Standard: Google introduces spam protection for text messages. “Google has begun rolling out its spam protection feature for Messages after almost over six months of developing it for Android users. Based on reports from a handful of tipsters, that spam protection feature is now going live, though not everyone seems to have it just yet, the Android Police reported late on Friday.”


MakeUseOf: The 5 Best Sites to Read Manga Online for Free . “When it comes to Japanese manga comics, it’s difficult to distinguish official English translations from fan-made translations. For that, you need to know the best sites to read manga online for free.”

Analytics India: 9 Best Data Science Blogs To Follow In 2019. “Data science is a fascinating technology that is rapidly evolving. To keep up with the industry, one needs to be prepared to spend some time doing some research and brushing up on skills and knowledge. Whether you’re a professional working in the field of data science or an aspirant who is just getting started, it is always considered to be a good practice to be connected with resources that keep you in touch with the current trends.”


TechCrunch: Google & Facebook fed ad dollars to child porn discovery apps . “Google has scrambled to remove third-party apps that led users to child porn sharing groups on WhatsApp in the wake of TechCrunch’s report about the problem last week. We contacted Google with the name of one of these apps and evidence that it and others offered links to WhatsApp groups for sharing child exploitation imagery. Following publication of our article, Google removed from the Google Play store that app and at least five like it. Several of these apps had more than 100,000 downloads, and they’re still functional on devices that already downloaded them.”

The Guardian: Spanish academic gets €1.5m EU grant to rescue ‘women’s writing’. “A Spanish academic has embarked on a five-year quest to rescue the works of female writers from the margins of European thought and give them the recognition they have been denied for centuries. Carme Font, a lecturer in English literature at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, has been awarded a €1.5m (£1.35m) grant by the European Research Council to scour libraries, archives and private collections in search of letters, poems and reflections written by women from 1500 to 1780.”

Abacus News: 110,000 social media accounts shut down to ‘protect’ bored youth in China during winter holidays . “Since December 18, authorities shut down 110,000 social media accounts for spreading harmful information. Not only that, an impressive 496,000 illegal and irregular articles were scrubbed from online platforms, according to a statement by the Beijing office of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released on Tuesday. If you find the timing odd, the crackdown may well have been motivated by the winter holiday season.”


Ubergizmo: A Fake Hand Made Out Of Wax Managed To Beat Vein-Based Authentication. “Now the idea of vein scanning is that because it has a wider surface area compared a finger, the advantage it supposedly has is that it will allow for more points of authentication. Also because unlike fingerprints which can be lifted, it’s harder for someone to figure out how your veins are positioned underneath your skin. Unfortunately it seems that hackers have since managed to find a way around it, which was revealed at the annual Chaos Communication Congress hacking conference in Leipzig, Germany.”

BuzzFeed News: The Year’s Biggest Data Breaches — And What To Do About Them. “Millions of people were affected by data breaches this year. The list of companies that were attacked or that inadvertently exposed customers’ data in 2018 is a long one. For consumers, the best way to protect yourself is to assume the worst. Change your passwords often, revoke third-party app access, and turn on app-based two-factor authentication to get ahead of hackers. Here’s how this year’s biggest breaches happened — and more on what you can do to secure your accounts.”


Quartz: US spies want to know how to identify compromised AI. “The US government’s research arm for intelligence organizations, IARPA, is looking for ideas on how to detect ‘Trojan’ attacks on artificial intelligence, according to government procurement documents.”

The Verge: The Verge 2018 Tech Report Cards. “…2018 has also been a quieter year for innovation than the last — from gadgets to gaming to smartphones, most products we saw this year have been building on the grounds 2017 broke without many major new hardware releases. So how did some of the biggest tech companies and industries fare this year on The Verge’s annual report cards? In this last week of 2018, we’ll take a look at the past 12 months in technology, and what we can hope to look forward to in 2019.” This is a series of articles. Good afternoon, Internet…

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