Utah Cold Cases, Facebook Attribution, Twitter, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 29, 2019


Salt Lake Tribune: Utah leaders hope a new database will help them solve the more than 400 cold cases in the state. “There are more than 400 cold cases throughout Utah — unsolved homicides, reports of missing persons or unidentified bodies. Last year, lawmakers passed a bill that requires all law-enforcement agencies to share information on unsolved missing persons and homicide cases that are more than 3 years old. The goal is to help police share information and make connections between cases that are being investigated by different agencies.” Part of the database will be available to the public.


Marketing Land: Two months in, Facebook Attribution gets mixed reviews. “In November, Facebook moved its attribution tool out of beta, making it available to all advertisers. The tool brings marketers on the platform one step closer to capturing an overview of the full customer journey, from the first touch point to conversion. Powered by Facebook pixel, the tool gives advertisers access to reports that include cross-device conversion data, purchases resulting from paid, organic and direct sources, as well as conversion and visit metrics by source. Now with more than two months of ad insights available, we asked marketers how they were using Facebook Attribution and if it is impacting their Facebook advertising strategies.”

Mashable: Twitter is testing a morning news brief to help you ‘catch up’ on tweets . “Twitter is testing a new feature that makes it easier to catch up on news first thing in the morning. The update, which is currently being tested in the company’s Android app, places news stories at the top of your timeline, along with with a prompt that says ‘catch up on what’s happened while you were away.'” Or you could just use Nuzzel.

TechCrunch: Slack now has more than 10 million daily active users . “As Slack reportedly readies itself for an entry to the public markets, the high-flying startup is ready to brag a little bit about what it has accomplished in the past year. In a blog post, the company shared that it now has 10 million daily active users on the platform, up from 8 million DAUs in May. It’s not just tech companies in Silicon Valley using the service either, the company broke down the number a bit, clarifying that more than half of the DAUs are from outside the United States.”


Motherboard: How Facebook Trains Content Moderators to Put Out ‘PR Fires’ During Elections. “Internal Facebook documents obtained by Motherboard show specific steps and strategies taken by the company to fight content moderation issues that may spike during an election season.”

CNET: Facebook’s Messenger Kids: Child advocates call for shutdown of app. “Facebook should shut down a messaging app aimed at children under 13 years old after a report surfaced last week that the social network duped kids into spending their parent’s money on online games, child advocates said Tuesday in a letter to the company.”

Glitch: Fn 11: Social Media, 20 Years Ago. “Anil [Dash] sits down with some of the pioneers of the social web — Bruce Ableson (founder of Open Diary), Lisa Phillips (former senior system administrator at LiveJournal), and Andrew Smales (founder of Diaryland) — for an oral history about social media 20 years ago. What was the Web like in 1999? How did these websites begin, and what did the media think about them? How have the features of these networks influenced the Web that we know today, and can we get that old feeling back of the early social web?” Podcast with transcript.


CBR: Seven Out of Every Ten Open Vulnerabilities Belong to Just Three Vendors . “Seven out of every ten open vulnerabilities observed by customers belongs to just three vendors, Oracle, Microsoft and Adobe. These are the findings of cyber security enterprise Kenna Security in their new report Prioritization to Prediction, which explores how enterprises are dealing with open vulnerabilities.”

Ars Technica: State legislation could accidentally mess up science education. “…this year, three states have seen measures introduced that could interfere with science education, but only accidentally. In a bid to keep ‘controversial issues’ out of the classroom, the bills would call for teachers not to advocate on any topics that have appeared in the platform of a state political party. In the US, that would include evolution and climate change.”

ZDNet: Unsecured MongoDB databases expose Kremlin’s backdoor into Russian businesses. “A Dutch security researcher has stumbled upon the Kremlin’s backdoor account that the government had been using to access the servers of local and foreign businesses operating in Russia.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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