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Kyoto University Library Network, 1900s Georgia Crime, Facebook, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 30, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Kyoto University Library Network: Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: 1,443 titles including “Korean Metal/Stone Rubbings Collection” and others newly available. “The digital images newly released this time include 219 titles of ‘Korean Metal/Stone Rubbings Collection’, 850 manuscripts from ‘Kawai Collection’, 356 titles of ‘Modern Educational Wallcharts’. Other than these, transcriptions and explanations are added to ‘Meiji Restoration Collection’ and Nara Ehon Collection. As of January 29, 2018, 1,071,087 images of 12,793 titles are available in Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Athens, Georgia crime dockets from 1902 to 1907 now freely available online. “The digital collection consists of eight bound dockets dating from 1902 to 1907, and includes about 5,760 individual arrest cases in Athens, Georgia. Entries generally include a case number, the defendant’s name, the code violated, the date and location of the arrest, the date papers were served, the arresting officer’s name, a list of witnesses, and the dispensation of the case.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Ars Technica: Senators ask Facebook why it tricked kids into spending parents’ money. “Two Democratic senators have asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to explain why the social network apparently ‘manipulated children into spending their parents’ money without permission’ while playing games on Facebook.”

Neowin: Firefox 65 launches with new online privacy controls, plus support for WebP and AV1 . “Mozilla has announced the release of Firefox 65. The new update comes with some notable improvements including support for the next generation video codec, AV1, on Windows and support for the WebP image format that Google released several years ago. In addition, tracking protection has been made easier to understand with simplified controls in the settings menu.”

USEFUL STUFF

Beautiful Pixels: Burfi — A Minimal Note-Taking Web App. “Burfi — stylized as 🄱🅄🅁🄵🄸 — is a simple web-based note-taking app that has been designed and developed by @minnix. It’s a super minimal product that just lets you start typing whatever you want.” Obviously this should not be used for anything sensitive, but if you just want a quick place to write down some notes or paste something, this is great.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BetaNews: Facebook has been paying people to install a VPN that harvests data about them. “An investigation has revealed that Facebook has been paying people aged between 13 and 35 to install a data harvesting VPN tool. The ‘Facebook Research’ VPN was offered to iOS and Android users who were paid up to $20 per month — plus referral commissions — to provide the social network with near-unfettered access to phone, app and web usage data (a Root Certificate is installed to give a terrifying level of access).”

Chronicle of Higher Education: When Online Trolls Show Up in Class, Should Professors Be Able to Ban Them?. “Public scholars are well acquainted with online hatred. But professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are debating what to do when the vitriol ceases to be just virtual and takes a seat in the front row of the classroom.”

Poynter: Want to get away with posting fake news on Facebook? Just change your website domain.. “One of the most frequently debunked fake news publishers on Facebook is still getting past the platform’s fact-checking system — and it’s doing it by using the simplest of tricks. In the fall, YourNewsWire, one of the most infamous misinformers on the internet, migrated its site and rebranded as News Punch.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch:
Researchers find a new malware-friendly hosting site after a spike in attacks
. “Security researchers have traced a recent spike in FormBook infections to a new file-hosting service that’s been billed as a place for hackers to host their malware. Deep Instinct analysts say in new findings out Tuesday that the resurgence in FormBook malware, used as part of password and information stealing campaigns currently targeting the retail and hospitality sectors, can be traced back to the newly discovered malware-friendly site that hosts the second-stage dropper used to infect a computer with malicious code after the user opens a booby-trapped document.”

The Register: And it’s go, go, go for class-action lawsuits against Equifax after 148m personal records spilled in that mega-hack. “In a series of orders handed down in a Georgia federal district court on Monday, the evocatively named Judge Thomas Thrash Jr said that legal challenges from payment card issuers and ordinary citizens can proceed against Equifax. A class-action lawsuit brought by ten ‘small businesses’ – which included corporations and limited liability companies – was denied, though. The small biz owners can join in with the consumers.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: IBM hopes 1 million diverse faces can reduce bias in AI. “IBM Research on Tuesday released a new data set that contains 1 million images of diverse human faces, with an aim to help advance fairness and accuracy in facial recognition technology.”

Gizmodo: I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything. “I had cut myself off completely from Google, but it’s making my job really hard. The invisible hands of Google are everywhere: I’m locked out of the system we use here at Gizmodo to publish blogs because I have historically used Google as my log-in. I also discover I can’t use Dropbox to send selfie-videos about the blockade to my video producer, Myra Iqbal.” Good morning, Internet…

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