Motorsport Stats, Poetry, SoundCloud, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 20, 2019


Motor1: Motorsport Stats Launches The World’s Largest Free Results Database. “From today, motor racing fans with a thirst for knowledge will find the new Motorsport Stats Results service the ideal destination to fuel their passion. What’s special or unique about this new offering? Every season, Motorsport Stats companies collect a rich stream of data and results from more than 2,500 motor racing events from leading circuit world championships on two wheels and four, to off-road series from rally and motocross. Motorsport Stats’ capability to collect racing results at a rate of 50 events every weekend across time zones has led to the development of the world’s foremost repository of racing intelligence. And from today, the best of this data will be made freely available in the world’s largest multi-series racing results service.”

Radio Praha: Czechs Go Global With Poetry Social Network. “A free global network for poets and poetry lovers, developed in the Czech Republic, has recently been launched in the United States. Called Poetizer, it allows its users to publish and share their poems and aims to serve as an alternative to the existing social platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. The site was originally founded in 2017 as a mobile app and currently covers some 120 countries with over 65,000 poems written by its users.”


TechCrunch: SoundCloud adds a music distribution service to its premium subscriptions . “Last year, Spotify took a stake in music distribution service DistroKid. Apple acquired Platoon. And today, SoundCloud announced it’s adding its own music distribution tools to its premium accounts aimed at artists, SoundCloud Pro and SoundCloud Pro Unlimited. With SoundCloud Premier distribution, artists can upload their tracks to all major music services, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Tencent, YouTube Music and even Instagram, directly from SoundCloud.”


MakeUseOf: How to Build Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit Bots Using Python. “It’s 2019. You’ve heard of bots. There are chat bots, email bots, web scraping bots, and, social media bots. Have you created a bot yet? It’s surprisingly easy. Probably why they’re all over the place. Embrace our bot overlords by joining their rank. In this article, I’ll show you how you can leverage Python to interact with your Twitter, Reddit, and Instagram accounts automatically.”

Threatpost: New GandCrab Decryptor Unlocks Files of Updated Ransomware. “Yet another free decryptor is available for GandCrab ransomware victims. The tool, released Tuesday, is the third decryptor update in the past year that thwarts the prolific and fast-evolving GandCrab ransomware.”


The Daily Beast: Whimsical and Annoying Viral Questions Are Taking Over Twitter. “Unpopular opinion time: What trend has taken over Twitter, inspiring enthusiastic fans and even more devoted haters? For the past eight months, the answer has been tweets structured just like the question above. They’re open-ended. They’re designed to elicit quick responses. And they’re absolutely everywhere.” I think they’re cute.


The Sociable: ‘We paid little attention to vulnerabilities in machine learning platforms’: DARPA. “Dr. Hava Siegelmann, program manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O), introduced the Guaranteeing AI Robustness against Deception (GARD) program earlier this month to address vulnerabilities in machine learning (ML) platforms and to develop a new generation of defenses against adversarial deception attacks on ML models.”

Wired: NATO Group Catfished Soldiers to Prove a Point About Privacy. “The phony Facebook pages looked just like the real thing. They were designed to mimic pages that service members use to connect. One appeared to be geared toward a large-scale, military exercise in Europe and was populated by a handful of accounts that appeared to be real service members. In reality, both the pages and the accounts were created and operated by researchers at NATO’s Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, a research group that’s affiliated with NATO.”


SFGate: Your friends’ social media posts are making you spend more money, researchers say. “…a team of American and Canadian economists have proposed a new explanation for the declining savings rate, one rooted in individual psychology. At its heart lies a simple observation: Personal spending is a lot more visible to others than not spending. Changes in the media landscape have made other people’s spending more visible than ever. That, in turn, is making all of us spend even more – and save even less.”

ScienceDaily: Pottery reveals America’s first social media networks . “Long before Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and even MySpace, early Mississippian Mound cultures in America’s southern Appalachian Mountains shared artistic trends and technologies across regional networks that functioned in similar ways as modern social media, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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