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African-American Artists, Chromebooks in Education, Long Exposure Photos, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 4, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Refinery29: Exclusive: Giphy Releases A Collection Of GIFS Designed By Black Artists. “For their latest collaboration, GIPHY has teamed up with Refinery29 Unbothered, Refinery29’s Instagram account and initiative for Black women and femme empowerment. The project collaborated with seven Black femme illustrators and animators to create designed GIFs depicting Black culture. The goal? To inspire mainstream media companies to have more diversity in their visuals and Black creators to keep creating.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Google to launch a ‘Chromebook App Hub’ for educational apps and lesson ideas. “Google today announced an expansion of its educational initiatives with the Chromebook App Hub from Google for Education, due to launch later in 2019. The new resource is designed to offer teachers and other curriculum administrators an easier, more centralized means of finding the appropriate educational tools and apps they can use in the classroom.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 3 Ways to Take Long Exposure Photos With an iPhone. “Long exposure, or slow shutter speed, used to be the domain of pro photographers with expensive gear. However, you can now take one of these photos with your humble smartphone. Although you can’t access the iPhone camera’s shutter speed due to Apple being overprotective of its hardware, there are ways to recreate long exposure using your iPhone.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Snopes: Hiding in Plain Sight: PAC-Connected Activists Set Up ‘Local News’ Outlets. “Some stories practically write themselves, the details simple and clear. This investigation, spurred by a reader’s tip, was no such story. In collaboration with reporter Bethania Palma and operations staffers Vinny Green and Chris Reilly, lead reporter Alex Kasprak spent weeks untangling the reality behind a group of entities posing as newspapers in key battleground states going into the 2020 election. Even if you’re jaded by the torrent of daily headlines, including Russian meddling in U.S. election processes, you will want to spend some time with this story.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Nextgov: Congress Moves to Ban Discriminatory Advertising on Social Media. “The DATA Privacy Act, introduced by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., explicitly bars Facebook, Twitter and other companies from allowing advertisers to use consumer data to discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation. Under the legislation, the Federal Trade Commission would issue clear guidance on what constitutes online discrimination and gain new powers to penalize organizations that violate the rules.”

BetaNews: If you’ve added your phone number to Facebook for 2FA security, it can be used to search for you. “You may well have opted to maintain an element of privacy by omitting personal information such as your address and phone number from your profile. But if you’ve used your mobile number to secure your account with 2FA, even if it is not visible to others, it can still be used to search for you — and there is no way to opt out of this.”

The Daily Swig: New tool searches for misconfigured Google cloud storage. “A new tool is helping security researchers discover misconfigured Google data storage, as more and more businesses move their workflow over to the cloud. GCPBucketBrute – the open source tool recently released by Rhino Security – allows pen testers to discover open buckets found on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The tool can also determine if privilege escalation can occur on a particular cloud instance.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: New study highlights the influence social media has on children’s food intake . “New University of Liverpool research, published in Pediatrics, highlights the negative influence that social media has on children’s food intake. Current research shows celebrity endorsement and television advertising of unhealthy foods increases children’s intake of these foods. However, children are increasingly exposed to marketing through digital avenues, such as on social media, and the impact of marketing by YouTube video bloggers (vloggers) on these outcomes has, until now, not been known.”

The Verge: Why I chose Brave as my Chrome browser replacement. “Readers of this august website may recall that a year ago, I lauded Firefox and its progress toward becoming a genuine alternative to Google’s dominant Chrome browser. As much as I liked where Firefox was going, however, I couldn’t stick with it over the long term. It wasn’t compatible with everything the way Chrome was, its extensions were different, and, for my way of using a browser, it was slower and less responsive. So I returned to Chrome after a few weeks of Firefox, but the urge to decouple my browsing habits from Google remained.”

World Health Organization: WHO launches the hearWHO app for mobile devices to help detect hearing loss. “Ahead of the annual World Hearing Day (3 March), the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched ‘hearWHO’, a free application for mobile devices which allows people to check their hearing regularly and intervene early in case of hearing loss. The app is targeted at those who are at risk of hearing loss or who already experience some of the symptoms related to hearing loss.” Good evening, Internet…

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