My Little Pony Music, Facebook, Twitter, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, March 4, 2019


Now available — an enormous online archive of music related to My Little Pony. 600 GB is a lot, yeah? As I understand it, this is music related to and inspired by My Little Pony. (All I know about My Little Pony is that Tara Strong is one of the voices, so if I’m getting this wrong please correct me in the comments.) From the Equestria DAily article link: “The dedicated archivist ponies of the Pony Music Archive have completed a massive bundle of all the pony music that they could find in the best possible quality, resulting in more than 600 GB of music! The archive will be maintained with the new music coming out from now on, too.”


Ars Technica: Get ready for a Facebook-sponsored cryptocurrency. “Facebook is preparing to launch a cryptocurrency, the The New York Times reports. The new cryptocurrency would be integrated with Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging platform, allowing ordinary WhatsApp users to send electronic cash to friends and family across international borders. The Times says it talked to five anonymous sources who have been briefed on the project.”

Mashable: Facebook lied about how many teens it used for research. “In January, an investigation from TechCrunch found that Facebook was paying people, including teenagers, $20 to monitor their internet and phone use. At the time, Facebook said that less than 5 percent of its study participants were teens, and that participants under 18 were required to get parental consent. But now, Facebook has revealed that teens comprised 18 percent of its users — not five.”

TechCrunch: Twitter confirms it’s working on a ‘Hide Tweet’ feature. “Twitter today confirmed it’s developing a new ‘Hide Tweet’ feature, which it says will give users another option to protect their conversations.”


Genealogy’s Star: Step-by-Step Guide to Using Online Census Indexes: Part Five. “Searching online especially of indexes requires a certain amount of experience and strategy. Over time, you’ll begin to realize that indexes are not always complete or accurate. The person compiling the index may have misread the handwriting and the information recorded is either inaccurate or incomplete. Despite the existence of a searchable index to the records, manual searching through the census schedules may be necessary if the indexing was incomplete or inaccurate.”

Hackaday: Leigh Johnson’s Guide To Machine Vision On Raspberry Pi. “We salute hackers who make technology useful for people in emerging markets. Leigh Johnson joined that select group when she accepted the challenge to build portable machine vision units that work offline and can be deployed for under $100 each. For hardware, a Raspberry Pi with camera plus screen can fit under that cost ceiling, and the software to give it sight is the focus of her 2018 Hackaday Superconference presentation. (Video also embedded below.)”


New York University: Who Owns an Ancestral Photo, Song, or Language? . “Last August at the Library of Congress, Dwayne Tomah, an elder of the Passamaquoddy Tribe—a Native American community from what is now Maine and parts of Canada—leaned close to the microphone and began to sing in a deep, slow cadence. The first song was about doing business—a trading song that was historically sung to let people know you were ready to make a deal. The audience was brought to tears.”

Idaho State University: Idaho Museum of Natural History researchers receive grant to digitally scan bones of California blue whale. “The Idaho Museum of Natural History and Idaho State University received a $20,000 award from the National Science Foundation in January to scan the entire skeleton of a blue whale that washed ashore in California. The skeleton is at the Noyo Center for Marine Science in Fort Bragg, California.”

BuzzFeed News: These Developers Say It Took Three Years And A Chance Meeting To Get Facebook To Deal With Their Country’s Fake News. “Earlier this month Facebook proudly announced its latest victory over fake news. Ahead of an upcoming parliamentary vote in Moldova, the company had removed 168 Facebook accounts, 28 pages, and 8 Instagram accounts it believed to be ‘engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior.’ It was an important policing action for the Eastern European country, which is considered among the poorest and most corrupt in Europe. But it was a long time coming.”


CNET: Facebook, Instagram sue China-based firms over sales of fake accounts. “Facebook and Instagram are suing four companies and three people in China for creating and promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes and followers on the social networks.”

The Register: Qbot malware’s back, and latest strain relies on Visual Basic script to slip into target machines. “A new version of the decade-old banking credential-stealing Qbot malware is doing the rounds, according to infosec firm Varonis. The latest version, spotted after an unfortunate customer’s systems were infected, retains the anti-analysis polymorphism features of the original, Varonis researchers said.”

Neowin: Google reveals “high severity” flaw in macOS kernel. “Google’s Project Zero team is well-known for its knack of finding security flaws in the company’s own products as well as those manufactured by other firms. Its members locate flaws in software, privately report them to the manufacturers, and give them 90 days to resolve the problem before publicly disclosing it. Last year, the team revealed vulnerabilities in Windows 10 S and Microsoft Edge. Now, it has exposed a ‘high severity’ flaw in macOS’ kernel.” Good morning, Internet…

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