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Alphabet/Google, SSA, Office for National Statistics (UK), More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, April 30, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Reuters: Google parent’s shares dive as YouTube changes, competition hurt revenue. “Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday saw its slowest revenue growth in three years from increased competition in advertising, stumbles in its smartphone business and disruptive changes at YouTube that left the leading internet ad company lagging rivals.”

SSA Blog: Social Security is now on the ‘Gram’. “We are proud to add Instagram as our newest social media channel. As we do on the others , we share information and resources on our Instagram page that can help you and your loved ones — with a visual focus. As the old adage goes, sometimes a picture says more than a thousand words. We look forward to maximizing this platform’s storytelling style of posting to share stories that help you.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CBR Online: Office for National Statistics Wants to Turn a Big Data Eye on Company Ownership, Balance Sheets. “The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) is seeking a partner to provide it with ‘timely and detailed information’ on UK company data, including the financial balance sheets of all United Kingdom registered companies. It’s a big ask, given the UK’s notoriously opaque and sprawling sets of company data, but the independent organisation – which is responsible for collecting and publishing a wide range of national statistics – says it needs the data to better track Foreign Direct Investment, and ‘construction’ statistics.”

KUNC: Citizen Historians Hunt Down Rare Postcards, Pieces Of Colorado’s Past. “When John Meissner strolled into Greeley antique shop Lincoln Park Emporium recently, it didn’t take long for a display of postcards near the counter to catch his eye. ‘These are amazing because you never — see this is like, new “old” stock,’ Meissner said, flipping through the rack. ‘So they’re perfect.’ The cards, placed next to some boxes of candy, depict a variety of Colorado tourist spots. They’re all from Denver’s Sanborn Souvenir Company. The cost? 25 cents apiece.”

Yahoo Finance: Facebook’s Chris Cox was more than just the world’s most powerful chief product officer. “Last month, Chris Cox, 36, decided to leave Facebook after 13 years—his entire, post-university, working life. He joined in November 2005, when Thefacebook, as it was then still called, was only open to college and high school kids—about 5 million of them. He was the thirteenth engineer, he believes, and employee number 40 or so. In 2008, he became the company’s vice president for product and, then, in 2014, its Chief Product Officer, making him the company’s third most powerful executive. Last May, his portfolio was broadened to include Facebook’s family of apps—Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger. As Wired’s Nicholas Thompson noted at the time, the move effectively put him in charge of product for ‘four of the six largest social media platforms in the world.'”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Engadget: Chrome exploit uses a fake address bar for phishing attacks. “Cyberattackers don’t need to find obscure technical flaws to launch phishing attacks — they might just need a screen capture and some clever web coding. Developer James Fisher has found a relatively simple exploit in Chrome for mobile that takes advantage of how the app displays the address bar. When you scroll down from the top of a page, the approach displays a fake address bar that won’t disappear until you visit another site. The attacker can even craft the page to prevent you from seeing the real address bar when you scroll up.”

How-To Geek: How Email Bombing Uses Spam to Hide an Attack. “If you suddenly start receiving an endless stream of junk email, perhaps asking for confirmation of a subscription, you’re the victim of email bombing. The perpetrator is probably trying to hide their real goal, so here’s what to do.”

Odessa American: ‘Monica’s Law’ passes house floor. “The law, which could help prevent domestic violence and protect victims, passed with a strong majority in the Texas House of Representatives 137 to 6 on Monday during the 86th Texas legislative session…. ‘Monica’s Law’ would create an online database available to the public and law enforcement listing protective orders issued by Texas courts as a result of domestic violence.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Next Web: The SETI screensaver shows us what the internet could’ve been. “SETI@home is a long-term science project currently run by the Berkeley Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. It began in the early 1960s, when astronomers first began harvesting data from vast radio telescopes — like the one at Green Bank in West Virginia—to look for signs of life beyond Earth. The search and the science is much older than the screen saver, of course, which was released to the public in 1999 and still running today. But the screen saver has been directly helping that search for the past two decades.”

Current: KQED to study how to reach and engage millennials with science media. “‘Cracking the Code: Influencing Millennial Science Engagement’ is a new collaborative project that brings together the expertise of the public broadcaster’s science team with science communication experts in academia. The partners will test ways to increase engagement with KQED science content among audiences within the millennial generation born between 1981 and 1996. The three-year effort is supported by a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation.” Good evening, Internet…

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