Facebook, Email Addresses Snapchat, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, May 9, 2019

And now I think we’re caught up. For about ten minutes.


New York Times: Chris Hughes Essay on Breakup Draws an Objection From Facebook. “Facebook pushed back Thursday after Chris Hughes, a billionaire co-founder of the company, argued in a New York Times Op-Ed essay that the company should be broken up and regulated. ‘Facebook accepts that with success comes accountability,’ Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president for global affairs and communication, wrote in a statement. ‘But you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company.'”

Search Engine Journal: Facebook Launches New Tools for Small Businesses. “Facebook is rolling out new tools to help businesses run automated ad campaigns, book appointments, and edit videos.”


MakeUseOf: 3 Ways to Instantly Create a New Email Address for Yourself. “You don’t need to go through a sign-up process every time you want a fresh email address. That’s time consuming, annoying, and unnecessary when there are far easier and quicker ways to get yourself a new email address for sharing with people, using on websites, and so on. We have outlined three of our favorites here. They ensure that you don’t have to log in and out of multiple inboxes to check for updates.”


CNET: Zuckerberg worked hard to keep $59M Tahoe deal private, report says. “Mark Zuckerberg takes his privacy very seriously. The Facebook CEO quietly purchased real estate worth $59 million in Lake Tahoe, California, according to a Thursday report by The Wall Street Journal. He reportedly used a limited-liability company named Golden Range, a wealth manager and nondisclosure agreements to purchase two adjacent homes on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. The agreements required real-estate agents to keep Zuckerberg’s identity secret and called for online listing pictures of the houses to be taken down, according to the report.”

BBC: Yolo: Viral Snapchat app raises abuse concerns. “Yolo – an app that lets anonymous questions be posed to Snapchat users – has become the most-downloaded iPhone app in the UK and US just a week after its release. It is highly unusual for an app to top Apple’s chart so soon after its launch without a major marketing campaign. However, the viral success of the product has raised concerns.”

Indiana State University: Library will digitize St. Theodore Guerin’s works. “The Digital Initiatives Unit of the Indiana State University’s library’s Special Collections Department received a $15,453 grant to help the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Archives provide online access to Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s letters and journals.”


Irish Times: Who’s using your face? The ugly truth about facial recognition. “When Jillian York, a 36-year-old American activist, was on vacation in February, she received an unexpected text. Her friend Adam Harvey, another activist and researcher, had discovered photos of her in a US government database used to train facial-recognition algorithms, and wondered whether she knew about it.”


Columbia Business Law Review: Is Facebook on the Wrong Side of Civil Rights?. “Today, over 50 years since the Fair Housing Act of 1968 was enacted into law, the rise of sophisticated targeted digital advertising presents nuanced housing discrimination issues for our country and our tech giants like Facebook. In 2011, Facebook settled with the FTC on charges that it deceived its consumers and shared its users’ personal data with advertisers. Just last month, in March 2019, Facebook settled with the ACLU and other civil rights groups, to make ‘meaningful’ changes to its advertising platform in an effort to reduce advertising discrimination. Despite these Settlements, Facebook’s promises to fight discrimination continue to fall shockingly short.”

Science Daily: New analysis predicts top U.S. counties at risk for measles outbreaks. “A new analysis identified 25 United States counties that are most likely to experience measles outbreaks in 2019. The analysis combined international air travel volume, non-medical exemptions from childhood vaccinations, population data and reported measles outbreak information.”

EurekAlert: VR can improve quality of life for people with dementia. “Virtual reality (VR) technology could vastly improve the quality of life for people with dementia by helping to recall past memories, reduce aggression and improve interactions with caregivers, new research by the University of Kent has discovered.” Good evening, Internet…

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