SILive: Advance/SILive. com launches website featuring Holocaust survivor stories. “Today, the Advance/SILive.com proudly introduces our readers to a new website that has been nearly two years in the making. That’s how long multimedia specialist Shira Stoll has been working on a project to document the stories of Staten Island’s remaining Holocaust survivors.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
The Free Press: Final Rollout of National Fisherman Photo Archive . “After three years of processing the photo archives of National Fisherman magazine, Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport has completed the collection.” I mentioned this project in 2017; reupping now that it’s finished.
Ubergizmo: NBC’s Free News Streaming Service Launched. “NBC was building a standalone news streaming service to cater to cord-cutters and the network has now launched the service. NBC News Now is the free streaming service that will provide news programming between 3 pm and 11 pm ET.”
Mashable: Facebook shareholders try and fail to limit Mark Zuckerberg’s power . “Calls for Mark Zuckerberg’s power to be reined in continue to grow louder – not that it matters. That much was clear during Facebook’s annual shareholders meeting on Thursday, where Zuckerberg faced numerous calls for his power to be checked.”
Make Tech Easier: How to Use Google Play Like a Pro with These Useful Tips. “You can do a lot more with Google Play than just install apps. If you know where to look, you can also get info on apps you might usually only see once you tap on the install button.” Quick roundup, useful hints.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Business Insider: Bahrain threatens legal action against people who follow government critics on Twitter. “Bahrain has threatened legal action against people who follow Twitter accounts which criticize the country’s government, part of a drastic new crackdown on political dissent.”
The Register: Egg on North Face: Wikipedia furious after glamp-wear giant swaps article pics for sneaky ad shots – and even brags about it in a video. “The North Face tried to sneakily replace images on Wikipedia pages with shots of models wearing the outdoor-clothing biz’s clobber in an attempt to skyrocket to the top of Google Images. It was part of an ad campaign that The North Face figured out with the Brazilian branch of international admen Leo Burnett Tailor Made. They had noticed that when people searched for top nature destinations, the first few images on Google were often taken from Wikipedia pages.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Ars Technica: Microsoft practically begs Windows users to fix wormable BlueKeep flaw. “In a Blog post published late Thursday night, members of the Microsoft Security Response Center cited findings published Tuesday by Errata Security CEO Rob Graham that almost 1 million Internet-connected computers remain vulnerable to the attacks. That indicates those machines have yet to install an update Microsoft issued two weeks ago patching against the so-called BlueKeep vulnerability, which is formally tracked as CVE-2019-0708. The exploits can reliably execute malicious code with no interaction on the part of an end user. The severity prompted Microsoft to take the unusual step of issuing patches for Windows 2003, XP, and Vista, which haven’t been supported in four, five, and two years, respectively.”
CNET: Hackers steal credit card information from Checkers fast-food chain. “Hackers infected checkout stations at more than 100 of the fast-food restaurant’s locations with malicious software that stole payment card information, the company said Wednesday. So when the cashier swiped your card to pay for boneless chicken wings or a triple crispy fish sandwich, the fryer got to work on your lunch and the hackers got their hands on your credit card number. The stolen information also included cardholder names, card expiration dates and card verification codes, the company said.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Packt: Speech2Face: A neural network that “imagines” faces from hearing voices. Is it too soon to worry about ethnic profiling?. “The researchers designed and trained a neural network which uses millions of natural Internet/YouTube videos of people speaking. During training, they demonstrated that the model learns voice-face correlations that allows it to produce images that capture various physical attributes of the speakers such as age, gender, and ethnicity.”
Computer Weekly: Blockchain and deep neural networks show digital archive promise. “Researchers from the University of Surrey are set to present a paper in June at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Los Angeles, which describes a way to preserve the integrity of video, artificial intelligence (AI) models and digital archives.”
PCMag UK: I Killed Google and My Phone Almost Died. “I set out on a journey to sidestep Google’s version of Android and instead use free, private, and secure open-source alternatives on my phone. I made some stupid mistakes, including potentially bursting into flames, but I learned a lot along the way.” This article is frustrating as it didn’t really come to any conclusions, but it’s a fun read. Good morning, Internet…
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