Australia Design, Facebook, Dropbox, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, July 10, 2019


Architecture & Design: New public tool to search for design rights. “IP Australia has developed a new tool called Australian Design Search that provides image searching to the public for design rights.”


CNET: Facebook gets experimental with new apps to reel you in. “Get ready for a flood of new Facebook apps. The social media giant said Tuesday it’s created a team, known as New Product Experimentation, to design, build and launch apps that give people ‘entirely new experiences for building community.’ The apps could range from games to business tools.”

Ars Technica: Dropbox Transfer tests direct sharing of files up to 100GB. “Dropbox is adding a new option for how its users can share files. Dropbox Transfer introduces a way to send files between people rather than simply sharing access for collaboration.”

Krebs on Security: Patch Tuesday Lowdown, July 2019 Edition. “Microsoft today released software updates to plug almost 80 security holes in its Windows operating systems and related software. Among them are fixes for two zero-day flaws that are actively being exploited in the wild, and patches to quash four other bugs that were publicly detailed prior to today, potentially giving attackers a head start in working out how to use them for nefarious purposes.”


The GroundTruth Project: Tools and tips for digging into Facebook from two investigative journalists. “Although many groups are private and you might need an invitation or a source inside them to gain access, the world’s largest social network is a trove of publicly accessible information for reporters, you just need to know where to look. I reached out to Brooke Williams, an award-winning investigative reporter and Associate Professor of the Practice of Computational Journalism at Boston University and Henk van Ess, lead investigator for, whose fact-checking work using social media has earned a large online following, to talk about how they use Facebook to dig for sources and information for their investigations. Their answers were edited for length and clarity.”

MakeUseOf: The Best Video Editing Apps and Software for YouTube. “YouTube has gone beyond being a simple video sharing site to become a phenomenon. So much so there are people who now watch YouTube instead of traditional TV. This means that whether you dream of being a YouTube star or simply want to share videos with your friends, creating videos for YouTube can be a rewarding process. However, in order to create and edit YouTube videos, you’ll need the right tools. And with that in mind here are the best video editing apps for YouTube.”


Sounds like an awesome Kickstarter project: Preserve & digitize 30,000 historic New Orleans newspapers . “Currently, the entire collection is housed safely at our New Orleans headquarters where it will stay in the original Mylar sleeves until we have the full capability to process and re-enter it into record with our proposed unprecedented image quality and data utility. Our next major undertaking is to scan and digitize the entire New Orleans DNA holdings–over 500,000 sides of newsprint & special supplements, mostly from The Daily Picayune and Times-Picayune from 1888-1929, a collection unrivaled in both continuity and condition.”

The Guardian: Meet the millennials pretending to be baby boomers on Facebook. “Posting typos and non sequiturs is harmless, revealing a user’s unfamiliarity with the conversational conventions of social media, and perhaps an inexpert command of keyboards. Yet, as indicated by the skyrocketing popularity of a new Facebook group called ‘A group where we all pretend to be boomers,’ in which members of Generations X through Z adopt boomer-ish affectations for fun, they can also be amusing.” Oh sure, it’s fun now. Just wait, millennials, in 30 years you’ll be constantly plugging in your VR sockets upside down and Generation Mutant will post looping XR videos all over your house of you doing it. And don’t come crying to me when that happens.

New Delhi Times: Indian Army warns personnel of social media platforms. “Issuing an advisory for the army personnel against the Pakistani spy agencies, making efforts to get information through the social media platforms, the Indian Army has warned its personnel and their families to avoid being active on WhatsApp, especially in large groups where there are unknown members.”


InfoSec Write-Ups: Zoom Zero Day: 4+ Million Webcams & maybe an RCE? Just get them to visit your website!. “A vulnerability in the Mac Zoom Client allows any malicious website to enable your camera without your permission. The flaw potentially exposes up to 750,000 companies around the world that use Zoom to conduct day-to-day business.”

ZDNet: Facebook transfer of data from EU to US shores argued in European high court. “A long legal battle which centers around Facebook’s transfer of data belonging to European citizens to the United States has ended up in the European Court of Justice. The Luxembourg-based court, which is the highest in the bloc, is hearing arguments on Tuesday concerning Facebook’s data practices and whether or not they are placing EU citizens at risk of surveillance.”


Kennesaw State University: Kennesaw State professors launch social media research. “A pair of Kennesaw State University researchers are developing a new study examining hate speech and imagery on social media using funding from a grant they received from Facebook.” Good morning, Internet…

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