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Tom Bradley, Facebook Scams, Congressional Hearings, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, July 16, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

UCLA: Former mayor and UCLA alumnus Tom Bradley focus of new online archive. “The UCLA Film &Television Archive has created a digital portal showcasing local news footage of former Los Angeles Mayor and UCLA alumnus, Tom Bradley. Bradley, who was the first African American to lead the city, was also Los Angeles’ longest-tenured mayor, serving from 1973 to 1993. Bradley died in 1998.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BBC News: Facebook scam-busting service goes live. “Scammers are being targeted by a new tool for UK Facebook users that allows the reporting of fake adverts. The feature came about after Martin Lewis, founder of the MoneySavingExpert website, sued over his name and photo being used on fake Facebook adverts.”

USEFUL STUFF

CNET: Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch. “Congress on Tuesday will be tackling one of the biggest questions facing the tech industry in decades: Have companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon become so big that they need to be broken up?”

Lifehacker: Learn a New Language While Listening to Audiobooks Using This App. “If you don’t have the opportunity to travel to a different country or try your skills out with a native speaker you know, then reading books can be a great way to help you take your skills to the next level. Beelinguapp is an app that can help.”

PC World: Google Keep Notes: 10 tips and tricks to become a master. “Google Keep Notes might be the most underrated of Google’s services. It’s more than just a place to jot down your thoughts—it’s also the missing link to bring Docs, Calendar, Photos, and the rest of Google’s services together. Here are 10 tips and tricks to unlock the full potential of Google Keep Notes.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Chicago Sun-Times: Historic Ebony photo archive to be auctioned off to pay creditors . “Emmett Till lying in his coffin. Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, Coretta Scott King, mourning at her husband’s funeral. Images of those iconic moments along with four million other photographs that capture seven decades of black life in America are set to be auctioned off this week. The historic photo archive of Ebony and Jet is being sold by the magazines’ now-bankrupt former publisher Johnson Publishing Company. The auction, organized by Hilco Streambank, is scheduled for Wednesday in Chicago.”

New York Times: A Feisty Google Adversary Tests How Much People Care About Privacy. “Gabriel Weinberg is taking aim at Google from a small building 20 miles west of Philadelphia that looks like a fake castle. An optometrist has an office downstairs. Mr. Weinberg’s company, DuckDuckGo, has become one of the feistiest adversaries of Google. Started over a decade ago, DuckDuckGo offers a privacy-focused alternative to Google’s search engine.”

Vice: Facebook Is Censoring Posts That Could Save Opioid Users’ Lives. “In its efforts to stop opioid sales on the site, Facebook appears to be blocking people who warn users about poisonous batches of drugs or who supply materials used to test for fentanyls and other contaminants. Just as 1990s web security filters mistook breast cancer research centers for porn sites, today’s internet still seems to have trouble distinguishing between drug dealers and groups trying to reduce the death toll from the overdose crisis. VICE reviewed screenshots and emails to corroborate the claims made in this story.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Naked Security: Instagram bug could have allowed anyone to take over your account. “Do you remember the name Laxman Muthiyah? We certainly do, because we’ve written about his bug-hunting work before – for example, he’s uncovered not only a data deletion flaw but also a a data disclosure bug on Facebook.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Quartz: How the internet ate the advertising industry. “Online advertising will soon just be ‘advertising.’ Online ads will claim more than half—52%—of global ad spending for the first time in 2021, according to a new forecast from analytics firm Zenith. That’s up from 47% this year and 44% in 2018.”

Monday Note: The Rise of Influencers and the Decay of Journalism. “This month’s cover of Wired UK looks like a canary in the coal mine. As a novel spin to cover climate change, the magazine elected to put Greta Thunberg on its cover. This is a choice that speaks volumes about a growing trend in news: prominently featuring social-media stars.”

9 News: Secrets of billions of ancient Japanese texts being uncovered by AI. “The content of billions of ancient texts written in a now-obsolete Japanese script have long puzzled researchers struggling to decode the secrets they might hold. Known as Kuzushiji, the ancient cursive script was used from the 8th century to the start of the 20th, however less than 0.01 per cent of the world’s population can currently read it.” Good morning, Internet…

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