Wyoming Finance, Instagram, YouTube TV, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, July 30, 2019


Wyoming Public Media: State Auditor’s Transparency Website Goes Live. “Wyoming State Auditor Kristi Racines has launched a new website detailing how Wyoming spends most of its money. The website… went live earlier this month. The site’s data includes transactions from 2016 to the present, and is searchable by agency, vendor, location and other categories.”


Mashable: Instagram tests new green screen effect in Stories . “If FaceApp’s mega-viral age filter has taught us anything, it’s that the right selfie effects can take on a life of their own. Now, Instagram may be testing a new augmented reality feature that essentially puts you in front of a green screen.”

BetaNews: Congratulations, nerds! PBS is finally coming to YouTube TV. “Unfortunately, YouTube TV subscribers will not get access to PBS or PBS Kids today. Google only promises it will become available ‘later this year.’ We are only in July, so that could mean anywhere from August to December — hopefully it is sooner rather than later.”


Slashgear: F-Secure Data Discovery Portal reveals your Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Snapchat, Apple data with a click. “The brands Google, Apple, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Amazon are all on the list. In the F-Secure Data Discovery Portal, you’ll be shown the ways and means with which you’ll learn all the data these major internet-centric companies have on you – and what you’ll be able to do with this knowledge now that it’s yours once more. Ever wonder how many recordings of your voice Amazon keeps? Now you can hear yourself in each file, one by one.”

Social Media Examiner: How to Create an Instagram Content Plan for Your Business . “Do you want to improve your organic Instagram content? Looking for an Instagram content marketing guide to follow? In this article, you’ll find out how to plan, create, and optimize Instagram content for your business.” This is really for anyone who wants a more systematic way of planning out their Instagram content.

Tom’s Guide: How To Save Photos from Instagram. “Wondering where you can find the option is to save photos directly from Instagram? Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist. While there’s a simple setting feature to save your own posts, it gets a bit trickier if you wish to download a full-resolution .JPG version of a photo from a different user’s account. Of course, this is by design — you didn’t capture the photo, so you probably don’t have the copyright to use it. Luckily there’s still a way to save those photos using a web browser.”


Motherboard: The YouTubers Union Is Not Messing Around. “The YouTubers Union, a community-based movement fighting for the rights of content creators and users, has joined forces with IG Metall, Germany’s largest union and Europe’s largest trade union. Together, they have launched a joint venture called FairTube and sent a letter of demands to YouTube accompanied by a video explaining their concerns, demands, and plan of action.”

CNET: GitHub blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea due to US sanctions. “Software development platform GitHub is essential to developers across the globe. Unfortunately for users in Iran, Syria and Crimea, access is getting squeezed, thanks to US trade law.”


Rapsi News: E-mail user identification bill submitted to Russia’s lower house of parliament . “A group of members of the Federation Council introduced a bill on e-mail user identification to the State Duma. The document was published Tuesday on the database of the parliament’s lower house.”

Ars Technica: Louisiana declares state of emergency in response to ransomware attack. “Louisiana’s declaration of a state of emergency follows a model established by Colorado in the wake of a ransomware attack there in March 2018. In Colorado, the declaration of emergency only came after a week the Colorado Office of Information Technology’s overwhelmed and short-staffed IT department spent trying to disinfect more than 2,000 infected machines. Declaring a state of emergency allows the National Guard’s resources and personnel to be brought in.”

Ars Technica: 200 million devices—some mission-critical—vulnerable to remote takeover. “In all, researchers with security firm Armis identified 11 vulnerabilities in various versions of VxWorks, a slimmed-down operating system that runs on more than 2 billion devices worldwide (this section of Wikipedia’s article on the OS lists some of its more notable uses). Billed collectively as Urgent 11, the vulnerabilities consist of six remote code flaws and five less-severe issues that allow things like information leaks and denial-of-service attacks.”


MindMatters News: We Built the Power Big Social Media Have Over Us. “If you are living on planet Earth, connected to the internet, you are likely making Google, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and other web giants even more powerful.”

Digital Trends: About a third of U.S. households lack broadband internet. 5G may change that. “A new report that addresses the topic of broadband internet access in the United States features a startling statistic: Almost a third of U.S. households do not have access to a broadband internet connection.”

ScienceBlog: Seeking New Physics, Scientists Borrow From Social Networks. “…MIT physicists have found a way to automate the search for strange and potentially new physics, with a technique that determines the degree of similarity between pairs of collision events. In this way, they can estimate the relationships among hundreds of thousands of collisions in a proton beam smashup, and create a geometric map of events according to their degree of similarity. The researchers say their new technique is the first to relate multitudes of particle collisions to each other, similar to a social network.”


This is pretty far outside my wheelhouse, but I’ve never read an article like it before. It made me think about things I’d never thought about, in a good way. So I’m sharing. CBC: It’s all in the plans — or is it? How to take a critical look at architectural drawings. “There’s been a lot of opposition to a proposed expansion of the Anglican Cathedral in St. John’s, but the plans have at least one thing going for them, says a retired architect. The graphic, or artist rendering, of the expansion is detailed and realistic, giving residents and decision makers complete picture of what the finished product will bring, says Jim Case. And that’s exactly what people should be looking and asking for from these images, Case said.” Good morning, Internet…

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