Boris Johnson, Holocaust Genealogy, Facebook Advertising, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 1, 2019


PressGazette: Telegraph rounds up ‘best of Boris’ columns in new online archive. “The Telegraph has published an archive of Boris Johnson’s columns for the paper since 2004 so readers can easily see ‘what makes him tick’ after he was named Britain’s new Prime Minister.”

USA Today: Ancestry will let you search online for relatives who were displaced by the Holocaust. “Ancestry is digitizing millions of Holocaust and Nazi-persecution records and making them searchable online for the first time ever. Anyone, not just Ancestry’s paid members, can explore the records at the company’s site.”

Motherboard: This Tool Lets You See Facebook’s Targeted Political Ads All Over the World. “Three years after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which user data was used to target political ads, someone has finally made a way for ordinary people to learn which political campaign ads are being posted on Facebook all around the world.”


CNET: YouTube tweaks kids videos’ algorithm to favor ‘quality’ content. “YouTube changed its recommendation algorithm for kid-oriented videos to prioritize ‘quality’ content, the company said Wednesday. The tweak last month diverted traffic away from some channels and flooded others, according to a Bloomberg article that first reported the news.”

Neowin: Google celebrates 100 million Files users with a couple of new features. “Today, the Mountain View giant is celebrating 100 million monthly users of the Files app, with Google saying that users around the world collectively clean up 8GB of unnecessary files per second, on average. In light of the milestone, a couple of improvements are being brought to the app.”


New York Times: Cuba Expands Internet Access to Private Homes and Businesses. “The measures permit the creation of private wired and Wi-Fi internet networks in homes and businesses and allow the importation of routers and other networking equipment — though also maintain the government’s iron-fisted monopoly over commercial internet access.”

CNN: Dollar General has a new beauty brand for under $5 and it’s going viral. “Beauty video bloggers, or vloggers, hold a lot of sway over makeup brands. Vloggers have long used YouTube and Instagram to review makeup and skincare products and to give tutorials to their followers, which for some can be up in the millions. Experts and beginners alike tune in to learn techniques, tips and to see if new products on the market are worth buying. Dozens of Believe reviews on YouTube have already racked up hundreds of thousands of page views.”


Neowin: Google reveals exploits for five interactionless security flaws in iOS. “In recent years, Google’s Project Zero team has helped discover security vulnerabilities in the company’s own products, as well as those developed by other tech giants. Earlier this year, it revealed a high severity flaw in the MacOS kernel, after Apple did not fix the issue within the allotted 90-day period. Now, two members of the team, Natalie Silvanovich and Samuel Groß have disclosed details regarding four of five ‘interactionless’ security issues in iOS.”

570 News: Google halting speech data transcription in EU. “A German data-protection official says Google has given reassurances that it won’t make transcripts of speech data picked up by its artificial-intelligence system in the European Union for at least the next three months.”


University of Central Florida: UCF Researcher’s AI Tutoring Tool Targets Improving Student Studying Skills. “The tutoring tool developed by a UCF researcher uses artificial intelligence to help students learn more effectively by monitoring their learning activities, facial expressions, eye movements and interactions with avatars.” Good evening, Internet…

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