British Red Cross, Facebook, Twitch, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 10, 2019


ReliefWeb: British Red Cross launches new online knowledge-sharing platform. “The hub is a free online platform with over 300 resources, providing a ‘one stop shop’ for anyone mainstreaming community engagement and accountability. Materials range from a ready-to-download three-day training package, to a toolkit designed to help set up and manage complaint and feedback mechanisms in any context.”


Tubefilter: Facebook Tests Selling Subscriptions To Tastemade Plus, CollegeHumor’s Dropout, BritBox. “Facebook is going hard on aggregating streaming services. The social media giant revealed it’s introducing what it told Variety is a ‘small-scale test’ to gauge users’ interest in purchasing subscriptions, through Facebook, to four services: BBC and ITV’s British TV app BritBox, CollegeHumor’s Dropout, car-focused MotorTrend On Demand, and foodie-forward Tastemade Plus.” Oh yes, because I want my media consumption habits to be MONITORED BY FACEBOOK AS CLOSELY AS POSSIBLE. Good grief.

Engadget: Twitch unveils its own desktop broadcasting app. “Until now, people who stream their gameplay or lives on Twitch have done so through a PS4, Xbox One, Twitch’s mobile app, Twitch Sings or third-party software. As of today, there’s another option for those hoping to become the next Ninja, Dr. Disrespect or Pokimane: Twitch Studio.”


MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Free Slack Alternatives for Team Communication. “Slack sits firmly at the top of the online communication platform pile. The instant messaging cum team collaboration workspace has millions of users from businesses and organizations of all sizes. Slack’s success is built upon a simple idea—life is all about communication, and email is no longer suitable for fast-paced working environments. That’s not to say there isn’t a place for email. But email threads become disjointed, tangled messes with multiple respondents. Why waste time when there is a better option available?”


NetBlocks: Algeria blocks YouTube and Google services after publication of political video. “Network data from the NetBlocks internet observatory confirm that YouTube and several Google services and websites have been blocked across Algeria on the evening of Thursday 8 August 2019 by state-run Algeria Telecom (AS36947) and other leading internet providers.”


TechCrunch: Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission. “Robocall-blocking apps promise to rid your life of spoofed and spam phone calls. But are they as trustworthy as they claim to be? One security researcher said many of these apps can violate your privacy as soon as they are opened.”

Techdirt: Consumer Reports Finds Numerous Home Routers Lack Even Basic Security Protections. “11 of the 26 major router brands examined by the organization came with flimsy password protection. 20 of the routers let users only change the password, but not the username of web-based router management clients. 20 of the routers also failed to protect users from repeated failed password login attempts, now commonplace on most apps, phones, and other services.”

Digital Trends: Facebook could pay another multibillion-dollar fine over facial recognition. “Facebook could have to pay yet another multibillion-dollar fine after losing an appeals court decision on Thursday regarding the company’s use of facial recognition data. ”


Newswise: Dawn of the Quantum Internet, Secure Quantum Cryptography, and Harnessing Entanglement. “Quantum technologies harness the unusual properties of the atomic and subatomic world, where the rules of classical physics do not apply. Properties like entanglement – what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance” – and superposition – where a single particle can exist in multiple states at once – provide remarkable opportunities to push current communications, cryptography, and computing technologies beyond their current limitations. But, what are the latest innovations in quantum research and where are new discoveries taking us?”

Phys .org: Neural networks will help manufacture carbon nanotubes. “Thin films made of carbon nanotubes hold a lot of promise for advanced optoelectronics, energy and medicine, however with their manufacturing process subject to close supervision and stringent standardization requirements, they are unlikely to become ubiquitous anytime soon.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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