Google Chrome, Facebook, Google Maps, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 28, 2019


Bleeping Computer: Google Chrome is Losing the ‘Close Other Tabs’ Option “In order to reduce the ‘clutter’ in the Chrome tabs context menus, Google has decided to remove the ‘Close other tabs’ option as well as other features because they are not commonly used.”

Search Engine Journal: Facebook Makes Changes to Housing, Employment, and Credit Ads . “This new process applies to advertisers who are either based in the United States or using ads to reach US-based audiences. Housing, employment, and credit are considered special ad categories and now have restricted targeting options in Ads Manager.”

Google Blog: Travel your first and last mile with Google Maps. “Google Maps has always helped you get from place to place, whether you’re driving, walking, biking or taking public transit. And we know that transit journeys can be complex–often involving multiple modes of transportation to help you get around town. Today, we’re making it easy to pair transit directions with biking and ridesharing options so you can travel that first or last mile with ease.”


Reuters: Australia to block internet domains hosting extremist content during terror attacks. “Australia will block access to internet domains hosting terrorist material during crisis events and will consider legislation to force digital platforms to improve the safety of their services, officials said on Sunday.”

Mashable: Yes, you can still visit Bob Dole’s 1996 campaign website. Here is its story. . “It’s Oct. 6, 1996. The night of the first presidential debate between President Bill Clinton and the Republican nominee, Bob Dole. Clinton is the young, popular incumbent who played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show. Dole is a stiff conservative, who at 73 years old looks like he yells at kids to get off his lawn. But as the debate ends, right after he warns young people against doing drugs, Dole pulls off a first for a presidential candidate in the new internet era: he drops the URL of his campaign website,, on national TV.”


Motherboard: Freelance Site Fiverr Offers Illegal Private Spying Services. “Freelancer site Fiverr is where a company can hire a short term app developer, a logo designer, or someone to help with their social media accounts. Fiverr is also a site where you can buy malware to illegally spy on your spouse, pay someone to place a GPS tracker on a car, or hire an unlicensed private investigator, according to Fiverr listings.

CNET: Activists challenge 2020 candidates to sign net neutrality pledge. “Net neutrality proponents say it’s not just enough for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to say they are in favor of restoring Obama-era open internet rules. They want them to sign a pledge, which includes forgoing campaign contributions from the broadband industry and its lobbyists.”


Mosaic Science: How can doctors find better ways to talk – and listen – to patients close to death?. “Two brothers are combining palliative care expertise, linguistics and AI to encourage more effective conversations between doctors and people receiving end-of-life care.” This story just grabbed me and swallowed me whole. I hope there are enough Kleenex in the house.

Phys .org: Social journalists and social news media logic when social media is adopted in journalism. “Ulrika Hedman has followed Swedish journalists’ adoption of social media and social network sites (SNS) from 2011. Based on representative surveys and massive data on journalists’ use of Twitter, she has analyzed how journalists use social media and changes in use over time, and how journalists perceive professional practices and norms in relation to social media.”

Daily Kos: Far-right terrorism is now a global phenomenon, with help from Russia. “As Americans struggle to cope with the new reality of a seemingly endless stream of domestic terrorists either enacting or attempting mass murder in public spaces—all of them fitting the profile of the ‘red-pilled’ conspiracy theorist radicalized online, all of them killing sequentially, inspired by each previous likeminded terrorist—they may take some small consolation in the realization that they are not alone. At the same time, the sober realization that the rising tide of white-nationalist terrorism is not just an American problem, but a global one that reaches every corner of an Internet-connected world makes clear the massive breadth and scope of the problem.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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