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Spacecraft Tracking, North Carolina Newspapers, Flash, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 31, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

New Atlas: Track spacecraft as they talk to Earth in real time with new ESA tool. “The European Space Agency has released a new tool that allows space enthusiasts to track their favorite missions in real time as they communicate with ground stations back on Earth. The service provides a range of information on spacecraft and antennae, including how long it takes for a signal to travel between the two, and the distance that separates them.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

DigitalNC: Issues of the Goldsboro News are available now on DigitalNC!. “Nearly 1400 issues of The Goldsboro News have recently been digitized and added to DigitalNC. Previously, the only issue on DigitalNC was a special air force base commemoration from 1957, so the addition of these issues, from 1922 to 1927, provide a more robust account of Goldsboro’s past.”

Neowin: Microsoft will remove Flash from all of its browsers by December 2020. “Microsoft posted an update today on when Flash will finally stop working in its browsers. The answer is, you guessed it, the end of 2020. In Edge Spartan (the current version of Edge) and Internet Explorer 11, everything will work as it does now throughout the rest of 2019. It will be completely gone by December 2020. The timeline really isn’t any different from the original announcement.”

USEFUL STUFF

Tom’s Guide: How to Revoke Google Access for Third-Party Apps . “If you’ve been on the internet for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve created a Google account — and if you’ve ever used a smartphone, there’s a good chance you’ve signed into an app or two with that account. But as the years go by, apps come and go — while the permissions you’ve shared with them don’t. If you want to keep your account secure from the next inevitable data breach, mass hacking or shady developer, it behooves you to clean up your permissions every once in a while.”

Mashable: 11 social media hacks that will improve your timelines infinitely . “It’s easy to fall into hours of scrolling through Twitter or Instagram timelines, to get frustrated by trolls or annoying friends, and to completely mismanage your privacy settings. But don’t lose hope. There are some helpful little ways to beat the system that will let you thrive online.” I did not know about “soft block”.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Poynter: Indonesia faces two waves of misinformation and an internet shutdown at the same time. “Borneo is internationally known for palm oil plantations, coal mining, dense jungles and orangutans. Building a big city to become the country’s capital there could mean the end of all that, or at least part of it. So discussions around this topic took over the country in the last days, fueled by memes and unreliable data shared on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. At the same time, in the province of Papua, another huge wave of misinformation started to take place, so fact-checkers had to divide their attention.”

Digital Trends: What is Tubi TV? Everything to know about the free streamer. “Tubi is a streaming service, with a twist: It’s free. Granted, that isn’t an entirely new concept — there are several tools out there that let you tap into live programming (and an outdated selection of archived material) for the low, low price of nothing per month, but Tubi deals exclusively in on-demand content. Think of it as a sort of commercialized version of Netflix, without the subscription fees.”

Herald-Mail Media: The Navy’s newest recruiting strategy: YouTube influencers. “William Osman appears thrilled that he’s about to perform an egg-drop experiment. The challenge is the same one that generations of students have done before: Engineer a way to stop an egg that’s dropped from a high elevation from obliterating on impact. But Osman is no student. And the location of this egg drop is anything but typical.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Google to pay up to $200 million to FTC on YouTube probe: source. “Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) will spend up to $200 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission investigation into YouTube’s alleged violation of a children’s privacy law, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters.” $200 million seems like a lot until you remember Google has cash reserves of over $100 billion.

The Register: For Foxit’s sake: PDF editor biz breached, users’ passwords among stolen data. “Users of software house Foxit’s free and paid-for products, including its popular PhantomPDF editor, may have fallen victim to a data breach – with stolen data including users’ website passwords.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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