Telegram, Mayflower’s 400th, Crowdsourcing Tweet Investigations, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 6, 2019

Someone emailed me this morning (hi Nancy) and asked if I was still doing Inside Google & Alphabet, and I realized I hadn’t mentioned it… so just to clarify: no, I am no longer doing Inside Google & Alphabet.


Neowin: Telegram introduces scheduled messages, reminders, improved theming, and more. “Since its inception in 2013, Telegram has often delivered new features that can’t be found on most other messaging apps. The developers continue to add new features with more updates every now and then, and today it’s time for another one with version 5.11.”


This is so early that I feel a little silly sharing it, but I’m afraid if I don’t it’ll get lost in my Pocket. Boston: Here are the Mayflower 400th anniversary events that can be streamed live and how you can watch them . “The 400th anniversary of the Mayflower arriving on the shores of Massachusetts isn’t until next year, but the anticipation has already begun. Dozens of events around the world and right here in the Bay State are lined up to mark the historic occasion, including a special appearance of the Mayflower II in Boston Harbor next May.”


Wired: Trump Tweeted a Sensitive Photo. Internet Sleuths Decoded It. “For many outside experts, the only thing more intriguing than the president sharing sensitive military intelligence was the mystery of the technology that created the image…. Within hours of Trump’s tweet, a handful of amateur satellite trackers had not only determined that the photo was taken by a spy satellite, they had figured out which satellite had taken the photo.”

BBC: Hong Kong protesters using Bluetooth Bridgefy app. “Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have been turning to a new app to communicate – one that does not use the internet and is therefore harder for the Chinese authorities to trace. Bridgefy is based on Bluetooth and allows protesters to communicate with each other without internet connection.”

Nieman Lab: Unprepared for unpublishing? Here’s how some newsrooms are rethinking what lasts forever. “News outlets are notoriously bad at saving their work. Archiving the journalism that you pour blood, sweat, and whatever else into is a crucial step to having a lasting impact. But 19 news organizations out of 21 in a study conducted earlier this year weren’t taking any steps to archive their online content (no, saving it in a Google Doc or Github doesn’t count)…. But another equally important issue is unpublishing — a news outlet choosing to remove a piece of reporting from the internet, usually on the request of a person mentioned in the story, often related to a crime.”


CNBC: New York attorney general is investigating Facebook for possible antitrust violations. “New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday she is launching an investigation into Facebook for possible antitrust violations.” Other states will also be joining the investigation.

SFGate: Ransomware attack against the 2020 election could disrupt statewide voting databases. “Top government cybersecurity officials are worried that ransomware, which has wreaked havoc by locking up the computer networks of businesses, schools and police stations, could be used to sow chaos during the 2020 election.”

Artsy: The LAPD recovered more than 100 paintings and artifacts stolen in a 1993 burglary spree.. “The LAPD is working with experts from the J. Paul Getty Museum to create a catalogue of the works and appraise their value. While some of them have been valued at $60,000, others have to be reappraised because years of improper storage may have caused damage. In the meantime, the police department created a public online database in hopes that victims of the 1993 burglaries will come forward to claim stolen items they’re owed.”


University Times (Ireland): A Corporation Wants Our Genome Data, While Universities are Denied Access. “To make the most of genetic research, academics need as much information on genes as possible. At the moment, however, that much-needed information is being gifted to a state-funded private company, Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI). GMI is building a database of genomic information – sequencing the genomic information of people in Ireland, determining the whole genetic code of individuals and then anonymising it with a unique numerical tag.”

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: MouseLight Project Maps 1,000 Neurons (and Counting) in the Mouse Brain. “Janelia Research Campus scientists have mapped more than 1,000 neurons in the mouse brain. It’s the most extensive neural wiring diagram available, and the data are accessible online.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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