Wikipedia, Yonhap News Agency, Google Maps, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 9, 2019


BetaNews: Wikipedia taken offline by massive DDoS attack. “A DDoS attack rocked Wikipedia on Friday, taking the site offline in a number of countries. The online encyclopedia was forced offline for several hours across Europe and the Middle East, and the site battled the attack to restore service.”

Yonhap News Agency: Yonhap’s English news YouTube channel tops 100,000 subscribers. “‘KOREA NOW,’ English-language YouTube news channel run by Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s key news wire service, saw its subscribers top 100,000 just 11 months after its launch, the channel said Monday… Also, it opened a new website… making all KOREA NOW’s YouTube content accessible even to non-subscribers on both computers and smart devices, offering an optimized page for each platform.”


Hongkiat: How to Create And Customize Google Maps . “Snazzymaps is a tool that aims to make it easier for anyone to customize Google Map. It has a nice and friendly user interface. You can build the map with just a couple of selections from the select box and you don’t even have to code. There are many options for you to control the look of the map. You may also insert your custom marker icon and places. And the best part is it provides plenty pre-built map styles.”

USA Today: ‘Burner’ phones aren’t just for criminals. Here’s why you should have one . “Despite all the buzz surrounding the new iPhones set to debut on Sept. 10, many are considering something on the other end of the spectrum: a cheap, disposable, and prepaid mobile phone.”

How-To Geek: How to Highlight a Row in Google Sheets Using Conditional Formatting. “Should you need to isolate data in Google Sheets based on specific criteria in a cell, you can use conditional formatting to highlight entire rows in your spreadsheet. Here’s how to do it.”


Boing Boing: Critical essays (including mine) discuss Toronto’s plan to let Google build a surveillance-based “smart city” along its waterfront . (The “Mine” in this case is Cory Doctorow.) “Toronto Life has run a great, large package of short essays by proponents and critics of the project, from Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff (no, really, that’s his name) to former privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian (who evinces an unfortunate belief in data-deidentification) to city councillor and former Greenpeace campaigner Gord Perks to urban guru Richard Florida to me.”

4NI: Project Explores Local LGBT Heritage. “A new project is set to reflect on the experiences of the LGBT community during the period when homosexuality was a criminal offence in Northern Ireland. Homosexuality was not decriminalised in Northern Ireland until 1982, 15 years after the legislation was passed in England.”


Motherboard: DMVs Are Selling Your Data to Private Investigators. “Departments of Motor Vehicles in states around the country are taking drivers’ personal information and selling it to thousands of businesses, including private investigators who spy on people for a profit, Motherboard has learned. DMVs sell the data for an array of approved purposes, such as to insurance or tow companies, but some of them have sold to more nefarious businesses as well. Multiple states have made tens of millions of dollars a year selling data.”


New York Times: When the A.I. Professor Leaves, Students Suffer, Study Says. “For years, big tech companies have used huge salaries, bonuses and stock packages to lure artificial intelligence experts out of academia. Now, a study released on Friday says that migration has hurt the post-college prospects of students.”

The Verge: If Congress wants the FTC to be tougher on tech, it needs to pass a privacy law. “Over the past few months, the FTC has settled a handful of prominent cases in which companies like Facebook, Equifax, and YouTube have mishandled the data of their customers and users. But in each of these cases, consumer advocacy groups and politicians have cried out, asking for the only agency with the authority to protect user privacy, the FTC, to be tougher on these companies.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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