Apple, Facebook, Data Journalism, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 11, 2019


TechCrunch: Here’s everything Apple announced today at the iPhone 11 event. “Like clockwork, Apple has used its annual September event to announce a new generation of iPhones. But they also crammed a bunch of other stuff in there for good measure. New iPads! New Apple Watches! Launch dates for Apple Arcade and Apple TV+! Didn’t have time to watch the event as it happened, but still want to know what went down? We can help. We’ve got all the news, condensed down to just the bullet points.”

CNET: Facebook’s Zuckerberg and Sandberg very involved in content decisions, report says. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg are “incredibly involved” in the social network’s toughest content moderation decisions, according to a report by Yahoo Finance on Monday.”

ZDNet: AI bringing truth to data journalism. “Menlo Park, CA-based AI startup, Diffbot has announced an official partnership with the European Journalism Centre to combat fake news. The company is the only other US company aside from Microsoft and Google to crawl and index the entire web to create its Knowledge Graph.”


The Next Web: Honor’s latest app helps the visually impaired read documents and roadsigns. “Honor announced PocketVision on Friday at a fringe event to the IFA consumer technology trade show. The app leans on Huawei’s expertise in AI and camera technology to make text easier to consume by those with limited vision.”


Business Insider: California and Alabama are the only two states that aren’t participating in the giant antitrust investigation of Google, and neither is really saying why. “Xavier Becerra and Steve Marshall, the attorneys general of California and Alabama, respectively, are the only two holdouts in the joint state investigation of the two tech companies. It’s unclear why neither is taking part in the investigation, and neither offered much of an explanation.”

Xinhua: Australian artefacts go global in new digital archive. “Some of Australia’s most precious artefacts will be available to history buffs all around the world via a new online archive, storing thousands of digitised images from six museum’s collections. Authorities revealed on Tuesday that following a successful trial, six regional galleries from across the state of Victoria will partake in a broad rollout of the initiative.”

TorrentFreak: Google Search Apparently Indexes Over 80 Million Torrent Hashes. “The popular torrent meta-search engine Torrentz2 is the go-to site for many avid BitTorrent users. Aside from indexing classic torrent sites, Torrentz2 recently expanded by adding Google to its index, which apparently has a pretty impressive collection of unique torrent hashes. More than 80 million in total.”


BuzzFeed: Private Instagram Posts Aren’t Exactly Private. “Photos and videos posted to private accounts on Instagram and Facebook aren’t as private as they might seem. They can be accessed, downloaded, and distributed publicly by friends and followers via a stupidly simple work-around.” YEESH.

Krebs on Security: Patch Tuesday, September 2019 Edition. “Microsoft today issued security updates to plug some 80 security holes in various flavors of its Windows operating systems and related software. The software giant assigned a ‘critical’ rating to almost a quarter of those vulnerabilities, meaning they could be used by malware or miscreants to hijack vulnerable systems with little or no interaction on the part of the user.”


Politico: The Federal Courts Are Running An Online Scam. “The U.S. federal court system rakes in about $145 million annually to grant access to records that, by all rights, belong to the public. For such an exorbitant price—it can cost hundreds of dollars a year to keep up with an ongoing criminal case—you might think the courts would at least make it easy to access basic documents. But you’d be wrong. The millions of dollars the courts have reaped in user fees have produced a website unworthy of the least talented of Silicon Valley garage programmers; 18 years since its online birth, PACER remains a byzantine and antiquated online repository of legal information.” Good evening, Internet…

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