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UNC-Charlotte Newspapers, Wikipedia, Chrome Tabs, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 12, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

DigitalNC: New Issues of The Carolina Journal Are Available on DigitalNC!. “We are excited to announce the availability of 76 new issues of The Carolina Journal, the student newspaper from our partner University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The issues in this batch span September 1969 – July 1972 and offer an insightful glimpse at a tumultuous time in U.S. history.”

TechCrunch: The Wikimedia Foundation taps $2.5M from Craig Newmark to beef up its security. “Last week, users around the world found Wikipedia down after the online, crowdsourced encyclopedia became the target of a massive, sustained DDoS attack — one that it is still actively fighting several days later (even though the site is now back up). Now, in a coincidental twist of timing, Wikipedia’s parent, the Wikimedia Foundation, is announcing a donation aimed at helping the group better cope with situations just like this: Craig Newmark Philanthropies, a charity funded by the Craigslist founder, is giving $2.5 million to Wikimedia to help it improve its security.”

Lifehacker: How to Share Chrome Browser Tabs Across Devices. “Google is finally rolling out a convenient new tool for sharing Chrome tabs between devices. Cross-device tab sharing has been in Chrome Canary builds for a few months, but now appears to be available for many users in the stable desktop and mobile versions as well. We’ll show you how to enable the setting and share tabs from both desktop and mobile.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The National: ISIS is using new social media sites after Facebook and Twitter crackdown. “Since December, ISIS has been turning to the ‘decentralised web’ to find new sites after a crackdown by Facebook, Twitter and Telegram. It had been dominant on Telegram until the platform deleted thousands of its accounts. Now, research reveals the group has been turning to platforms like RocketChat and ZeroNet.”

LADBible: ‘Exclusive’ New Instagram Account Charges Rich Kids Thousands To Have Photos Featured. “Remember Rich Kids of Instagram? If not, it’s quite self explanatory – it was a TV show that followed rich kids round, while they put all their expensive things and flash holidays all over Instagram. But those rich kids still need things to spend their money on, which is where Golden Price Tag comes in. The Instagram account apparently charges rich people to have their photo posted on the account. What’s worse – it looks like people have actually been paying.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Open Privacy: Press Release: Open Privacy discovers unencrypted patient medical information broadcast across Vancouver. “The Open Privacy Research Society has discovered that the sensitive medical information of patients being admitted to certain hospitals across the Greater Vancouver Area is being broadcast, unencrypted, by hospital paging systems, and that these broadcasts are trivially interceptable by anyone in the Greater Vancouver Area.”

Ars Technica: Web scraping doesn’t violate anti-hacking law, appeals court rules. “Scraping a public website without the approval of the website’s owner isn’t a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, an appeals court ruled on Monday. The ruling comes in a legal battle that pits Microsoft-owned LinkedIn against a small data-analytics company called hiQ Labs.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Newswise: Tweets Indicate Nicotine Dependence, Withdrawal Symptoms of JUUL Users. “As e-cigarette brand JUUL continues to climb in popularity among users of all ages, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers took a unique approach to analyzing its impact by using Twitter to investigate any mention of nicotine effects, symptoms of dependence and withdrawal in regards to JUUL use. The study revealed that 1 out of every 5 tweets mentioning JUUL identified for the analysis also referenced addiction-related themes. The full results are published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. ”

Vox: A $5 billion fine won’t fix Facebook. Here’s what would.. “Companies aren’t people, and you can’t put them in jail. You could put the executives that run them behind bars, but that doesn’t happen often. The main option these days is fines, and how well those work is debatable. But it’s not hopeless. Experts say there are ways to make firms do better, including stomping out the cultural and structural issues that cause problems in the first place, implementing close monitoring after something does go wrong, and making sure accountability mechanisms are in place where they can be for the people responsible.”

Phys .org: With ‘retargeted’ advertising, sooner is better than later . “At this point, no online shoppers should be surprised if they go sniffing around the internet for, say, a new handbag and find themselves, in the days and weeks following, besieged by handbag ads wherever they go on the internet. In the world of online marketing, this is known as ‘retargeted’ advertising, and it has become ubiquitous.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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