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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Google Play, Twitter, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 24, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

New York Times: Consumer Bureau’s Complaints Database Is ‘Here to Stay,’ Director Says. “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will continue to publish its database of consumer complaints about financial companies, ending — for now — a battle over public access to one of the agency’s most powerful tools.”

Mashable: Google takes on Apple Arcade with its own $4.99/month subscription service . “Just days after the debut of Apple Arcade, Google has also revealed a new subscription service for mobile games. It’s called Google Play Pass, and it’s available to Android users in the United States now for $4.99 a month, the same price as Apple’s monthly offering. ”

USEFUL STUFF

Fast Company: Bury climate denier BS in scientific facts with this new Twitter tool. “Created by agency Sid Lee, The Fact Avalanche tracks false climate claims, then alerts participants by email or SMS to respond en masse with ready-made climate facts provided by universities and other partners, including the University of Waterloo’s Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change.”

I hereby apologize for posting this in September, but. Popsugar: 11 Emoji Pumpkin Templates That’ll Make Carving So Much Fun. “When it comes to carving pumpkins, the sky’s the limit. From scary quotes to movie characters to food items, you can get super creative with what you carve. But for us, we don’t have to look any further than our phones for inspiration, because we’re all about the emojis.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: Snap reportedly kept file on Facebook called ‘Project Voldemort’. “Facebook hasn’t been quiet about copying features made popular by Snapchat and adding them to Instagram and its other apps. Apparently Snap, the parent company of the messaging app, kept track of Facebook’s competitive moves in a dossier called ‘Project Voldemort.'”

South Florida SunSentinel: This library offers online books, videos and music for free — no matter where you live. “You now can download a bestselling book, a hit song or a video at no charge. A plan to make people feel welcome in Broward has opened up the county’s online library collections to the world.”

Data Center Knowledge: Google Takes Big Step Toward Powering Itself With Renewables Around the Clock. “Google, which competes only with Facebook for the title of the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, today announced another big round of investments in renewables, claiming it’s ‘the biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history.'”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Deutsche Welle: Hong Kong protesters personal data leaked by Russian website. “A website registered on a Russian domain has shared detailed personal information of dozens of Hong Kong protesters and journalists. Observers view it as another serious blow to the city’s dwindling civil liberties.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Atlanta Magazine: Commentary: I miss Creative Loafing. “I miss the stunning collection of talent—some of whom went on to work for the New York Times, NPR, Bon Appétit, and Rolling Stone, among others. These journalists helped create smart cover packages and strong stories that held people accountable and pointed a light at everything from underrepresented groups to independent artists and businesses. But if you want to read their work, you’re mostly out of luck: Much of CL’s online archive has fallen into a state of broken links and bizarre formatting. (And although someone tweeting from Creative Loafing’s account months ago said the archives would be restored, that remains to be seen.)” Good evening, Internet…

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