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Yahoo Mail, Google, Stationhead, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 26, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: The latest version of Yahoo Mail helps users find attachments and deals. “The new Yahoo Mail also includes a view for checking all your email subscriptions, and a button that allows you to unsubscribe from any of them with a single tap. And there’s an additional view (also iOS-only for now) focusing on ‘active updates,’ namely pressing and time-sensitive emails, such as package tracking and travel updates.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Blocks Privacy Push at the Group That Sets Web Standards. “The Alphabet Inc. unit was the only member of the World Wide Web Consortium to vote against the measure to expand the power of the organization’s internet privacy group, according to a tally of the results viewed by Bloomberg News. Twenty four organizations voted for the idea in a recent poll.”

Billboard: DIY Radio App Stationhead Now Lets Users Record and Archive Broadcasts. “Until today, Stationhead’s do-it-yourself DJs could not archive their broadcasts for future plays. But the live-radio app, which allows users to talk between Spotify and Apple Music tracks, turned on the ‘record’ function Monday morning, giving users ‘an entirely new medium of shareable, on-demand, binge-able audio content with full songs,’ as the company said in a release.”

USEFUL STUFF

CNET: Best apps for college students to save time, money and rock another semester. “From hailing a ride to finding a date and even learning French, there are helpful apps available to aid in almost any task, so it tracks that there would be a slew of apps made for college students to help them both scholastically and in general campus life. As college co-eds around the country prepare to head back to school, being armed with the best digital tools can actually make a huge difference in how their school year shakes out.” The one comment criticizes one of the apps, Scholly, and accuses it of bad dealing.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Lifestyle .INQ: Mormons turn over 4 centuries of digitized Philippine Catholic records to CBCP. “In a low-key but historic event, the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints (Mormons), through its Family Search arm, recently turned over digitized Philippine Catholic Church records spanning four centuries to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).”

Motherboard: 45 Google Employees Explain How They Were Retaliated Against for Reporting Abuse. “Sexual harassment, gaslighting, broken promises of promotion, gender-based discrimination, and racism. Motherboard has obtained a document written by 45 different Google employees alleging they’ve experienced of all the above. The document lays bare how working at Google—a company whose motto was once ‘don’t be evil’—has become really hard for a lot of people.”

Toronto Star: Canadian media ‘unimpressed’ by Google news changes. “Google’s recent decision to highlight investigative and exclusive journalism in its searches — while burying copycat news stories — was greeted with cautious praise and some cynicism by the Canadian media industry.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Politico: Google refuses to pay publishers in France. “Google will not pay press publishers in France to display their content and will instead change the way articles appear in search results, a senior executive said on Wednesday.”

Ars Technica: Inside the campaign that tried to compromise Tibetans’ iOS and Android phones. “Attackers from a group dubbed Poison Carp used one-click exploits and convincing social engineering to target iOS and Android phones belonging to Tibetan groups in a six-month campaign, researchers said. The attacks used mobile platforms to achieve a major escalation of the decade-long espionage hacks threatening the embattled religious community, researchers said.”

BetaNews: Court rules Google need only apply the ‘right to be forgotten’ in Europe, not worldwide. “In a case between Google and Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL ) — a French privacy regulator — the court ruled that Google need only remove links from search results within Europe.”

Naked Security: Instagram phish poses as copyright infringement warning – don’t click!. “Last month, we wrote about an Instagram scam that presented you with what looked like a two-factor authentication (2FA) code. This time, the crooks are tapping into a concern that many of us have – falling foul of copyright law.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: For World Rhino Day, UMass Amherst and Australia’s Perth Zoo team create 3-D rhino model . “The Digital Life team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by evolutionary biologist Duncan Irschick and other colleagues released the world’s first accurate, publicly available three-dimensional (3-D) model of the rare Southern white rhino in collaboration with Perth Zoo in Australia.” Good morning, Internet…

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