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University of Detroit Mercy, Missing Bahamans, Instagram, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, October 7, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Forever Titans: Oral history archive of Mercy Sisters, Jesuits to go online. “The stories of the women and men in Detroit who followed their calling and helped build what is now University of Detroit Mercy are being shared in a far-reaching and important new online archive by the Detroit Mercy Libraries and Instructional Design Studio.”

The Sociable: FindMeBahamas launches to find missing people after Hurricane Dorian. “Over 4,000 people in the Caribbean still have unknown statuses following Hurricane Dorian’s destruction in late August and early September. At one point Grand Bahama Island was almost completely covered by water while the Abacos were all but annihilated. To help find the thousands of missing people in the Caribbean, Trueface partnered with Bluestone Technologies Ltd, and today they launched FindMeBahamas.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Irish Examiner: Instagram adds new feature to tackle phishing emails. “Instagram has added a feature it says will help users identify hoax emails from hackers pretending to be the social network, to help better protect them from email scams.”

Neowin: Mozilla adds Kiosk mode to Firefox, 18 years since it was first requested. “Mozilla has finally added Kiosk mode to its Firefox web browser, 18 years after the feature was initially requested. With the new ‘–kiosk’ command line option, Windows users can allow the browser to launch in kiosk mode which prevents users from accessing other parts of the operating system making it perfect for shops, libraries, and other terminals.” Wow, I would have loved this five years ago….

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Fairfield Sun Times: World’s largest collection of Will James’ work at risk without preservation. “James died in 1942. The bulk of his possessions, including drawings, manuscripts, letters, paintings, his saddle, and even a pair of walrus skin saddle bags, were left with his longtime friends Earl and Elanora Snook and later gifted to the Yellowstone Art Museum by their daughter, Virginia Snook. But that generous gift came with a huge catch — the collection must remain in Billings, intact.”

CNET: I tried Facebook’s vision for the social future of VR, and it’s full of question marks. “I’m inside a demo of a beta coming next year for a select group of Facebook’s Oculus VR audience. Facebook Horizon is an attempt at a new virtual social experience, one that promises to finally figure out social… maybe. Facebook, despite being a social media company, has never gotten social VR right. And this new iteration, which could very well be the social glue that holds all of Facebook’s next-gen VR OS together, looks like…well, it looks like NintendoLand.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Stranger: Facebook Charged with Multiple Violations of Campaign Finance Law in Washington State. “Election regulators in Washington state filed administrative charges against Facebook on Friday, saying the tech giant has ‘repeatedly violated’ a Washington state campaign finance law that requires transparency in local election ads.”

CNBC: Supreme Court hands victory to blind man who sued Domino’s over site accessibility. “The Supreme Court denied a petition from pizza giant Domino’s on Monday to hear whether its website is required to be accessible to the disabled, leaving in place a lower court decision against the company.”

Ars Technica: FBI warns of major ransomware attacks as criminals go “big-game hunting”. “The FBI has issued a public service announcement entitled ‘High Impact Ransomware Attacks Threaten US Businesses and Organizations.'”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNN: The number of deepfake videos online is spiking. Most are porn. “There are at least 14,678 deepfake videos — and counting — on the internet, according to a recent tally by a startup that builds technology to spot this kind of AI-manipulated content. And nearly all of them are porn.” Good evening, Internet…

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