Imgur, Internet Archive, Twitch, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, October 22, 2019


The Verge: Imgur won’t support Reddit’s NSFW communities anymore because they put its ‘business at risk’. “In a blog post published earlier this week, image-sharing site Imgur wrote that it won’t display any content from Reddit’s NSFW communities on its site.”

Internet Archive: Adding New Features to the Internet Archive Music Experience. “Our online digital library is best known for its immense archive of web pages and websites in the Wayback Machines. Less well known are the million-plus recordings the site has stored digitally and made available to the general public, mostly from 78s, albums and CDs. Highlighting the growing importance of music on is the debut this month of our new music player.”

Engadget: Twitch ‘Watch Parties’ let streamers watch Prime Video with viewers . “Twitch has started testing a new feature that allows streamers to watch Prime Video with their viewers — as long as they’re also subscribers. Travis Shreffler, a content creator and author, has tweeted an email he received from Prime Video, inviting him to test a new feature called Watch Parties.”


Hongkiat: Best 5 Security Apps for your Smartphone for 2019 . “There are mobile security apps that help protect your mobile device — be it running Android or iOS. However, it’s not easy to choose one of them because of their varied features, interface, and support for mobile operating systems. In this write-up, I’ve compiled the best mobile security apps depending on their interface, security features, and their reputation. Let’s check them out.”

How-To Geek: Filter Google Sheets Data without Changing What Collaborators See. “Filters in Google Sheets let you analyze data in your document by showing only the things you want. However, it changes how others see the document, too. Here’s how to use filter views to leave each collaborator’s view unchanged.”

Lifehacker: How to Make the Internet Less Depressing. “The like button ruined the internet. Social media and comment sections have trained us to channel our negative feelings into words, and our positive feelings into likes. So negativity is laid out in detail in the comments and replies, while positivity is compressed into a number. Scrolling through it all, or having it happen to something you post, is exhausting. The solution is simple.”


Seattle Times: New Facebook oversight board results to be public, exec says. “A new quasi-independent oversight board will soon make decisions on some of the most difficult questions on what material belongs on Facebook’s platform in a ‘very public way,’ an executive for the social-media company said Friday.”

New York Times: High Schools to TikTok: We’re Catching Feelings. “On the wall of a classroom that is home to the West Orange High School TikTok club, large loopy words are scrawled across a whiteboard: ‘Wanna be TikTok famous? Join TikTok club.’ It’s working. “There’s a lot of TikTok-famous kids at our school,” said Amanda DiCastro, who is 14 and a freshman. “Probably 20 people have gotten famous off random things.””

BuzzFeed News: Porn Stars Vs. Instagram: Inside The Battle To Remain On The Platform. “Porn stars and other sex workers are furious that Instagram continues to take down their accounts with confusing guidelines and explanations — and despite a summer meeting where actors’ union representatives and platform officials tried to hammer out their differences.”


Wired: Stealthy Russian Hacker Group Resurfaces With Clever New Tricks. “In the notorious 2016 breach of the Democratic National Committee, the group of Russian hackers known as Fancy Bear stole the show, leaking the emails and documents they had obtained in a brazen campaign to sway the results of the US presidential election. But another, far quieter band of Kremlin hackers was inside DNC networks as well. In the three years since, that second group has largely gone dark—until security researchers spotted them in the midst of another spy campaign, one that continued undetected for as long as six years.”

Ars Technica: Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords. “By now, the privacy threats posed by Amazon Alexa and Google Home are common knowledge. Workers for both companies routinely listen to audio of users—recordings of which can be kept forever—and the sounds the devices capture can be used in criminal trials. Now, there’s a new concern: malicious apps developed by third parties and hosted by Amazon or Google. The threat isn’t just theoretical.”


Newswise: Museums Put Ancient DNA to Work for Wildlife. “Scientists who are trying to save species at the brink of extinction are finding help in an unexpected place. Heather Farrington, curator of zoology for the Cincinnati Museum Center, is using DNA from specimens collected more than 100 years ago to help understand the evolution and stresses faced by today’s animals.” Good morning, Internet…

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