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King City Rustler, Emojis, TensorFlow Enterprise, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, November 2, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

King City Rustler: Rustler’s early issues now available in online database. “Copies of the King City Rustler newspaper from 1901 through 1925 have been converted from microfilm to a digital version, making them accessible to anyone online. The California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) recently announced that the issues have been included in its database, which is associated with the University of California at Riverside. ”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

New York Post: ‘Sexual’ use of eggplant and peach emojis banned on Facebook, Instagram. “Under the new terms — which were officially enacted in September — pairing an eggplant or peach emoji with any expression of what Out.com deems ‘being horny’ now qualifies as ‘Sexual Solicitation.’ This can get a user’s account flagged or removed, adult industry news site XBIZ reports.” Facebook has a bad track record for sexual content false positives. I think this will be a disaster.

TechCrunch: Google launches TensorFlow Enterprise with long-term support and managed services. “Google open-sourced its TensorFlow machine learning framework back in 2015 and it quickly became one of the most popular platforms of its kind. Enterprises that wanted to use it, however, had to either work with third parties or do it themselves. To help these companies — and capture some of this lucrative market itself — Google is launching TensorFlow Enterprise, which includes hands-on, enterprise-grade support and optimized managed services on Google Cloud.”

Mashable: Facebook is testing encrypted video and audio calls . “Facebook might offer encrypted video and audio chats to its users soon. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong found evidence of the feature being tested as part of Facebook’s Secret Conversation Messenger feature.”

USEFUL STUFF

Wired: How to Keep Your Smart Assistant Voice Recordings Private. “Even if Siri isn’t your smart assistant of choice, it’s still a good time to take stock of how you have things set up on whatever platform you use. Each service has its own mix of options and controls. Here’s how to take the human element out of Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana. Once that’s done, tell a friend to do the same.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNN: Facebook let a fake page posing as the Trump campaign run political ads. “Even as its executives were out fiercely defending its policies on political ads this month, Facebook (FB) was allowing an obviously fake page that purported to be linked to President Trump’s reelection campaign to run ads on its platform. The ads directed users to an online donation portal that claimed to be a way to donate to the Trump campaign.”

Asia One: Indonesia to censor social media during emergency situations. “The Communications and Information Ministry will restrict social media access during emergency situations, new minister Johnny G. Plate said on Monday. The restriction of social media access during emergency situations was first imposed by former communications minister Rudiantara during post-election riots in May.”

The Daily Pennsylvanian: Two Penn professors and a Penn librarian given prestigious NEH grants. “[David] McKnight was awarded $45,266 to fund a one-week conference for editors, archivists, and technologists to discuss digitalizing the manuscripts of British writer and suffragist May Sinclair. His project, ‘The Papers of British Writer and Suffragist May Sinclair (1863-1964): Creating a Digital Archive of her Manuscripts,’ will then create a full-text searchable online database of Sinclair’s manuscripts, which are the property of Penn’s library.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Krebs on Security: Breaches at NetworkSolutions, Register. com, and Web. com. “Top domain name registrars NetworkSolutions.com, Register.com and Web.com are asking customers to reset their passwords after discovering an intrusion in August 2019 in which customer account information was accessed.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Michigan Engineer News Center: New tool combats evolving internet censorship methods. “Over half of Internet users globally now live in countries that block political, social, or religious content online. On top of that, the many popular tools and techniques for circumventing this censorship have been made ineffective by new methods used to block them or the infrastructure they rely on. Refraction Networking, an approach pioneered by Michigan researchers, is one of the most promising new approaches to circumventing these measures.”

Phys. org: Too real, or too fake? Female Instagram influencers in ‘authenticity bind’. “Female Instagram influencers—whose livelihoods depend on their numbers of followers, views and likes—endure criticism and harassment both for being too real and for seeming too fake, according to a new study from Cornell University.”

Mozilla Blog: Facebook Is Still Failing at Ad Transparency (No Matter What They Claim). “To be clear: Facebook is still falling short on its transparency commitments. Further, even perfect transparency wouldn’t change the fact that Facebook is accepting payment to promote dangerous and untrue ads.” Good morning, Internet…

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