Facebook Pay, Twitch, Google Maps, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 15, 2019


The Verge: Facebook Pay is a new payment system for WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook. “Facebook is launching a new payments system today, appropriately named Facebook Pay. It will be available across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and it’s designed to facilitate payments across Facebook’s popular social networks and apps. You’ll be able to use Facebook Pay to send money to friends, shop for goods, or even donate to fundraisers.” I guess we’ll be hearing about this now for 10,000 news cycles instead of Libra.

Engadget: Twitch makes it easier for first-time streamers to get started. “Twitch wants to make streamer easier for newbies. Launching today, the Twitch Studio is a new streaming app designed to help gamers go live for the first time with minimal fuss or to up their game if they’re still new to the scene.”

Google Blog: Speak easy while traveling with Google Maps. “This month, we’re adding a new translator feature that enables your phone to speak out a place’s name and address in the local lingo. Simply tap the new speaker button next to the place name or address, and Google Maps will say it out loud, making your next trip that much simpler. And when you want to have a deeper conversation, Google Maps will quickly link you to the Google Translate app.”


USA Today: Thousands of Twitter ‘bots’ targeted Kentucky with fake news on election night. “As the final votes trickled in during last week’s Kentucky gubernatorial election, a network of automated Twitter accounts suddenly sprang into action. They spread misinformation about the election being rigged, according to the CEO of a company that tracks political misinformation on social media.”

Mashable: Pretend you have the worst job with Facebook’s content moderation quiz . “If you’ve ever wanted to cosplay as an underpaid, mentally exhausted, trauma-exposed contract worker well then, oh boy, do we have some great news for you. Everyone’s favorite facilitator of hate speech, Facebook, announced a new quiz on Wednesday that provides an opportunity to briefly play as one of its tens of thousands of third-party content moderators.”


ABC: Privacy, consumer groups seek to block Google-Fitbit deal. “Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. government to block Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, citing antitrust and privacy concerns.”

Ubergizmo: A Boxing Fight Was Illegally Streamed Through The Reflection Off A Guy’s Glasses. “There are some sporting events that are held behind a paywall where viewers will need to purchase a pass in order to watch it. There are some ways to get around this, such as going to a bar where the event might be streamed, or alternatively, there is always pirate streams that you could look for.”


Phys .org: Data science could help Californians battle future wildfires. “This year, I helped found the Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab at Indiana University, specifically to harness the power of data, technology and artificial intelligence to respond to and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Through a grant from the federal Economic Development Administration, we are building tools to help federal agencies like FEMA as well as local planners learn how to rebuild communities devastated by wildfires or hurricanes.”

CNET: Memes could be our secret weapon against pesky bots. “Researchers from the University of Delaware published a study online last month suggesting memes can be effectively used to tell humans and bots apart. They propose memes could be ‘one of the strongest techniques to distinguish between a human and a bot based on conscience and interpretation.'”

Indiana University: First-of-its-kind online tool helps Indiana communities address climate change vulnerabilities. “Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute, part of the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative, has launched the Hoosier Resilience Index, a first-of-its-kind online tool to help local governments and Indiana residents understand how their communities are vulnerable to climate change and what they can do to respond.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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