Opera, Google Stadia, Undersea Cabling, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, November 17, 2019


Engadget: Opera’s latest browser update will show you how much you’re being tracked. “With its previous release, Opera unveiled a tracker blocker for its browser that sped it up by up to 20 percent and offered more privacy, to boot. With the latest version, you’ll be able to see a list of those trackers to get an idea of just how often advertisers and websites are watching you.”

Tom’s Hardware: Google Stadia’s Upcoming Launch Looking Increasingly Incomplete. “Google Stadia is set to debut on November 19. That launch already had several caveats, however, including the fact that not everyone who pre-ordered the Founder’s Edition bundle will receive their hardware in time for the platform’s debut. Now the company has said that many of Stadia’s multiplayer-centric features won’t be ready in time for the game streaming platform’s launch either.”

Total Telecom: Google announces the completion of Curie Cable, connecting US and Chile. “Google has announced that its trans-Continental Curie cable, which connects Chile with the US, has been successfully installed and tested. The cable is expected to go live in the second quarter of 2020.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Create a Podcast Playlist on Spotify. “One of the most popular features on Spotify is creating playlists. There are over three-billion playlists created by listeners on the platform. In the past you have only been able to include music on the lists. Now Spotify has added the option of making playlists that include podcasts.”


University of Southern California: With support from Google, USC Annenberg expands effort to protect elections from digital attacks. “USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP), together with partners from across USC, is launching an innovative training program that empowers election and campaign officials nationwide to reinforce their defenses against digital attacks that may affect the integrity and outcome of elections. With generous support from Google, the bipartisan initiative will provide in-state training sessions in all 50 states. Election 2020 is just 12 months away, and experts anticipate that the United States will be the target of foreign and domestic cyberattacks that could compromise the country’s infrastructure, local and state governments, and news and information. ”


Japan Times: Google restricts data-sharing for ads under EU privacy pressure. “Starting in February, Google will no longer divulge information to participants in its ad auction about the type of content on a website or page where an ad could appear, the Alphabet Inc. company said in a blog post Thursday.”

Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court to hear Google bid to end Oracle copyright suit. “The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Google’s bid to escape Oracle Corp’s multi-billion dollar lawsuit accusing Google of infringing software copyrights to build the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones.”

BBC: Why India’s financial system is vulnerable to hacks. “A recent cyber-attack on a nuclear power plant has sparked a debate on the country’s ability to protect itself in a cyber-war. But experts say Indians should be more worried about the vulnerability of its financial systems. The BBC’s Ayeshea Perera finds out more.”

Mashable: Facebook ad scam tricks users with images and video of Kickstarter products . “A devious new scam is sweeping Facebook. Scammers find an interesting or popular product from crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo, rip the item’s details, photos, and videos, and push them via Facebook ads as their own products. Victims of the fraud are either never sent the product or receive a knockoff version.”


EurekAlert: New US Army software rapidly converts live drone video into 2D and 3D maps . “Dr. Richard ‘Ricky’ Massaro, from the Corps’ Geospatial Research Laboratory, designed a computational algorithm to convert full-motion videos from small drones into image files, extract the metadata, and produce accurate 2D and 3D geospatial images in real-time, according to the Army’s U.S. patent application published on Thursday.”

Phys .org: Researchers identify seven types of fake news, aiding better detection. “To help people spot fake news, or create technology that can automatically detect misleading content, scholars first need to know exactly what fake news is, according to a team of Penn State researchers. However, they add, that’s not as simple as it sounds.”

Nieman Lab: News portals like Yahoo still bring Democrats and Republicans together for political news, but they’re fading fast. “‘We observe segregation in political news consumption.’ In this working paper, ‘Partisan Enclaves and Information Bazaars: Mapping Selective Exposure to Online News,’ Stanford researchers examined a ‘data set of web browsing behavior collected during the 2016 U.S. presidential election’ to see how Democrats and Republicans seek out news sources and how they change their news consumption levels in response to different political events. (The data set is from YouGov and was also used in this paper.)”


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