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Neighborhood Socioeconomics, 2020 Elections, Do Not Sign, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 21, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

National Institute on Aging: The Neighborhood Atlas—Free Social Determinants of Health Data for All!. “Developed by Amy Kind, M.D., Ph.D., and her team at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the Neighborhood Atlas2 is a user-friendly, online tool that enables customized ranking and mapping of neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage across the full U.S., including Puerto Rico. Anyone can use the Neighborhood Atlas, not just researchers: If you can use a smartphone mapping app, you can use the Atlas — no fancy degree required!”

Bing Blogs: Bing 2020 US Elections Experience (Beta). “The 2020 U.S. presidential election is right around the corner and it can be difficult to find information on candidates and issues in one place. You might have to search across various news sources, candidate web sites, government sites or look through a voter’s pamphlet – piecing together information. To provide a single destination for the 2020 U.S. presidential race that helps users find comprehensive information about candidates and issues, we’re sharing our expanded Bing elections experience in Beta.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

International Business Times: DoNotPay’s ‘Robot Lawyer’ Offers Advice On License Agreements Before You Accept The Terms. “DoNotPay, the popular robot lawyer that helps users contest parking tickets and sue people is now launching a new tool called Do Not Sign. This latest tool aims to help users better understand license agreements. DoNotPay’s monthly subscription fee of $3 already includes the nifty new tool. Do Not Sign allows users to upload, scan, copy, and paste the URLs of any kind of license agreement that they would like to check. It utilizes machine learning to identify clauses it thinks users must know about. This includes options to choose not to allow data collection.”

The American Genius: Hear me out – Google Alerts but for Facebook Groups. “You pick a group and a keyword, as well as the frequency of your email updates. Options shown in the demo video include daily and hourly. Once you’ve set up the account, the company takes 1-3 days to set you up on the back end, and then you’re good to go. At the current pricing, a $99/month account lets you track 10 keywords across 5 different groups.”

Neowin: Google’s bug bounty program for Android can now pay up to $1.5 million for a single exploit. “Google’s Android Security Rewards Program has been around since 2015, and resulted in millions of dollars paid to security researchers who exploit issues on the mobile operating system. Today, the company is expanding the rewards researchers can get, and the most notable addition is a new reward that can be worth as much as $1.5 million.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

NBC News: Trump hosted Zuckerberg for undisclosed dinner at the White House in October. “President Donald Trump hosted a previously undisclosed dinner with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook board member Peter Thiel at the White House in October, the company told NBC News on Wednesday.”

Motherboard: This Search Engine Uses Its Profits to Plant Trees Across the World. “As Ecosia prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary this December, it seems their mantra of good not greed has struck a chord: Last year it saw an 82 percent year-on-year increase in searches globally. We asked [Christian] Kroll to tell us about his plans for world transformation.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

4WWL: Louisiana responding to ‘ransomware’ attack; some online services down for several days, governor says. “The Louisiana government was hit with a ‘ransomware’ cyber attack Monday, which led to the state shutting down servers that affected the Office of Motor Vehicles and other state services, officials said.”

Bleeping Computer: Macy’s Customer Payment Info Stolen in Magecart Data Breach . “Macy’s has announced that they have suffered a data breach due to their web site being hacked with malicious scripts that steal customer’s payment information. This type of compromise is called MageCart attack and consists of hackers compromising a web site so that they can inject malicious JavaScript scripts into various sections of the web site. These scripts then steal payment information that is submitted by a customer.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: Cybershoppers make better buying decisions on PCs than phones — Ben-Gurion U. researchers. “This holiday shopping season, consumers may make better shopping decisions using their PCs rather than smart phones or other mobile devices, according to new research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.” Good evening, Internet…

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