Golf Puns, Google, Facebook, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 20, 2019


PRNewswire: GroupChips. com Launches Golf Puns Website – Announces Pun Contest (PRESS RELEASE). “, the creator of an innovative social media platform for golf instruction has rolled out a new website to create an online database of golf related puns. The website, at, will begin displaying puns in January 2020, but is currently accepting pun submissions from anyone who thinks they are clever and funny!”


The Register: Google tightens the screw on ‘less secure apps’, will block most access from June 2020. “The clock is ticking for businesses using what Google defines as a ‘less secure app’ (LSA) to access services like its G Suite mail, calendar and contacts. New accounts will be blocked from using LSAs from June 15 2020, and all access will be disabled on February 15 2021.”

CNET: Facebook bans misleading posts and ads about US census. “Facebook is banning misleading posts and ads that aim to prevent people from participating in the 2020 US census. The social media giant, which has been under fire for not fact-checking ads from politicians, said Thursday that the new rules also cover politicians who try to suppress census participation.”

Mashable: Instagram will now warn you before you post an offensive caption. “In its ongoing efforts to fight online bullying, Instagram will now warn users when their photo captions ‘may be considered offensive,’ essentially offering them a chance to carefully reword whatever it was they were about to put into the universe.”


Lifehacker: How to Turn Off Autoplay GIFs and Videos on Twitter. “No matter the reason, Twitter makes it incredibly easy to prevent media from automatically starting in your timeline. And you can disable this functionality for Twitter’s website and apps, it’s just a slightly different process for each platform.”


Make Tech Easier: “Selfie Wrist” Has Become New Ailment Doctors Are Seeing. “There has been a rise in the number of younger people complaining of sore wrists to their doctors. It’s actually a form of carpal tunnel syndrome, an ailment that popped up with the increase in computer use. ‘The wrist holding the camera phone is in a flexed position. That is the most unfavorable position,’ explained Dr. Raj Ragoowansi, a consultant plastic surgeon.”


ZDNet: VISA warns of POS malware incidents at gas pumps across North America. “Payments processor VISA says North American merchants who operate gas stations and gas pumps are facing a rash of attacks from cybercrime groups wanting to deploy point-of-sale (POS) malware on their networks.”

Bloomberg Quint: Scammer Gets Five Years for $120 Million Theft From Facebook and Google. “The scheme netted about $23 million from Google in 2013 and about $98 million from Facebook in 2015, a person familiar with the case said in March. Prosecutors haven’t publicly identified the companies, but Google and Facebook have both confirmed they were victims. The companies said in March they recovered the bulk of the funds and were cooperating with law enforcement.”


BBC: Facial recognition fails on race, government study says. “A US government study suggests facial recognition algorithms are far less accurate at identifying African-American and Asian faces compared to Caucasian faces. African-American females were even more likely to be misidentified, it indicated.”

Phys .org: Novel mobile app could help to reduce sexual violence in Kenya. “Working with the Wangu Kanja Foundation (WKF), researchers are piloting ‘MobApp’ across Kenya. The WKF had developed MobApp to help fellow survivors support people through reporting, documenting and tracking new cases of sexual violence.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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