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Coachella, ICANN, Apple Card, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 14, 2020

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Tubefilter: YouTube To Stream Coachella For 10th Year Running, Announces Doc About Festival. “YouTube, which has long streamed coverage of Coachella — the trendy music festival that has become a buzzy scene for influencers and marketers alike — has created a documentary about the event. Titled Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert, the YouTube Originals film is slated to premiere on March 31 — roughly a week ahead of the annual event, which kicks off on April 10. The film will discuss how the festival was shaped, with never-before-seen footage, artist interviews, and more. It will feature performances from Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Daft Punk, BlackPink, the Pixies, Bjork, Madonna, Radiohead, and more.”

The Register: ICANN finally reveals who’s behind purchase of .org: It’s ███████ and ██████ – you don’t need to know any more. “DNS overlord ICANN has finally released additional details over the proposed sale of the .org internet registry to a private equity firm – details that raise more questions than answers. Key among these peculiarities is that they don’t name who will end up in charge of the billion-dollar entity that oversee 10 million .org internet addresses, including many of the world’s largest non-profits and charities.”

USEFUL STUFF

CNBC: This developer was surprised that Apple Card didn’t let him download spending data, so he built a fix. “The Apple Card was designed to be loaded into a user’s iPhone, with spending history living inside the Wallet app and transaction data arranged in a colorful interactive interface. But consumers who want to analyze their transactions in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets for tax or budgeting purposes, a tool that many credit card companies offer, are out of luck.”

Ghacks: Sniptool is a portable screen capturing tool with a built-in image editor. “Sniptool is a freeware screen capturing program that comes with a built-in image editor. It is portable, but is also available in an optional installer version. Run the EXE and a small window appears near the system tray; this is a floating panel that you can move around the screen.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Arab News: Archive departments are too often neglected, says director of Saudi historical materials conservation center. “Historical documents at risk of neglect are being restored with the help of the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Center for Historical Materials Conservation, with many government and private entities seeking the center’s assistance. In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the director of the center, Abdulrahman Al-Baiz, described how archive departments at many governmental and private entities are neglected.”

MEL Magazine: An Oral History of Rickrolling. “Rickrolling is a bait-and-switch prank where someone posts a link that seems relevant to whatever discussion they’re having, but then the link redirects to Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up.’ The prank of doing a bait-and-switch on 4chan is one of the oldest pastimes of the site.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Mighty: Unsecured Medical Images Are an Underrated Threat to Patients. “You’re probably familiar with the heart-stopping jolt you get when a text or call from your bank flags suspicious charges. Identity fraud, credit card siphoning and stolen passwords to access your bank account always seem to be top of mind, but what about your medical records or images from your X-rays, MRIs or CT scans? The impact of compromised medical data is life-altering — worse than having your financial information stolen — and in some cases, even life-threatening. Here’s why it matters your X-rays and other exam images are floating around unprotected on the internet and what you can do to protect your data and health.”

TechCrunch: Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests. “Most cookie consent pop-ups served to internet users in the European Union — ostensibly seeking permission to track people’s web activity — are likely to be flouting regional privacy laws, a new study by researchers at MIT, UCL and Aarhus University suggests.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MIT Technology Review: Microsoft has created a tool to find pedophiles in online chats. “Microsoft has created an automated system to detect sexual predators trying to groom children online. The tool, code-named Project Artemis, is designed to spot patterns of communication in conversations.”

Yale Daily News: Yale researchers identify fossils using machine learning. “Recently, a Yale-led team created a first-of-its-kind machine learning model that can identify the species of almost 7,000 plankton fossil images. The model works extremely well — even better than human experts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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