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Carlos Maza, WhatsApp, 2FA, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 3, 2020

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Verge: Carlos Maza is back on YouTube and ready to fight. “Last year, after setting off a firestorm around YouTube’s harassment policies that even prompted a response from the company’s CEO, Carlos Maza disappeared from YouTube. Now he’s back, but this time, he’s doing it all on his own.”

BBC: WhatsApp to stop working on millions of phones. “Messaging service WhatsApp will no longer work on millions of smartphones from 1 February. Android and iPhone devices which only support outdated operating systems will no longer be able to run the Facebook-owned app.”

Engadget: Google open-sources the tools needed to make 2FA security keys. “Security keys are designed to make logging in to devices simpler and more secure, but not everyone has access to them, or the inclination to use them. Until now. Today, Google has launched an open source project that will help hobbyists and hardware vendors build their own security keys, and contribute to the technology’s ongoing development.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: Record Two iPhone Cameras at Once With This Free iOS App. “All you need to create interesting, high-quality video content these days is a smartphone. With the right apps, what used to require extra gear and software can mostly all be done on a single iPhone—including recording multiple shots simultaneously.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Scotsman: Archive reveals how planners drove motorway through Glasgow. “Thousands of previously unseen archive photos of the UK’s biggest urban motorway network including ‘stunning visualisations and construction photos’ are to be made publicly available for the first time.”

CanIndia: Elon Musk slams Twitter, Google for rising scams, fake bots. “Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Sunday slammed Twitter and Google for the rise in trolling networks and scams via fake bots on both the platforms. In a series of tweets, Musk said that desperate times call for desperate measures.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ars Technica: Dozens of companies have data dumped online by ransomware ring seeking leverage. “The Maze ransomware ring has taken extortion to new heights by publicly posting breached data on the Internet—and threatening full dumps of stolen data if the ring’s ‘customers’ don’t pay for their files to be unencrypted. But the group appears to be making one exception: the City of Pensacola, which was hit by Maze ransomware in December.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Rippers Battle RIAA in Takedown Whack-a-Mole. “The RIAA is continuing to use DMCA anti-circumvention notices to remove YouTube ripper websites from Google’s search results. The music group started a few months ago and has only increased its efforts. However, the targeted sites are fighting back by continuously updating their URLs in response, turning it into a game of whack-a-mole.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Newswise: American Society of Anesthesiologists Launches New Podcasts. “The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced the launch of two new monthly podcasts. ‘Central Line,’ which focuses on providing physician anesthesiologists, the anesthesia care team and anesthesiology community with lively discussions on the latest issues impacting the field, and ‘Residents in a Room,’designed to provide residents and medical students with entertaining, yet vital, conversations about the essential tools needed to succeed in residency and in their career.”

The Next Web: Digital trends 2020: Every single stat you need to know about the internet. “More than 4.5 billion people now use the internet, while social media users have passed the 3.8 billion mark. Nearly 60 percent of the world’s population is already online, and the latest trends suggest that more than half of the world’s total population will use social media by the middle of this year.” Good evening, Internet…

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