Financial Crisis Charts, American Federation of Labor, Johnson Publishing Art Auction, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 5, 2020


Yale School of Management: Program on Financial Stability Launches Financial Crisis Chart Archive. “The Yale Program on Financial Stability (YPFS), in collaboration with the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, has launched an online collection of charts and graphs illustrating key developments in the escalation of the global financial crisis of 2007–09, the government’s efforts to combat it, and the effects of those interventions.”

Library of Congress: American Federation of Labor: History Now Digital. “Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed the growth of two transformative but intertwined forces: massive waves of immigration from 1880 to 1920 and the roiling discontent of labor. Few organizations struggled to balance these developments more than the American Federation of Labor, one of the nation’s premier labor organizations.”


Chicago Sun-Times: Johnson Publishing Co. art auction fetches nearly $3 million, doubling expectations. “Artwork that once decorated the Michigan Avenue offices of Johnson Publishing Co., which filed for bankruptcy in April, fetched nearly $3 million at auction last week — more than doubling expectations. The 87 pieces of African American art was sold in a live auction Jan. 30 in New York City.”

Ubergizmo: Rollout Of Rebuilt Apple Maps For The US Is Now Complete. “It has been a few years since Apple first released Apple Maps. The service did not get off to a good start where due to various bugs and issues, it failed to function properly as a map. Over the years, Apple has since made various improvements to its service, where the company has since recently confirmed that the rebuilt version of Apple Maps for the US is now complete.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Ways to Use Google Flights to Plan Your Trip and Save Money. “Google Flights is one way to make affordable travel plans. You can find flights and hotels at reasonable prices. Plus, the site offers price alerts, ways to discover new locations, lists of activates in your destination, and much more. Here are some helpful ways to plan your trip and save some cash with Google Flights.”


Mashable: This ‘internet treasure hunt’ doles out passwords to premium subscriptions. “Here’s how it works: You sign up to receive a notification, which contains further instructions. Every day at 12 p.m. ET, you can text ‘what’s today’s password’ to that number. You’ll receive a login into to a ‘mystery account.’ This could be for Netflix, ClassPass, a bank account with $1,000 in it (allegedly) — anything (again, allegedly).”

Washington Post: Social media was a cesspool of toxic Iowa conspiracy theories last night. It’s only going to get worse.. “Nature abhors a vacuum. And so does Twitter. As it became obvious late Monday night that a technical glitch would dramatically hold up the results of the long-anticipated Iowa caucuses, social media exploded with dark ideas about what had happened.”


New Telegraph (Nigeria): Nigerians reject Hate Speech, anti-Social Media Bills. “Nigerians, yesterday, vehemently opposed the Internet Falsehood Manipulation Bill and the Bill seeking to establish National Commission for Prohibition of Hate Speeches. Those who expressed this opposition also advised the sponsors of the Bills, Senators Sani Musa (APC, Niger East) and Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North), to withdraw the bills from the Senate in the interest of the country’s democracy.”

Ars Technica: More than 200 browser extensions ejected from Firefox and Chrome stores. “Mozilla and Google are cracking down on malicious and abusive extensions available for the Firefox and Chrome browsers, respectively. The moves come in response to the recent detection of add-ons that turned out to violate the browser maker’s policies, despite review processes designed to weed out wares that are malicious or have the potential to be malicious.”

Bleeping Computer: Emotet Gets Ready for Tax Season With Malicious W-9 Forms. “Whether it is holiday party invites, invites to climate change protests, or even information about the Coronavirus, the operators of the Emotet Trojan are known to stay on top of current and upcoming events and tailor their spam emails accordingly. This is the case with a new campaign discovered by email security company Cofense, where the Emotet operators are sending spam pretending to be a requested signed W-9 tax form.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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