UFO Podcasts, Our .News, Twitch, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 8, 2020

My Pocket queue is out of hand again so enjoy a Saturday afternoon RB.


Motherboard: Someone Turned 50,000 Hours of UFO Podcasts Into a Searchable Database. “a UFO enthusiast and barrister in England who goes by the pseudonym Isaac Koi is transcribing archives of UFO-related shows. So far, he’s catalogued over 50,000 podcast episodes and videos.”


TechCrunch: Our. News fights misinformation with a ‘nutrition label’ for news stories. “In some ways, the approach is similar to NewsGuard, which rates online news sources. In fact, [Richard] Zack said, “We really support NewsGuard and what they’re doing.” Still, he suggested that evaluating publishers isn’t enough, which is why Our.News provides labels for individual articles — he compared it to ‘trying to choose between Lucky Charms and Cheerios,’ where it’s not enough to know that both cereals are manufactured by General Mills.”

Ubergizmo: Amazon Could Be Looking To Expand Twitch To Businesses. “When it comes to watching live streams of people playing games, Twitch is more or less the default platform that many turn to. Over the years, Twitch has since expanded beyond gaming to other kinds of interests, but now according to a new report, it seems that Amazon wants to bring Twitch to businesses as well.”

The Verge: Wacom says it’s not spying on its customers, and users can opt out of data collection. “In a statement to The Verge, Wacom says all data that is collected is ‘for quality assurance and development purposes only’ and that ‘all data is for Wacom anonymized and unidentifiable. We apologize for any confusion regarding data collection being done by the Wacom software driver and the unclarity about the actual information collected.'” This is reassuring… if you believe data can truly be anonymized.


Search Engine Journal: What Is CCPA? Everything You Need to Know to Become Compliant. “If GDPR didn’t give you enough headaches, get ready to reach for the painkillers. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is here. It’s commonly referred to as ‘California’s GDPR,’ and while the two regulations are alike in spirit, there are some key differences. Read on to find out what the law covers and what you need to do to get prepared for it.”


CNET: Teens have figured out how to mess with Instagram’s tracking algorithm. “Like about a billion other people, 17-year-old Samantha Mosley spent her Saturday afternoon perusing Instagram….But unlike many of Instagram’s users, Mosley and her high school friends in Maryland had figured out a way to fool tracking by the Facebook-owned social network. On the first visit, her Explore tab showed images of Kobe Bryant. Then on a refresh, cooking guides, and after another refresh, animals.”

This is Money: ‘I was charged £50 for leaving a negative review’: Food subscription service My Farm Fresh Box under fire for its bad feedback fee. “Ms E, who does not wish to be named, initially signed up to a free trial from My Farm Fresh Box, which delivers fruit and vegetables to subscribers homes, to see what the service was like. But when she posted on Trustpilot about the £20 cancellation fee that she hadn’t spotted, she was then hit with another surprise she hadn’t spotted when she signed up – a £50 fee for bad feedback.” Out of curiosity, I went and looked at the Trustpilot reviews for this company and not only is it getting pounded with bad reviews, but Trustpilot has put up a banner about its policies.


The Register: Twitter says a certain someone tried to discover the phone numbers used by potentially millions of twits. “Twitter has admitted a flaw in its backend systems was exploited to discover the cellphone numbers of potentially millions of twits en masse, which could lead to their de-anonymization.”

The Art Newspaper: German court rules in favour of Nazi-looted art database, although owners say a listing makes works unsellable. “A German court has ruled that the current possessor of a work of art cannot stop a claimant from registering it on a government database of Nazi-looted art in the latest in a series of legal challenges to listings on, a German website designed to help victims and their heirs recover cultural property lost due to Nazi persecution.”


Phys .org: UNT professor’s virtual lab may hold key to preventing undersea oil pipeline leaks. “Complex organic chemistry experiments often take days or weeks to conduct in a laboratory, but not anymore. Oliviero Andreussi has created a virtual organic chemistry laboratory inside a supercomputer to conduct these same experiments in a matter of minutes.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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