Protocol, Windows 7, Facebook Messenger Kids, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 10, 2020


NiemanLab: Protocol — think Politico, but for tech — launches into a crowded space. “Uber, but for petsitters. Airbnb, but for barns. Sofi, but for gamblers. Lime, but for unicycles. Squarespace, but for birthday cards. Casper, but for pillows. That Silicon Valley DNA is alive and well in Protocol, the anticipated news site that launched today, and which frames itself as: Politico, but for tech.”

Engadget: Bug prevents Windows 7 users from shutting down their PCs. ” Many users on Microsoft’s forums, Reddit and elsewhere are reporting that their Windows 7 systems refuse to shut down or reboot as they normally would, claiming that ‘you don’t have permission to shut down this computer.’ Users have unofficially fixed it by running the Group Policy Editor from the command line to force permissions, but that’s clearly not something users should have to do just to turn their PCs off.”

Lifehacker: Facebook’s Messenger Kids App Now Has More Parental Controls. “Facebook has announced the launch of some new tools in its Parent Dashboard that should make it easier to monitor your child’s chat history, remove and report inappropriate images or videos, and log them out remotely.”


Hongkiat: 30 Free Online Photos, Videos & Music Editors. “We tend to rely heavily on our favorite desktop applications like Photoshop, GIMP, Audacity, Adobe Premier and so on when it comes to dealing with multimedia files. That’s fine on our desktops but what if we need to use an editor on a friend’s computer or a public one at the workplace? That is where web applications come in handy.” Decent annotation.


South China Morning Post: Coronavirus: China tightens social media censorship amid outbreak. “The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement released late on Wednesday that it has set up supervision on platforms that include those run by microblogging service provider Sina Weibo, short video and news apps operator ByteDance, and Tencent Holdings, which owns the ubiquitous multipurpose app WeChat.”

TechCrunch: Google and Facebook turn their backs on undersea cable to China. “Google and Facebook seem to have resigned themselves to losing part of the longest and highest profile internet cable they have invested in to date. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission last week, the two companies requested permission to activate the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) between the US and the Philippines and Taiwan, leaving its controversial Hong Kong and Chinese sections dormant.”


KTVA: Bill would make state finances accessible online. “New legislation introduced in Juneau could make state finances more transparent for the public by establishing an online checkbook. Senate Bill 180, sponsored by Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, would establish a searchable online database for all the state expenditures and revenue.”


New York Times: Why You May Never Learn the Truth About ICE. “It’s not just ICE. The Department of the Interior and the National Archives have decided to delete files on endangered species, offshore drilling inspections and the safety of drinking water. The department even claimed that papers from a case where it mismanaged Native American land and assets — resulting in a multibillion-dollar legal settlement — would be of no interest to future historians (or anyone else).”

Poynter: Google, Facebook and Twitter could do more to surface fact-checks about coronavirus. “Between Jan. 22 and Feb. 5, 41 fact-checking organizations around the world have published 211 fact-checks about the 2019 coronavirus using ClaimReview, the infrastructure built by to help fact-checks be surfaced by Google and used by social media platforms like Facebook. Among those 211 fact-checks, published in 15 languages across the globe, 199 alerted audiences about content considered false, partially false, mostly false and/or inaccurate. Only 12 were about true claims, photos and videos spread on the internet.”

Newswise: What’s your brand?. “Researchers created an algorithm that successfully predicted consumer purchases. The algorithm made use of data from the consumers’ daily activity on social media. Brands could use this to analyze potential customers. The researchers’ method combines powerful statistical modeling techniques with machine learning-based image recognition.” Good evening, Internet…

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