Emoji Kitchen, Google News, Geneanet, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 18, 2020


Make Tech Easier: Google Rolls Out New “Emoji Kitchen” Update For Gboard. “Have you felt the default offering of emojis isn’t enough to express yourself? Google is trying to remedy that with its new update for its Android keyboard app, Gboard. With this update comes a brand new feature — the Emoji Kitchen.”

Bloomberg: Google In Talks with Publishers to Pay for Displaying News. “The early-stage talks are taking place primarily with French and other European publishers, and may not lead to any agreements, a person familiar with the matter said. A deal would apply only to news products like the Google News vertical, they added, not general web content queries.” This is my jaw on the floor.

Geneanet: Geneanet launches a new service, Geneanet DNA. “Geneanet now launches Geneanet DNA, a new beta test service which allows you to upload the raw data of a DNA test kit taken with any company, to compare it to other Geneanet members’ DNA data, and to find members whith whom you share DNA segments. You are going to find new relatives!”


MakeUseOf: 8 Practical Ways to Clean Up Your Instagram. “When you joined Instagram, it probably felt new and exciting. Now, years later, you may be finding it more annoying than anything. You could abandon Instagram altogether, but there is an alternative. In this article, we offer some practical ways to clean up your Instagram. This includes unfollowing people who no longer interest you, and deleting old photos that longer represent you or your life.”


The Bejinger: Machine Non-Learning: The Chinese Words That Trip Up Google Translate. “Humankind now speaks more than 5,000 languages, which as anyone who has traveled or lived in a foreign country can attest to, makes life more interesting, if not at times several times more complicated. It is fairly common then for us to turn to translation tools for help, and Google Translate is probably one of the most trusted popular among them (despite the hurdles of the GFW). Yet when translating a language like Chinese – one that is radically different from the Latin language family – digital translators may not be savvy enough to provide a nuanced, reliable definition after all.”


InfoSecurity: PhotoSquared: App Leaks Data on Thousands of Users. “Researchers at vpnMentor discovered the misconfigured S3 database, which was left without any password protection, belonged to PhotoSquared, a company which creates printed photo boards for users that send in their digital images. They found a 94.7GB trove containing over 10,000 records dating from November 2016 to January 2020. The data included user photos, order records and receipts and shipping labels.”

Security Week: Flaw in WordPress Themes Plugin Allowed Hackers to Become Site Admin. “A serious vulnerability found in a WordPress themes plugin with over 200,000 active installations can be exploited to wipe a website’s database and gain administrator access to the site. ThemeGrill Demo Importer is a popular plugin that allows WordPress website administrators to import demo content, widgets and settings for ThemeGrill themes.”

Krebs on Security: Pay Up, Or We’ll Make Google Ban Your Ads. “A new email-based extortion scheme apparently is making the rounds, targeting Web site owners serving banner ads through Google’s AdSense program. In this scam, the fraudsters demand bitcoin in exchange for a promise not to flood the publisher’s ads with so much bot and junk traffic that Google’s automated anti-fraud systems suspend the user’s AdSense account for suspicious traffic.”


Phys .org: Scholarly journals work together to disseminate knowledge in ob-gyn. “The researchers identified 3,767,874 articles in the journal Science’s Science Citation Index Expanded and profiled the top-cited 100 ob-gyn articles that were published in non-specialty journals, which includes general medicine and surgery journals, and the top-cited 100 ob-gyn articles that were published in specialty journals to see how academic journals work together to disseminate knowledge in the ob-gyn field.”

New York Times: They Wanted Research Funding, So They Entered the Lottery. “Since 2013, the New Zealand council has dedicated around 2 percent of its annual funding expenditure to what it calls explorer grants, asking applicants to submit proposals they think are ‘transformative, innovative, exploratory or unconventional, and have potential for major impact.’ Such lotteries have been used in other countries, and some have the goal of increasing the diversity of grant recipients, as well as assisting researchers in earlier stages of their career who might struggle to find funding.” Good evening, Internet…

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