California Private Businesses, Central Florida Artists, African Gods Instagram Filter, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 24, 2020


Benzinga: Inc. Magazine Unveils Its First-Ever List of California’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies— The Inc. 5000 Series: California (PRESS RELEASE). “Inc. magazine today revealed that Hyperice is No. 16 on its inaugural Inc. 5000 Series: California list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing California-based private companies. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the California economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.”


The West Volusia Beacon: Artist studio tours expanding, now with interactive maps for phones. “Artists in Central Florida are opening their private working studios to visitors for the annual ‘Off the Beaten Path’ Florida Arts Tour. Every year, art patrons, collectors and curators, as well as families and children, are welcomed into the studios to meet the artists in their work environments…. This year, the Off the Beaten Path tours boast a new website application allowing studio visitors to browse lists of artists and follow easy interactive maps on their phones from tour stop to stop.”

I’m not going to cover every last Instagram filter, but this one looked interesting. AdWeek: African Gods Instagram Filter Seeks to Connect Black American History to Ancient Roots . “The [agency Eleven’s] new Instagram filter superimposes the faces of various figures from the Yoruba religion and other traditional African cultures onto a user’s face before landing on a random match. It’s part of a project that also includes online art depicting various figures from African-American history as the deities—Rosa Parks is supreme goddess Nana Buluku, for instance—in an effort to draw connections between the American icons and ancestral folklore and spirituality.”


New York Times: ‘Hi Haters’: Why New Jersey’s Twitter Account Is Like No Other. “Over the past two years, Ms. [Megan] Coyne and Ms. [Pearl] Gabel have channeled their innate, deeply felt love for New Jersey into a bold, sassy social media account that has generated considerable attention on Twitter, where celebrities, thirsty brands and influencers compete for clicks. Perhaps more impressively, the two have managed to distill a playfully combative New Jersey swagger into state-centric memes and quips that feel authentic both to the internet and to the Garden State itself.”

BuzzFeed News: How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter. “Ali Alzabarah was panicked. His heart raced as he drove home from Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters in the early evening on Dec. 2, 2015. He needed to leave the country — quickly. Earlier that day, Twitter’s management accused the unassuming 32-year-old of accessing thousands of user profiles without authorization to pass their identifying information — including phone numbers and IP addresses — reportedly to Bader al-Asaker, the head of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s charity and private office. When the conversation concluded, management seized Alzabarah’s laptop, put him on administrative leave, and escorted him out of the building.”


Forbes: You’ve Been Hit With Ransomware – Next Steps To Recovery. “You know it’s going to be a bad day when that screen appears on one of your computer monitors letting you know that one of your systems has been taken over by ransomware. Your first response may be to panic. But try to avoid that. Instead, take a few initial steps that may help you protect your data and which may also help in recovering your systems.”

ABC News (Australia): Gangland lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson launches court action to unmask Google reviewer . “Melbourne gangland lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson is suing technology behemoth Google in a bid to unmask an online reviewer who she suspects is actually a legal competitor.”

ZDNet: Exclusive: Details of 10.6 million MGM hotel guests posted on a hacking forum. “The personal details of more than 10.6 million users who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels have been published on a hacking forum this week. Besides details for regular tourists and travelers, included in the leaked files are also personal and contact details for celebrities, tech CEOs, reporters, government officials, and employees at some of the world’s largest tech companies.”


Medical XPress: Science communicators get access to real data for 3-D modelling. “Free, open-source software created by a U of T Mississauga professor is giving science communicators access to real data for science illustrations and animations. NeuronBuild 1.8 is now available for immediate download from This latest version includes bug fixes and new features.”

USA Today: You might just be addicted: Smartphone use physically affects your brain, study says. “In a world that relies on people having smartphones – from work emails to cashless businesses – developing an addiction to your device is becoming increasingly difficult. While some think it’s only a mental issue, a new study suggests that this constant usage physically affects your brain the same way drug addiction does.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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