Google, Montana Newspapers, Twitter, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 11, 2020


MarketWatch: Google asks North American employees to work from home. “Alphabet Inc…. has recommended employees in North America to work from home because of the coronavirus outbreak — the largest such telecommuting request yet among major employers. A majority of the company’s approximately 119,000 employees worldwide are based in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.”

Montana History Revealed: Montana’s Content on Chronicling America Grows. “Last September, I shared how we selected newspapers for our latest National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant-funded project, which focuses on booms and busts after 1922. Now those titles are starting to appear on the Chronicling America website. As new papers come online, we’re going to share a little bit about why each paper was chosen. We hope this will serve as a reference, pique your interest, and encourage you to head to the site to search or browse.”

Tubefilter: Jack Dorsey To Stay CEO After Twitter Reaches Deal With Investors Elliott, Silver Lake. “Jack Dorsey’s job is saved. The noted exec will remain CEO of Twitter thanks to a deal reached with its new investor, Elliott Management Corp. The deal comes after news broke last week that Elliott bought 4% of Twitter’s stock for around $1 billion, and intended to leverage that stake to push Dorsey out of his role.”


SF Chronicle Datebook: Fear the coronavirus? Here’s how to watch live music from home. “Many public gatherings in the Bay Area are being canceled in light of guidance from city officials to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and many people are choosing to avoid the live concerts that do take place. It’s possible to enjoy live music, though, without braving the crowds. Facebook Live and YouTube are popular sites for streaming live shows, but there are also many other platforms you may not know about.”


CNET: Twitter users duped by fake account that falsely claimed Daniel Radcliffe has coronavirus. “A fake BBC News Twitter account falsely claimed Tuesday that actor Daniel Radcliffe, known for his role as Harry Potter in the film series, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Twitter suspended the account but the tweet was up for at least seven hours, raising questions about whether the social network is acting swiftly enough to combat misinformation.” This one was interesting to me because it fooled people who usually don’t get fooled by these things.

The Verge: Yelp says it shut down 550 user accounts after discovering a fraudulent review ring. “Yelp knows its credibility is only as good as its reviews, so today, it’s releasing its first Consumer Alerts Report, which details incidents in which Yelp’s team intervened to cut off fraudulent reviews or activity. The report shines a light on behavior that one would likely expect happens on a review site — people trying to game the system — but only focuses on successful cases where either Yelp’s human team or software detected abnormal behavior.”

New York Times: Doctors and Patients Turn to Telemedicine in the Coronavirus Outbreak. “While the notion of seeing a doctor via your computer or cellphone is hardly new, telemedicine has yet to take off widely in the United States. Health insurance plans do typically offer people the option of talking to a nurse or doctor online as an alternative to heading to an emergency room or urgent care center, but most people don’t make use of it. Now doctors, hospital networks and clinics are rethinking how the technology can be used, to keep the worried well calm and away from clinical care while steering the most at risk to the proper treatment.”


I’m not a huge fan of piracy, but I admire the creativity. Mashable: This site is a pirate radio for the most popular streaming services . “All the Streams claims to be a ‘private radio for streaming,’ and does work as such. You can ‘turn the dial’ and go to channels of the main streaming services, from Hulu to Netflix to Amazon Prime. Like actual pirate radio, you cannot choose what’s playing — you just sit back and enjoy.” As of this writing it is still working. Warning: the video playing on the Showtime channel when I checked it contained nudity.

The Register: The Internet of Things is a security nightmare reveals latest real-world analysis: unencrypted traffic, network crossover, vulnerable OSes. “No less than 98 per cent of traffic sent by internet-of-things (IoT) devices is unencrypted, exposing huge quantities of personal and confidential data to potential attackers, fresh analysis has revealed.”


BuzzFeed News: Is Lurking Hurting My Brain?. “I’m not worried about how much time I spend on my phone, to be honest, because I find online to be an oasis of mirth compared to the physical world. I have KonMari-ed my feeds so that Twitter brings me nothing but joy, Groups on Facebook bring me interesting discussion with likeminded people, and TikTok shows me teenagers being funny. I may be addicted to my phone, but I’m a highly functional addict. I’m fine! I love it! But one night, deep into a TikTok scrolling session, it occurred to me: What is it doing to my brain?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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