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Ohio Finance, AR Dinosaurs, YouTube TV, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 1, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

WTRF: Ohio launches website combining state and local budgets and checkbooks. “The state of Ohio launched a new website Tuesday that combines information about the state’s budget and how much is being spent. [The site] creates a one-stop, interactive look at state and local governments’ budgets and checkbooks.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Google Search puts AR dinosaurs in your backyard. “As 3D objects become more searchable on phones, Googling up an animal to drop into your home is becoming a thing. The latest augmented reality object to pop up: dinosaurs.”

BetaNews: YouTube TV gets a massive price hike, but I’m not canceling. “When I first cut the cord and switched my television service to YouTube TV, the price was a very manageable $35 per month. Then the monthly charge went to up $40 and ultimately landed at $50. When it hit the $50 mark I became nervous, as it was approaching cable TV pricing. Sadly, today, the price jumps once again, this time to $65. Uh oh.”

USEFUL STUFF

Search Engine Journal: Reverse Image Search: Your Complete Guide. “Searching for the original source of an image you like online? Want a complete list of all the pages your image appears in on the web? Here’s your complete guide to reverse image search on today’s major search engines (think Google, Bing, and Yandex). Plus, we’ll show you how to do reverse search on both desktop and mobile.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

KTVU: Supervisor pushes to remove Zuckerberg’s name from SF General Hospital. “Supervisor Matt Haney is pushing to remove the name of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from San Francisco General Hospital. Haney posted a long Twitter message that questioned whether it was appropriate to keep Zuckerberg’s name on the hospital because of recent criticism of Facebook for failing to regulate hate speech.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Has Been Profiting From Boogaloo Ads Promoting Civil War And Unrest. “On Sunday, the @docscustomknives Instagram account placed an ad on the popular photo-sharing social network advocating that people ‘join the militia, fight the state.’ As clips from action movies play, showing police officers being shot and killed, music blares with lyrics proclaiming, ‘We ain’t scared of no police / We got guns too.’ As of Tuesday afternoon, the ad was still online.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: You wait ages for a mid-air collision spoofing attack and along come two at once: More boffins take a crack at hoodwinking TCAS. “Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS) are used in aircraft to avoid hitting other aircraft in flight. And like many electronic systems, they weren’t designed for security. Five researchers in the US – Paul M. Berges, Timothy Graziano, and Ryan Gerdes from Virginia Tech, with Basavesh Ammanaghatta Shivakumar and Z. Berkay Celik from Purdue University – recently put TCAS to the test and found it wanting.”

EFF: EFF to Court: Social Media Users Have Privacy and Free Speech Interests in Their Public Information. “Visa applicants to the United States are required to disclose personal information including their work, travel, and family histories. And as of May 2019, they are required to register their social media accounts with the U.S. government. According to the State Department, approximately 14.7 million people will be affected by this new policy each year. EFF recently filed an amicus brief in Doc Society v. Pompeo, a case challenging this ‘Registration Requirement’ under the First Amendment.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New York Times: Clean Up Your Act, Facebook, or We’re Leaving. “‘I put the dishes in the dishwasher,’ my son said to me recently, as if it was a favor rather than something he should do just because. This prompted me to write to you, Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, with all the irritation of a mother whose last nerves were worked a long time ago when it comes to the abuses that thrive on your platform. I’d like to let you know: You get zero claps for doing a tiny right thing after doing the wrong thing for far too long.”

Harvard International Review: Social Media: Threat to or Tool of Authoritarianism?. “Given the growing weight of social media’s influence on society, the key question is whether social media will become a sentinel against systematic oppression and injustice, effectively posing a serious challenge to authoritarian regimes. In the case of China, while social media may not have the power to cause a regime change, it will, in coming years, challenge the government’s ironclad authority and lack of accountability to its people. This clearly manifests in times of crisis, most recently, with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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