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Winamp Skins, Iowa Small Business, Selene Delgado Lopez, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, September 6, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Eyerys: ‘Winamp Skin Museum’ Is A Tribute To A Software That Rules Music Before The Internet. “The skins are literally bitmap files which change the looks-and-feel of Winamp. As of the year 2000, there were about 3,000 Winamp skins available for download on Winamp’s website. And here, Jordan Eldredge, a programmer and classical singer living in the San Francisco Bay Area in the U.S., has given the internet a chance to again experience using those Winamp skins.”

Sioux City Journal: Jumpy Monkey Coffee among Iowa firms featured on new state website. “Shop Iowa showcases retailers who sell everything from apparel and accessories to arts and crafts, pet supplies and wedding items. Eligible small businesses have fewer than about 20 employees, or an annual gross income of less than $4 million. They also must be willing to receive and able to fulfill orders from customers through the Shop Iowa website, Ballard said. The website is free for small businesses to use through June 2021.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Daily Dot: Don’t fall for this Selene Delgado Lopez Facebook hoax. “If you’ve recently noticed Facebook posts claiming that user Selene Delgado Lopez is in your inbox or friends list, you aren’t alone. Users are sending out warnings—either through DM or by a public post—alleging that the profile is listed in nearly every Facebook user’s friend list.”

9to5 Mac: Facebook and Instagram testing new feature to cross-post stories to both apps. “Instagram and Facebook are testing a new feature that would further deepen the integration between the two platforms. As reported by The Verge, Facebook is testing the ability to bring Instagram stories directly to Facebook stories.”

Fold3: New Records from the Canadian Expeditionary Force!. “The Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) was the force raised by Canada for service overseas during WWI. Some 620,000 Canadians who enlisted between 1914-1918 served in the CEF. Of those enlistees, about 424,000 went overseas. Most were volunteers, but when recruitment slowed, a conscription law went into effect in 1918. Our new Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1915-1919 collection contains nominal rolls, rosters, war diaries, yearbooks, and unit histories for the CEF.”

USEFUL STUFF

Mashable: Algorithms control your online life. Here’s how to reduce their influence.. “The world in 2020 has been given plenty of reasons to be wary of algorithms. Depending on the result of the U.S. presidential election, it may give us one more. Either way, it’s high time we questioned the impact of these high-tech data-driven calculations, which increasingly determine who or what we see (and what we don’t) online.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BBC: Alain Cocq: Facebook blocks incurably ill man from livestreaming death. “Facebook says it will block a Frenchman suffering from an incurable condition from livestreaming his own death. Alain Cocq, 57, planned to broadcast his final days after starting to refuse food, drink and medicine on Saturday. President Emmanuel Macron had earlier denied his request for euthanasia.”

New Zealand Herald: How Facebook, Google algorithms feed on hate speech, rage. “Notice how those unsavoury posts liked by some long-forgotten friend always seem to float to the top of your curated social media feeds Wonder how an incitement to violence can stay on your screen for days? What about that infuriating conspiracy that keeps getting forced down your throat According to an Australian digital security researcher, it’s no bug. It’s a feature. It’s a subliminal mechanism designed to extract maximum revenue out of your inbox.”

CNET: Amazon Echo Frames: We decided we don’t really want to wear Alexa. “…the Day One Edition of Amazon’s Echo Frames is very much a beta product. If Amazon wants to truly lead in smart glasses, it needs to make big improvements on the frames’ sound quality, build and performance. Otherwise, the Echo Frames run the risk of joining the tech graveyard with Glass, Spectacles and the rest of them.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Tom’s Guide: Android scam affects nearly 60 Google Play apps — what to do. “Another week, another batch of sketchy Android apps purged from the Google Play store. This time, it’s a group of nearly 60 apps that promised you free footwear, coupons or concert tickets if you left the apps installed. But the apps actually downloaded a secret web browser and used it to perform ad fraud — displaying hidden ads you’d never see but for which the app makers got paid.”

MIT Technology Review: The man who built a spyware empire says it’s time to come out of the shadows. “Shalev Hulio wants to explain himself. Normally, silence and secrecy are inherent in the spy business. For nine full years, Hulio never talked publicly about his billion-dollar hacking company—even when his hacking tools were linked to scandal or he was accused of being complicit in human rights abuses around the world. Lately, though, he’s speaking up.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Next Web: How Slack employees use Slack. “With Slack currently operating as a 100% remote workforce, I’m relying on communicating in channels more than ever. As people all around the world navigate the transition to fully remote work, the need to stay connected to one another is a top-of-mind concern. This article is a peek into how my team at Slack uses Slack, much of which is increasingly relevant during these unique times.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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