Australia PM Scott Morrison, Flash, TikTok, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 7, 2020


Sky News: Morrison delivers ‘firm’ retort to threats from Google and Facebook. “Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says Prime Minister Scott Morrison ‘couldn’t have been firmer’ in his retort against social media giants who threatened to pull Australian stories over the news media bargaining code.”

The Register: Microsoft: We’re getting rid of Flash by the end of the year – except you can still use it. “Microsoft confirmed that it plans to end support for Adobe Flash Player in its three browser variants at the end of the year, but the company intends to allow corporate customers to keep the outdated tech on life support beyond that date.”


Mashable: A beginner’s guide to TikTok. “It’s 2020. Why aren’t you on TikTok yet? OK, there are some very valid reasons to avoid using the app, including the extensive user data collection that nearly every social media app employs. But if you’re getting your TikTok content as reposts of tweets on Instagram meme accounts, it might be time to go straight to the source and download the TikTok app yourself. Here’s a handy guide on how to use TikTok for anyone just getting started on the social media platform.”

Make Tech Easier: Help! I Am Locked Out of My Google Account. “It’s unthinkable today to not be able to access Gmail or other Google services. But it does happen sometimes: you may forget the password, the phone number can be lost or become inactive, or the account may get hacked. The following is a comprehensive guide on the steps that should be followed if you find yourself locked out of your Google account.”


International Business Times: Man Who Believed Hillary Clinton and Lady Gaga Are Satan-Worshipping Baby-Eaters Becomes Anti-Conspiracy Theory Activist. “The popularity of conspiracy theories seems to be at an all-time high in the United States of America (USA). The hard-to-believe popularity of QAnon conspiracy theory is a startling example of how willing people are to accept the most outlandish beliefs regarding the government and people they don’t like. But there is one heartwarming story of a man who was also submerged in the psychedelic world of conspiracy theories but has now turned a corner to not just breathe in the real world but also help those who are in his earlier position. Stephen Ross is launching a website called which will be dedicated to revealing the hollow nature of this theory.”

State Archives of North Carolina: CLIR Recordings-at-Risk Grant to Digitize Senate Audio, 1993-2005. “In May 2020, the State Archives of North Carolina received a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings-at-Risk grant, made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.* The project, titled Preserving and Providing Access to Legislative History: Senate Audio Digitization, will digitize 64 Dictaphone Veritrac tapes in the North Carolina Senate Daily Legislative Session Audio Recordings (SR.66.25) series. These tapes date from 1993 to 2005.”


BBC: Islamic State: Giant library of group’s online propaganda discovered. “One of the largest collections of online material belonging to the group calling itself Islamic State has been discovered by researchers at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD). The digital library contains more than 90,000 items and has an estimated 10,000 unique visitors a month. Experts say it provides a way to continually replenish extremist content on the net. But taking it down is difficult because the data is not stored in one place.”

Reuters: Italy antitrust opens inquiry into Google, Apple, Dropbox on cloud computing. “Italy’s antitrust authority said on Monday it had opened an inquiry into Google Inc, Apple Inc and Dropbox Inc over cloud computing services.”

Neowin: New finding says custom Windows 10 themes can be used to steal users’ credentials. “A new finding shared on Twitter by security researcher Jimmy Bayne points towards a loophole in Windows 10’s themes settings that can let bad actors steal users’ credentials by creating a specific theme to carry out a ‘Pass-the-Hash’ attack. The ability to install separate themes from other sources lets attackers create malicious themes files that when opened, redirect users to a page that prompts users to enter their credentials.”


EurekAlert: How to render AI linguistically more intelligent. “Siri or Alexia, Google translator or Deepl, the problem is always the same: they have not yet learned the nuances of different languages, let alone how to adapt their response or translation according to the context.” Good evening, Internet…

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