Blacklight, Linux Journal, Emoji, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 23, 2020


Mashable: New tool makes it easy to see which websites are in bed with Facebook. “The internet is a labyrinthian place, and Facebook is hiding around almost every corner. A new tool, dubbed Blacklight, helps you spot the behemoth lying in wait. Developed and released by the Markup, Blacklight reveals what trackers are running in the background of websites without — and here’s the key— you having to visit those websites first. One such tracker, the Facebook Pixel, is particularly problematic.”


Linux Journal: Linux Journal is Back. “As of today, Linux Journal is back, and operating under the ownership of Slashdot Media. As Linux enthusiasts and long-time fans of Linux Journal, we were disappointed to hear about Linux Journal closing its doors last year. It took some time, but fortunately we were able to get a deal done that allows us to keep Linux Journal alive now and indefinitely. It’s important that amazing resources like Linux Journal never disappear.”

CNN: New emojis are coming in 2021, including a heart on fire, a woman with a beard and over 200 mixed-skin-tone options for couples. “The Unicode Consortium, a non-profit that oversees emoji standards and is responsible for new releases, announced the release of more than 200 emojis that will hit cell phones throughout next year in a limited ‘Emoji 13.1’ release — which means even more ways to convey the pain of this year.”

CNET: Facebook adds new tool to help creators protect their images. “Facebook on Monday said it’s expanding its tools to help creators and publishers protect their intellectual property. Similar to its tools for managing video and music rights, Rights Manager for Images uses ‘image matching technology to help creators and publishers protect and manage their image content’ across Facebook and Instagram, the company said in a blog post.”


CNET: Where to get your flu shot for cheap or free in 2020. “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t hide the fact that the flu shot isn’t perfect (no vaccine is perfect), but the fact of the matter is that the flu shot does work and it remains the most effective prevention method for influenza virus. In this article, learn about where you can find flu shots for cheap and for free, plus more on why you really need one — and why getting your flu shot is ‘more important than ever’ in 2020.” If you don’t have insurance, but you do have a friend with a Costco card, $19.99 will get you a flu shot there. I got mine last week and it’s the first time I’ve spent significant time in a building since March 11. They did a lot of screening and everybody had masks on.


Museums Association: Creating dementia-friendly online museum programmes. “The Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC) has been working to become dementia friendly since late 2016 and supports the sector to undertake dementia-friendly activities. As a dementia friendly communities champion, I deliver awareness sessions to local museum staff and volunteers.”

Associated Press: Alabama Archives faces its legacy as Confederate ‘attic’. “Hundreds of memorials glorifying the Confederacy had been erected by the time Marie Bankhead Owen built what may have been the grandest: The Alabama Department of Archives and History, which cataloged a version of the past that was favored by many Southern whites and all but excluded Black people.”


ThreatPost: Unsecured Microsoft Bing Server Leaks Search Queries, Location Data. “An unsecured database has exposed sensitive data for users of Microsoft’s Bing search engine mobile application – including their location coordinates, search terms in clear text and more. While no personal information, like names, were exposed, researchers with Wizcase argued that enough data was available that it would be possible to link these search queries and locations to user identities — giving bad actors information ripe for blackmail attacks, phishing scams and more.”

TechCrunch: Homeland Security issues rare emergency alert over ‘critical’ Windows bug. “The Zerologon vulnerability, rated the maximum 10.0 in severity, could allow an attacker to take control of any or all computers on a vulnerable network, including domain controllers, the servers that manage a network’s security. The bug was appropriately called ‘Zerologon,’ because an attacker doesn’t need to steal or use any network passwords to gain access to the domain controllers, only gain a foothold on the network, such as by exploiting a vulnerable device connected to the network.”


PR Newswire: New Study Links Social Media Usage to Poor News Judgment (PRESS RELEASE). “New research from the Reboot Foundation finds that the more people are on social media the worse their news judgment, and there are stark differences between older and younger users when it comes to falling for ‘clickbait’ headlines.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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