Australia Startups, Cherokee Nation, Amazon, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 26, 2020


Government News (Australia): Database links government with startups. “The database contains publicly sourced information on more than 2,000 Victorian startups as well as data on venture capitalists, local accelerators, workspaces and universities. The data can be searched by sector, location or investment, and features a tool to ‘match’ startups with investors.”


CNN: The Cherokee Nation reservation is now visible on Google Maps. “The reservation boundaries include 7,000 miles nestled in northeastern Oklahoma. Borders for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole reservations — all in Oklahoma — have also been added in the last few weeks.”

Tubefilter: Amazon To Begin Hosting Podcasts, Sets Exclusive Series With DJ Khaled, Dan Patrick, More. “Millions of podcast episodes are now available for free within Amazon Music in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Japan — and can be accessed whether or not listeners are paying Amazon Music subscribers. (Amazon Music offers both ad-supported and paid tiers, with an ad-free membership coming complete with an Amazon Prime subscription). Podcasts will be available via the Amazon Music app on Android and iOS, on the web, and via Amazon’s Echo smart speakers.”


Bustle: How To Curate Your iPhone’s Home Screen With The New Widget Tool. “On Sept. 16, Apple released the iPhone’s latest operating system, iOS 14. The upgrade has a few features that make life easier, like direct replies in group chats and a new translation app, but one upgrade will make your life harder in the best possible way — the newly customizable Home Screen with widgets, graphic icons that offer a summary of an app at a glance.”


Radio Free Europe: Belarusian Protesters Counter Authorities’ Moves With Online Tactics. “The risks are high, with opposition leaders such as Maryya Kalesnikava jailed after being accused of using media and the Internet to stage protests. But Belarusians are defying the authorities by going online to expose members of the security services cracking down on demonstrations, recruit volunteers, share news and information, and strategize methods of peaceful protest.”


Techdirt: House Passes Bill To Address The Internet Of Broken Things. “Cory Gardner, Mark Warner, and other lawmakers note the bill creates some baseline standards for security and privacy that must be consistently updated (what a novel idea), while prohibiting government agencies from using gear that doesn’t pass muster. It also includes some transparency requirements mandating that any vulnerabilities in IOT hardware are disseminated among agencies and the public quickly.”

Reuters: Thailand to start legal action vs Facebook, Google, Twitter over content. “Thailand’s digital ministry said on Wednesday it would start legal action against Facebook, Twitter and Google this week for ignoring some requests to take down content, in what would be the country’s first such cases against major internet firms.”

Mashable: Feds: Amazon staffers took bribes to prop up sketchy merchants, products. “Sketchy merchants have been bribing Amazon employees and contractors to reinstate unsafe and counterfeit products on the e-commerce site and manipulate reviews, according to the U.S. Justice Department.”


University of Texas at Austin: Getting Fewer ‘Likes’ on Social Media Elicits Emotional Distress Among Adolescents. “Study participants helped test drive a new program that allowed them to create a profile and interact with same-age peers by viewing and ‘liking’ one another’s profiles. Likes received were tallied, and a ranking of the various profiles displayed them in order of most to least liked. In actuality, likes were assigned by computer scripts. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either few likes or many likes relative to the other displayed profiles. In a post-task questionnaire, students in the fewer likes group reported more feelings of rejections and other negative emotions than those who received more likes.”

CNET: Why I don’t trust US VPNs. “Fast cars, Champagne and virtual private networks — some goods are best imported. It’s not about snobbery; it’s about getting the best value for your dime, especially in the case of VPNs. Sure, there are plenty of homegrown US-based VPNs that offer inexpensive subscriptions with which you can game and stream media to your heart’s content. But for those of us seeking out top-notch privacy protection, I’ve become as sure about importing VPNs as I am about the Champagne.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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