Diverse Organization of Firms, Google Street View, Windows Updates, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 11, 2020


PR Newswire: Black-Owned CPA and Financial Services Firms Announce New Name and Brand (PRESS RELEASE). ” A 35-year-old association of Black-owned certified public accountant (CPA) and financial services firms will reveal its new organizational brand and firm-searchable website on November 12, 2020 at Noon. The Diverse Organization of Firms (DOF) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit association whose active members are Black and other minority owners of licensed CPA and financial services firms.”


9to5 Google: Google tests ‘Driving Mode’ that lets you add Street View images without 360-degree camera. “This new feature was spotted by a user over on Reddit, and it looks as though ‘Driving Mode’ lets you mount your phone to your in-car dashboard, your journey will then be recorded and uploaded to the Street View online database without you needing a fancy roof-rack 360-degree camera.”

BetaNews: Microsoft releases patch for Windows zero-day flaw found by Google. “Hacklers were taking advantage of a Windows Kernel Cryptography Driver security flaw (CVE-2020-117087) to gain elevated privileges in Windows 7, 8, and 10, as well as Windows Server 2008 and higher. As part of yesterday’s Patch Tuesday release, Microsoft has now issued a fix for the vulnerability.”

Android Police: 🍕Google adds and 60 more ‘.new’ domain shortcuts🍕. “It’s been two years since Google started introducing .new domain shortcuts to speed the creation of Drive documents, and one year since it opened the .new TLD to third-party companies. As more and more shortcuts joined the fold, Google published a directory of all domains, which stood at a little less than 200 in July. Now they’re up to 250 approximately, with some useful and other questionable additions.”


Gadget Hacks: Quickly View Every Link You’ve Ever Opened on Your Instagram Account. “Where you tapped the link from doesn’t matter — it could have been from somebody’s bio on their profile, a sponsored post or story, or even a private direct message someone sent you. It will all show up in your history. To find a particular link, you can browse the hidden list of links and open it. And if you’re uncomfortable with Instagram saving a history of all your opened links, you can clear a specific link or the entire log.”


Xinhua: Digitalization used to bring back Dunhuang’s cultural relics. “Chinese researchers plan to digitalize cultural relics that were taken overseas from the famed Mogao Grottoes more than a century ago. The relics excavated from the Library Cave in Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes will be digitalized, Luo Huaqing, deputy director of the Dunhuang Academy, said at an academic conference on Saturday.”

CNN: TikTok exec says she ‘misspoke’ in hearing about the app censoring Xinjiang content. “TikTok censored videos related to incidents in Xinjiang to avoid promoting conflict, an executive at the short-form video app told UK lawmakers this week. [This is the statement referred to when Ms. Kanter says she misspoke.] The statement came during a hearing held Thursday by the United Kingdom’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, which grilled Elizabeth Kanter, the company’s director of government relations and public policy for UK, Ireland and Israel, over TikTok’s links to China.”


ABC 7 Chicago: Illinois Facebook users can file claims as part of class action lawsuit settlement for up to $400. “Facebook users in Illinois can now apply to collect from a settlement stemming from a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed over Facebook’s collection and storing of biometric data of Illinois users without proper consent. As part of the $650 million settlement, claimants may be eligible for payments of between $200-$400, depending on the number of valid claims filed.”

The Guardian: Vatican enlists bots to protect library from onslaught of hackers. “The Vatican Apostolic Library, which holds 80,000 documents of immense importance and immeasurable value, including the oldest surviving copy of the Bible and drawings and writings from Michelangelo and Galileo, has partnered with a cyber-security firm to defend its ambitious digitisation project against criminals. The library has faced an average of 100 threats a month since it started digitising its collection of historical treasures in 2012, according to Manlio Miceli, its chief information officer.”


Phys .org: Character count per line of digital text found to affect reading speed. “A trio of researchers at the University of Minnesota has found that the character count per line of digital text on small display devices can have a negative impact on reading speed. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nilsu Atilgan, Ying-Zi Xiong, and Gordon Legge describe experiments they conducted with volunteers reading passages on different types of devices and what they found.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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