Barbara Hepworth, Texas Ephemera, Avaddon Ransomware, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 12, 2021


Google Blog: Meet Barbara Hepworth, her art and life with Google Arts & Culture. “Barbara Hepworth was one of the most important artists of the 20th century, and on this day in 1964 she unveiled her iconic sculpture Single Form at the United Nations in New York City. The piece is a dedication to her friend, UN Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjöld. To mark the decade since the opening of her namesake gallery — the Hepworth Wakefield — Google Arts & Culture’s latest collaboration brings the largest retrospective of Hepworth’s work online, for audiences everywhere to explore.”

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission announced a new collection on Facebook. From the post: “The State Archives is pleased to present a new collection available online! The Broadsides and printed ephemera collection consists of approximately 700 documents related to Texas and United States history.”


Bleeping Computer: Avaddon ransomware shuts down and releases decryption keys. “The Avaddon ransomware gang has shut down operation and released the decryption keys for their victims to This morning, BleepingComputer received an anonymous tip pretending to be from the FBI that contained a password and a link to a password-protected ZIP file.”

ESPN: New partnership will allow college athletes to earn money from content posted on Twitter. “A company that has partnered with dozens of college athletic departments on name, image and likeness programming announced a deal with Twitter on Thursday that will allow athletes to monetize video posts on the social media platform. In less than a month, several state laws will go into effect that will make it possible for college athletes to be paid for endorsements, sponsorship deals and personal appearances.”

Gizmodo: Reddit Declares War on Christmas, Ends Secret Santa. “Yesterday, admins made the baffling and infuriating announcement that Reddit is shutting down the beloved Secret Santa platform Reddit Gifts after the 2021 holiday season. Christmas Reddit, under assault. All Stonks Day, every day, forever. Wrapping paper, smoldering atop on a single lump of Reddit coal.”


CNET: Apple AirTags can be used to track you. Here’s how to make that stop. “AirTags use a combination of sensors, wireless signals and Apple’s extensive Find My network to help people locate lost items. Apple built in several safeguards to prevent the devices from being used to track people — an industry first. However, many have noted that those protections may not be enough to protect victims.”


Artforum: Tell The World: Hanan Toukan And Adila Laïdi-hanieh On The Palestinian Museum. “The Palestinian Museum sits nestled among the fertile hills of the West Bank in the university town of Birzeit, several miles north of Ramallah…. To further explore the role museums can play in reclaiming narratives of dispossession, Artforum invited scholar Hanan Toukan and the museum’s director, Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, to talk about building an institution under colonialism. The conversation took place in May amid Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.”

NBC News: Pastor battles human smugglers on Facebook. “[Gustavo] Banda’s alarm about human smugglers promoting their services on social media is echoed by the Tech Transparency Project, a research group within the nonprofit watchdog Campaign for Accountability…. This week, the group published a report, previewed exclusively by NBC News, highlighting the extent to which Facebook and WhatsApp are used to organize human smuggling across the southern border.”


World Trademark Review: Innovation at the German Patent and Trademark Office: spotlight on cutting-edge tools and services . “In exclusive insights, the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) reveals the innovative non-core tools and services that it offers trademark users, including developments of its digital tools and collaboration with other national IP offices.”

Business Insider: How Apple, Google, and Microsoft reacted to Trump-era DOJ subpoenas and requests for data on political rivals and journalists. “Some of the world’s biggest tech companies – including Google, Apple, and Microsoft – received subpoenas or other record requests for information held by accounts belonging to the press, members of Congress, their staff members, or their families. This is how each company reacted to those legal requests.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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