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Anthony Burrill, Microsoft Store, Slack, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 22, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

Creative Boom: Anthony Burrill launches his graphic ephemera archive to inspire the design community. “Anthony Burrill has launched an online archive this week featuring the graphic ephemera that inspires his process and work, making them available for anyone to download. Full of inspiring print, graphic design, typography and other pieces, it’s a treasure trove for any discerning designer.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: Microsoft changes its policy against the sale of open source software in the Microsoft Store . “Having previously upset software developers by implementing a ban on the sale of open source software in its app store, Microsoft has reversed its decision. The company says that it has listened to feedback — which was vocal and negative — and has updated the Microsoft Stores Policies, removing references to open source pricing. Microsoft has also clarified just why it put the ban in place.”

The Verge: Slack is increasing its prices and making big changes to its free plan. “Slack is putting its prices up in September, alongside some big changes to its free plan. It’s the first price increase since Slack launched in 2014, but will only affect users of Slack’s ‘Pro’ plan. On September 1st, monthly Pro subscriptions will increase from $8 to $8.75 per user per month, and annual Pro subscriptions will increase from $6.67 to $7.25 per user per month.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

New York Times: Fighting a Brutal Regime With the Help of a Video Game. “Opponents of the coup in Myanmar have flocked to a new online game that lets players shoot virtual soldiers while raising money for the real-life resistance.”

Houston Chronicle: ‘Send help’: Texans are venting frustrations about the scorching heat in hilarious TikTok videos. “It’s hot in Texas. It’s so hot that Texans are hilariously taking to TikTok to vent their frustrations about the scorching climate. User Texastori1990’s driveway pavement was so hot that she placed a skillet on it, added oil, a heap of salt and fried an egg. ‘Welcome to Texas,’ she said. ”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Conversation: What do TikTok, Bunnings, eBay and Netflix have in common? They’re all hyper-collectors . “Consumer data is big business. In 2019, a report from digital marketers WebFX showed that data from around 1,400 loyalty programs was routinely being traded across the globe as part of an industry worth around US$200 billion. That same year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s review of loyalty schemes revealed how many of these loyalty schemes lacked data transparency and even discriminated against vulnerable customers. But the digital environment is making data collection even easier.”

TechCrunch: Denmark bans Chromebooks and Google Workspace in schools over data transfer risks. “In a verdict published last week, Denmark’s data protection agency, Datatilsynet, revealed that data processing involving students using Google’s cloud-based Workspace software suite — which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar and Google Drive — ‘does not meet the requirements’ of the European Union’s GDPR data privacy regulations.”

Hackread: APT Groups Trapping Targets with Clever Twitter Scheme. “According to researchers, state-backed [Advanced Persistent Threat] groups are trapping their targets by employing social engineering tactics including posing as Twitter employees and journalists.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Guardian: TikTok is fastest growing news source for UK adults, Ofcom finds. “TikTok is used by 7% of adults for news, according to the UK’s communications watchdog, up from 1% in 2020. The growth is primarily driven by young users, with half of its news followers aged 16 to 24.”

UWM Report: Automated hiring systems could be making the worker shortage worse. “There’s a worker shortage in the United States. As the country recovers from the pandemic, companies are trying to bring their employees back into the workplace but are finding that many of those employees are quitting – a so-called ‘Great Resignation.’ There are many factors behind this worker shortage, but Noelle Chesley thinks there might be one going overlooked: the use of automated hiring systems to fill those open positions.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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