Design Card Decks, California Groundwater Projects, Snapchat, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, August 10, 2022


Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Design Card Decks for Ideation and Exploration Web Archive. “The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Design Card Decks for Ideation and Exploration Web Archive, curated by librarians at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Card decks are used in design fields as a game-based methodology for ideation and stakeholder participatory collaboration.”

California Department of Water Resources: DWR Launches New Web-Based Mapping Tool Showing Nearly 3,000 Groundwater Sustainability Projects. “The California Groundwater Projects Tool is an interactive mapping tool that allows users to explore a database of nearly 3,000 projects initiated in California over the last decade to protect groundwater resources.”


CNET: Snapchat Now Lets Parents See Who Their Kids Are Messaging. “Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, launched a set of parental control tools on Tuesday that allow adults to see who their children are contacting on the messaging app.”

PC Magazine: Google’s ‘Read Along’ Learning Tool Now Available on the Web. “The app, which is supposed to help children learn how to read, has been exclusive to Android since it was released in India in 2019. (It was called Bolo at the time; Google changed the name for its global launch in 2020.) Now it’ll finally be available to kids without Android devices.”


Hongkiat: 20 Desktop Tools to Generate & Manage Passwords – Best Of. “Here are 20 desktop tools to generate and manage passwords. From ‘one password for all accounts to generating hundreds of passwords in seconds, these tools offer a gamut of features to benefit from. Let’s check the full list below.”


Lifehacker: Do You Need Locket, the Latest Trendy Photo-Sharing App?. “The latest hot photo-sharing app, Locket, recently raised $12.5 million in funding, making it potentially worth checking out even though it’s still relatively unknown. After launching on New Year’s Day this year, it did rack up over 20 million downloads, but it’s still nowhere as well-known as its peers, Instagram or BeReal…. But what makes Locket different?”

SF Gate: Google says data center ‘electrical incident’ unrelated to Monday’s Google outage. “Three electricians who were transported to a local hospital with burn injuries after an arc flash outside a Google data center are now in stable condition, according to a Google spokesperson.”


Ars Technica: Twitter says Musk’s spam analysis used tool that called his own account a bot. “Twitter yesterday slammed Elon Musk’s response to the company’s lawsuit in a 127-page filing in the Delaware Court of Chancery that says Musk’s claims are “contradicted by the evidence and common sense.” Twitter’s court filing also said Musk’s spam analysis relied on a tool that once called his own Twitter account a likely bot.”

Bleeping Computer: Thousands of hackers flock to ‘Dark Utilities’ C2-as-a-Service. “Security researchers found a new service called Dark Utilities that provides an easy and inexpensive way for cybercriminals to set up a command and control (C2) center for their malicious operations.”

PC Magazine: South Korea Will Investigate Google, Apple Over In-App Payments (Again). “South Korea will once again investigate Google and Apple over their in-app payment policies. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) says it’s launching an investigation into the companies—as well as the One Store marketplace that recently expanded(Opens in a new window) beyond South Korea—to ‘identify violations of prohibited acts by app market operators” within the country.'”


Knowledge At Wharton: Who Is Falling for Fake News?. “New research from Wharton’s Ken Moon and Senthil Veeraraghavan recommends a data-driven solution for social media platforms to deal with fake news.”

Engadget: People spent much less time watching gaming streams this spring, report says. “The number of hours streamed and watched across Twitch, YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming have dropped significantly over the last year, according to the latest Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet report on the landscape of livestreaming. Between April and June, streamers on the three platforms were live for 273 million hours. That’s down 19.4 percent from Q2 2021 and 12 percent from the previous quarter.” Good morning, Internet…

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