Chrome 55 Is Now Available

Chrome 55 is now available. “For those that may not have realized, Google released the latest version of its Chrome browser into the mainstream earlier this week which brought the popular browser up to version 55. The major update includes no less than 36 security fixes which mitigate a variety of issues including XSS (cross-site scripting), same-origin bypass, and buffer overflow vulnerabilities. Notably, 26 of the fixes were contributed by external researchers who were collectively paid a total of more than $64,000 by Google for their efforts.”

OC Register: Woman gets year in prison for false threats made through fake Facebook account

Good grief. From OC Register: Woman sentenced to year in jail for using fake Facebook profile to frame her ex. “A 25-year-old Las Vegas woman pleaded guilty and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail Wednesday for creating a fake Facebook profile to set up an Irvine man with bogus claims of stalking, kidnapping and beating her.”

The Entire EU Is Getting a Bug Bounty Program

Wow: the entire EU is getting a bug bounty program. “Today the European Parliament approved the EU Budget for 2017. The budget sets aside 1.9 million euros in order to improve the EU’s IT infrastructure by extending the free software audit programme (FOSSA) that MEPs Max Anderson and Julia Reda initiated two years ago, and by including a bug bounty approach in the programme that was proposed by MEP Marietje Schaake.”

Next Web: FindLectures is curated database of free, mind-expanding talks

New-to-me, from Next Web: FindLectures is curated database of free, mind-expanding talks. “FindLectures is an effort to centralize the vast quantities of free online lectures and talks into one searchable repository of knowledge. It pulls from a number of reputable sources, including Oxford University, TalksAtGoogle, TED, the Library of Congress, and more. At the time of writing, it boasts a catalog of over 25,968 lectures.”

Kotaku: Why Some Video Games Are In Danger of Disappearing Forever

It’s not all just documents. From Kotaku: Why Some Video Games Are In Danger of Disappearing Forever. “Years of neglect are eroding gaming history. Cartridges rot in garages, companies horde demos that they will never release, and obscure titles fade into the ether. Some games may even be lost forever.”

Facebook Wants to Police Its Livestreams With AI

Facebook wants to police its livestreams with AI. “Facebook is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning.”

TechCrunch: Reddit cracks down on abuse as CEO apologizes for trolling the trolls

Reddit is cracking down on trolls — apparently also including the CEO, who has admitted to troll-like behavior. “Reddit will start issuing warnings, timeouts and permanent bans to its most abusive trolls, but will also limit the content manipulation capabilities of its own CEO after he apologized today for ethical violations that shook the trust of the online community.”