MakeUseOf: How to Download Periscope Videos. “Periscope is one of the most widely adopted live streaming services. Whether you use it for broadcasting events or something more personal, the Twitter-owned platform is a solid option. Unfortunately, Periscope is far from perfect. It can be unreliable during streams and, more importantly, there’s no obvious way to download Periscope videos for offline viewing. However, there are some third-party alternatives available to help you download Periscope broadcasts. And in this article we’ll show you the best ways to download Periscope videos.”
TechCrunch: YouTube revamps its strike system to include a one-time warning, consistent penalties. “YouTube today announced a significant change to its strike system — the penalty system used when YouTube’s reviewers identify a video has violated the site’s Community Guidelines. These strikes could be issued against videos containing nudity or sexual content, violent or graphic content, harmful or dangerous content, hateful content, threats, spam, scams or misleading metadata. In the past, YouTube’s penalties have been criticized for being unevenly applied and for being less than transparent — something YouTube now wants to change.” This is a nice idea, but wasn’t it just in the past week that YouTube banned channels playing Pokemon Go because it was accidentally flagged as salacious content? Oh yeah, it was February 18.
ScienceDaily: Pottery reveals America’s first social media networks . “Long before Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and even MySpace, early Mississippian Mound cultures in America’s southern Appalachian Mountains shared artistic trends and technologies across regional networks that functioned in similar ways as modern social media, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.”
SFGate: Your friends’ social media posts are making you spend more money, researchers say. “…a team of American and Canadian economists have proposed a new explanation for the declining savings rate, one rooted in individual psychology. At its heart lies a simple observation: Personal spending is a lot more visible to others than not spending. Changes in the media landscape have made other people’s spending more visible than ever. That, in turn, is making all of us spend even more – and save even less.”
Radio Praha: Czechs Go Global With Poetry Social Network. “A free global network for poets and poetry lovers, developed in the Czech Republic, has recently been launched in the United States. Called Poetizer, it allows its users to publish and share their poems and aims to serve as an alternative to the existing social platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. The site was originally founded in 2017 as a mobile app and currently covers some 120 countries with over 65,000 poems written by its users.”
Motor1: Motorsport Stats Launches The World’s Largest Free Results Database. “From today, motor racing fans with a thirst for knowledge will find the new Motorsport Stats Results service the ideal destination to fuel their passion. What’s special or unique about this new offering? Every season, Motorsport Stats companies collect a rich stream of data and results from more than 2,500 motor racing events from leading circuit world championships on two wheels and four, to off-road series from rally and motocross. Motorsport Stats’ capability to collect racing results at a rate of 50 events every weekend across time zones has led to the development of the world’s foremost repository of racing intelligence. And from today, the best of this data will be made freely available in the world’s largest multi-series racing results service.”
Threatpost: New GandCrab Decryptor Unlocks Files of Updated Ransomware. “Yet another free decryptor is available for GandCrab ransomware victims. The tool, released Tuesday, is the third decryptor update in the past year that thwarts the prolific and fast-evolving GandCrab ransomware.”