Kaspersky Still Has Some Issues

(Why am I reading about antivirus software in Forbes? I’m not objecting, mind you; it’s just weird to follow a string about Kaspersky and Google and so forth and find out it ends at Forbes.) Apparently there are still a bunch of issues with Kaspersky anti-virus software. “We’ve written before about how antivirus software is not only resource-intensive but in some cases can make you less secure because it can be hacked itself. Now there’s new evidence that Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus software contains bugs which could be remotely exploited in targeted attacks, as Thomas Fox-Brewster reported yesterday. Some of these bugs are detailed in a blog post written by information security engineer Tavis Ormandy, a member of Google’s Project Zero vulnerability research team.”

Academia.edu Spam?

I get notifications regularly about new posts on Academia.edu. Unfortunately in the last few days I’ve also gotten two hits on spam uploads. Anybody else seen these? Here’s the direct link to one of them with the screenshot below. (And if I’m wrong and this is not spam, please let me know that too… don’t like to falsely accuse things of being spam….)

New Periscope Makes Screenshotting More Social

Periscope has a new version that makes screenshotting more social. “A new version of Periscope popped up on the App Store today that allows viewers to share screenshots that they take during your stream. Additionally a little screenshot icon will show up in chat letting you and everyone else know that a screenshot has been taken. It’s basically Periscope’s version of a ‘retweet.’”

Minnesota Military Museum Building Veteran Registry

The Minnesota Military Museum is trying to build an online registry of Minnesota veterans. This includes veterans who were either born in Minnesota or who have lived in Minnesota. “Anyone can submit a Minnesota veterans story and pictures of veterans from the Civil War to today to the registry. This service is free of charge and part of the mission of the Military Museum to preserve records of Minnesota Veterans service and to preserve the artifacts related to their service for future generations.”

Database of Medical Cases and Relevant 3D Anatomical Models

In development (hopefully; it has to get funding) – a database of medical cases along with commensurate 3D models of relevant anatomy. “Doctors have already been taking advantage of 3D printed models of body organs and bones, as they are affordable and can be completely customized to the exact specifications of the patient. These models not only help the doctors practice surgeries, they can also be used to improve diagnoses and training for new doctors. The main advantage that [Gabriel] Maza’s design brings to the table, is that theoretically doctors from nearly anywhere in the world could access the same database and contribute to a growing body of knowledge that is not limited by geographical borders or any single doctor’s previous experiences. And, even if hospitals and research labs were not able to collaborate internationally, the database could even benefit individual hospitals by connecting doctors from various specialties.”

US Senate Backs Down on Datashare Demand

The US Senate has backed down on a social data sharing demand. “The U.S. Senate has scrapped a controversial proposal to force social media firms like Facebook…and Twitter…to notify the government about users who discuss terrorism. The plan, which was intended as a national security measure, had been attacked as both vague and an attack on free speech.”

Twitter Redesigning Follow, Tweet Buttons

Twitter is redesigning its Follow and Tweet buttons. “The new icons remove the share count displayed next to the button and flatten its overall look. As part of the update Twitter will be closing down the share count API, so developers can’t create unofficial buttons with the share count displayed next to them.” Twitter shutting down an API? Oh how shocking. By the way, TNW, to which I’m linking, always has the best URLs. They’re like snarky little easter eggs.

Mapping the Northern Lights With Twitter

Interesting: Mapping the Northern Lights with Twitter. “In the study, the use of Twitter as a measure of auroral activity is investigated for the first time. According to the researchers, studies have shown that Twitter users can provide real-time information about large-scale events and disasters such as earthquakes, influenza outbreaks and wildfires. The researchers’ study collates tweets and investigates the possibility of Twitter for both real-time analysis and mapping of an aurora, as has been done with other large-scale events such as natural disasters. “

Beyond the Browser: Opera Rebrands

Opera has rebranded and just keeps on trucking. “As the company notes in its announcement, Opera Software may have started out as a browser vendor, but it now offers a far wider range of products and it wants its new brand to reflect that. Opera Mediaworks, the company’s ad business, now reaches 1.1 billion people per month. The company’s apps reach 350 million users across all of the supported platforms. The company also recently acquired Bemobi, a subscription service for premium apps, and VPN service SurfEasy.”

The Washington Post Launches Instant Articles on Facebook

The Washington Post has launched Instant Articles on Facebook. “The Washington Post today became the first new partner to launch on Facebook’s Instant Articles platform. The Post will send 100% of its stories to Facebook so that all Washington Post content can be formatted as Instant Articles, giving readers a lightning-fast user experience for reading, sharing and commenting within the Facebook iOS app.”

Professor Receives Award for Indoor Mapping Research

So glad this aspect of mapping is getting more attention. Syracuse University assistant professor Dr. Yun Huang is getting an award from Google to continue research on indoor mapping. “Improving awareness about and potential uses of facilities to enhance learning is the basis for Dr. Huang’s concept for creating a system to better map indoor environments, capabilities, and resources, she said. In developing the idea, she wondered how much people know about and understand the unique details of their indoor environments, as well as being aware of all the resources that are available in their surroundings, such as the centers and buildings where they work and study on a daily basis, she explained.” Speaking from a commercial perspective, it’s also important to retailers, as you can only do so much with signage, and if you overdo it people get sign-blind.

GMail Makes It Easier to Block Addresses

GMail is making it easier to block people you don’t want to hear from. “Sometimes you get mail from someone who’s really disruptive. Hopefully it doesn’t happen often—but when it does, you should be able to say, ‘Never see messages from this person again.’ That’s why you can now block specific email addresses in Gmail—starting today on the web, and over the next week on Android. Future mail will go to the spam folder (and you can always unblock in Settings).”

QZ On the SEP

QZ has a nice writeup on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. “The internet is an information landfill. Somewhere in it—buried under piles of opinion, speculation, and misinformation—is virtually all of human knowledge. But sorting through the trash is difficult work. Even when you have something you think is valuable, it often turns out to be a cheap knock-off. The story of how the SEP is run, and how it came to be, shows that it is possible to create a less trashy internet—or at least a less trashy corner of it.”