CNET: Google Celebrates 2022 World Cup With Doodle, New Game

CNET: Google Celebrates 2022 World Cup With Doodle, New Game. “The animated Doodle features a pair of multi-colored cleats practicing their passing skills with a ball as the world turns its attention to the biggest tournament in global football. Fans who want to get into the action themselves can Google ‘World Cup Qatar 2022’ on their mobile device to compete with other fans around the world.”

The Guardian: Twitter fails to delete 99% of racist tweets aimed at footballers in run-up to World Cup

The Guardian: Twitter fails to delete 99% of racist tweets aimed at footballers in run-up to World Cup. “New research shows the platform failed to act on 99 out of 100 racist tweets reported to it in the week before the World Cup…. Of those, 11 used the N-word to describe footballers, 25 used monkey or banana emojis directed at players, 13 called for players to be deported, and 25 attacked players by telling them to ‘go back to’ other countries. Thirteen tweets targeted footballers over their English skills.”

Politico: Don’t download Qatar World Cup apps, EU data authorities warn

Politico: Don’t download Qatar World Cup apps, EU data authorities warn. “A message to football fans from Europe’s data protection chiefs: Qatar’s World Cup apps pose a massive privacy risk, so don’t download them. European data protection regulators have been lining up to warn about the risks posed by Qatar’s World Cup apps for visitors, with Germany’s data protection commissioner being the latest.”

Engadget: World Cup tweets were viewed 115 billion times

Engadget: World Cup tweets were viewed 115 billion times. “Twitter had high hopes that the World Cup would be a big hit on its platform. The previous games in 2014 happened before the platform released video features, but this time around, it secured a deal with the event’s US rights holder Fox Sports, as well as others across the world, for exclusive content like highlight clips and interviews. As the dust settles following the French team’s triumph over underdog Croatia’s squad in Sunday’s final game, Twitter has released its own numbers to give us an idea how the World Cup went for the platform.”

BetaNews: Malware infections drop during World Cup matches — Result!

BetaNews: Malware infections drop during World Cup matches — Result!. “Even if you’re not a soccer/football fan, it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that there’s a World Cup going on in Russia at the moment. We expect big sporting events to be exploited to launch phishing and malware campaigns but researchers at Enigma Software have spotted an interesting new phenomenon — malware infections actually drop on match days.”

CNET: World Cup sees Google Translate use within Russia jump 30%

CNET: World Cup sees Google Translate use within Russia jump 30%. “Fans are making an effort to communicate with Russian locals in their own language during the World Cup, according to Google. Visitors have been using Google Translate to get some of the most useful phrases, and the company has seen a 30 percent increase in Translate use on mobile from within the country, the company said in a statement.”

Joe: You can use this new website to help you find your World Cup twin

Friday Fun from Joe: You can use this new website to help you find your World Cup twin. “A website built by Norwegian newspaper VG lets you find this the easy way. Just upload a photo of yourself – or your mates, or your dog, or a celebrity, or whoever – and it scans through all the players at the tournament, and pulls out your doppelgänger.” I was not struck by any great resemblance when I tried this, but it was amusing.

BetaNews: Fans targeted by phishing campaign as World Cup gets underway

BetaNews: Fans targeted by phishing campaign as World Cup gets underway. “As the FIFA World Cup tournament enters its second week, cybercriminals are using a phishing campaign to trick fans into opening an infected attachment. Emails identified by Check Point attempt to lure would-be victims into downloading a schedule of fixtures and a result tracker, but doing so will prove to be an own goal.”

BetaNews: Keep track of the World Cup with Google

BetaNews: Keep track of the World Cup with Google. “A range of Google services — Search, News, Assistant, Trends and more — have been updated with World Cup-specific bits and pieces to help enhance your enjoyment of the tournament. From match streams and detailed reports to behind-the-scenes footage and tips about where you can watch games, there’s something for every fan here.”

Ars Technica: Facebook, Snapchat could pay millions for World Cup 2018 highlight rights

Ars Technica: Facebook, Snapchat could pay millions for World Cup 2018 highlight rights. “Live sports streaming is a hot commodity for Internet companies, and now some have their sights on the 2018 World Cup. According to a Bloomberg report, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat are looking to obtain online streaming rights for World Cup game highlights. Fox Sports is the exclusive rights holder for the 2018 World Cup, to be hosted by Russia, and those social media websites are reportedly bidding tens of millions of dollars for the rights to stream highlights of games broadcast in the US.”