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Google My Business, Vimeo, Podcast Clips, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 30, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Search Engine Journal: Google My Business May Offer Premium Features for a Monthly Fee . “Google is sending out surveys to gauge peoples’ interest in paying for access to premium Google My Business features.”

The Verge: Vimeo’s new feature will allow creators to create Smart TV channels. “Vimeo announced (via TubeFilter) that it is releasing a new toolkit called Showcases that will allow creators to show off their videos, including customizable portfolio sites and Smart TV channels.”

USEFUL STUFF

Engadget: Overcast can create clips from any public podcast. “It can be a headache to share a favorite podcast moment with your friends. Unless you’re willing to dive into the file with a media editor, you’ll usually have to share the whole episode and make a note of the time. Overcast, however, might have just made sharing relatively trivial.”

BetaNews: Free test checks website security and PCI DSS compliance. “Good website security is essential to give customers confidence in your business, but for smaller organizations testing can prove difficult. To address this issue, security testing and risk rating company ImmuniWeb is launching a free website security test that can be used by anyone.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

PR Newswire: Anonymous Social Media Network Gabble Adds a New Twist to Social Discussions (PRESS RELEASE). “A twist on social media discussion boards has been launched with the Gabble website and smart phone app… Gabble allows users to connect and interact with their existing Facebook friends, but in anonymity. The concept evolved from the interest in friends and colleagues to be able to discuss sensitive topics without the fear of embarrassment or even potential backlash. ”

SECURITY & LEGAL

CBR Online: Docker Hacked: 190,000 Accounts Breached. “Docker, the company behind an open platform for building and running distributed applications, said on Friday that hackers had breached one of its databases, potentially giving them access to sensitive source code on the external repositories of up to 190,000 different customers.”

CNET: Cloud database removed after exposing details on 80 million US households. “In a blow to consumers’ privacy, the addresses and demographic details of more than 80 million US households were exposed on an unsecured database stored on the cloud, independent security researchers have found. The details included names, ages and genders as well as income levels and marital status. The researchers, led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, were unable to identify the owner of the database, which until Monday was online and required no password to access. Some of the information was coded, like gender, marital status and income level. Names, ages and addresses were not coded.”

Yahoo Finance: U.S. Supreme Court seeks Trump administration views on Google-Oracle copyright feud. “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the Trump administration to offer its views on whether it should hear Google’s bid to end Oracle Corp’s copyright infringement lawsuit involving the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones. The justices are considering whether to take up Google’s appeal of a lower court ruling reviving the lawsuit. Oracle has sought about $9 billion in damages.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MIT News: Better email automation . “YouPS, which is still in a testing phase, lets users write more specific filter rules for incoming emails. Users can add multiple editor tabs, each related to a separate email mode, and they can also write different rules for each mode, so that their inbox behaves differently depending on the current one. You might not want emails from a campus mailing list during a summer vacation, for example, or you might want the option of muting a pesky emailer who sent too many messages within a short period of time.”

Tom’s Guide: If Facebook Wants Our Trust, Mark Zuckerberg Must Resign. “Type ‘Facebook privacy scandal’ into your search engine of choice, and don’t be surprised if you’re prompted to be a little more specific. Incidents where Facebook was too cavalier with user data stretch back years, and while the particulars change from scandal to scandal, the one constant is the guy sitting in the CEO chair.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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