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Trimdon, Folklore, Climate, More: Friday Buzz, October 16th, 2015

NEW RESOURCES

The Trimdon mining communities in the UK have a new online archive of photos. “The images, which span from the late 19th century to the 1990s, provide a visual history of Trimdon Village, Trimdon Grange, Trimdon Colliery, Trimdon Station and Deaf Hill, portraying residents at work and leisure.”

The Library of Congress has launched an online archive of the Lomax Family Manuscripts. “The American Folklife Center today launched the online publication of the Lomax Family manuscripts, with access to 25,000 pages created primarily by folklorist Alan Lomax during the 1940s and 1950s. . More than 350,000 pages from the 100 archival collections documenting the work of John A. Lomax Sr., Ruby Terrill Lomax, Alan Lomax, Bess Lomax Hawes and John A. Lomax Jr. will become available to the public during the next year.”

Now available: an online database of climate initiatives. “The 184 initiatives to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions involve more than 20,700 participants, according to the site. Of these initiatives, more than 25 relate to energy supply and nearly 50 related to renewable energy. Of the participants, half represent subnational governments and about a fourth represent companies. Users can browse the database by country or initiative, as well as search based on type of initiative or keywords.”

TWEAKS & UPDATES

Facebook has some new features for businesses available. “Some of the features include a shopping section on businesses’ Facebook pages; ‘Carousel’ advertisements that allow retailers to display multiple products in a Facebook user’s News Feed; and the addition of a dedicated shopping channel to the sidebar navigation in Facebook’s mobile apps.”

Bing is now offering recipe badges. “Look for the chef’s hat badge on the bottom left corner of any Bing recipe image search and you’ll know there’s a recipe available. This badge has a number on it indicating how many websites offer the recipe which includes that specific image. Once you click on the badge you’ll be shown the list of sites that link to the recipe and instructions.”

Yahoo has launched a new Mail app (PRESS RELEASE) along with a new “Account Key” feature. “In addition to speed, smarts and support for multiple mailboxes, the new app marks the introduction of Yahoo Account Key – a more secure and simple alternative to the old password. This new feature simplifies the sign-in process with a secure and easy-to-use interface to access a Yahoo account with the tap of a button.” The new Account Key feature looks like a push notification. You can get more information about it on Yahoo’s Tumblr.

USEFUL STUFF

A new online tool rates how “polite” your e-mails are and makes recommendations. (Don’t swear so much. Thank you.) This LaughingSquid article has several examples of how it works.

Always feel weird when I connect to BuzzFeed. Anyway, 17 Things You Didn’t Know Google Chrome Could Do. A couple of these are addons. The Chrome “task manager” comes in really handy when you’ve accidentally spawned a HellTab. (HellTab. Is that a real word? Have I been playing too much Diablo II?)

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

LinkedIn has updated its transparency report. “Report preview: We received 112 requests from 7 countries (Bulgaria, Canada, France, India, Spain, UK and the U.S.) in this reporting period, seeking information pertaining to 161 member accounts. That reflects a small increase over the 100 requests received in the prior reporting period.”

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

About twenty seconds after Adobe released a bunch of patches, there’s word of a new zero-day vulnerability. There is no patch. The only thing you can do right now is disable Flash. That’s what I recommend. And when Adobe releases a patch — leave Flash disabled. I trust Adobe to secure their product like I trust my cat to make scrambled eggs.

German police are telling parents to stop posting pictures of their kids on Facebook. “…on a more serious note, Hagen Police warned that such photos were open to use by bullies or paedophiles. The appeal stressed the importance of valuing the child’s privacy. Spokesman Tino Schafer said that at the very least, parents should ensure that their privacy settings should be adjusted to prevent strangers from looking at the pictures.” And of course you could also ask your kids about how they feel about having their pictures posted.

Healthcare.gov has finally announced support for Do-Not-Track. “Last week, officials with healthcare.gov announced plans to improve privacy across the service, including a new privacy policy, easy privacy controls for users, and a commitment to honoring the Do Not Track header.” Good morning, Internet…

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