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SD Newspapers, Civil War History, London Property, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, April 5, 2016

NEW RESOURCES

Two new historical South Dakota newspapers are now available online. “Two Kimball newspapers have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society….The Kimball Enterprise (1883) and the Kimball Graphic (1883-1905) are now both available on Chronicling America.”

The Library of Congress has added some new resources, including two collections of interest to Civil War historians. “The papers of army officer Philip Henry Sheridan (1831-1888) span the years 1853-1896, although the majority of the material dates from 1862 to 1887…. The Nathan W. Daniels Diary and Scrapbook also documents the experience of an officer in the Union army during the Civil War, but in this case a colonel of the 2nd Regiment of the Louisiana Native Guard, an African-American infantry regiment chiefly stationed at Ship Island, Mississippi.”

PropertyWeek has a writeup on a new online database of 10,000 London commercial property leases. “CompStak, which launched in the UK yesterday, already lists the full details of more than 10,000 lettings deals in London. Agents, researchers, and valuers can access the database for free if they contribute to it by uploading packages of information about leasing deals they have worked on.” You’ll need to register for PropertyWeek to read the article. Registration is free.

USEFUL STUFF

Fold3 will be offering free access to its Civil War collection through April 15th.

Wired: How to get your Google Docs footnotes just right.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

I’m sure you’ve heard that Google pulled an app that was put on Google Play by the Taliban. But How did it end up there in the first place? “For years, Google took a more lightweight approach to app reviews – allowing the apps to go live almost immediately without any editorial oversight. But that has since changed. The company announced last March that it had actually begun using algorithms along with an internal team of reviewers to analyze apps for policy violations prior to publishing. It said that apps would be reviewed by this team, hands-on, before the apps go live on Google Play.” Wonder who reviewed that one?

Okay, so Twitter is going to stream Thursday night football? “Twitter Inc., making a strategic push into online programming, won a deal to show Thursday night National Football League games online, a person familiar with the matter said.” I’m not getting that at all…

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

It looks like the personal data of almost 50 million Turkish citizens has been posted online. “The Associated Press on Monday was able to partially verify the authenticity of the leak by running 10 non-public Turkish ID numbers against names contained in the dump. Eight were a match. The leaked database contains 49,611,709 entries and divulged considerable private information, putting people at risk of identity theft and fraud. Entries include data such as national ID numbers, addresses, birthdates and parents’ names.”

Google’s releasing a big Android patch. “Google is releasing the monthly security update for its Nexus Android devices today and with it, it is also announcing a list of the security vulnerabilities it has patched in this release. This month, the update includes patches for eight critical bugs, including one that affects the infamous libstagefright library, which has already seen its fair share of well-publicized vulnerabilities.”

RESEARCH AND OPINION

Wow! almost 80% of social media time is spent on mobile devices? “Roughly 1 in 5 minutes (19 percent) of all digital media time is spent on social sites or in social media apps across the desktop and PC. This exceeds all other categories in the report outside of the composite ‘other.’ And, as the chart above shows, nearly 80 percent of all social media time is spent on mobile.” Good morning, Internet…

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