Irish Genealogy, New Jersey Photojournalism, Pittsburgh Symphony, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, March 15, 2017

More free Irish genealogy records! Ancestry is making its Irish records free through Friday. “Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from until March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry World Explorer or All Access paid membership.”


The North Jersey Media Group has started an Instagram account for its vintage photos. “The Record has a rich trove of photos, dating back to the 1800s and we’d like to share them with you.”

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has launched an online archive. “An online Archives Portal… offers visitors the opportunity to explore some of the treasures found in the symphony’s physical archives — from a picture of the 1980s reunion between Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony musicians who performed under his direction as a child prodigy in the 1940 to a searchable database to find the performance history of a particular piece or performer.”


At this point I’m just like “uh-huh.” Search Engine Land: Google launches new effort to flag upsetting or offensive content in search. “Google is undertaking a new effort to better identify content that is potentially upsetting or offensive to searchers. It hopes this will prevent such content from crowding out factual, accurate and trustworthy information in the top search results. ‘We’re explicitly avoiding the term “fake news,” because we think it is too vague,’ said Paul Haahr, one of Google’s senior engineers who is involved with search quality. ‘Demonstrably inaccurate information, however, we want to target.'” Oh, like when Google Maps reports a business as closed for weeks and weeks when it really isn’t? And the owner can’t get it reinstated? THAT kind of demonstrably inaccurate information?

TechCrunch: Facebook’s new “Town Hall” feature helps you find and contact your government reps. “In Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s nearly 6,000-word manifesto published last month, he laid out a number of global ambitions he had for the social network in the days ahead – including one where its users became more ‘civically-engaged’ and voted more often. Now, it seems Facebook has taken its first steps toward making that possible, through a new feature it’s calling ‘Town Hall.'”

Engadget: Facebook admits its image screening fell short. “To say that Facebook has some egg on its face right now would be an understatement. The social network not only didn’t take down some sexualized images of children, but reported the BBC when it drew these images to its attention. However, the company now says it has turned a corner. Facebook’s Simon Milner tells the UK’s Home Affairs Committee that the incident showed the company’s moderation system ‘was not working.’ The offending photos have since been taken down, he says, adding that the process should be fixed.”

From LinkedIn: LinkedIn Profile Photo Tips: Introducing Photo Filters and Editing. “To give you a quick and easy way to enhance and crop your existing photos—yes, even a selfie or group photo—we’ve added photo editing in our mobile app. There are now six photo filters available, and you can also crop and edit the brightness, contrast, saturation and vignette of your LinkedIn profile photo.”

The Next Web: Microsoft releases Teams worldwide to take on Slack. “Following up on its announcement last week, Microsoft has started to roll out Teams, it Slack competitor, to Office 365 users globally.”


TechSpot: Facezam, an app that lets users find your Facebook profile from a photo, will soon arrive in the US. “Remember FindFace, the controversial Russian facial recognition app that’s been hailed as the end of public anonymity? The software can find people’s profiles on Vkontakte, a Facebook-style social media site, from photos taken of them on the street. Now, a new application that works in the same way but using Facebook is about to launch in the US.”

ZDNet: Millions of records leaked from huge US corporate database. “Millions of records from a commercial corporate database have been leaked. The database, about 52 gigabytes in size, contains just under 33.7 million unique email addresses and other contact information from employees of thousands of companies, representing a large portion of the US corporate population.” It’s not clear from the article if this is a hack or a breach or what. Good afternoon, Internet…

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