Georgia Mining, India Artists, Delimited Data, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, June 16, 2017


A new collection from the Georgia Archives: Mines, Mining and Geology. “The Mines Mining and Geology Collection contains approximately 4,000 photographs from the State Geologist Photographs and Negative Files, RG 50-2-33. The photographs were taken primarily by S.W. McCallie and R.W. Smith, Georgia State Geologists, and other staff members of the State Geological Survey, later known as the Department of Mines, Mining and Geology. Although a majority of the images are of geological sites, others show old bridges, roads, industrial sites, water wheels, iron works, and gold mines. The bulk of the images were taken between the 1910s and the 1940s. Consequently, this collection documents rather completely the early industrial development of Georgia. These photographs moreover depict the variety of natural beauty of the State.”

Business Standard (India): Government to create database of artists, art forms. “The government’s project of creating a database of artists and art forms spread over six lakh villages in the country will begin soon, a minister said on Thursday…. The minister explained that this mission would focus on data mapping, demography building, formalising processes and bringing the cultural activities under one web-based umbrella for better results.”


BetaNews: Tad is a smarter CSV and data viewer. “Tad is a free cross-platform tool for viewing and analyzing CSV files and tabular data. Open a CSV file and it’s displayed in a simple table. Clicking column headers quickly sorts the data by that field, and you can drag and drop headers to reorder them. ”

Well that didn’t take long. From The Next Web: Hate Twitter’s bubbly’s redesign? This extension gets rid of it. “While I personally don’t mind Twitter’s new look – circles are superior to squares – there’s now a Chrome extension for all those annoyed by the redesign. The aptly named Twitter Debubbler was created by Kai Brueckers and posted on Product Hunt earlier today.”


Duke Magazine: A deep dive into North Carolina’s musical history. “One day while wandering the stacks in the Perkins Library in 1969, Duke student Charlie Bond idly opened a door to what he thought was a closet. It turned out to be a stairwell, blocked at the bottom.”

Harvard Business Review: Marissa Mayer’s Departure from Yahoo and the Challenge of Drawing Lessons from an N of 1. “Although the fall of Yahoo was probably inevitable, our fascination with celebrity leaders has resulted in an extraordinary amount of interest in Marissa Mayer’s recent resignation as CEO, in particular her $23 million golden parachute. Five years ago, her appointment was received with both surprise and hope (an unusual combination), though there was no shortage of critics who predicted her demise. As Steve Jobs once noted, it is always easier to connect the dots when you’re looking backwards. With that luxury in our hands now, here are some critical leadership lessons we can draw from Mayer’s tenure as CEO of Yahoo.”

The Register: Yahoo! cleanup! will! cost! Verizon! half! a! billion! bucks! . “Verizon says it will have to write off $500m for severance and integration costs on its acquisition of Yahoo! The telco told the SEC it would mark down the $500m charge in its next quarterly report as it cuts unneeded staff and offices and mixes the rest in with AOL.”


Richard Salgado’s written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee has turned up on (This link is to a PDF file.) “My name is Richard Salgado. As the Director for Law Enforcement and Information Security at Google, I oversee the company’s response to government requests for user information under various authorities from around the world. This includes requests from authorities in the U.S. under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and pursuant to diplomatic mechanisms such as mutual legal assistance treaties (MLATs) and agreements, and letters rogatory. I am also responsible for working with teams across Google to protect the security of our networks and user data. I have served as a Senior Counsel in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the U.S. Department of Justice, and have taught and lectured on these issues at Georgetown University Law Center, George Mason University Law School, and most recently at Stanford Law School.” This is about eight pages, interesting reading if you’re interested in privacy and data requests to US providers from outside the US.

The Guardian: Revealed: Facebook exposed identities of moderators to suspected terrorists. “Facebook put the safety of its content moderators at risk after inadvertently exposing their personal details to suspected terrorist users of the social network, the Guardian has learned.”


Search Engine Land: Dear Google: 4 suggestions for fixing your massive problem with fake reviews. “If you’re reading this, you already know that fake reviews on Google have been a hot topic lately — and it appears the problem is getting a lot worse, resulting in a huge headache for small business owners. Rather than outlining all the issues and turning this post into a huge rant, I wanted to offer some suggestions that I think would help solve some of the major issues we are seeing in the Local SEO world.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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