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Tibetan Buddhist Texts, Danny Sullivan, Facebook, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, June 27, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

Lion’s Roar: Tsadra Foundation launches online library of Tibetan texts. “The Tsadra Foundation has launched a new website that offers free access to hundreds of Tibetan Buddhist texts. The foundation, a New York-based nonprofit, seeks to support the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism, taking inspiration from the Tibetan teacher Jamgön Kongtrul.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Danny Sullivan, who has been part of the search engine news world since about day 1, is putting a different hat on. “After 21 years running sites about and covering digital and search marketing, it’s time for a change. I’m becoming an advisor to Third Door Media, a shift from my position as chief content officer. Third Door Media is the company that I cofounded with our CEO Chris Elwell, VP of programming Chris Sherman and VP of sales Sean Moriarty. It publishes our Search Engine Land, Marketing Land, Digital Marketing Depot and MarTech Today sites and produces our SMX: Search Marketing Expo and MarTech conferences.”

Facebook: Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube Announce Formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. “Today, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are announcing the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which will help us continue to make our hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists.”

Nonprofit Quarterly: GuideStar Removes Banners Flagging “Hate Groups”—But Why?. “Two weeks ago, NPQ wrote about the fact that GuideStar had flagged 46 nonprofits as hate groups on its site by way of a banner advising that they were so designated by Southern Poverty Law Center. Evidently, it was unprepared for the backlash.”

CNBC: Amazon is planning to rival Google with a service that translates languages. “Amazon already has machine-translation technology that it uses across the company to do things like provide product information in multiple languages. Now, the company is preparing to make it available through Amazon Web Services, said a source familiar with the matter. Amazon could announce the service before its annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas in November.”

USEFUL STUFF

Digital Trends: Turn Your Chromebook Into A Killer Workstation With The Best Android Apps On Chrome OS. “Google opened up its Chrome OS platform a while back, bringing its massive Android ecosystem to the ultra-light operating system. That means you can install Android apps on your Chromebook, that light, little thing running on a modified version of the Chrome browser. That’s over 2.5 million apps! With that in mind, we went ahead and sorted through the Google Play store for the best Chrome OS Android apps currently available.”

Salon: 11 online summer camps to keep kids busy (and learning) while school’s out. “Virtual summer camps — where kids head to the computer instead of the pool or park — are a thing now. But don’t worry: These aren’t the solitary, sedentary, screen-centered experiences you fear. Plenty of virtual summer camps offer kids the chance to make projects, investigate ideas, and explore the world. And many are free.”

Entrepreneur: How to Create a Snapchat Geofilter in 15 Minutes. “My goal in this article is to teach everyone who is passionate about social media how to create a Snapchat geofilter in 15 minutes. The best part is that I’m going to explain how you can create a Snapchat geofilter for dirt cheap to grow exposure for your business or personal event with this funky overlay.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Nikkei Asian Review: South Korean antitrust agency moving to control Google, Facebook. “South Korea’s antitrust watchdog is joining a global trend to regulate internet companies such as Google and Facebook over their indiscreet collection of information on the web, with the aim of limiting any monopoly they might have on the use of big data.”

OTHER STUFF I THINK IS COOL

A cute display from the New York Academy of Medicine:
How to Pass Your O.W.L.s at Hogwarts: A Prep Course
. “This collection celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by showcasing rare books and objects dating back to the fifteenth century that reveal the history behind many of the creatures, plants and other magical elements that appear in the Harry Potter series—from mandrakes to basilisks to Nicholas Flamel and the philosopher’s stone itself. The collection is organized as a fictional study aid for Hogwarts students preparing for their important wizardry exams, the O.W.L.s., with content relating to seven Hogwarts courses.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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