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Home Movies, Mobile Search, Feedly, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, July 4, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

Indiana University: Recently launched home movie collection shows world through Herman B Wells’ eyes. “Among the large collection of Herman B Wells’ personal papers were 23 reels of home movies, their content mostly unknown and unviewed — until recently. The Indiana University Archives and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive collaborated to digitize and make the former IU president’s personal recordings available for viewing online.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Search Engine Journal: Google is Testing a New Design for Mobile Search Results . “Google has been spotted testing a new design for both paid and organic search results. Changes include putting the URL at the top of search cards, fewer ads, and adding more color to organic search cards.”

USEFUL STUFF

Minterest: 11 Reasons Why I Love Feedly — And You Should Too. “Feedly was NOT for everyone as it was basically an RSS reader. But now it’s for everyone. Meaning, it was useful only for those who understand blogs and RSS feeds (and maybe its purpose as well). But not anymore. Because Feedly is now simple and powerful than ever.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Politico: Pro-Trump Twitter operatives market paid tweets. “From the moment he declared his candidacy, President Donald Trump commanded legions of online followers. Now, having helped him win the White House, factions of self-made social media operatives are redirecting their skills and infrastructure to promote other candidates nationwide.”

Met Museum: Plant Bible Revival: The Conservation of a 15th-Century Herbal, Then and Now. “This magnificent 15th-century herbal, which has been in The Met collection for 73 years, was among the most damaged of the 186 books I treated thanks to the generous New York State Grant Program for Conservation and Preservation. This year’s project focused on plant and garden books in the Department of Drawings and Prints. To make this book accessible to the public once again, while also maintaining the integrity of its history and functionality, I developed a customized treatment plan.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Guardian: Facebook can track your browsing even after you’ve logged out, judge says. “A judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ web browsing activity even after they logged out of the social networking site. The plaintiffs alleged that Facebook used the ‘like’ buttons found on other websites to track which sites they visited, meaning that the Menlo Park, California-headquartered company could build up detailed records of their browsing history. The plaintiffs argued that this violated federal and state privacy and wiretapping laws.”

The Inquirer: Google employee data exposed in travel agency breach. “GOOGLE HAS TOLD ITS STAFFERS that a hack on a travel and hospitality firm may have cost them their personal information, and advised them to complain to the Federal Trade Commission and to check their financial statements for any gaping holes.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New York Times: A Way to Own Your Social-Media Data. “The European Union imposed a 2.4 billion euro ($2.7 billion) fine on Google last Tuesday for manipulating its search engine results to favor its own comparison shopping service. It is just the latest institution to recognize the increasing monopolization of the technology industry.”

The Next Web: Extreme internet use linked to mental illness in teens. “More than one-third of 15-year-old children in the UK could be classified as ‘extreme internet users’, or those who are online for more than six hours daily outside of school.”

BetaNews: Google users starting to embrace voice search. “Those people who have started using mobile voice search in the last six months are the most frequent voice adopters, according to news coming out of Google UK. More than four in ten (42 percent) are using it daily, compared to those that started using it more than four years ago, where it’s frequently used by a quarter. According to the report, the adoption curve is ‘getting to a point where brands and agencies need to start taking it seriously.'” Good afternoon, Internet…

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