Georgia Newspapers, Kentucky Suffrage, Google Play, More: Sunday Buzz, July 16, 2017


Digital Library of Georgia: New website devoted to Georgia historic newspapers available from the Digital Library of Georgia. “The [Georgia Historic Newspapers site] includes some of the state’s earliest newspapers; important African-American, Roman Catholic, and Cherokee newspapers; and issues from Augusta, Atlanta, Columbus, Fayetteville, Houston county, Louisville, Thomson, Sandersville, Waycross, and Waynesboro. The latest additions bring the total number of newspaper pages available free online through the DLG to 825,000 pages.”

In development: an online archive about Kentucky suffrage. “It’s hard to live in Lexington long without learning something about Henry Clay, the 19th century statesman, and Cassius Marcellus Clay, the colorful anti-slavery activist. But you may not know this: When American women were demanding equal rights in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Clay cousins’ female descendants were leading the charge.”


BetaNews: Google Play Music ‘New Release Radio’ will keep you in the know on the newest tunes. “Lately I have been trying to leverage technology to keep up with new releases, especially from my favorite genre, Hip-Hop/Rap. There is a free app called ‘Record Bird’ that alerts me to some new music — it is OK, but it is not perfect. If you are a user of Google Play Music, however, I am happy to say that there is a new tool for discovering the latest tunes. Called ‘New Release Radio,’ it will create a specialized playlist of new music that you might like. Since this is Google, it works by tracking your listening habits, of course.”

Fortune: Facebook’s New Camera Feature Lets You Create Your Own GIFs. “Some Facebook users will now be able to create their own GIFs using the camera function in the social networking giant’s app. Facebook is testing a built-in GIF creator in its iOS app with some users. The website The Next Web was the first to spot the app update on Friday, noting that the function lets you create short, looping GIFs that last just a few seconds.”


Open Source: LinkArchiver automatically submits links to the Internet Archive. “The internet is forever, except when it isn’t. “Link rot”—where once-valid links to websites become broken over time as pages move or sites go offline—is a real problem for people who try to do research online. The Internet Archive helps solve this problem by making submitted content available in the ‘Wayback Machine.’ The difficulty, of course, is getting people to remember to submit links for archival.”


The Nation (Kenya): Social media sites to delete hate mongers’ accounts in a day. “Kenyans using social media to disseminate political content have been warned against using language that amounts to hate speech, ethnic contempt, incitement to violence, harassment, or defamation. Administrators of social media platforms are required to moderate conversations and steer them from dangerous waters. However, if messages fit into the State’s definition of ‘undesirable’ content, sites will be required to take action.” Telegram blocks terror content after Indonesia threatens ban. “The encrypted messaging app Telegram is forming a team of moderators who are familiar with Indonesian culture and language so it can remove ‘terrorist-related content’ faster, its co-founder said Sunday, after Indonesia limited access to the app and threatened a total ban.”


Tom’s Guide: Major Verizon Data Breach: What to Do Now. “Have you called Verizon customer service in 2017? Better change your account personal identification number (PIN), if you have one.”

Krebs on Security: Porn Spam Botnet Has Evil Twitter Twin. “Last month KrebsOnSecurity published research into a large distributed network of apparently compromised systems being used to relay huge blasts of junk email promoting “online dating” programs — affiliate-driven schemes traditionally overrun with automated accounts posing as women. New research suggests that another bot-promoting botnet of more than 80,000 automated female Twitter accounts has been pimping the same dating scheme and ginning up millions of clicks from Twitter users in the process.”


The Next Web: Parents, social media isn’t turning your kids into robots. “Most parents have concerns about their kid’s social media usage, but they shouldn’t worry about their brain cells frying. Under the hoodー kids are using social to better themselves. Kids are running their own profitable slime businesses on Instagram, honing their dancing skills on, showcasing their artistic talents on YouTube, and so much more.”

Digital Trends: Facebook Celebrates World Emoji Day by Showing How Many Are Shared Each Day. “July 17 is World Emoji Day — and to celebrate, Facebook decided to find out exactly which emojis are used most around the world. After all, Facebook is responsible for 60 million emojis every day — and that’s excluding the five billion used on Messenger every day.”

Wired: AI And ‘enormous Data’ Could Make Tech Giants Harder To Topple. “ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER record-breaking AI research study released by Google—this time with results that are a reminder of a crucial business dynamic of the current AI boom. The ecosystem of tech companies that consumers and the economy increasingly depend on is traditionally said to be kept innovative and un-monopolistic by disruption, the process whereby smaller companies upend larger ones. But when competition in tech depends on machine learning systems powered by huge stockpiles of data, slaying a tech giant may be harder than ever.” Good morning, Internet…

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