HIPAA Violations, Trail Trees, Google CSE, More: Sunday Buzz, July 30, 2017


US Department of Health and Human Services: HHS Unveils Improved Web Tool to Highlight Recent Breaches of Health Information. “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today launched a revised web tool that puts important information into the hands of individuals, empowering them to better identify recent breaches of health information and to learn how all breaches of health information are investigated and successfully resolved. The HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool (HBRT) features improved navigation for both those looking for information on breaches and ease-of-use for organizations reporting incidents.”

An old article, but the resource is new-to-me: Saving historic American Indian trail trees. “The pecan tree, more than 300 years old, stands out from the others in a forested area of Dallas, a 25-foot segment of its trunk slightly bowed and running almost parallel to the ground before jutting high into the sky. It, like numerous others across the country known as Indian marker trees or trail trees, was bent in its youth by American Indians to indicate such things as a trail or a low-water creek crossing.”


The Google Custom Search Engine blog had a very short update – so short I’m not quoting it here. But the gist is, Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) offerings are being developed for non-profits and schools.

BetaNews: LibreOffice 5.4 adds more new features, improves Office file format compatibility. “The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 5.4 64-bit and LibreOffice 5.4 32-bit. Again, it’s on time, arriving six months after the release of LibreOffice 5.3. LibreOffice 5.4 is ‘the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family’, and like other point releases is a major one, adding features across all components and incrementally improving compatibility with Microsoft Office document formats.”

Temple University: DocumentCloud, an annotation tool for journalists, moves to Klein College at Temple University. ” DocumentCloud, an open-source platform used by thousands of newsrooms to share, analyze and publish documents, will receive $250,000 in new funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to build additional features and develop a payment plan allowing users to support the platform directly.”

USA Today: Today it’s goodbye to Yahoo and Oath for Katie Couric . “The one-time Today host and CBS Nightly News anchor has ended her interview show for Yahoo, which became part of Oath — a new company with 50-plus media and technology brands including, HuffPost, Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Mail — when Verizon closed its acquisition of the media company last month. Couric is expected to work with Oath on individual projects, according to Oath.”


Great stuff as usual from Amit Agarwal: How to Search Google Drive Like a Pro!. “Like Gmail and Twitter, Google Drive supports a plethora of advanced search operators that will help you quickly find the exact file you’ve been looking for. You can use search operators on the Google Drive website and the Drive mobile apps. Chrome users can type in the search bar, press tab and enter the search query.”


Argus Leader (South Dakota): Activist turns archivist: Bruce Danielson preserving city video on YouTube. “A Sioux Falls activist is taking it upon himself to download and archive thousands of city government videos in an effort to make sure they’re always available to the public. The city of Sioux Falls keeps videos on its website of every City Council meeting going back to 2006, when it first started recording them. On the city’s YouTube channel, however, videos are occasionally deleted if they’re deemed no longer relevant.” Say WHAT?

Harvard: Digitization uncovers pre-WWII fossil loan. “Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente held up a piece of ancient amber, peering at the 40-million-year-old insect inside. Preserved whole after being trapped in sap that hardened over millennia, the fierce-looking larva was a favorite: Its image adorned his computer desktop. ‘Looks like a monster, almost — full of spikes,’ Pérez-de la Fuente said. Then he added: ‘It’s going back.'”

New York Times: Crackdown on Online Criticism Chills Pakistani Social Media. “Dr. Faisal Ranjha was examining a patient in the crowded critical-care unit of his hospital in northeastern Pakistan when a federal officer abruptly walked in, seized his cellphone and told him he was under arrest.”


The Next Web: YouTuber who exposed ethical diamond scam is now being sued. “Jacob Avital, the YouTuber who brought the Brilliant Earth diamond scam to the forefront of our collective attention earlier this year, is now being sued in a New York Court. Avital, who you may know as Jacob Worth, was one of the sources in our own Brilliant Earth exposé back in May — and one of the few, of more than a dozen people we spoke with, that elected to go on the record.”

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio governor candidates’ Twitter usage sparks legal questions. “As political campaigns increasingly turn to social media to get their message out, the Twitter activities of two Ohio gubernatorial candidates — a Democrat and a Republican — are generating legal questions seldom if ever raised.” Good morning, Internet…

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