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Falkland Islands, Google My Business, Wiley, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, August 2, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

MercoPress: Falklands’ government announces the on line Statute Law Database. “The Falkland Islands Government has announced the on-line publication of the laws of the Falkland Islands. A public demonstration of the on-line Statute Law Database will take place in Stanley at the Court and Council Chamber at 5.30pm on Wednesday 2 August 2017. Members of the public may also access a paper copy of the Statute Law Database through the public library.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Search Engine Land: Locadium: a new ‘point solution’ to monitor GMB listings changes. “LocalSEOGuide is releasing a new Google My Business monitoring tool called ‘Locadium.’ It’s conceptually similar to other local listings monitoring services; however it’s exclusively focused on Google My Business (GMB).”

The Bookseller: Wiley launches content sharing across 1,700 journals. “Publisher John Wiley has launched a content sharing initiative across its research portfolio, following a successful four-month trial run earlier this year. A total of 1,700 journals in the Wiley Online Library will offer the facility, which gives authors and subscribers the facility to full-text free-to-read articles with non-subscribers, including via social media and scholarly collaboration networks. The public also gets greater access to the research when following links from selected media outlets, including The Daily Mail, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.”

USEFUL STUFF

Wired: How To Record Calls On Your Smartphone. “Recording a call used to require an external gadget that connected a digital recorder to a desk phone’s base and handset. It’s still one of the most reliable ways to capture a conversation, but it’s not exactly convenient. These days, smartphone apps and cloud services make recording conversations easy and convenient—whether you’re chatting with White House officials or not.” Just don’t do it for evil…

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Search Engine Roundtable: Google’s Top Result For Cure For Cancer Says Carrot Juice Is The Cure. “If you go to Google and search for [cure for cancer] the top organic result basically says doctors are lying and the cure to cancer is drinking carrot juice.”

GovTech: Cities Drowning in Data Turn to ‘Citizen Scientists’. “In the public sector, citizen data scientists range from volunteers to government workers. Dr. Matt Willis, a public health officer for Marin County, Calif., uses citizen data scientists to tackle a range of problems, from finding better ways to manage the county’s emergency services to stemming the exploding opioid epidemic. He’s excited by the potential and says that it’s increasingly important for governments to ‘provide tools that allow people who are not analysts to conduct analytical research.'”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Krebs on Security: New Bill Seeks Basic IoT Security Standards. “Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate today introduced a bill that would set baseline security standards for the government’s purchase and use of a broad range of Internet-connected devices, including computers, routers and security cameras. The legislation, which also seeks to remedy some widely-perceived shortcomings in existing cybercrime law, was developed in direct response to a series of massive cyber attacks in 2016 that were fueled for the most part by poorly-secured ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) devices.”

Haaretz: Historians Struggle as Israel State Archives Deadlocked by Legal Restrictions. “A bitter legal battle between the State Archives and the attorney-general has all but paralyzed the institution, severely handicapping the work of historians, journalists and other users. State Archivist Dr. Yaakov Lazowick recently told historians that service has all but shut down, and warned that researchers seeking material will likely have to wait about two years.”

The Hacker News: Someone Hijacks A Popular Chrome Extension to Push Malware. “Phishers have recently hacked an extension for Google Chrome after compromising the Chrome Web Store account of German developer team a9t9 software and abused to distribute spam messages to unsuspecting users.”

Science Daily: New statistical model examines massive amounts of data to automatically spot anomalies. “With the number of security breaches and cyber-attacks on the rise, cyber-security experts may soon have a new tool in the fight against online threats. Scientists have developed a new statistical method for monitoring networks to automatically detect ‘strange behavior’ and ultimately prevent intrusion.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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