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Ireland Census, Australia Newspapers, Facebook, More: Tuesday Evening Buzz, August 15, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

TechCentral: New website gives fresh view of Census 2016 data. “Geographic information services provider Esri Ireland, Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have launched a new website that visualises statistical information gathered during the 2016 census….Data can be visualised in map form across 31 administrative counties, 95 municipal districts, 3,409 electoral divisions and 18,641 small areas.”

National Library of Australia: Portraits Of Port Adelaide . “The citizens of Port Adelaide now have a stronger presence in Trove, with the addition of five digitised newspaper titles focusing on the region. Support for this digitisation was achieved through a partnership with urban development agency Renewal SA and the State Library of South Australia, bringing the total of South Australian newspapers titles in Trove to 120.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link. “Facebook is rolling out a ‘Trending News’ section on mobile that includes its own link in the app’s main navigation. This follows the company’s earlier announcement this spring of a redesign for Trending Topics, an increasingly important part of Facebook’s social network, where it tracks the news stories that are buzzing across its service.”

USEFUL STUFF

Quartz: How to watch the Great American Eclipse live, no matter where you are in the world. “Anyone living in the continental US will be able to see the partial eclipse at some point during the day on Aug. 21. If you don’t live in the path of totality (the 70 mile-wide area where the total eclipse will be visible) or live outside the US, you can still get a great view from dozens of live streams. Don’t worry, it’s completely safe to watch video feeds of the eclipse.”

CNET: How to use Google Allo on your computer . “That’s right, you can put down your phone and carry on your regular conversations on your computer. Perhaps more importantly, that also means you can chat with Google Assistant on any computer through Allo. Similar to using Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant lets you set reminders, ask for GIFs, jokes, receive news and weather updates. Instead of using your voice though, you will type those requests right into Allo.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Mic: These are the dozens of movements underway to remove Confederate monuments. Help us identify more.. “So far, Mic has identified 25 movements in 2017 that have removed or are pushing to remove specific Confederate monuments. Many of these efforts began or were renewed in the days since the violence in Charlottesville. That includes online petitions, in-person protests, moves by city officials and other efforts to remove memorials. At least eight Confederate monuments have been removed from public land in 2017 alone (a ninth was relocated from public land in one Kentucky city to another).”

NPR: In Germany, Churchgoers Are Encouraged To Tweet From The Pews. “In the eastern city of Magdeburg, the monotone peal of a single church bell calls a modest flock of parishioners to evening prayers at the Walloon Reformed Church of St. Augustine. As the faithful file into a High Gothic church where Martin Luther once delivered a sermon, most fumble around in handbags and pockets, looking for their cellphones. But instead of dutifully switching off their phones and putting them away on this Friday evening, these 40 or so churchgoers take a pew and bow their heads over their lit-up devices as if they were prayer books.”

The Wild Hunt: You call it sharing, but Pagan authors call it stealing. “An recently discovered case of the sharing copyrighted Pagan books via a Facebook group highlights the seriousness of this problem in the digital age. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Pagan-themed books were discovered to be hosted through The Wiccan Circle. While the group’s owner is now removing those copies, he is not only unapologetic, but has made it clear that he will find other means to share the books. He believes that it his right, because he purchased them in the first place. In response, many group members are expressing outrage, not over the sharing, but over it been stopped.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: U.S. Judge Says LinkedIn Cannot Block Startup From Public Profile Data . “A U.S. federal judge on Monday ruled that Microsoft Corp’s LinkedIn unit cannot prevent a startup from accessing public profile data, in a test of how much control a social media site can wield over information its users have deemed to be public. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco granted a preliminary injunction request brought by hiQ Labs, and ordered LinkedIn to remove within 24 hours any technology preventing hiQ from accessing public profiles.”

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