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Health Care Research, WordPress.com, Twitter, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, August 21, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

BusinessWire: Walgreens Launches Center for Health & Wellbeing Research (PRESS RELEASE). “Walgreens today announced the launch of its Center for Health & Wellbeing Research, a website that features more than 50 Walgreens outcomes studies completed over the past six years. Areas of research include access to care and patient experience, adherence and clinical outcomes, digital health and member engagement, health care costs, HIV and specialty pharmacy, vaccinations and more.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Next Web: WordPress.com’s new Paypal integration makes it easier for bloggers to sell stuff online. “Selling goods and services on WordPress.com just got a lot easier. Yesterday, Automattic announced the launch of a Simple Payment button that allows users of the hosted blog/site/CMS service to accept Paypal payments in just a few clicks.”

BuzzFeed: Now You Can View Tweets By Topic, Without Having To Make A List. “Now you can view tweets sorted by topic, without having to follow anyone, right in Twitter’s Explore tab. The social platform released the new feature globally on iOS and Android Tuesday, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News. Twitter’s algorithms will show you these topics based on what they know about your interests. Eventually, the platform will give users more control over what they see, the spokesperson said.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BuzzFeed: People Seem To Be Creating Fake Accounts Of White Women To Push Anti-Feminist And Racist Agendas. “The @thetaclair account, at the center of a controversial tweet about Target, appears to be one of a handful of newly created online personas sloppily stereotyping white women to push alt-right and anti-feminist ideologies.”

Bloomberg: Americans Love Ordering Pizza on Facebook. “The cutthroat U.S. restaurant industry is getting increasingly aggressive about technology, enlisting Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. in their race to make it easier for customers to order and pay for their food. Last month, TGI Fridays began letting customers foot the bill using their Amazon accounts. And pizza chains are locked in an escalating battle to adopt new ordering methods — a contest that involves chat bots, voice-activated devices and social networks.”

Advertising Age: Not Even Twitter Knows When Brands Should Stop Tweeting. “Twitter has never really been for people who shy away from politics and news, and the sometimes-harsh landscape has been a drag on its expansion. Just as its relevance was being reaffirmed daily by the ultimate power user, the president of the United States, user growth last quarter declined in the United States from a year earlier and stalled worldwide. Ad revenue fell as well.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

BBC: Chinese ‘cyber-court’ launched for online cases. “China has launched a digital “cyber-court” to help deal with a rise in the number of internet-related claims, according to state media. The Hangzhou Internet Court opened on Friday and heard its first case – a copyright infringement dispute between an online writer and a web company.”

The Atlantic: Solving a Murder Mystery With Ancestry Websites. “On August 9, 1977, David Roth drove his mother’s car to Silver Lake. It was a hot day for Washington, the temperature slinking toward the high 80s, so he’d decided to go for a swim. He headed about 20 minutes north of Lynnwood, where he slept on his mom’s couch, and parked at a beach just off the road. But his plans changed when he noticed a girl trying to hitch a ride.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Greensburg Daily News: Study: Online harassment spreading as social media use increases. “As communication through social media increases, online harassment rises, according to a recently released study. The Pew Research Center found that nearly half of Americans have personally experienced some form of online harassment. Even more, 66 percent, have witnessed social media attacks directed toward others.”

Penn State: Older users like to snoop on Facebook, but worried others might snoop on them. “Older adults are drawn to Facebook so they can check out pictures and updates from family and friends, but may resist using the site because they are worried about who will see their own content, according to a team of researchers.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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