New-to-me: a search engine for podcast episodes (as opposed to podcasts in toto.) “Finding a podcast is easy; finding relevant episodes is harder. If you want to find, say, all of Paul F. Tompkins’s guest appearances, or podcast episodes about the Russian Revolution, try the podcast search engine Listen Notes. Listen Notes is a no-nonsense search engine with a database of over 18 million episodes from over 300 thousand podcasts. Search for any topic that might be discussed among multiple podcasts.”
Variety: BFI Launches Huge Database Spanning a Century of British Film. “Judi Dench is the most prolific working female actor in British film today. Michael Caine is the most prolific male actor. Queen Victoria, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes are, in that order, the characters who have appeared most in British film, while war is the subject covered most. Such are some of the facts now discoverable in the British Film Institute’s new Filmography database, a huge digital repository covering more than 100 years of film in the U.K., with details of more than 10,000 movies and 250,000 cast and crew.”
DP Review: Diversify Photo launches database of photographers of color to promote diversity. “Diversify Photo wants to promote greater ethnic inclusion in the world of photography, and they’re taking concrete steps. Step one: Diversify has just established a database of ‘photographers of color’ that will make it easier for art buyers, creative directors and editors to find photographers from a wide range of cultural backgrounds to hire.” The comments section is not a complete battlefield, but it’s pretty heated.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Mashable: E-book checkouts just got easier with new Google search feature. “You can now keep up with your book club more easily without dropping cash every month, thanks to Google. The company just added a new search feature that lets you look up book titles in your local library’s e-book system straight from your phone.”
BuzzFeed: New Twitter Feature Highlights The Stories People Are Tweeting. “Twitter released a new feature that shows you which articles your network is currently buzzing about. The feature, called Popular Articles, shows stories shared or engaged with by people you follow. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News the new feature is live globally on Android and iOS.”
New York Times: How to Use Twitter and Facebook for Emergency Travel Information. “The key to using Twitter and Facebook in travel emergencies is choosing the right people, groups and companies to follow. Misinformation is common. So who to trust Below, a beginner’s guide to finding the most helpful accounts.” None of the resources here are going to astonish expert searches, but it’s a great overview articles for beginners and intermediate folks.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Christian Science Monitor: European leaders ask social media companies to censor extremist speech. “The leaders of Britain, France, and Italy will push social media companies on Wednesday to remove ‘terrorist content’ from the internet within one to two hours of it appearing because they say that is the period when most material is spread. British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni will raise the issue at an event on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.”
Reuters: Twitter says its controls are weeding out users advocating violence. “Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the ‘promotion of terrorism’ earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
New York Times: S.E.C. Says It Was a Victim of Computer Hacking Last Year. “The top securities regulator in the United States said Wednesday night that its computer system had been hacked last year, giving the attackers private information that could have been exploited for trading. The disclosure, coming on the heels of a data breach at Equifax, the major consumer credit reporting firm, is likely to intensify concerns over potential computer vulnerabilities lurking among pillars of the American financial system.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Pro Bono Australia: Social Media ‘Inspires’ Fundraising Globally – New Research. “A new global giving trends report has found while many not for profits might be skeptical that social media is useful for fundraising, 75 per cent of donors, including those in Australia, agree it is a primary news source for staying current on the work of their favourite organisations.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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