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Library of Congress, Cambodia Startups, Yahoo, More: Wednesday Buzz, October 4, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

Library of Congress: New Online: A Redesigned Portal for Librarians and Archivists. “The Library of Congress provides many resources to support information professionals worldwide. To streamline access to that content, we’ve redesigned our portal for librarians and archivists. The new portal highlights the standard library functions of acquisitions, bibliographic access, preservation and public service, providing an overview of these activities at the Library and links to a wealth of content and documentation in each area. A new banner on the opening page features each of the four library functions and offers access to our most popular online catalogs and quick links to content for library professionals: the Library of Congress Classification Outline, BIBFRAME and MARC21.”

Phnom Penh Post: Database of Kingdom startups ready for launch. “Startup Cambodia, a collaborative platform set to officially launch next month, aims to create a comprehensive and accessible database of Cambodia’s startup companies to help entrepreneurs tap into early-stage funding, a spokesman for the company spearheading the project said yesterday. The platform is the brainchild of online startup and technology-focused media outlet Geeks in Cambodia and will initially serve as a basic database for information on registered startups and potential angel investors.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Wall Street Journal: Yahoo Triples Estimate of Breached Accounts to 3 Billion. “A massive data breach at Yahoo in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed, affecting all of its 3 billion user accounts, new parent company Verizon Communications Inc. said on Tuesday. The figure, which Verizon said was based on new information, is three times the 1 billion accounts Yahoo said were affected when it first disclosed the breach in December 2016.” I’ve just deleted about a dozen comments. I’m so mad I could spit.

Bleeping Computer: Google Chrome Will Block Tab-Under Behavior. “Google is working on blocking tab-under behavior in Chrome, according to a document seen by Bleeping Computer. For users unfamiliar with the jargon, Google considers tab-under behavior when an unsuspecting user is scrolling or clicking on a page, but the site duplicates the current page in another tab and shows an ad or a new website in the page the user was initially reading.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

RTE: NUIG to digitise Conradh na Gaeilge archive . “The Irish language organisation Conradh na Gaeilge has presented its archive to NUI Galway. The material, which contains a range of items, will be catalogued, digitised and made available online.” You can learn more about Conradh na Gaeilge at its Web site.

McClatchy DC: “Fake news” tweets targeted to swing states in election, researchers find. “Voters in 11 swing states in last year’s presidential race, including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, received more fake, junk and hyper-partisan information over Twitter than reliable, professionally produced news in the 10 days before the election, according to a British study of the social media craze’s potential impact. The analysis of nearly 1.3 million tweets by researchers at Oxford University provides fresh evidence that entities used social media platforms not only as a powerful tool to distribute phony or misleading information, but also to direct it to voters in key jurisdictions to coax some groups to cast ballots and dissuade others from doing so.”

NiemanLab: The internet isn’t forever. Is there an effective way to preserve great online interactives and news apps?. “[Meredith] Broussard and colleague Katherine Boss, the librarian for journalism, media, culture, and communication at NYU, are working on a workflow and on building tools to help organizations effectively and efficiently preserve their big data journalism projects, and putting together a scholarly archive of data journalism projects.”

Bloomberg: YouTube Seeks Web-TV Boost Via World Series Sponsorship. “Google’s YouTube has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the 2017 World Series, the first national advertising campaign for the company’s cable-like video offering since its March debut. YouTube will run commercials for YouTube TV during the fall classic, which will air on Fox in late October, as well as ads across Major League Baseball’s websites, apps and stadiums, the company said Tuesday in a statement. ”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: Patch your WordPress plugins: Scum are right now hijacking blogs. “The plugin gurus at WordFence have this week found three critical security holes in third-party WordPress extensions that are being actively exploited by hackers to take over websites.”

IT News Africa: Tanzania: Government to regulate social media. “Social media users in Tanzania who break the new law set by the government will be blocked by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA). The government drafted regulations for online content producers and users on social media. The TCRA published the draft Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations, 2017, and the bill will come into force once signed by the information minister.”

World Intellectual Property Review: Germany’s Supreme Court backs Google over thumbnail images. “Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has backed search engine Google in a dispute over whether the use of thumbnail images constitutes copyright infringement. The applicant in the dispute operates a website that offers photographs.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: Google’s AI is no smarter than a 6-year-old, study says. “A study published Saturday showed Google’s artificial intelligence technology scored best out of 50 systems that Chinese researchers tested against an AI scale they created, CNBC reported Monday. With a IQ score of 47.28, Google’s AI was almost twice as smart as Apple virtual assistant Siri, which scored 23.94.”

The Atlantic: Google and Facebook Failed Us. “In the crucial early hours after the Las Vegas mass shooting, it happened again: Hoaxes, completely unverified rumors, failed witch hunts, and blatant falsehoods spread across the internet. But they did not do so by themselves: They used the infrastructure that Google and Facebook and YouTube have built to achieve wide distribution. ” Good morning, Internet…

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