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White House Visitor Logs, Women’s Trousers, Air Travel, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, November 24, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

ProPublica: Here Are the White House Visitor Records the Trump Administration Didn’t Want You to See. “The Trump White House tried to block public access to visitor logs of five federal offices working directly for the president even though they were subject to public disclosure through the Freedom of Information Act. Property of the People, a Washington-based transparency group, successfully sued the administration to release the data and provided the documents to ProPublica. You can search them below.”

Museum Crush: Women wearing the trousers – the archive of women striding across history. “A new visual archive bringing together images of bloomers, knickerbockers, culottes and all manner of bifurcated or ‘divided’ garments is telling the story of trouser-wearing women with an online gallery of digital images spanning more than a century. Women in Trousers: A Visual Archive has been developed by Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives to provide a visual account of the complex and sometimes contradictory meanings represented by women ‘wearing the trousers’ from the 1850s to the 1960s.”

PR Newswire: Airline Error Fare Search Engine Launched By CheapFlightsFinder (PRESS RELEASE). “The new search engine works by unveiling the cheapest flight prices found from over 1200 sources then launching a search for those fares on a multitude of search engines – including Skyscanner, momondo, Dohop, KAYAK, Google Flights and more. Not only are airline error fares uncovered but also genuine time sensitive travel deals officially published by the airlines. Once you have discovered an error fare, consumers can shave even more off the price by comparing those dates on different search engines, potentially saving up to 20% more.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Register: Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order. “Several domains of the controversial academic paper filesharing site Sci-Hub have been made inactive following a court order earlier this month. According to Whois records, sci-hub.io, sci-hub.ac and sci-hub.cc have their domain set to ‘serverHold’, an ICANN code meaning the ‘domain is not activated in the DNS’. Records for sci-hub.io and sci-hub.ac were last updated November 17 and sci-hub.cc on November 21.”

USEFUL STUFF

Search Engine Journal: 11 Places You Can Learn Microsoft Excel for Free . “You don’t have to attend formal classes at a university to get a grip on Excel. There are numerous free resources available that let you learn the program from the comfort of your home. So, put on your favorite ‘Netflix and chill’ outfit, grab a snack or a tasty beverage, and prepare to understand Excel like you never have before thanks to these 11 places where you can learn Microsoft Excel for free.”

Nieman Lab: Here are three tools that help digital journalists save their work in case a site shuts down . “The abrupt shutdown of the Gothamist and DNAinfo local news networks earlier this month was a stark reminder to digital journalists who want archives of their stuff: Back it up! Back it up!”

Digital Trends: How to install Android apps on a Chromebook. “Many new Chromebooks were made to run the Google Play Store and install Android apps, including the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Samsung Chromebook Pro, and Google’s own Pixelbook. These come with the Play Store pre-installed and ready to go. If yours is one of those, then jump ahead to step one to get started. If you have an older Chromebook, don’t fret — it’s still possible to get Android apps on your laptop.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Bloomberg Quint: Verizon Is Said to Be on the Hook for Mayer’s Yahoo Search Deal. “Verizon Communications Inc. paid $4.5 billion for Yahoo! Inc.’s web businesses. Then it took a $500 million hit for post-acquisition costs. It’s poised to pay up again, thanks to a high-profile deal struck by Marissa Mayer when she ran the internet company. Executives at the telecom giant are negotiating a bill they will likely owe Mozilla Corp., owner of the Firefox browser, after an expensive web search deal fell apart.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

USA Today: Russia probe: Trump’s tweets could be evidence against him, legal experts say. “President Trump’s Twitter habit may become a legal liability for him, as his latest tweets about the Russia investigation could help build a potential case against him for obstruction of justice or witness intimidation, legal experts say.”

CBR Online: Black Friday cyberattacks to break records as hackers enlist bots. “We are in the midst of a week predicted to be record breaking in terms of cyberattack volumes, with malicious activity set to spike aggressively on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A colossal 50 million attacks globally are expected to hit throughout the prime shopping period, meaning that potentially billions of pounds are hanging in the balance in the UK alone. In the run up to what may prove to be the worst week of cyberattacks on record, it is also important to note that 171 million attacks have been logged in just the last quarter. This tremendous figure is a 100 per cent increase compared to the same time span in 2015.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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