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Poetry Nation Review (PN Review), Google Search, Chrome, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, December 7, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

Talking New Media: Complete digital archive of PN Review launched with Exact Editions. “First launched as Poetry Nation in 1973, for 45 years PN Review has provided a comprehensive and detailed coverage of contemporary poetry. Over 200 back issues and counting are available as part of the brand new, fully searchable, digital archive . Each issue includes important editorial, letters, news, articles, interviews and poetry, combining in the archive to provide a fascinating overview of the last 45 years of British poetry.” Not free.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Google Blog: Improving Search and discovery on Google. “Over the years, we’ve developed many features to help you discover more on your journeys through the web, starting with related searches almost 10 years ago, to more recent additions such as related questions (Related questions are labeled ‘People also ask’ in search results). In the last few weeks, we’ve made three new additions to help you explore further, including expanded Featured Snippets, improved functionality of Knowledge Panels, and suggested content as you search for a particular topic.”

Ars Technica: Chrome Apps are dead, as Google shuts down the Chrome Web Store section. “More than a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be removed from Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Chrome (but not Chrome OS) some time in 2017, and it seems we’ve come to that point today. Google has shut down the ‘app’ section of the Chrome Web Store for those platforms, meaning you can’t install Chrome Apps anymore. Google has started sending out emails to Chrome app developers telling them that Chrome Apps are deprecated, and while previously installed apps still work, the functionality will be stripped out of Chrome in Q1 2018.”

The Next Web: Wikipedia co-founder wants to put the world’s knowledge on the blockchain. “Everipedia today announced Wikipedia co-founder Dr. Larry Sanger would be joining the company as it prepares to bring its online encyclopedia to the blockchain. Blockchain is best known as the technology that Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies run on, but its applications go far beyond simply making the Winklevoss twins rich. ”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BuzzFeed: How I Tricked Google Into Thinking I’m 2017’s Person Of The Year. Not a whole lot to quote here, just read the article. But for all Google’s algorithms and tweaking and secret sauce, it is WAY too easy to do this.

Essex Live: Essex businessman hits out after Google lists his driveway as a public road. “An Essex businessman has hit out at Google after spotting walkers having picnics on his private driveway because the internet search engine wrongly lists it as a public road. Jeremy MacBean, 52, from Bradwell-on-Sea, said the error on Google Maps has been confusing ramblers and lorry drivers who then mistakenly end up on his home’s driveway for years.”

Search Engine Land: Google Lens an impressive start for ‘visual search’. “Google Lens has gone live or is about to on Pixel phones in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, India and Singapore (in English). Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been using it extensively and have had mostly positive results — though not always.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

EurekAlert: Researchers found a security flaw that had 10 million banking app users at risk. “Researchers from the University of Birmingham have developed a tool to perform semi-automated security testing of mobile phone apps. After running the tool on a sample of 400 security critical apps, they were able to identify a critical vulnerability in banking apps; including apps from HSBC, NatWest, Co-op and Bank of America Health.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Associations Now: Put Your Association’s History On Display Online. “Your association may have a lot of history at its fingertips—but is that historic value being maximized for public consumption? Here’s a case for digitizing your organization’s archives online.”

Quanta Magazine: Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data. “It’s hard to measure water from a fire hose while it’s hitting you in the face. In a sense, that’s the challenge of analyzing streaming data, which comes at us in a torrent and never lets up. If you’re on Twitter watching tweets go by, you might like to declare a brief pause, so you can figure out what’s trending. That’s not feasible, though, so instead you need to find a way to tally hashtags on the fly.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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