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University of Georgia Newspaper, Marine Resource Management, Google, More: Thursday Buzz, March 29, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Digital Library of Georgia: Red and Black available on Georgia Historic Newspapers site; crowdfunding campaign to digitize back issues. “The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce the availability of the Red and Black in the Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (GHN)… Since 1893, the Red and Black has provided a training ground for University of Georgia students interested in gaining experience in various aspects of newspaper publishing and to produce a high quality daily newspaper for the University of Georgia community.”

ISSD: Fisheries Statistics, Ocean Database to Support Marine Resource Management. “The UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) launched Ocean+Data, an online library of ocean-related data resources meant to inform decision making. In parallel, the Asia-Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics launched the Pacific Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Fisheries Statistics (P-SPAFS). Both data collection mechanisms were announced as the UK published a report calling for improved data collection to support a growing ocean economy.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Google Blog: Making it easier to find and share GIFs with Google. “When we started Google Images, we focused on making it easy to find photos and images from across the web. But as the web evolved and mobile devices changed the way people search, the way people use Google Images has changed too. Most people now use Google Images to find more information about a topic, and to help them communicate and express themselves—case in point, we see millions of searches for GIFs every day. We’ve continued to evolve Google Images to meet both of these needs, and today we’re bringing GIFs more closely into the fold by acquiring Tenor, a GIF platform for Android, iOS and desktop.”

Mashable: Snapchat is testing ‘Connected Apps’ for sharing information. “As Facebook users are uninstalling apps they connected long ago via Facebook log-in, Snapchat may be pushing for its community to do the exact opposite.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: Software Roundup: 9 Google Docs Add-ons to Extend Its Functionalities . “As if the built-in features of Google Docs weren’t enough, there are now a number of add-ons that you can use with the Docs to add more features while creating your documents. In the following roundup we cover nine add-ons from our Software Discovery section that will help you do more with your documents created in Google Docs.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Quint: Anand Mahindra Mulls Starting New Social Media Site After FB Mess. “Following the entire Facebook-Cambridge Analytica fiasco, the Chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra has expressed a desire to explore an alternative social media platform. Anand Mahindra, in a tweet, says that if any young teams plan to start an alternative platform, he would ‘like to see if he can assist with seed capital.'”

India Times: ‘Google Street View’ proposal rejected by govt. “A proposal to roll out Google Street View, an application through which one can explore cities, tourist spots, hills and rivers using 360-degree panoramic and street-level imagery, has been rejected by the government, the Lok Sabha was informed today.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: Microsoft’s Windows 7 Meltdown patches from January and February bork kernel security. “Microsoft’s January mitigation for the Meltdown vulnerability opened up an even worse security hole on Windows 7 PCs. This according to researcher Ulf Frisk, who says that, prior to March’s Patch Tuesday update, Windows 7 and Server 2008 machines were leaving kernel memory tables readable to user processes. This, in turn, meant that any application running on the machine could quickly read and write arbitrary memory.”

Search Engine Land: Hijacking Google search results for fun, not profit: UK SEO uncovers XML sitemap exploit in Google Search Console. “This week, Tom Anthony — who heads Product Research & Development at Distilled, an SEO agency — was awarded a bug bounty of $1,337 for discovering an exploit that enabled one site to hijack the search engine results page (SERP) visibility and traffic of another — quickly getting indexed and easily ranking for the victimized site’s competitive keywords.”

Business Insider: Google defeats lawsuit claiming YouTube censors conservatives. “Google has won the dismissal of a lawsuit in California accusing YouTube of censoring conservative content. In a decision late Monday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said a nonprofit run by conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager failed to show that YouTube infringed its free speech rights by placing age restrictions on its content.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Popular Science: Scientists want YOU to help them study amphibious lil plants. “Kalman Strauss is a 16-year-old high school sophomore in Chicago. He has been fascinated by bryophytes — eyelash-sized plants, such as mosses, liverworts, and hornworts — since he discovered them at age 12 while reading a botany textbook…. So he was ecstatic upon hearing he could become a citizen scientist for the Field Museum in Chicago and participate in an ongoing study focused on these tiny plants — specifically liverworts — to learn more about the impact of climate change. ”

MIT Technology Review: Exclusive: Alphabet X is exploring new ways to use AI in food production. “Alphabet’s X, the secretive lab charged with finding radical ‘moonshot’ solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems, is exploring ways in which AI could dramatically improve food production. Astro Teller, the head of X, revealed the plan at MIT Technology Review’s annual EmTech Digital event in San Francisco.” Good morning, Internet…

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