School of Mines Oredigger, Cryptomining, Digital Detox, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, April 3, 2018


Colorado Virtual Library: CHNC Welcomes School of Mines Oredigger. “This first installment of The Oredigger to our collection includes over 2,200 pages of issues spanning from 1921 through 1936. Founded just the year prior in 1920 as a weekly publication, The Oredigger offers a unique perspective on this tumultuous time in our state and nation’s history. From the restless years of Prohibition to the first stirrings of the Second World War, this newspaper gives readers a window into the unique world that was mountain university life in the heart of Colorado, and more specifically, life at the Colorado’s School of Mines.”


CNET: Google bans cryptocurrency mining extensions for Chrome. “Google has a new policy that’s mine-numbing for cryptojackers. Google announced that it’s kicking all cryptocurrency mining extensions off its Chrome web store, pointing to how often they’d been abused by scammers.”


Inc.: 1,600 People Quit Social Media for a Month-Long ‘Digital Declutter.’ Amazing Things Happened. “Think back to the last time you ate a real blow out meal, the kind that causes you to unbutton your pants and double check your antacid supply. Remember the sensation of discomfort, bloat, and regret? That’s how a lot of folks are feeling about their digital diets these days. After gorging on the mental equivalent of junk food — nasty political rants, time-wasting quizzes, compulsive browsing — they’re looking up and telling themselves, ‘Something has got to change.'”

Mashable: #PlotterTwitter is the soothing corner of the internet you desperately need. “We’re frequently on the lookout for a quiet corners of the internet. You know – places to take refuge from the often chaotic online world. One such corner is the the delightful #PlotterTwitter community, where artists, programmers, tech enthusiasts, and more share their neatest generative art made using different models of plotter printers, which work by physically moving a pen across paper.”

Phnom Penh Post: Twitter bots begin following Southeast Asian opinion-makers. “Many journalists, academics and political figures across Southeast Asia have gained hundreds of new Twitter followers that appear to be bot accounts in the past week, including some with ties to Cambodia. The accounts were created last month and have since followed hundreds of Twitter users, but most have not tweeted or accrued any followers themselves. They began appearing in large numbers late last week.”

Museums and the Web: Chatbots in museums: hype or opportunity? . “Chatbots have caught the headlines recently with businesses starting to adopt them to stimulate conversation with customers. But what are chatbots? How do they work? What can they do for museums and their audiences?”


Krebs on Security: Leaks Millions of Customer Records. “, the Web site for the American chain of bakery-cafe fast casual restaurants by the same name, leaked millions of customer records — including names, email and physical addresses, birthdays and the last four digits of the customer’s credit card number — for at least eight months before it was yanked offline earlier today, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.”

Daily Collegian: Lawsuit settled over Maryland governor’s Facebook page. “Maryland’s governor must be more permissive of social media commenters who disagree with him under a settlement to resolve a lawsuit that accused him of censoring constituents by blocking them on Facebook, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday. The settlement includes a $65,000 payment to the four plaintiffs and a revised social media policy for Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s social media accounts.”


TechCrunch: How Facebook Can Better Fight Fake News: Make Money Off the People Who Promote It . “Recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook’s slow corporate response have drawn attention away from this ongoing, equally serious problem: spend enough time on Facebook, and you are still sure to see dubious, sponsored headlines scrolling across your screen, especially during major news days when influence networks from inside and outside the United States rally to amplify their reach. And Facebook’s earlier announced plan to combat this crisis through simple user surveys does not inspire confidence.”

Forbes: How Millennials Use Social Media To Become More Competent Parents . “Parents have always sought out advice from others. Some generations looked to their parents and grandparents. Others relied on books from experts like Benjamin Spock. Today, 71% of millennials value the advice and insights they receive from parenting blogs, parenting websites, forums, and social networks. In fact, they aren’t just looking to social media for occasional insights either.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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