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Jewish Renaissance, Pharmaceutical Companies, Spelman and Morehouse, More: Monday Evening Buzz, April 9, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Jewish Philanthropy: Jewish Renaissance announces complete digital archive with Exact Editions. “The complete digital archive of Jewish Renaissance is now available, following the completion of a project carried out in conjunction with digital publisher Exact Editions. Since its first publication in 2001, Jewish Renaissance has uncovered Jewish communities, arts and culture across the world.”

MSN: “Pre$cription for Power” database exposes Big Pharma. “Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116 million to patient advocacy groups in a single year, reveals a new database logging 12,000 donations from large publicly traded drugmakers to such organizations. Even as these patient groups grow in number and political influence, their funding and their relationships to drugmakers are little understood. Unlike payments to doctors and lobbying expenses, companies do not have to report payments to the groups.”

Digital Library of Georgia: New Digital Collections from Spelman and Morehouse. “Our partners at Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library are very excited to announce the following new digital collections from Spelman and Morehouse that they are hosting on Digital Commons as part of the CLIR Our Story grant.” Both Spelmen and Morehouse are historically African-American institutions.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: Privacy: Avast launches Chromium-based Secure Browser. “The far-reaching tentacles of the likes of Google and Facebook have focused people’s attention on online privacy, but for anyone looking to retain a modicum of confidentiality it can be hard to know what to do. There are VPN tools, but these are not for everyone, for anyone looking for a quick solution, Avast Secure Browser could be the answer. This new Chromium-based browser is billed as being ‘private, fast, and secure’ and it’s designed to address the misconceptions many people have about privacy and security online. The browser is a renamed and updated version of SafeZone.”

Ubergizmo: Twitter Reportedly Suspending Accounts For Old Tweets. “Twitter has certain policies in place that prevents users from posting certain things, such as threats, self-harm, and so on. However what’s interesting is that it seems that some users are getting suspended (temporarily) for old tweets that contained words/phrases that supposedly violate Twitter’s policies.”

CNET: Snapchat brings back chronological feed (for some people). “Non-chronological social media feeds are condemned by most reasonable human beings. Facebook did it, Instagram did it, even Twitter is experimenting with different looks on a platform that’s supposed to be about the here and now.”

USEFUL STUFF

Hongkiat: 35 Websites to Download Free STL Models for 3D Printers. “3D designing and printing is one of the gifts of modern day innovation and technology. It has become so mainstream that companies are now selling handy 3D printers for personal use. However, just owning a 3D printer won’t get you anywhere. You need to have the material and, above all, the blue-prints in the form of STL models.”

This is one of those memes that I just loved immediately. Larry Ferlazzo:
Make Your Own “American Chopper” Meme
. “The American Chopper Meme has been all around the Internet (see ‘American Chopper’ Angry Meme Resurfaces and Takes Internet by Storm). You can easily make your own at American Chopper Argument Meme Generator. I’m planning on have my IB Theory of Knowledge students use it to illustrate a TOK concept we’ve studied.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: YouTube Is Improperly Collecting Children’s Data, Consumer Groups Say. “A coalition of more than 20 consumer advocacy groups is expected to file a complaint with federal officials on Monday claiming that YouTube has been violating a children’s privacy law. The complaint contends that YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, has been collecting and profiting from the personal information of young children on its main site, although the company says the platform is meant only for users 13 and older.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Engadget: Global cyberattack targets 200,000 network switches (updated) . “The past few days haven’t been great for the internet’s broader security. Iran’s Communication and Information Technology Ministry has reported that it was a victim in a global cyberattack that compromised about 200,000 Cisco switches that hadn’t yet received patches for exploits in the company’s legacy Smart Install protocol. The attackers displayed a US flag on at least some screens, complete with a “don’t mess with our elections” warning, but the attack wasn’t focused on Iran — only 3,500 switches fell to the exploit in the country. About 55,000 of the victim devices were in the US, IT Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said, while 14,000 were in China. Other victims were located in Europe and India.” Good evening, Internet…

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