Georgia Newspapers, Legal Resources, National Geographic Maps, More: Tuesday Buzz, May 15, 2018


Digital Library of Georgia: Early, Montgomery, Toombs County Newspapers Added to Georgia Historic Newspapers Website. “Georgia HomePLACE and the Digital Library of Georgia are pleased to announce the addition of nearly 27,000 pages of South Georgia newspapers dating from 1863-1927 to the Georgia Historic Newspapers website…. Consisting of six titles and over 4,000 issues covering Early, Montgomery, and Toombs counties, this newest digital collection provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. Issues are freely available online through Georgia Historic Newspapers.”

Herald-Tribune: Bringing the law to your fingertips. “According to the Legal Services Commission, 86 percent of legal problems reported by low-income Americans in the past year were handled with ‘inadequate or no legal help.’ About 71 percent of low-income households experienced at least one civil problem with health care, housing, disability access, veterans’ benefits and domestic violence. That caused an estimated 1.7 million low-income Americans to seek support from legal aid groups, the commission said. Most legal information is available free online, but it’s difficult to navigate without law training. My Law, which is accessible as a website or an app for Apple devices, organizes state statutes and rules for traffic, criminal, family, appellate, juvenile, small-claims and civil court, among others under icons such as ‘Law Online’ and ‘Rule Library.’ They are searchable using keywords.”

National Geographic: Discover Fascinating Vintage Maps From National Geographic’s Archives. “Cartography has been close to National Geographic’s heart from the beginning. And over the magazine’s 130-year history, maps have been an integral part of its mission. Now, for the first time, National Geographic has compiled a digital archive of its entire editorial cartography collection — every map ever published in the magazine since the first issue in October 1888.” The maps are available to subscribers in the digital editions, but it doesn’t appear that the cartography information itself will be available separately.


Gulf News: Google launches new search feature to mark Ramadan. “Searching dishes as well as all information related to Ramadan will be easier this year as Google announced on Sunday a new feature in its search experience during the month. Information such prayer timings, popular recipes on YouTube, Ramadan tips, and links to Google’s main Ramadan services (the Qibla Finder and Qalam,) will be available on the main search result page once a Ramadan-related keyword is searched.”

SPIN: Neil Young Is Leaving Facebook to Focus on His Online Archive. “…in a new post on Facebook, the songwriter says that he will be leaving the platform to focus on expanding Neil Young Archives, which he here calls ‘a giant time machine cabinet’ filled with ‘albums and tracks, bits and pieces, manuscripts and art, film and video.’… Young also says that as of June 1, he plans to charge $1.99 a month, or $19.99 a year for access.”

Chicago Tribune: Studs Terkel Radio Archive will be made public this week, with 5,000-plus stories that needed to be saved. “I knew Studs Terkel since, actually, the day I was born. He took my father, his friend, out for a celebratory drink, or three, that long-ago day, and over the next decades, I wrote many thousands of words about him: his best-selling books, his WFMT radio show, his activism, his awards, enthusiasm and insatiable curiosity. I wrote about him when he underwent a risky open-heart procedure when he was 93 and from which he emerged saying, ‘I’m a medical miracle,’ and when he died on Halloween in 2008 at 96, I wrote his obituary. What more can there be to say? Well, I am done, actually, because when this story ends, I will stop writing about Studs and start listening to him. That will occupy a great deal of time because on Wednesday, the first 1,800 or so of the 5,600 or so hours of Studs’ remarkable radio programs will become readily available for any interested ears and minds. ”

The Verge: Google will make its paid storage plans cheaper. “Google is rolling out new changes to its storage plans that include a new, low-cost storage plan and half off the price of its 2TB storage option, the company announced today. It’s also converting all Google Drive paid storage plans to Google One, perhaps in part because you’ll now have one-tap access to Google’s live customer service.”


Fast Company: Here’s how to see if you used one of the 200 suspended Facebook apps. “Facebook has announced that its investigation into other apps that may have misused user data is in ‘full swing.’ The investigation was launched as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year, which saw a researcher’s app garner the information of tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent. The social media giant announced the investigation back in March, saying it would investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of user information before it reduced data access in 2014.”


Sikh Sangat News: World’s First Online Sikh Museum on the way. “The Sikh Museum Initiative will showcase the development of the world’s first Online Sikh Museum after being awarded a National Lottery grant to create three-dimensional models of unseen artefacts and objects. Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project will also involve training members of the public in how to use new technology and showcasing Sikh relics and artefacts through the use of virtual reality headsets.”


New Zealand Herald: Aussie regulator investigating Google for using $626 million of user data to secretly track movements. “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is investigating accusations Google is using as much as AU$580 million (NZ$626 million) worth of Australians’ phone plan data annually to secretly track their movements. ACCC chairman Rod Sims said he was briefed recently by US experts who had intercepted, copied and decrypted messages sent back to Google from mobiles running on the company’s Android operating system.”

USA Today: Chili’s data breach leaves credit and debit card information exposed. “While you were enjoying that slab of Chili’s Grill & Bar baby back ribs, hackers may have been feasting on your payment card information. The chain’s parent company Brinker International announced Saturday that a data incident at some Chili’s restaurants may have resulted in a credit and debit card data breach.”


The Motley Fool: Most Americans Don’t Want Companies Tracking Social Media Behavior. “Many Americans learned the full extent of how their online choices allow them to be targeted by marketers when news of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal broke. That has caused some changes in how the social network will use the data it collects while also causing some push-back from consumers who want brands to ask for consent by a 2 to 1 margin, according to a new survey Privacy, Personalization, and Promotions (registration required), from Kelton Research and SheerID.” Good morning, Internet…

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