American Veterinarian: Online Database of Canine Inherited Genetic Disorders Now Available. “In the largest canine genetics study to date, researchers from Wisdom Health and Genoscoper Laboratories examined the prevalence of 152 genetic diseases in more than 100,000 mixed-breed and purebred dogs. This study—the first of its kind to show the genetic diseases that both mixed-breed and purebred dogs are most likely to develop—has enabled the creation of My Breed Data, an online respository about inherited genetic disorders that will enable veterinary practitioners to make more informed decisions for their patients.”
WMUR: New website offers resources for those battling addiction in NH. “New Hampshire has a new weapon to help battle addiction. A website launched Tuesday morning shows those looking for help what services are available to them.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
GuideStar: Introducing Discounted GuideStar Data Sets for Academic Users. “For more than a decade, GuideStar has supported academic exploration of the nonprofit sector. GuideStar for Education gives collegiate faculty, students, and unsponsored researchers free or discounted access to GuideStar Premium…. Today we’re excited to launch another resource for academic users: deeply discounted data sets that enable faculty, students, and researchers to look at the sector as a whole.”
Motherboard: Twitter Is Banning Anyone Whose Date of Birth Says They Joined Before They Were 13. “Since the European Union’s new data privacy laws—the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR—came into effect last week, a ton of people have complained that their Twitter accounts were suspended because Twitter seems to believe they are under the age of 13, even though they’re not. According to Twitter, the company is opting to ban anyone whose date of birth—whether it was provided at the time of sign up or later—indicates they were under the age of 13 when they signed up for the service.”
TechRepublic: How to sort and delete sets of Gmail messages: 4 steps. “You might want to mass delete email from Gmail for many reasons: To remove non-work-related messages from an account, to achieve ‘inbox zero’ as part of a personal productivity effort, or—more mundanely—to reduce the storage space used by attachments. Some people pursue #NoEmail—and start to treat email as an ephemeral communication channel instead of a permanent archive.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
The Daily Beast: What It’s Like When Elon Musk’s Twitter Mob Comes After You. “Female journalists who cover Elon Musk have the same personal rule: Mention his name on Twitter at your peril. That’s because there is an army—mostly young, mostly white, almost entirely men—that marches behind him. These MuskBros, as we call them, make it their mission to descend on women who criticize Musk, and tear them to pieces. I know, because it has happened to me. More than once.” To be clear, Elon Musk himself has tweeted against this kind of behavior and while he’s sometimes acerbic in his tweets I can’t find any indication that he’s abusive. I can find no evidence that he is encouraging or initiating these attacks.
TechCrunch: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel says letter about ‘toxic’ culture was a wake-up call . “Snap CEO Evan Spiegel spoke a bit about some of the cultural issues at the company, going public and competition with Facebook at Recode’s annual Code Conference this evening in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
CNET: We can’t stop botnet attacks alone, says US government report. “A newly released report from the departments of Homeland Security and Commerce takes a dive into the global cybersecurity issue. A botnet is a network of internet-connected devices that are infected with malware and controlled without the users’ knowledge. They’re used to launch things like distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks or ransomware attacks that can put critical infrastructure at risk, making them a big concern for the government.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Researcher Access to Born-Digital Collections: an Exploratory Study. “While a small, but growing number of institutions offer access to born-digital collections, there is scant literature documenting researcher interaction with these materials. This paper addresses this gap through documenting and analyzing researcher interactions to portions of born-digital collections at New York University (NYU) Libraries, with the cooperation of NYU’s Fales Library and Special Collection and the Digital Library and Technology Solutions Department, as well as the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program.”
The Verge: YouTube is the preferred platform of today’s teens. “Teenagers are more interested than ever in YouTube, home to the world’s growing influencer and vlogger base. According to a recent study conducted by Pew Research Center, 85 percent of teenagers (ages 13–17) say they use the platform. Closely behind are Instagram (72 percent) and Snapchat (69 percent).” Good afternoon, Internet…
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