18th Century UK Slavery, Mozilla, Audiobooks, More: Monday Evening Buzz, June 3, 2018


Glasgow Live: Adverts for runaway slaves in 18th century shared in Glasgow University database. “Fugitive slave adverts from 18th century UK newspapers have been published in a new database from Glasgow University. The harrowing tales of hundreds of enslaved and bound people escaping their captivity have been unveiled in the Runaway Slaves in Britain project.”


CBR: Mozilla Introduces New Web Standards to Prevent User Data Leaks . “Mozilla this week said it is adding two new features to prevent user data leaks online  — Trusted Recursive Resolver (TRR) and DNS over HTTPS (DoH), a new IETF standards effort that the company has championed.”


How-To Geek: The Best Places to Find Free Audiobooks (Legally). “Audiobooks are great for commutes, long trips, and dull tasks. Here are a number of places you can download Audiobooks legally, and for free. And they’re not all public domain stuff. Many of the audiobook sites you can find on the internet let you download classic books in the public domain for free, but some sites have better quality books than others. We’ve rounded up some of the best of those sites, plus some ways you can get other kinds of audiobooks for free, too.”

Lifehacker: Clean Up URLs Before You Share Them with the ‘Tracking Token Stripper’ Extension. “How many times have you gone to share an interesting story (or comic) with a friend—a pretty standard process—only to find that the short URL you thought you were copying and pasting is actually one giant, messy paragraph of text. You can thank all the services and sites that append a ton of extra junk to URLs so they can have a better understanding of how you visited the site, what you’ve looked at, and where you’re going.”


Tubefilter: As Pride Month Begins, YouTube Faces Criticism For Allegedly Demonetizing The World “Transgender”. “June 1 marks the start of Pride Month, which in previous years has come with a flurry of pro-LGBTQ+ activity from YouTube. As the 2018 edition of the annual celebration rolls around, however, at least one queer creator is upset with a YouTube over a restriction that seems to be targeting his identity. Chase Ross, whose content often discusses his experience as a transgender man, shared a series of screenshots that show his videos being demonetized for using the words ‘trans’ and ‘transgender.'”

CNBC: Pets are the new social media inflencer, and this Harvard Law grad represents many of them. “The Kardashians aren’t the only ones able to make a career from posting on social media. A new wave of dogs, cats, monkeys — and even a possum — are fetching big bucks and wide followings as influencers on social media. Star pet talent agent Loni Edwards has a roster of unique clients include @realdiddykong, 2 monkeys with over a million Instagram followers; @hamlet_the_piggy, with over 300,000; and @itsmesesame, the rescue opossum with over 62,000; and @lionelthehog, who boasts over 130,000 followers.”


Which?: Which? investigation reveals ‘staggering’ level of smart home surveillance. “Every time you print something, brush your teeth or sit down for your evening’s TV viewing, you may not be alone. We’ve found that smart, internet-connected devices you own are tracking and transmitting data on how you live your life. You may shrug and say, ‘so what? I have nothing to hide’. But with consumer data worth billions, we’re more concerned about what others have to gain.”

New York Times: Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends. “As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information. Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said.”


TechCrunch: It’s OK to leave Facebook . “The slow-motion privacy train wreck that is Facebook has many users, perhaps you, thinking about leaving or at least changing the way you use the social network. Fortunately for everyone but Mark Zuckerberg, it’s not nearly has hard to leave as it once was. The main thing to remember is that social media is for you to use, and not vice versa.” Good evening, Internet…

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