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TV Writers of Color, LGBTQ India, Mormons of Color, More: Monday Buzz, July 2, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Middletown Press: CAA Creates Online Database for TV Writers of Color. “CAA has launched a new database, Amplify Database, a searchable directory for some 800 TV writers of color. The database was unveiled Thursday morning at the agency’s second annual Amplify summit. Made up of 808 writers, Amplify Database will be free to use for studios, showrunners and networks.” CAA Stands for Creative Artists Agency.

The Telegraph (India): Online help for LGBT community. “An online database of queer-friendly service providers was launched at American Center, which is celebrating Pride Month, on Thursday. The database covering 15 states and 30 cities, including Calcutta, is a collection of service providers who provide health and legal aid.” Instructions for accessing the site are at the top of the article right under the picture.

Salt Lake Tribune: A Utah historian is building a database of every black person who joined the Mormon church before 1930. “Some Mormons know the stories of Elijah Able, the faith’s first black elder, or Jane Manning James, an early black pioneer, but few, if any, have heard of hundreds of other African-American Latter-day Saints — members such as Freda Lucretia Magee Beaulieu, Elijah Banks or Julia Miller Lamb. Their devotion and courage in the church’s founding and growth years have largely been lost to Mormonism’s collective memory, making them all but invisible in the mostly white church. That, however, is about to change.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: LinkedIn adds Microsoft-powered translations and QR codes to connect more of its users faster. “LinkedIn — the social network with more than 560 million members who connect around work-related topics and job-seeking — continues to add more features, integrating technology from its new owner Microsoft, both to improve engagement on LinkedIn as well as to create deeper data ties between the two businesses.”

Search Engine Roundtable: Google’s Danny Sullivan Considers Writing A Google Guide to Search. “Danny Sullivan, now at Google, wrote on Twitter that he has been considering writing a Google Guide to Search document on how organic search works, the features, etc. He said ‘ I’ve actually seriously been considering a Google Guide to Search Style on features and stuff.'” Apparently this would be for granular stuff like whether using capital letters counts, etc.

Washington Post: Facebook offers fresh detail about its ties to dozens of outside companies in more than 700 pages of new data turned over to Congress. “Facebook shared user information with 52 hardware and software makers, including some based in China, under agreements designed to make its social media platform work more effectively on smartphones and other devices, the company said in information furnished to Congress late Friday night. The acknowledgment, which came in more than 700 pages of replies to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is the fullest to date regarding reports that Facebook shared user data with some companies for years after it stopped doing so with most app makers. Some of the partnerships continued into this year, and some continue to this day, the documents say.”

USEFUL STUFF

How-To Geek: The 8 Best Features in the New Gmail. “Google is changing how Gmail looks and works. They launched the new Gmail back in April, but until now it’s been optional. That changes in July, when the new Gmail starts rolling out to all users. Everyone will be switched over 12 weeks after the transition starts. If you’re seeing the new Gmail for the first time you might be a little overwhelmed. To help you feel a little more at home, here’s a quick roundup of the new features and how to use them.” Nice overview.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: ‘Local Twitter’ finally gives a name to being performatively basic online. “If you’ve spent much time on Twitter, there’s a good chance you’ve been exposed to ‘local Twitter.’ The phenomenon has existed for years, but recently, it’s been clearly branded, and as the term has become more widespread, the general concept is being ushered into larger, more mainstream awareness.”

Fayetteville Observer: 82nd Airborne Division starts new storytelling effort on social media. “Gather around your screens, one and all, and let the 82nd Airborne Division tell you a story. The All Americans — celebrating their 101st year of history — hit on a successful new venture last week as it used a series of tweets to tell the story of the real world inspiration for ‘Saving Private Ryan.'”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: N.S.A. Purges Hundreds of Millions of Call and Text Records. “The National Security Agency has purged hundreds of millions of records logging phone calls and texts that it had gathered from American telecommunications companies since 2015, the agency has disclosed. It had realized that its database was contaminated with some files the agency had no authority to receive.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Earther: Scientists Have Invented Craigslist For Shark Livers. “In order to save endangered species, biologists are often forced to take a step that feels counterproductive: sacrificing wild specimens for study. Now, a pair of grad students have devised a virtual tissue bank that could help reduce the number of rare plants and animals killed in the name of science.”

CCN: Bitcoin Price Depends More on ‘Silent Majority’ Than Twitter ‘Thought Leaders’: Research. “The louder they are, the less influence they have. This seems to be the conclusion drawn by Feng Mai, a researcher at the New Jersey-based Stevens Institute of Technology, after conducting a study investigating the influence of social media on the bitcoin price.” Good morning, Internet…

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