African-American Composers, Israel Laws, College Scholarships, More: Wednesday Buzz, July 11, 2018


Violinist: Music by Living Black Composers Directory Now Available Online. “Rachel Barton Pine is determined to make it easier for performers, conductors, and concert programmers to find the music of black composers, and today her foundation launched a free online directory of living black composers called the Music By Black Composers: Living Composers Directory.”

Jerusalem Post: Access To Israeli Laws Is Now Available To The Public, Online And Free. “Access to the Israeli law texts is now freely available online in a national legislation repository. The National Legislation Database in the Knesset was originally created in December 2014 and contains about 1,500 Israeli laws, of which roughly 970 remain in effect. The Knesset’s website will also provide open access to the updated and comprehensive version of the laws in accordance with an agreement signed in April, according to a press release. Data from the British Mandate orders are still in process of being completed.”

New-to-me, from ABC 7: Website streamlines scholarship application process for students. “Student loan debt in the United States exceeds 1.4 billion, a fact that prompted incoming Berkeley freshman Caitlin Phan to apply for dozens of scholarships her senior year of high school, with little success. ‘It was pretty time consuming. It would sometimes take me a week to complete one and I was mostly getting rejection letters. I applied for over 200,’ she said. But with the help of a new website which launched in 2018 called Going Merry, Caitlin landed not one but two scholarships, wiping out a majority of her costs this fall.”


Straits Times: NLB no longer needs consent to archive historical online content. “The National Library Board (NLB) will no longer need to seek written consent from owners of local websites before making copies of online content deemed to be of historical value to Singapore. These powers, to collect material from such sources as e-books, online magazines and streamed content, are set out in the NLB (Amendment) Bill that was passed by Parliament yesterday.”

Reuters: EU Google decision delayed to next week, source says, as Trump visits. “EU antitrust regulators have postponed to next week a finding against Google’s Android mobile operating system, a person familiar with the matter said, avoiding any clash with a visit to Brussels by U.S. President Donald Trump.”

The Quint: Explain data collection practices: US lawmakers to Apple, Google. “lawmakers in the US have sent letters to Apple CEO Tim Cook and larry Page, CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, demanding information on how they collect and use personal information of users. Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives sent the letters on Monday.”


Vice: Drug Dealers on Facebook Are Targeting People With Addiction. “Last year, the US government celebrated the takedown of darknet (the underground and far less traceable version of the web) drug sales site AlphaBay. It was an effort the FBI described as ‘one of the most sophisticated and coordinated efforts to date on the part of law enforcement across the globe.’ Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pledged to include concentrated efforts related to online drug sales in his controversial, renewed war on drugs. But online drug sales are now springing up in a much less covert, and far more surprising, forum: Facebook.”

The Verge: The dark side of ‘Plane Bae’ and turning strangers into social media content. “At first, it seemed like a charming reprieve from Twitter’s perpetual parade of horribles: a cute, deftly narrated romance story that blossomed on a transcontinental flight. It all started here. Actress Rosey Blair and her boyfriend spun an adorkable story about what they perceived to be a budding love affair between the two, and Twitter was entranced. I scrolled through the tweets with a smile, letting myself get caught up in what felt like a made-for-TV drama. Then I realized that was precisely how I was treating these very real people. My stomach turned as I considered how I’d feel if every twitch of my arm, half of my conversation, and even my bathroom usage were all narrated, without my knowledge, for a swelling audience of several hundred thousand people online.”

Artnet: Nearly 100,000 Previously Unseen Photos by Andy Warhol Will Be Made Public This Fall . “Pop art fans, rejoice! The Andy Warhol Foundation will release tens of thousands of the artist’s previously unseen photographs for the first time, including intimate images of the artist’s celebrity friends and lovers. In total, 3,600 contact sheets featuring more than 130,000 images were acquired by Stanford University, which will digitize and release the images online as part of a new initiative called the Contact Warhol Project.”


Tubefilter: YouTube, Whose Users Promoted Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Bitconnect, Is Added As Defendant In Lawsuit. “In January 2018, the cryptocurrency Bitconnect collapsed, losing more than a billion dollars in market cap. In the wake of that crash, Bitconnect was referred to as a scam and a Ponzi scheme, and several investors who lost money on the coin promptly filed a class action lawsuit against it. Now, YouTube has found itself named in that suit. The video site has been added as one of the case’s defendants, owing to the fact that it allegedly served as “an active participant in the events that give rise to Plaintiffs’ and the Class’ claims,” according to legal documents filed in the Southern District Court of Florida.”

Gizmodo: Firefox May Soon Start Publicly Shaming Sites With Crappy Security. “In the constant battle to ensure your privacy online, there are some precautions you can take to protect yourself, such as avoiding clicking random links and using different passwords for every site. But other measures require some help from the websites you visit, and based on a hidden option found in the latest Firefox beta, Mozilla may start publicly shaming websites that are still clinging on to HTTP.”

BetaNews: Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 with passcode cracking blocker — that can be easily bypassed with an accessory it sells. “Apple is working away on iOS 12 at the moment, but it’s still pushing out updates for iOS 11. As promised just a few weeks ago, a new update aims to block the use of iPhone passcode cracking tools, such as those used by law enforcement. But the patch has already been found to be flawed.” Good morning, Internet…


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