Latinx Mental Health, Women in Fisheries, Thunderbird, More: Thursday Buzz, August 9, 2018


Bustle: Therapy For Latinx Online Database Helps Connect People With Culturally Competent Counselors. “A lack of culturally competent therapists — therapists who’ve been trained to be respectful and understanding of diverse patients’ cultures — is often cited as one of the main reasons Latinx people forego mental health counseling For this reason, Brandie Carlos, a web designer and social media manager, was moved to create Therapy For Latinx, a new online database that makes it easy for Latinx people to find mental health professionals in their own communities.”

Phys .org: Women in Fisheries website launched. “New research exploring women’s roles in fishing families officially gets going this week, as the Women in Fisheries project launches its new website. The study is examining how women contribute to the survival of both fishing families and the fishing industry, and will shed light on women’s roles, identities and wellbeing. Collecting data on both sides of the Atlantic—in Newfoundland, Canada and here in the UK—Women in Fisheries is also hoping to understand how small-scale fishing families (those using boats under 10m in length) are adapting to a changing environmental and economic climate.”


BetaNews: Thunderbird 60.0 unveils new look, major improvements. “Mozilla has released Thunderbird 60.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Also released in portable form for Windows users, Thunderbird is Mozilla’s free and open-source email client. Version 60 unveils a new look — named ‘Photon’, along with newly designed light and dark themes. Elsewhere it now adds support for WebExtension themes, plus makes substantial improvements to various elements including the calendar and attachment management.”

Google Blog: Time for a refresh: Meet the new Google Classroom. “In 2014, a team of Googlers, including several former teachers, began spending time with educators. We learned that teachers loved using G Suite’s collaborative tools with their students, but found that some of the features were complicated to use. From the very beginning, Google Classroom focused on simplifying tech, so that teachers and students could spend time on learning. Today, we’re continuing that mission and announcing the biggest refresh to Classroom since its launch.”

TechCrunch: Instapaper returns to EU, relaunches its premium subscription service. “Last month, Instapaper spun out from Pinterest – two years after being acquired – to again become its own independent ‘read later’ service. Today, the new company is announcing a plan that will allow it to sustain itself in the years ahead: yes, its subscription service has returned.”


VentureBeat: Mozilla debuts Firefox extension that recommends content based on your browsing activity. “The Advance web extension is available for anyone from today and can analyze content on current active web pages to recommend related tidbits you may want to ‘read next’ from other websites. It will also surface recommendations based on your recent browsing history in a ‘for you’ section.”


The Next Web: Inside Google’s plan to stalk your social media accounts. “Google, once again, is excited about social media. But not in the ways you might think; this isn’t about another in a failed string of chat apps, or the knockout success that never was in Google Plus. Instead, it’s an entirely new way of recognizing human faces, and one made possible by — you guessed it — creeping on your social media profiles.”

Search Engine Land: How Bing is enhancing search and apparently growing as a result. “When Microsoft announced strong annual financial results July 19, the growth of the company’s cloud services dominated the conversation. But I noticed something else in the company’s numbers: continued growth for Bing. Although Bing accounts for a small share of Microsoft’s revenues, the search platform grew 17 percent year over year.”


The Register: New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring ‘new blood’ . “In January 2016, then-54-year-old Mark Stephens was recruited by Accenture to work as a sales development manager on a project with Facebook, subject to Facebook’s approval. He got the job – and then lost it due to age discrimination, or so he claims in a lawsuit filed against the two companies in Austin, Texas, on Monday.”

Motherboard: Snapchat Source Code Leaked and Posted to GitHub. “GitHub is often the go-to place for hackers or researchers to archive interesting code or data dumps. But sometimes affected companies do their best to remove exposed data from the code repository site.”

New York Times: Cybersecurity Firm Finds Way to Alter WhatsApp Messages. “A cybersecurity company said it had discovered a flaw in WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service with 1.5 billion users, that allows scammers to alter the content or change the identity of the sender of a previously delivered message.”


MIT Technology Review: The Defense Department has produced the first tools for catching deepfakes. “The tools for catching deepfakes were developed through a program—run by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)—called Media Forensics. The program was created to automate existing forensics tools, but has recently turned its attention to AI-made forgery.” Good morning, Internet…

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