Job Hunting for Veterans, ALA, YouTube, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, August 28, 2018


Google Blog: Helping veterans make their next move in civilian life. “Starting today, service members can search ‘jobs for veterans’ on Google and then enter their specific military job codes (MOS, AFSC, NEC, etc.) to see relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills to those used in their military roles. We’re also making this capability available to any employer or job board to use on their own property through our Cloud Talent Solution.”

American Library Association: ALA files amicus brief in support of net neutrality protections. “The American Library Association today argued in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) strong, enforceable rules to protect and preserve the open internet with an amici filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.”

TechCrunch: YouTube expands its ‘digital wellbeing’ tools to track time spent watching videos. “Google today is expanding YouTube’s set of ‘digital wellbeing’ tools, with an added feature that will calculate how much you’re watching videos. The idea is that this will allow users to take better control over their viewing behavior and place limits on their time spent on YouTube by way of other app features that remind you to take a break. The ‘Time Watched’ feature, rolling out today, will inform YouTube users how much they’ve watched today, yesterday, and over the past 7 days, says YouTube.”


Virginia Tech: University Libraries receives grant to preserve history of company town Fries, Virginia. “The University Libraries’ Special Collections department received a $68,722 grant to preserve and make accessible decades of materials that tell the complex story of Fries, Virginia, and its textile mill.”

The Guardian: Facebook is being eclipsed by its youthful rival Snapchat. “According to analysts a new younger generation of social media users who have never been on Zuckerberg’s site – so called ‘Facebook-nevers’ – has now emerged.”

Reuters: German antitrust watchdog plans action on Facebook this year. “Germany’s antitrust watchdog expects to take first steps this year in its probe against Facebook (FB.O) after finding that the social media giant abused its market dominance to gather data on people without their knowledge or consent.”


TorrentFreak: Will Reddit’s /r/Piracy Sub-Reddit Get Shut Down?. “During the past few months, several sections of Reddit dedicated to piracy have been closed down. The big question among some users now, it seems, is whether the site’s flagship /r/piracy sub-Reddit will suffer the same fate. The answer is entirely dependent on whether the sub’s users behave and the mods keep taking out the trash.”

The Register: Lawyers sued for impersonating rival firm online to steal clients. “An Illinois law firm is suing a rival it says was impersonating it online in a bid to steal clients.”


Mashable: The case for having a ‘finsta’ as an adult. “Finstas can house a wide variety of pics, from shitposts to risqué selfies to hyper-specific memes the user only wants their best friends to see. They’re generally private, with highly curated followings — it’s not uncommon for finsta accounts to only have 10-15 followers. Unless you’ve been invited to follow someone’s finsta, it’s generally impossible to tell who the account belongs to. It’s essentially a secret, unfiltered Instagram oasis.”

Poynter: Good news for newsletter writers: Americans check email more than ever, even at dinner. “‘Not sure if you saw my last email’ is the most annoying phrase people use at work, followed by ‘per my last email,’ according to a new email study of working-class Americans conducted by Adobe. The study found that personal email use is up by 17 percent from this time last year, more than a quarter of those surveyed check their personal email from bed when they wake up and a whopping 85 percent check it before getting to work. What am I doing publishing this thing on a Monday afternoon?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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