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Japan Databases, North Carolina Newspapers, Skype, More: Wednesday Buzz, September 5, 2018

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Japan Times: Databases run by National Diet Library and 10 other institutions to be unified on new website. “The government plans to create a website to unify databases that are currently managed individually by affiliated institutions, officials said Tuesday…. Eleven databases that are managed separately by institutions such as the National Diet Library, the National Museum of Art and the National Archives of Japan will be covered by the planned website.”

DigitalNC: The Richmond Headlight Now Digitized and Online at DigitalNC. “43 issues of the Richmond Headlight have been newly added to DigitalNC and are available now. These are the first issues of the Richmond Headlight to be digitized and uploaded to DigitalNC, covering from March 1901 to September 1906. It is also the first newspaper on DigitalNC from Richmond County. Published as a weekly newspaper in Rockingham, the Richmond Headlight advertised itself as the “only Democratic paper in the county” at the time. As the newspaper folded in late 1906, this batch may represent the entirety of the Richmond Headlight‘s circulation still in known existence, completing the collection.”

The Register: Microsoft takes a pruning axe to Skype’s forest of features. “This time, Microsoft says, it really will be different: Redmond has promised to stop ruining Skype. Users who have stuck with the product through the frustrations may or may harbour scepticism, but Skype and Outlook design director Peter Skillman blogged a mea culpa of sorts on Friday.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Heads Into Showdown With Congress After Witness Is Rejected. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google posted what it called ‘testimony’ for a congressional hearing on social media companies’ efforts to thwart election meddling in advance of November’s midterm races — only it doesn’t appear anyone will be there to deliver it.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: The Best Way to Set Up a Dropbox Account. “There are lots of services you can use to host your files in the cloud. Dropbox is one solid option, even though it doesn’t give you a lot of storage to play with if you aren’t paying its monthly fee. Still, it’s an incredibly convenient way to access a shared pool of files across your computers and devices. Even if it’s reached ‘household name’ status for software, here’s a guide to getting the most out of this great storage solution.”

Bio-IT World: Best of Show VR Winner, Nanome, Available For Free Download. “Nanome has launched its virtual reality platform for anybody interested in playing around with molecules, the company said. The platform includes a free tier on the Oculus VR Marketplace. Nanome lets users import molecular structures from a local machine or an online database such as RCSB or DrugBank, and manipulate molecular structures by literally grabbing, rotating, or enlarging the area of interest with their hands and a virtual reality headset.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

TechCrunch: UK media giants call for independent oversight of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter . “The UK’s leading broadcasters and ISPs have called for the government to introduce independent regulatory oversight of social media content. The group of media and broadband operators in the tightly regulated industries spans both the state-funded and commercial sector — with the letter to the Sunday Telegraph being inked with signatures from the leaders of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, BT and TalkTalk.”

Wired: What Happens When Facebook Mistakenly Blocks Local News Stories. “IN JULY, DANIELLE Bostick joined a nationwide movement against sexual violence on school campuses when she made a Facebook page for her daughter. ‘Justice for Francesca’ is meant to raise awareness about the 15-year-old, who was sexually assaulted last summer by a classmate she didn’t know. For weeks, Bostick used the page to share articles about Francesca’s case and those of other students in similar circumstances. But recently, Bostick began running into problems with Facebook’s platform.”

CNET: Google Chrome’s biggest challenge at age 10 might just be its own success. “Exactly 10 years ago Tuesday, a newly promoted vice president named Sundar Pichai stood before a group of tech reporters in a conference room at Google’s Mountain View, California, headquarters. There, he revealed the Chrome web browser publicly for the first time. It went well, to say the least.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Digital Trends: Garbage to gold: How Yahoo unethically sells your spam email. I believe I have mentioned this story before but this goes into more detail. “Yahoo’s golden era has passed and Yahoo Mail, once considered a serious competitor to Gmail, is now far less popular. It’s unlikely that you use it for your primary email account. So why should you care about its privacy policy? According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo’s parent company, Verizon, knows you don’t use that old AOL or Yahoo inbox. It knows they’re just full of spam. Yet strangely enough, it’s selling data pulled from it without telling you — and staying alive by doing so.”

Krebs on Security: Instagram’s New Security Tools are a Welcome Step, But Not Enough. “Instagram users should soon have more secure options for protecting their accounts against Internet bad guys. On Tuesday, the Facebook-owned social network said it is in the process of rolling out support for third-party authentication apps. Unfortunately, this welcome new security offering does nothing to block Instagram account takeovers when thieves manage to hijack a target’s mobile phone number — an increasingly common crime.”

Reuters: U.S. accuses China of ‘super aggressive’ spy campaign on LinkedIn. “The United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down.” Good morning, Internet…

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