University of Utah Newspapers, DPLA, Internet Safety, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, October 15, 2018


KSL: Here’s what the U. newspaper looked like in 1892. “Every edition of the The Daily Utah Chronicle, University of Utah’s student newspaper, for its first 100 years of existence is now available online, adding to the growing number of Utah newspapers digitized to be available to the public.”


DPLA: An Update on our Ebooks Initiatives. “We are thrilled to be heading into the second year of running the DPLA Exchange… DPLA Exchange is operated by DPLA and enables libraries to provide their patrons with bestselling e-content titles alongside free open content in a simple, easy-to-use platform. Content from the DPLA Exchange integrates seamlessly with materials from other vendors like Overdrive in SimplyE, a free mobile app developed by New York Public Library (NYPL), available for iOS and Android. After a successful first year, we have five pilot libraries set up on the Exchange, ready to buy content or download free materials and over 100 new libraries deploying SimplyE, thanks to our partnerships with LYRASIS and NYPL.”

Google Blog: Helping parents have the tech talk with their kids. “In real life (or IRL, as my son reminds me) I work hard to ensure my child is safe, confident, and kind. And whether he’s chatting with friends, doing homework or playing games, I want to make sure the same is true whenever he’s online. To make that happen, it’s up to me to have the right conversations and provide the right tools to guide him on making smart choices, no matter where he is. However, parents often feel less tech savvy than their kids.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Clarifies a Few Things About Recent Search Algorithm Updates. “Google’s Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, has published a series of tweets regarding recent updates to search algorithms. Many SEOs and site owners have observed significant spikes and drops in search traffic over the past several weeks.”


LinkedIn: How to Create a Content Marketing Plan Using LinkedIn . “Do you need to improve your LinkedIn marketing? Wondering which content types will perform best for you? In this article, you’ll find a step-by-step process to help you create a LinkedIn content marketing plan.”


Intelligencer: ‘I Fundamentally Believe That My Time at Reddit Made the World a Worse Place’. “Over the last few months, Select All has interviewed more than a dozen prominent technology figures about what has gone wrong with the contemporary internet for a project called ‘The Internet Apologizes.’ We’re now publishing lengthier transcripts of each individual interview. This interview features Dan McComas, the former senior vice-president for product of Reddit and the founder and CEO of Imzy, a community-focused platform.”


TechCrunch: MindBody-owned FitMetrix exposed millions of user records — thanks to servers without passwords. “FitMetrix, a fitness technology and performance tracking company owned by gym booking giant Mindbody, has exposed millions of user records because it left several of its servers without a password.”

SecurityIntelligence: Is Your Site Protected Against Drupal Security Flaws?. “Drupal is a leading open source content management tool that hosts a significant portion of the most popular websites on the internet. If you have not heard about the Drupal security flaws from earlier this year, then you need to take a closer look at what happened and start taking precautions to protect your own installations.” David Strom is always worth a read.


New York Times: Why You Can’t Stop Looking at Other People’s Screens. “Other people’s screens have changed the phenomenon of ‘shoulder surfing’ — peeking over shoulders, often with malicious intent — or so a team of researchers at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich surmised. Shoulder surfing is why your passwords show up as dots or asterisks when you type them out on your computer or your phone. But most of the literature on it is security-focused, a response, perhaps, to questions of how best to safeguard one’s information, during a time before portable screens.”

Columbia Journalism Review: Do journalists pay too much attention to Twitter?. “Journalists often say they spend too much time on Twitter, and wind up devoting more time than they should to stories that come to them via tweets. Should Twitter play such an oversized role in what the media chooses to cover and how they cover it? A new study attempts to get at whether journalists ascribe too much importance to Twitter.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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