Theodore Roosevelt, Acmoa Pueblo Language, Google Chrome, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, October 19, 2018


New York Times: Thousands of Theodore Roosevelt’s Papers Are Now Online. “Before he took on the ‘bully pulpit’ as the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt lost his first wife and mother on the same day in 1884. Reflecting on their deaths, he turned to a page in his diary and wrote, “The light has gone out of my life.” That somber note and thousands of other intimate records from his life are now available in a digital archive compiled by the Library of Congress.”

KRQE: Pueblo works to preserve endangered language with online dictionary. “The Acoma Pueblo’s Board of Education unveiled a new tool Thursday to keep its endangered dialect alive…. Thursday, the board unveiled its new online dictionary that has 10,000 words along with audio recordings. It’s one of the largest indigenous language dictionaries ever published for a New Mexico tribe.”


BetaNews: Chrome 70 introduces more control over security features. “Google has released Chrome 70.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux, along with Chrome for iOS 70.0. Chrome for Android 70.0 is due imminently. The desktop version of the browser gains several new security related features to build on the major facelift unveiled in Chrome 69 to mark its tenth anniversary.”


MakeUseOf: What Is Reddiquette? 8 Things You Should Never Do on Reddit. “Reddit is one of the internet’s premiere places for the latest news, memes, and anything else you can think of. While you can get plenty out of Reddit just by browsing, after some time you may decide it’s time to create an account and actually get involved. Before you start posting, though, it’s a good idea to go over some basic rules of Reddit etiquette for the site—often called ‘Reddiquette.’ Let’s talk about some of the things not to do on Reddit. Avoid them, and you’ll be on your way to a more pleasant experience.”


CBS 8: Facebook takes down ads mentioning African-Americans and Hispanics, calling them political. “Dozens of advertisements removed from Facebook for being political ahead of the November midterm elections did not appear to express any political view, a USA TODAY analysis showed. The Facebook ads from businesses, universities, nonprofits and other organizations did seem to have something in common: They mentioned ‘African-American,’ ‘Latino,’ ‘Hispanic,’ ‘Mexican,’ ‘women,’ ‘LGBT’ or were written in Spanish. Even offers of free delivery from Chipotle Mexican Grill were mislabeled as political until an inquiry from USA TODAY.”

Ars Technica: Report: Former top Waymo engineer altered code to go on “forbidden routes”. “In the early days of what ultimately became Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division (known at the time as ‘Project Chauffeur’), there were “more than a dozen accidents, at least three of which were serious,” according to a new article in The New Yorker.”


Legaltech News: ‘You Probably Want to Know Less’: The Influence of Social Media on Labor Law. “The influence of social media in hiring is among the emerging issues that are presenting new questions for employers. Labor and employment attorneys on Wednesday discussed the pitfalls, benefits and gray areas stemming from technology and social media use by workers. ‘Technology is racing way ahead of legal developments and the law is trying to keep up,’ said Charles Fournier, a partner at Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud in New York.”


Bloomberg Quint: Why You Should Ditch Google’s Favorite Data Collection Tools. “On Tuesday, Google proposed a remedy to comply with a July European Commission ruling that came with a $5 billion fine. The proposal confirms the validity of the European antitrust regulators’ complaint: The search giant really wants consumers to use only two of its mobile apps — Google Search and Google Chrome. That’s a good reason not to use them.”

Wired: I Used Only Bing for 3 Months. Here’s What I Found—and What I Didn’t. “There’s also never been a better time to give Bing an honest appraisal. If Google’s data-hoovering didn’t creep you out before, its attitude toward location tracking and Google+ privacy failings should. And while privacy-focused search options like DuckDuckGo go further to solve that problem, Bing is the most full-featured alternative out there. It’s the logical first stop on the express train out of Googletown. A minor spoiler: This isn’t an excuse to dunk on Bing. It’s also not an extended ‘Actually, Bing Is Good’ counterpoint. It’s just one person’s attempt to figure out what Bing is today, and why.”

Arizona State University: Zombie narratives can chew through complex topics. “Four-day conference bridging science and the arts explores zombification to engage in potentially frightening aspects of the future.” Weird headline, fascinating article. Good afternoon, Internet…

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