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Coal Plant Developers, Richard Nixon, Twitch, More: Thursday Buzz, November 1, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

Energy Post: A blacklist of the world’s top 120 coal plant developers. “Nearly 1,400 new coal power plant developments are planned or under construction in 59 countries that would add 33% to coal power capacity. But the risks of investing in such projects are growing, and many banks and investors are looking to move away from coal. To help them, non-governmental organisation Urgewald has created a database of the world’s top 120 coal plant developers, says Kathy Hipple of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.”

CNN: National Archives releases draft indictment of Richard Nixon amid Mueller probe. “The National Archives released a central set of documents from the Watergate scandal on Wednesday, including a would-be indictment against President Richard Nixon, following a lawsuit pointing to its relevance in the current era. The documents, known as the Watergate Road Map, as released Wednesday contained redactions and never-before-seen remnants of the investigation into Nixon but largely contained information previously made public, according to the Archives.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Tubefilter: Twitch Announces A Swath Of New Creator Tools And Expansions To Its Esports Program. “This past weekend, at its annual TwitchCon gathering, Twitch unveiled a range of new and upcoming tools — including two large expansions of its esports program — that are meant to help creators find, connect with, and grow their audiences.”

The Verge: Facebook has started banning accounts affiliated with far-right group the Proud Boys. “Facebook has started banning both individual accounts and pages, as well as associated groups, that are affiliated with the far-right extremist group the Proud Boys. The news was first reported today by Business Insider, which noted that members of the Proud Boys and adjacent online communities had begun complaining about the takedowns on Twitter.”

Digital NC: More issues of The Charlotte Post are now online!. “More than two dozen additional issues of The Charlotte Post have recently been added to Digital NC. Thanks to our partnership with Johnson C. Smith University, our digital holdings for The Charlotte Post now mostly range in date from 1971 to 1996, and feature newly uncovered early issues from the 1930s. This most recent batch includes those special issues as well as additions from 1991 to 1996. The three partial issues are from 1930, 1931, and 1934, and serve as important resources for African American history in Charlotte at that time.”

Neowin: You can now report accounts for being fake on Twitter. “Twitter has been putting quite a bit of weight behind eradicating the rampant issue of fake accounts and spambots greatly influencing many people’s experience on its platform, to the point where the company, in its Q2 earnings report, saw itself lose over a million (fake) users.”

USEFUL STUFF

CNET: Uber, Lyft, Lime and Skip offer free rides on Election Day. “Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft and electric scooter companies Lime and Skip are offering free and discounted rides to help get people to the polls for the midterm elections next Tuesday.”

DNAeXplained: MyHeritage LIVE Livestreamed Sessions to be Recorded. “If you are interested in the free livestreamed sessions from MyHeritage LIVE from Oslo, Norway, but the time difference is problematic for you – there’s great news. Many of the sessions will be recorded for later replay. I’m very glad to hear this from MyHeritage, because I want to watch the sessions in the tracks that I can’t attend. There are three tracks total, Genealogy and DNA, which will be recorded, and the workshops, which will not be recorded.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

SEO Roundtable: Google: Fill In Your Meta Descriptions Because You Know Your Content Best. “Google’s John Mueller said on Twitter that it is best not to leave your meta descriptions blank. Instead he said try to fill them out because you know your content best. This is despite a recent study from Yoast that shows that Google often uses your web site content, not your meta description, for your Google search result snippets.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch:
Civil servant who watched porn at work blamed for infecting a US government network with malware
. “A U.S. government network was infected with malware thanks to one employee’s ‘extensive history’ of watching porn on his work computer, investigators have found. The audit, carried out by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s inspector general, found that a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) network at the EROS Center, a satellite imaging facility in South Dakota, was infected after an unnamed employee visited thousands of porn pages that contained malware, which downloaded to his laptop and ‘exploited the USGS’ network.'”

Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court divided over Google privacy settlement. “U.S. Supreme Court justices, in an internet privacy case involving Google(GOOGL.O), disagreed on Wednesday over whether to rein in a form of settlement in class action lawsuits that awards money to charities and other third parties instead of to people affected by the alleged wrongdoing.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Western Europeans Under 30 View News Media Less Positively, Rely More on Digital Platforms Than Older Adults. “Across eight Western European countries, adults ages 18 to 29 are about twice as likely to get news online than from TV. They also tend to be more critical of the news media’s performance and coverage of key issues than older adults.” Good morning, Internet…

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