Free Genealogy, Facebook, Twitter, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, November 12, 2018

Missouri State Genealogical Association: NEHGS Offers FREE Access on American Ancestors Thru Tues!. “To assist family historians of all levels with a great reason to fall back into research, American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) are granting FREE access to more than 1.4 billion names within its data-rich online records.” Apologies for posting this with little notice — I did not hear about it until late Saturday…


Ars Technica: Facebook joins Google, halts mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment cases. “On Friday, Facebook followed Google’s lead and announced to employees that it would be ending its policy that required mandatory arbitration for employee sexual harassment claims.”

CNET: Facebook launches TikTok-clone app called Lasso so teens will think it’s cool. “Facebook launched on Friday a new short-form video app called Lasso that lets users make and share videos with filters and special effects. The app includes video-editing tools, and helps users add music and text. Users can also follow creators, browse videos and find popular hashtags.”

Reuters: Twitter cuts suspect users from follower counts again, blames bug . “Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) made another attempt to make users’ tallies of followers more accurate on Friday, subtracting millions of suspicious followers which had reappeared on the social media service since a major purge in July.”

Neowin: GIPHY is moving beyond traditional GIFs with the soft-launch of its video platform. “GIPHY is best known for offering mainly a wide library of animated images called GIFs, allowing you to search for and share short animations with no sound. The service is integrated with various social media platforms including Twitter and Instagram’s Direct messaging. But GIPHY ​is expanding beyond that service.”


MakeUseOf: What Is Google Script? How to Write Your First Google Apps Script. “If you use Google Apps like Google Sheets or Google Docs, Google Script allows you to accomplish things you could never could with a similar desktop application. Google Script (also known as Google Apps Script) is an application development platform that lets you integrate all of the Google Cloud services you use. Google offers a long list of APIs for each one of their cloud services. By writing very simple Google apps, you can open up an entire world of additional features in each one of Google’s many services.”


Techdirt: Governor Of Tanzania’s Capital Announces Plan To Round Up Everyone Who Was Too Gay On Social Media. “There has been an unfortunate trend in far too many African nations in which governments there look at the internet as either a source of evil in their countries or purely as a source for tax revenue, or both. The end result in many cases is a speech tax of sorts being placed on citizens in these countries, with traffic being taxed, bloggers being forced to register with the federal government, and populations that could otherwise benefit from a free and open internet being essentially priced out of the benefit altogether.”

WRAL: Harnett mom banned from Facebook over her child breastfeeding photo. “A Harnett County mother of five is speaking out after she was banned from Facebook three days ago for posting a picture of her breastfeeding her youngest child.”

The Art Newspaper: Berlin’s Natural History Museum receives an eye-watering €660m of public funds for rebuild. “The budget committee of the German parliament’s lower house has approved €330m—a sum to be matched by the city of Berlin—to finance a ten-year renovation and extension of Berlin’s Natural History Museum and create an online database of its collections.”

IT News: NSW Spatial Services turns $60m image archive into free 3D models. “The official public source of land information in NSW, Spatial Services, is turning its 70-year backlog of aerial photography into a 3D digital database for developers, conservationists and historians to understand how the state has changed.”


How-To Geek: What is a “Dark Web Scan” and Should You Use One? . “Experian and many other companies are pushing ‘dark web scans.’ They promise to search the dark web for your personal information to see if criminals are selling it. Don’t waste your money.”


Science Daily: Social media use increases depression and loneliness, study finds . “Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram may not be great for personal well-being. The first experimental study examining use of multiple platforms shows a causal link between time spent on these social media and increased depression and loneliness.” Good morning, Internet…

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