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Early Stuart England, Underground Radio Stations, Facebook, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 26, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

University of Birmingham: University of Birmingham Research sheds light on Early Stuart England pamphleteering. “Hundreds of handwritten pamphlets detailing the news, politics, intrigue and scandals of pre-Civil War Britain are now at academics, history buffs, teachers and students’ fingertips thanks to a project led by University of Birmingham historian Dr Noah Millstone.”

The Vinyl Factory: This website collects underground radio stations from around the world in one place. “The site currently features stations from 53 different cities and 28 countries, including NTS and Soho Radio – home to The Vinyl Factory’s monthly show – as well as WFMU, The Lot and Berlin Community Radio.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Phys .org: Facebook to pay 100m in Italian fiscal accord. “Social media giant Facebook has agreed to pay more than 100 million euros ($114 million) to end a fiscal fraud dispute, Italian tax authorities said Thursday.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Online Backup Services to Keep Your Data Safe. “Everyone should make backups of their data. Disaster will inevitably strike at some point. And when it does, you don’t want to lose your photos, videos, music, and important documents.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: How an Instagram conversation led to a firestorm in China. “Racist Instagram exchanges have gone viral in China, despite the platform being blocked. A Dolce & Gabbana fashion show has been apparently canceled in China as hordes of online users accuse the brand of racism. First denounced by famous actors including Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), the brand pulled its Shanghai fashion show last night after a dozen models left, and now, online platforms like Net-A-Porter and Alibaba’s Taobao have swiftly stopped carrying its wares in China.”

The Next Web: Snap, share, eat: The decidedly human reasons we’re obsessed with amateur food photography. “Food has always been a part of the human condition. Sharing food, in an archival sense, dates back at least 40,000 years to cave paintings in the Paleolithic Era. Romans, Egyptians, and Mayans all documented the food they ate, and sometimes even how they prepared it. Renaissance and early impressionist painters took a liking to still life, painting food in bowls or adorning tables fit for kings. Interest in food as art only grew from there with modern masterpieces from the likes of Andy Warhol, who found inspiration in the most unlikely of places: a Campbell’s soup can. In a modern sense, the trend in documenting your next meal can be tied to two defining moments.”

BBC: National BBC broadcast archive in Aberystwyth in doubt. “Plans to create a broadcast archive for Wales have been thrown into doubt after the Welsh Government withdrew support. The £9m project at the National Library of Wales (NLW) in Aberystwyth was due to become home to 160,000 recordings from the BBC Wales programme archive.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Bloomberg: Scared Your DNA Is Exposed? Then Share It, Scientists Suggest. “A group of medical researchers have a counterintuitive proposal for shielding people’s most intimate personal data from prying eyes. Share more of it, they say. A lot more of it.” I thought security by obscurity didn’t work.

WIVB: New legislation calls for social media search before pistol permit in NY . “New legislation submitted in the State Senate would require social media checks before someone could get their pistol permit. We’ve been told for years to keep passwords private. If you’re trying to get a pistol permit in the future, that may change.”

ZDNet: Brazil’s largest professional association suffers massive data leak. “Brazil’s Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP) is being accused of exposing millions of personal data records from three of its databases online. FIESP represents about 130 thousand companies and is the largest class entity in the Brazilian industrial sector. The records leaked included names, ID and social security numbers, as well as full addresses, emails and telephone numbers.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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