Pentagon Employees, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Snapchat, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 11, 2018


POGO: Pentagon Revolving Door Database. “The revolving door of Pentagon officials and senior military leaders seeking lucrative post-retirement jobs often leads to confusing what is in the best financial interests of defense contractors with what is in the best interest of our citizens or national security. This database tracks senior Pentagon officials and military officers who have gone to work for Pentagon contractors, lobbying firms, and consultants trying to win Department of Defense contracts.” Not sure when this launched. It’s new-to-me.

National Library of Scotland: Library’s gift to the world to mark Britannica’s 250th anniversary. “The National Library of Scotland has published online a rare first edition of ‘Encyclopaedia Britannica’ to mark its 250th anniversary. ‘Britannica’ was conceived, compiled, printed and published entirely in Edinburgh, and on 10 December 1768, the first pages were published.”


The Next Web: Snapchat is testing new features (that Instagram has had for months). “Snapchat has clearly fallen behind Instagram when it comes to user growth. In order to catch up, the app is testing a bunch of features like a timer, camera grid, and portrait mode. The finding comes from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who took to Twitter to share screenshots of the new features.”

Search Engine Land: Massive fake review attack has big impact on small businesses. “The Local SEO community was recently plagued with a massive fake review attack that impacted small businesses globally. A collection of 37 profiles left over 3 million fake 4-star ratings. By the time Google removed them all about five days later, the average profile had left over 81,000 ratings for various businesses.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Find Out When a Webpage Was Published. “When you’re doing research on a topic, it’s vital to ensure your sources are up to date. If you’re writing an academic paper, dates of publication are often required in the citations. The majority of the time, getting the date is easy: simply look on the site and find the “published on” date to find out how recent it was. Things get a little more complicated when there is no date listed on the webpage. When this happens, how do you know when the page was published?”

New York Times: How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location. “At least 75 companies receive people’s precise location data from hundreds of apps whose users enable location services for benefits such as weather alerts, The New York Times found. The companies use, store or sell the information to help advertisers, investment firms and others. You can head off much of the tracking on your own device by spending a few minutes changing settings. The information below applies primarily to people in the United States.”

Hongkiat: 15 Best Sites to Send Big Files Online. “Today’s Internet allows an array of mediums for sharing files across different platforms. However, sharing large files still has its limits. Most email services only allow 20-25 MB as maximum attachment size which definitely isn’t enough to share bulky data (especially media files). Here’s the point where you need a reliable website that lets you send GBs of data to multiple people online. And so we bring you a list of 15 of the best large file sharing websites that will let you share large files for free.”


BBC: ‘Digital museum’ brings millions of fossils out of the dark. “The bid to create a ‘global digital museum’ has been welcomed by scientists, who say it will enable them to study valuable specimens that are currently “hidden” in museum drawers. Museums including London’s Natural History Museum and the Smithsonian in Washington DC are involved.”

Quartz: Researchers are keeping a cave’s location secret to thwart Instagram tourists. “Researchers and geologists have found an enormous cave, complete with a rushing river fed by two melting glaciers, in British Columbia’s Wells Gray Provincial Park, but they’re not sharing exactly where.”


The Verge: The Problem With Studies Saying Phones Are Bad For You. “Every other week, there’s a new report about what staring at a screen is doing to your brain. It’s hard to know what to trust, and that could be because scientists haven’t been measuring screen time correctly.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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