TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Engadget: Google is testing group calling in Duo . “Google’s upgrade strategy for Duo could include some highly sought-after features. Android Police sources say Google is testing a group calling feature in at least the Android version of its video chat app.”
Mashable: University wants to ‘banish’ Trump’s favorite word in 2019. “Even our vocabulary needs a fresh start for 2019. This has been a rough year in so many ways, even for the words we use — and particularly for those that President Donald Trump is constantly tweeting out. That’s why one group is proposing we ban the word ‘collusion.’ ”
Search Engine Journal: How to Completely Optimize Your Google My Business Listing. “To achieve digital marketing success by leveraging a location-based strategy, most seasoned SEO professionals start at the same place: creating a Google My Business listing. And for good reason.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
SBS News: Database connects kids with culturally diverse children’s books. “A new database designed by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literacy (NCACL) hopes to make it easier for teachers, parents, and readers to find books which celebrate diversity. Users can search for key concepts in the database, including cultural identity, traditions, migration, and language.” The database will launch later in 2019.
France24: Gulf, Egypt jail activists amid social media crackdown. “Courts in the Gulf and Egypt have upheld jail terms against leading activists in a crackdown on protesting through social media, marking a somber end to 2018 for rights campaigners. In both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, prominent campaigners lost their appeals on Monday against lengthy prison terms over their online posts.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Phys .org: French start-up offers ‘dark web’ compass, but not for everyone . “For years criminal websites shrouded in secrecy have thrived beyond the reach of traditional search engines, but a group of French engineers has found a way to navigate this dark web—a tool they don’t want to fall into the wrong hands.”
Ars Technica: Feds won’t build license plate database—they just want access to one. “Just over a year ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sought a contractor to build and operate a national license plate reader database. After some controversy, that plan was eventually pulled. According to a new ad posted Thursday, the agency now wants to ‘obtain query-based access to a commercially available License Plate Reader (LPR) database.'”
TechCrunch: Popsugar’s Twinning app was leaking everyone’s uploaded photos . “I thought the worst thing about Popsugar’s Twinning tool was that it matched me with James Corden. Turns out, the hundreds of thousands of selfies uploaded to the tool were easily downloadable by anyone who knew where to look.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
MIT Technology Review: Seven New Year’s resolutions for Big Tech in 2019. “Every January, Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, likes to go public with a resolution for the year ahead. His 2018 one to ‘fix Facebook’ has clearly been an epic fail, given the stream of privacy scandals that have dogged the social-media behemoth over the past 12 months. Other high-profile tech companies, including Twitter and Google, have also found themselves under fire again this year.”
NBC: Nextdoor gave me neighborhood paranoia. The only cure was meeting my neighbors in real life instead of online.. “I joined the website Nextdoor.com this past spring, after a friend said it was better than Craigslist for buying used furniture. Having been a ‘neighbor’ on Nextdoor for the last six months, I will add that it’s also a great place to find a catsitter and an effective way to convince yourself that you live in a lawless hellscape, where you will repeatedly be victimized by violent teens, shameless thieves, and shady contractors.” Nextdoor is great for helping lost pets find their way home, I will say. Also for coyote sightings. Good afternoon, Internet…
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