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Harry Truman, LGBTQ Newspapers, Bing, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, January 27, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

CIA: Sixth Installment Available of “The Daily Summary: Informing President Truman”. “The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) today released the last of six sets of declassified daily intelligence reports President Harry Truman received from CIA and its predecessor organization, the Central Intelligence Group. Known then as the Daily Summary, the product continues now as the President’s Daily Brief.”

University of Houston Libraries: New Digital Collection: GCAM Archive. “More than 30 years of Houston LGBTQ history is preserved and presented in this collection from the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History (GCAM). The collection contains over 150 LGBT newspapers from central Texas, the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and other Texas regions, from the 1970s through the early 2000s.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Ubergizmo: Microsoft’s Bing Now Accessible In China Again. “It was previously reported that Microsoft’s Bing had suddenly stopped working in China. It was suggested that it was due to DNS corruption, which apparently is one of the ways that the Chinese government goes about censoring websites in China. However it seems that this could have really been nothing more than just a technical issue.”

CNET: Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s ad model: ‘We don’t sell people’s data’. “Mark Zuckerberg says he didn’t set out to build a global company. But a month shy of Facebook’s 15th birthday, the CEO of the world’s biggest social network has found himself defending the behemoth he created.”

SEO Roundtable: Google Image Search Changes Coming This Year: Think Different. “Google’s John Mueller said last night that bigger changes are coming to Google Image search this coming year. Instead of thinking of how to optimize for images like you have been for the past two decades, you will need to think differently about image search when these changes role out.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The 8 Best Private Browsers for Phones and Tablets. “When you’re using your smartphone, it’s not easy to stay away from prying eyes. Websites, businesses, hackers, and governments all want to track every move you make online. Given that your browser is one of the most significant ways in which you leak data, it makes sense to switch to a privacy-focused alternative if you’re serious about taking back control.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Bloomberg Quint: Google Memo on Cost Cuts Sparks Heated Debate Inside Company. “A 2016 document proposing cost cuts at Alphabet Inc.’s Google, including fewer promotions and bonuses, sparked heated debate when it was shared inside the technology company for the first time this week, according to people familiar with the situation.”

Mashable: 50 percent of Facebook users could be fake, report claims. “A long-running feud was thrust back into the spotlight today with a contentious report claiming that over half of Facebook’s monthly active users are actually fake. The report, written by Facebook critic Aaron Greenspan, alleges that the social media giant has no way to accurately measure its true user base — or in other words, accounts that are matched up to real people — and that Facebook’s reported metrics substantially overestimate the number of real monthly active users.”

WNPR: Connecticut Historical Society Uses Grant To Preserve Motion Picture Collection. “The motion picture collection at the Connecticut Historical Society is a hodgepodge of about 125 films, most of them home movies donated to the organization. Some of the movies have historical significance, like the flood of 1938, soldiers during World War I training in Connecticut to go to the front lines, and a 1918 Red Cross parade in Manchester. But many of them, like all home movies, are simply slices of life captured at a point in time.”

Recording Academy: Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Names Research And Preservation Grant Winners. “The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has announced the recipients of their Research And Preservation Grant Program, established to continue the cultural understanding of Latin Music and its history.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Times of India: Gang uses Google Maps to identify, loot 11 temples in Karnataka. “A five-member gang targeted 11 temples in the deserted areas of Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts and took away valuables worth Rs 2.9 lakh in the past five months. Their biggest accomplice in the heists was Google maps.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Daily Bruin: UC engaged in necessary fight for open access to research-based knowledge. “Academic publishing has been monetized and is increasingly inaccessible. Subscription-based journals with research from public universities often are paid for by taxpayers, yet aren’t always available to the public. Publishing has become concentrated in a small number of journals that can control and set extremely high price points for the entire industry. This puts academic journals and research faculty in a difficult situation.” Good morning, Internet…

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