Evening Express: New online tool will help families track down Scottish ancestors. “Professor Marjory Harper, a historian from Aberdeen University who has extensively researched the stories of emigrants who set sail for a new life abroad, has helped create a free online tool which contains the records of 21,000 people. The Scottish Emigration Database lists details including the town or village of origin, address, destination and occupation, as well as information about specific vessels and shipping lines.”
Inc.: What You Need to Know About the Women in VC Directory. “You already know women are few and far between in the venture capital world. Sutian Dong and Jessica Peltz-Zatulove want to change that. On Monday, the venture capital investors officially introduced their Global Women in VC Directory, an online database of nearly 1,000 women investors, which Dong and Peltz-Zatulove hope will help encourage more women investors to enter the field and grow within it.”
Source Weekly: Oregon’s Art Collection Gets Its Own Website . “Have you ever been out and about and wandered across a piece of art that made you wonder who created it or why it’s there? A new website from the Oregon Arts Commission has categorized and made accessible online all 2,400 works of art acquired and commissioned by the State of Oregon since 1975.
Poynter: You can now search really old AP Stylebooks and guides online. “As of Thursday, people who create a free account at apstylebook.com can search PDFs of stylebooks and guides going back to 1900. The archives include the 1933 guide for filing editors, the 1939 ‘Wirephoto: Miracle of Modern Newsgathering,’ and the first edition of the modern stylebook from 1953.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Tubefilter: Twitch Launches ‘Squad Stream’ Feature, Enabling Four-Person Multiplay. “The update, which the Amazon-owned streamer announced in a blog post, enables up to four creators to go live and stream simultaneously in a single window. Twitch notes that Squad Stream was designed to capture more moments of battle royale matches, for instance, as well as to serve as a virtual empty seat of sorts for tabletop games.”
KWCH: Verizon releases tool to block robo-calls. “Robo-callers will soon be asking ‘Can you hear me now?’ — when trying to reach Verizon customers. The largest wireless provider in the country released a new tool aimed at filtering those annoying automated calls.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Search Engine Journal: Ahrefs Announces Plan for New Search Engine. “Ahrefs CEO Dmitry Gerasimenko announced a plan to create a search engine that supports content creators and protects users privacy. Dmitry laid out his proposal for a more free and open web, one that rewards content creators directly from search revenue with a 90/10 split in favor of publishers.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
New York Times: Microsoft Seizes Websites It Traces to Iranian Hackers. “Microsoft took control of 99 websites that it said Iranian hackers had used to try to steal sensitive information from targets in the United States, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.”
The Register: Office Depot, OfficeMax, Support.com cough up $35m after charging folks millions in ‘fake’ malware cleanup fees. “Office Depot and Support.com have coughed up $35m after they were accused of lying to people that their PCs were infected with malware in order to charge them cleanup fees.”
Washington Post: HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination over its targeted advertising platform. “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Thursday it is alleging that Facebook’s targeted advertising platform violates the Fair Housing Act by ‘encouraging, enabling, and causing’ unlawful discrimination by restricting who can view housing ads.” This was a developing story when I found it so there’s not much there as I include it. But I think it’s important and I’m sure it’ll be expanded.
TechCrunch: Rela, a Chinese lesbian dating app, exposed 5 million user profiles. “Rela disappeared from app stores in May 2017 after it was reportedly shut down by Chinese regulators, though the government never confirmed it took action. But the app returned a year later, according to its app store listing, on a different cloud provider. LGBTQ+ rights in China remain highly limited, even though it was decriminalized in 1997. Many in the community still fight discrimination and attitudes have been slow to change.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Michigan State University: Cringeworthy Politics: Trump Sparks ‘Embarrassment’ Spikes On Twitter. “A piece of not-fake-news: there has been a 45-percent increase in people tweeting about embarrassment since Donald Trump took office. In an analysis of Twitter traffic between June 2015 and June 2017, researchers revealed how the platform’s users responded to Trump’s actions at high-profile events.”
WUSF: Twitter May Be Used To Track Lingering Health Problems In The Gulf Of Mexico. “A group of scientists from states bordering the Gulf of Mexico met in St. Petersburg Wednesday to figure out ways to deal with health problems coming from red tide and oil spills in the Gulf. They’re with the Joint Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, which was formed a year ago at USF St. Petersburg. Scientists have been looking at the aftereffects of the BP oil spill since 2010, and they’re just now beginning to decipher its consequences.” Good morning, Internet…
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