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Ocean Science, YouTube, YouTube TV, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 11, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

News@Northeastern: This Resource Is An Ocean Science Teacher’s Dream Come True. “Northeastern’s Marine Science Center has created a new series of online educational resources for science teachers to use to inside and outside their classrooms. The website translates research completed by Northeastern students and faculty into lesson plans for teachers. The site is catered toward every level of education, with lessons suited for students from early elementary school through high school.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: YouTube to develop its own choose-your-own-adventure shows. “Video streaming site YouTube is jumping into programming where viewers can directly interact with a show’s narrative, according to Bloomberg. These choose-your-own-adventure shows will be overseen by Ben Relles, YouTube’s head of unscripted programming for YouTube Originals.”

Reuters: Google raises price of YouTube TV to $49.99, adds Discovery, Animal Planet. “Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday raised the monthly membership price of its YouTube TV online service by 25 percent to $49.99, while adding channels such as Discovery, Animal Planet and TLC.”

USEFUL STUFF

TechCrunch: New privacy assistant Jumbo fixes your Facebook & Twitter settings . “Jumbo saves you hours as well as embarrassment by automatically adjusting 30 Facebook privacy settings to give you more protection, and by deleting your old tweets after saving them to your phone. It can even erase your Google Search and Amazon Alexa history, with clean-up features for Instagram and Tinder in the works. The startup emerges from stealth today to launch its Jumbo privacy assistant app on iPhone (Android coming soon). What could take a ton of time and research to do manually can be properly handled by Jumbo with a few taps.”

MakeUseOf: 8 Free Twitter Tools to Make Twitter More Useful . “Twitter can be a lot of fun. That is if you can avoid the trolls and haters. Even if it isn’t fun, perhaps you need to use Twitter for your career. Either way, managing a Twitter account can take up a lot of your time and energy. Fortunately, Twitter doesn’t have to be a time suck. There are a range of free Twitter tools you can use to make Twitter more useful. In this article, we recommend the tools you’ll need to make Twitter work better for you.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Washington Post: Senate Republicans renew their claims that Facebook, Google and Twitter censor conservatives . “Republicans led by Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday pilloried Facebook, Google and Twitter over allegations they censor conservative users and content online, threatening federal regulation in response to claims that Democrats long have described as a hoax and a distraction.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

KFGO: U.S. senators introduce social media bill to ban ‘dark patterns’ tricks. “Two U.S. senators introduced a bill on Tuesday to ban online social media companies like Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc from tricking consumers into giving up their personal data. The bill from Mark Warner, a Democrat, and Deb Fischer, a Republican, would also ban online platforms with more than 100 million monthly active users from designing addicting games or other websites for children under age 13.”

CNN: Yahoo tries again to settle lawsuit over massive data breach. This time it offers $118 million. “Yahoo could pay $117.5 million to settle massive data breaches that compromised personal information, including email addresses and passwords. The proposed settlement was announced on Tuesday, but still needs to be approved by US District Judge Lucy Koh.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Atlantic: Obama’s Presidential Library Is Already Digital. “The debate about the Obama library exhibits a fundamental confusion. Given its origins and composition, the Obama library is already largely digital. The vast majority of the record his presidency left behind consists not of evocative handwritten notes, printed cable transmissions, and black-and-white photographs, but email, Word documents, and JPEGs. The question now is how to leverage its digital nature to make it maximally useful and used.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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