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Firefox Add-Ons, Facebook Bonfire, Google Maps, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, May 5, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Neowin: It’s not you, it’s Mozilla: Firefox is having trust issues with add-ons [Update]. “According to an announcement on Mozilla Discourse, a certificate used to sign Firefox add-ons expired some hours ago and is causing new add-ons to fail to install and existing add-ons to stop working. As a result, users have reported on Reddit that they have been left without functioning add-ons such as content blockers, password managers, and download managers.” Apparently a fix is being rolled out but you may have to change your preferences.

The Verge: Facebook is shutting down Bonfire, its Houseparty clone for group video chat. “Facebook is shutting down a clone of the group video chat app Houseparty, The Verge has learned. Bonfire, which Facebook began testing in the summer of 2017, will stop working sometime this month. The app began testing in Denmark in the fall of 2017, but it never came to the United States.”

Yahoo Finance: Google Maps now highlights photos of restaurants’ most popular dishes. “Google Maps has long since shown crowdsourced photos of the dishes at listed restaurants, but a new tab will flag up the most popular choices with photos to match. As spotted by Taylor Wimberley on Twitter and confirmed by several other users, the update adds a new tab to the Menu page on a restaurant’s Maps listing called Popular Dishes.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 5 Gmail Desktop and Laptop Tools to Power Up Your Email Inbox. “Gmail is great on both laptops and phones. But if you primarily access Gmail on your computer, it can be a whole lot better if you club it with these awesome extensions and add-ons.”

Search Engine Journal: 5 Tools to Track Your Brand Mentions on Social Media . “People have been talking about products and brands since forever: exchanging recommendations, complaining, talking about ads, or mentioning a brand in passing. These discussions are now happening on social media, and you have a chance to monitor and tap in these conversations.”

Genealogy Bank: Genealogy 101: Translation Tools for Your Spanish-Language Research. “With Cinco de Mayo celebrations this Sunday, some genealogists will be inspired to explore their Hispanic roots this weekend. Researching your Spanish-speaking ancestors in old newspapers and genealogical documents can be intimidating if you don’t read or speak Spanish – but it doesn’t have to be. With a little planning and preparation, you can be ready to tackle that branch of your family tree.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

AdAge: Giphy’s Head Of Revenue Breaks Down Their Most Popular Search Terms, Plus The Future Of Messaging. This is a podcast episode but does have an accompanying article. “People—people like you and me—conduct more than a billion searches for GIFs and stickers on our messaging apps every day. At the heart of those GIF results is, often, Giphy, the shareable online database and search engine of those short looping soundless videos. While it’s all fun and good to send a friend a looping video of a dog on a skateboard or what have you, Alex Magnin sees tremendous business opportunities, despite not being profitable—yet.”

Route Fifty: Finding History Along the Highway. “A one-inch grey pipe stem excavated by Maryland state archeologists doesn’t look like much. But this artifact dug up on a site near a rural stretch of highway eventually led to an important clue about the lives of enslaved people in the state about 200 years ago. DNA found inside the stem was identified as belonging to a woman and linked to people currently living in Sierra Leone—a rare breakthrough in using genetic testing to uncover the history of people divorced from their homelands in West Africa when forced onto slave ships.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

University of California: UC Berkeley students investigate war crimes using social media. “A ‘super-experimental’ lab launched at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 to teach students to mine social media for potential human rights violations and war crimes today is producing a new generation of human rights investigators — and they’re being scooped up by employers including Amnesty International, The New York Times, the BBC and the International Criminal Court.”

Security Boulevard: Dell Hell Gets Hotter via Bad Bug in Every PC, Laptop. “Every Dell endpoint running Microsoft Windows has a nasty remote-code execution vulnerability. The security hole is in the SupportAssist module. Amazingly, Dell figured it would be great to allow a web page to take full control of a PC—admin privileges and all. Bypassing the tool’s minimal checks turns out to be trivial. To top it off, it took Dell six months to fix this vulnerability. In today’s SB Blogwatch, we rush to install the patch.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Inside Higher Ed: Making Monographs Open. “The University of North Carolina Press is leading an experiment to significantly lower the cost of producing scholarly books — an important step toward a sustainable open-access publishing model for monographs. Many university presses have experimented with open-access monographs, but few have transitioned away from charging fees for most work, as they are unable to do so sustainably, said John Sherer, director of UNC Press.”

Forbes: We Must Bring Libraries, Journalists And Technologists Together To Preserve Online News. “In recent years there has been a steadily growing, but long-overdue interest in preserving our collective societal memory recorded in the ephemeral and incredibly fragile world of online journalism. From traditional textual news articles to interactive features, photo galleries, video reporting and new technologies like VR features, digital journalism has become the dominate medium through which we understand the world around us. Unlike print journalism, which has long been archived by libraries akin to books, with paper stacked on shelves in a passive process, preserving online journalism requires actively seeking it out and complex preservation processes foreign to both the library and journalism worlds. How might technologists help the library and journalism worlds reimagine how they preserve online news?” Good morning, Internet…

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