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MyHeritage, Windows 10, LinkedIn, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 23, 2019

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MyHeritage Blog: Memorial Day: Free Access to Military Records. “To help you learn more about your heroic ancestors and the sacrifices they made in service of their country, we’re offering free access to all of our military records in SuperSearch™, over 47 million records. The collections can be searched for FREE from May 22–28, 2019.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

ZDNet: Microsoft kicks off the rollout of the Windows 10 May Update, version 1903. “It’s technically ‘late May.’ So it’s not too surprising that Microsoft’s promised late May rollout of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (also known as 1903) is kicking off today, May 21. ”

Search Engine Journal: LinkedIn Users Can View All Sponsored Content From the Past 6 Months . “LinkedIn pages will soon feature an ‘Ads’ tab showing all sponsored content an advertiser has run in the past six months. The company says this change is being made in an effort to bring even greater transparency to ads on LinkedIn.”

USEFUL STUFF

XDA Developers: Firefox ScreenshotGo helps you organize your screenshots and search them by text. “Basically, ScreenshotGo helps organize all the screenshots present in the OS. In addition, it helps search through screenshots using text. For example, if you’re looking for a specific article you took a screenshot of, all you have to do is search for some of the text from the article itself and let the application do the rest.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

TechCrunch: Throw out your diary, Jour is a new app for guided journaling. “Since Jour, a new app for private and portable journaling, dropped on the App Store two months ago, it’s racked up 80,000 users. No paid marketing or public announcements. Just organic interest in discovering a better way of journaling than pen to paper.”

The Verge: Paying to promote your tweets won’t do much for your personal brand . “Why do people pay to promote their tweets? Is the whole promoted tweet marketplace a scam, or can a promoted tweet make you famous and popular online? This week on Why’d You Push That Button?, Kaitlyn Tiffany and I try to find answers. Well, really, Kaitlyn goes on a journey into the depths of promoted tweets and then reports back what she’s learned.” This is a podcast, which unfortunately does not appear to have a transcript.

SECURITY & LEGAL

EFF: Reddit Commenter’s Fight for Anonynmity Is a Win for Free Speech and Fair Use. “A fight over unmasking an anonymous Reddit commenter has turned into a significant win for online speech and fair use. A federal court has affirmed the right to share copyrighted material for criticism and commentary, and shot down arguments that Internet users from outside the United States can’t ever rely on First Amendment protections for anonymous speech.”

New York Times: Taking Steps to Maximize Privacy While Covering the Lack of It. “I take more steps to protect my privacy than the average person probably does. I regularly check my phone’s location settings, and I use services that help stop online trackers. I have removed myself from a variety of data broker lists, which make your personal information widely available. But after covering this field for a while, I am under no illusions that I am able to fully protect my privacy, even with these procedures.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: Facebook flooded with fake news ahead of EU elections, study finds. “During the last three months, Avaaz researchers found 550 pages and groups along with 328 profiles that appeared to be spreading disinformation in Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Poland and Spain. Avaaz, which reported the accounts to Facebook, said the social network pulled down 77 pages and groups as well as 230 profiles.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

NASA: NASA Invites Public to Submit Names to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover. “Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names — stenciled on chips — to the Red Planet with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, which represents the initial leg of humanity’s first round trip to another planet. The rover is scheduled to launch as early as July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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