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Ghana Higher Education, Amazon Kindle, Internet Archive, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 27, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

GhanaWeb: Entervarsity: Your ultimate University search engine goes live. “Ghana’s path to progress has conventionally depended heavily on its schools, colleges and universities – and today, that’s truer than ever. It is, however, difficult to find a centralized information source on Ghana’s higher education ecosystem. This is where Entervarsity comes in. Entervarsity is a universities search service that provides information on academics and advice for anyone looking to progress to a higher education institution in Ghana.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BusinessWire: Amazon Launches Support for Traditional Chinese Books on Kindle (PRESS RELEASE). “Amazon announced today that Kindle customers around the globe can now enjoy reading from a growing selection of more than 20,000 Traditional Chinese language Kindle books with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and on Kindle devices.”

Internet Archive: 71,716 video tapes in 12,094 days. “On November 4, 1979 Marion Stokes began systematically video taping television news and continued for more than 33 years, until the day she died. The Internet Archive is now home to the unique 71k+ video cassette collection and is endeavoring to help make sure it is digitized and made available online to everyone, forever, for free.”

USEFUL STUFF

Boing Boing: The Digital Public Library of America has re-released the Mueller Report as a well-formatted ebook instead of a crappy PDF. “Back in April, Andrew Albanese from Publishers Weekly wrote a column deploring the abysmal formatting in the DoJ’s release of the Mueller Report, and publicly requesting that the Digital Public Library of America produce well-formatted ebook editions, which they have now done!”

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Positivity Apps to Manage Mental Health and Boost Your Spirits. “These tools have a mix of science and age-old wisdom, and focus on bringing a positive force into your life. Whether it’s through proven self-care or mind hacks to manage depression, you will be able to find something worth incorporating into your routine and thus lead a better life.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: CrossFit storms off Facebook and Instagram, citing long list of grievances. “CrossFit, the branded workout regimen, deleted its Facebook and Instagram pages earlier this week and explained the reasoning through an impassioned press release. The announcement lists various reasons for the indefinite suspension of its accounts, including accusations that Facebook’s News Feeds are ‘censored and crafted to reflect the political leanings of Facebook’s utopian socialists.'”

Quartz: Pl@ntNet is the world’s best social network . “Pl@ntNet (pronounced plant-net) is the only social app that always makes me happier. Likened to Shazam for plants, it was developed a decade ago by a consortium of computer science and botanical research institutions in France. In almost every way, Pl@ntNet is unlike other social networks.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Krebs on Security: First American Financial Corp. Leaked Hundreds of Millions of Title Insurance Records. “The Web site for Fortune 500 real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. [NYSE:FAF] leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgage deals going back to 2003, until notified this week by KrebsOnSecurity. The digitized records — including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images — were available without authentication to anyone with a Web browser.”

Ars Technica: 47 Democrats cave on net neutrality after GOP calls bill “dead on arrival”. “Forty-seven Democratic members of Congress are calling for a net neutrality compromise with Republicans, who have refused to support a full restoration of the net neutrality rules repealed by the Ajit Pai-led Federal Communications Commission.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Nieman Lab: It’s not me, it’s you: Our Facebook fears are mostly about all those other gullible types. “A number of prominent figures have called for some sort of regulation of Facebook — including one of the company’s co-founders and a venture capitalist who was one of Facebook’s early backers. Much of the criticism of Facebook relates to how the company’s algorithms target users with advertising, and the “echo chambers” that can show users ideologically slanted content. Despite the public criticism, the company has continued to post record profits. And billions of people — including more than two-thirds of American adults — continue to use the unregulated version of Facebook that exists now.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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