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Europe and Eurasia Authors, IEEE Open Access Journals, Mood-Based Content, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, June 22, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Colubmia University Libraries: Just Launched: Literary Authors from Europe and Eurasia Web Archive. “I am pleased to announce the launch of the Literary Authors from Europe and Eurasia Web Archive, comprised of captured website content related to literary authors (of both fiction and non-fiction essays), translators, critics, and publishers from Europe and Eurasia.”

IEEE Spectrum: IEEE Expands Open Access Journal Offerings. “IEEE is providing more high-quality publishing options for authors and researchers. It is launching 14 gold fully open access journals. The 14 new gold open access publications will cover topics such as automotive technology, biomedical engineering, power and energy, computing, signal processing, industry applications, and telecommunications. The journals will begin accepting submissions later this year and publish their first articles early next year.” The article explains gold open access, about which I did not know, or you can see Publisso’s explanation of gold open and green open..

Simplemost: This Website Helps You Find Streaming Content Based On How You’re Feeling. “A new website called Moodrise 1000 has pulled together 1,000 hours of content from YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu and categorized them into ‘feelings’ organized by neurotransmitters — the brain chemicals that correlate to specific mood states.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: YouTube partners with Universal to upgrade nearly 1,000 classic music videos to HD. “YouTube has teamed up with Universal Music Group to remaster nearly a thousand classic music videos, the companies announced today, including those from Billy Idol, Beastie Boys, Boyz II Men, George Strait, Janet Jackson, Kiss, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Maroon 5, Meat Loaf, No Doubt/Gwen Stefani, Smokey Robinson, The Killers, Tom Petty and others.”

The Verge: The Senate will hold a hearing next month on Facebook’s Libra currency. “On Wednesday, the Senate Banking Committee announced it will be holding a hearing next month to question witnesses over Facebook’s new cryptocurrency initiative, Libra.”

USEFUL STUFF

Popsugar: This Bookmarking Tool Completely Changed the Way I Browse Online. “I never used to bookmark anything online. I was someone who just kept way too many tabs open at one time. That is, until a friend of mine showed me this amazing ‘better than bookmarking’ tool called Toby. It’s completely free for individual use, and I now have it set as my front page so that every time I open up my browser, I can see everything I’ve saved organized into neat little categories. It is a complete game changer.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Phys .org: Pitt researchers’ report pushes for regional green infrastructure database. “A consensus-building exercise at the meeting determined that a centralized database that allows researchers to examine maintenance costs, economic benefits and water quantity/quality impacts, as well the benefits and drawbacks of methods and technologies used by individual local governments, would be one critical tool to help stakeholders better understand if their efforts are making the best possible impact.”

DroneDJ: UK database of drone pilots would cost eye-watering £4m. “UK database capturing information of drone pilots would cost an eye-watering £4m. The government database would collect the personal information of around 150.000 UK drone pilots. Apart from its very high initial price, the database would cost another £2.9m per year to maintain.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Medium: Before You Use a Password Manager. “I cringe when I hear self-proclaimed experts implore everyone to “use a password manager for all your passwords” and ‘turn on two-factor authentication for every site that offers it.’ As most of us who perform user research in security quickly learn, advice that may protect one individual may harm another. Each person uses technology differently, has a unique set of skills, and faces different risks.”

Yahoo Finance: The FCC said repealing net-neutrality rules would help consumers: It hasn’t. “FCC chairman Ajit Pai repeatedly emphasized that eliminating the rules would help smaller ISPs in particular bring competition to the market. ‘They told us that these rules prevented them from extending their service because they had to spend money on lawyers and accountants,’ he said in a June 2018 statement. A year later, the bargain looks unfulfilled. Evidence remains scant of ISPs saving money from this regulatory rollback, or working to give consumers faster or better broadband options. But they also don’t seem to be using their new power, much less abusing it.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Journalism In the Americas: Use of Instagram and WhatsApp for online news consumption grows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico: Reuters Institute. “In the past year, the use of Instagram and WhatsApp for consuming news online has grown significantly in at least four Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. In Brazil alone, 53 percent of these consumers use WhatsApp for this purpose, the highest among 38 countries.”

Virginia Tech: Study investigates lack of disclaimers on Facebook and Google’s advertising during the 2016 presidential election. “A cloak of mystery often shrouds the inner workings of technological giants, but sometimes clarity is in plain sight. A Virginia Tech research team recently uncovered conclusive details about the roles Facebook, Google, and the Federal Election Commission played in digital advertising around the U.S. presidential election of 2016.” This is quite an interesting read. Good morning, Internet…

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