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Arkansas History, Firefox Preview, Movie Subtitles, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 30, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: History In The Cloud. “Some people might think Bentonville wouldn’t have room for another museum, what with Crystal Bridges and the Amazeum both calling the city home. Randy McCrory would beg to disagree.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Ubergizmo: Mozilla’s Firefox Preview Browser Is Twice As Fast. “For those who prioritize speed over other features, you might be interested to learn that Mozilla has recently announced a new mobile browser called Firefox Preview. This will be a stripped down version of its Firefox browser in which the emphasis is placed on privacy and speed.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: 7 of the Best Websites to Download Subtitles for Your Movies. “While many hate subtitles because they tend to cover some content, there are those of us who can’t watch a movie without them. Watching movies with subtitles is great because subtitles help you understand better what the actor is saying, especially when watching foreign movies or movies with a heavy accent.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: Instagram Therapists Are the New Instagram Poets. “Despite appeals from the so-called therapy generation, a lot of mental health care remains prohibitively expensive and moderately stigmatized in the United States. Of the nearly 1 in 5 adults in this country who experience mental illness, just over 42 percent received mental health services in 2017. Mental health professionals are seeking to address this issue, in part by doling out advice online.”

Mashable: The ‘most popular’ Joe Biden website is a Republican troll. “The former vice president and current Democratic primary competitor hoping to become the party nominee has an official campaign website where he asks for donations and touts his various legislative accomplishments. There’s just one problem: that website has, for some time now, been eclipsed by a troll website lightly masquerading as a pro-Biden page.”

New York Times: A Unicorn Lost in the Valley, Evernote Blows Up the ‘Fail Fast’ Gospel. “In Silicon Valley, the idea that most start-ups won’t make it to a splashy public offering or acquisition is not just understood, but embraced. ‘Fail fast, fail often’ is one of the region’s earliest and best-recognized catchphrases. The implication is that people and companies that don’t find success can transition, efficiently and without stigma, to more promising ventures. But Evernote’s struggles illustrate a harsher truth: For many start-ups of a certain size, failure rarely happens abruptly.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Verge: Former Equifax executive sentenced to prison for insider trading prior to data breach. “The Security and Exchanges Commission charged [Jun] Ying with insider trading last year. The Department of Justice says that in August 2017, after learning about the breach, he began researching the impact that a similar breach had on another company’s stock price. Later that morning, he promptly exercised and sold all of his stock options, earning nearly a million dollars from the sale. In doing so, he avoided a loss of $117,000 that he otherwise would have incurred when the company’s stock price dropped after the disclosure.”

Techdirt: Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Considers Outlawing Encryption. “Well, here we go again. According to Politico, on Wednesday, at Trump’s National Security Council meeting, a proposal was floated that the administration should back legislation that would outlaw encryption. Of course, that’s not how it’ll be framed should they actually decide to go down this path. Instead, they’ll be nonsense about ‘responsible encryption’ and ‘lawful access.’ But, make no mistake, what’s being proposed is outlawing encryption.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: Startup packs all 16GB of Wikipedia onto DNA strands to demonstrate new storage tech. “Computer storage technology has moved from wires with magnets to hard disks to 3D stacks of memory chips. But the next storage technology might use an approach as old as life on earth: DNA. Startup Catalog announced Friday it’s crammed all of the text of Wikipedia’s English-language version onto the same genetic molecules our own bodies use.”

TechCrunch: Nielsen reports a record half a trillion on-demand music streams in U.S. so far this year. “Music streaming services have already delivered a new high of half a trillion (507.7 billion) on-demand streams in the first half of 2019, according to Nielsen’s mid-year Music Report released this week. This record number — an increase of 31.6% over the first half of last year — was attributed to the success of singles and albums from Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, BTS, Lil Nas X, and Bad Bunny, among other factors.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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