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Beauty Standards, North Carolina History, South Dakota Court Records, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, July 7, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

The Drum: How Dove, Getty Images and Girl Gaze united to create a commercial image bank featuring real women. “Dove recently partnered with Getty Images and Girl Gaze to create Project #ShowUs, the world’s first inclusive picture library of women in order to break beauty stereotypes. 900 global companies have gone on to use the resource, but launching it was not without its challenges.”

State Archives of North Carolina: Digital Collection now Complete: The General Assembly Session Records. “After three years, The General Assembly Session Records digital collection is now online! This digital collection covers the session records from 1709 to 1814, located in the State Archives of North Carolina.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Rapid City Journal: South Dakotans will soon be able to access court records from any computer. “If a South Dakotan wants to see public court records, they can only do that by looking them up on computer at a state courthouse during work hours between Monday and Friday…. So to help improve access to court records, the UJS is currently piloting a program that will eventually allow the public to see records from any computer, said Greg Sattizahn, administrator of the South Dakota Unified Judicial System. The website will be similar to the PACER website, which lets people view and download federal court records for a fee.”

Tubefilter: After Wrath Of “Angry Computer Nerds,” YouTube Reverses Strike On Ethical Hacking Channel. “YouTube has withdrawn a strike it levied against ethical cybersecurity organization Hacker Interchange, drawing attention to its policies about videos that teach viewers how to hack.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: 6 Useful Website Speed Test Tools to Find out How Fast Your Site Loads. “You can check the speed of your site using Website Speed Test Tools. These tools analyze items such as testing Time to First Byte or the time it takes for a browser to start receiving information. They also check total load times, page sizes, and the number of requests. These tools identify scripts, fonts, and plugins that cause load time issues (HTML, JavaScript, CSS) and large images that create bottlenecks.”

Mashable: Yes, your emails are being tracked. Here’s how to stop it. . “…the fact is, Superhuman is far from from the only company quietly surveilling your email habits. Though it’s relatively unheard of for an email platform to offer this level of tracking by default, it’s astonishingly easy to embed tracking software into emails.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

NDTV: In Budget Speech, Nirmala Sitharaman Announces Creation Of ‘Gandhipedia’. “Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced the creation of a ‘Gandhipedia’ that she said would help propagate ‘positive Gandhian values’. 2019 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.”

Ars Technica: Behind the 12-year-old Wii Sports hoax that briefly fooled the Internet. “Before his resignation in late 2017, Uber’s then-CEO Travis Kalanick faced more than his fair share of scandals. But by far the most (read: least) important of these was Kalanick’s oft-repeated claim that, at one point, he ‘held the world’s second-highest score for the Nintendo Wii Tennis video game,’ as a New York Times profile confidently stated without qualification.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore email archive still not accessible after cyber attack. What does that mean for records requests?. “An archive of Baltimore employees’ emails still can’t be accessed after the city’s computer network was attacked by hackers in May, a city official said Friday. City Solicitor Andre Davis said emails older than 90 days cannot be retrieved. He said he expects the information will be recovered, but was not certain.”

CBR Online: Card Details Stolen from 962 Websites in 24-Hours Magecart Spree . “A massive 962 online shops have had their customers’ card details stolen in just 24 hours, in the largest Magecart-style automated card skimming card campaign identified to date. That’s according to Amsterdam-based eommerce fraud protection specialist Sanguine Security Labs, which identified the attacks today.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

London Free Press: The World Outdoors: Online eBird platform continues to evolve. “It’s interesting to reflect on the evolution of the online eBird platform that supports citizen science. Launched in the U.S. in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, its reach now spans the globe and in nature communities it represents a gold standard.”

BBC: Will Facebook’s digital money Libra be good for Africa?. “As a Zimbabwean living in South Africa, I have become numb to the daylight robbery that ensues whenever I receive money from abroad or send cash to my family back home. As such, like many other cautious pragmatists, I relish the prospect of a network like Libra permanently disrupting the lucrative cash remittance businesses of large banks and money transfer services like Western Union and MoneyGram.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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