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Hazel Beamer Cutler, Snapchat, Trinidad and Tobago Archives, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 14, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Digital Library of Georgia: Thomasville History Center’s Cutler Collection now freely available online. “The digitized items from this collection consist primarily of diaries, letters, and family papers dating from 1800-1980 belonging to Hazel Beamer Cutler, a dancer on Broadway who performed in the Ziegfeld Follies in the 1920s, and who resided in Thomasville, Georgia throughout much of her life. Included in the materials is genealogical research on the Quarterman and Baker families, pioneers of South Georgia; correspondence with visual artists Dora Wheeler Keith and Ben Ali Haggin, III, and Vermont banker Henry Miles Cutler. There is also some information about Candace Wheeler, founder of the American Decorative Arts movement.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Ubergizmo: Snapchat Announces Creator Shows With Celebs Like Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Snapchat is trying out its hand with new video content in a hope to capture more eyeballs for in-app content. It has announced new Creator Shows which will be available in the app. These shows feature celebrities like the Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, tennis superstar Serene Williams, Kevin Hart as well as creators like Loren Grey, Rickey Thompson, and Emma Chamberlain.”

Loop Trinidad and Tobago: Digital history: Tobago archives return to Scarborough Library. “Many of Tobago’s historical records are once again accessible to the public. Tobago’s archives were formally reopened on June 26 at Scarborough Library Facility.”

CBR: Firefox 68: Latest Browser Release Gets Handy Enterprise Policies. “The latest release of Mozilla’s Firefox comes with a range of new enterprise policies for IT professionals who want to customise the browser for employees, as the company continues to try and carve out a niche for business users, following the launch of its ‘Firefox Quantum for Enterprise’ last year.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Tubefilter: TikTok Is A Mostly Untapped Space For Western Ecommerce — But Chinese Companies Are Using It To Make Millions. “With its billion-plus downloads and steadily-growing user base of more than 500 million, there’s no doubt: TikTok is a thing. And whenever a new social media app becomes a thing, it’s inevitable that brands want to find out how they can utilize it to draw eyeballs to their products.”

New York Times: Facebook Dodged a Bullet From the F.T.C. It Faces Many More.. “Facebook escaped largely unscathed from the Federal Trade Commission’s decision on Friday week to fine it around $5 billion for privacy violations: The settlement neither bruised its bottom line nor severely restricted its ability to collect people’s data. Yet even as the Silicon Valley company dodged that bullet, its pain was just beginning.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Education Week: Civil Rights Groups Sound Alarm Over Florida School-Safety Database. “A new state database intended to prevent school shootings represents a ‘massive surveillance effort’ that should be immediately halted, a coalition of nearly three dozen advocacy organizations told Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a letter delivered Tuesday.”

Reuters: Egypt detains man behind pro-Mubarak Facebook page. “Egyptian authorities have arrested the founder of a Facebook page with millions of followers that praises ousted President Hosni Mubarak, a judicial source said on Thursday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

UCLA Anderson School of Management: That Online Hotel Review You Wrote? It Matters. “Research by UCLA Anderson’s Brett Hollenbeck, University of Toronto’s Sridhar Moorthy and University of Southern California’s Davide Proserpio suggests that hotels with favorable overall consumer reviews have been able to treat those ratings as a substitute for advertising: They have notably reduced ad spending as their online quality ratings have risen. By contrast, hotels with relatively poor online reviews have had to use ad spending to substitute for their lack of strong consumer recommendations, according to the paper, forthcoming in Marketing Science.”

University of California Davis: Internet Communities Can Teach Amateurs to Build Personalized Governments. “The internet has its perils with privacy breaches and fake news, but on the plus side, a whole generation of youth have been teaching themselves skills in leadership and community-building, according to a new University of California, Davis, study.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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