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Omar Bin Said, Facebook, 2020 Olympics, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, July 26, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Library of Congress: New: Omar Bin Said Story Map. “When the Library’s Omar Ibn Said Collection was put online earlier this year, the multi-national, multi-lingual story presented a challenge: How best to tell Said’s incredible journey? Born into wealth in an area known as Futa Toro (in modern-day Senegal) around 1770, he was an educated and respected man in his early 30s, a devout Muslim, when he was taken prisoner during a regional conflict and sold into slavery. He survived the middle passage in chains, was enslaved on a South Carolina plantation, escaped, but was recaptured in North Carolina. His eventual owners, a politically prominent family, treated him as a special case. He spent his last years as a well-regarded curiosity, often in touch with scholars. He died in 1863, still enslaved, during the Civil War.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Ars Technica: The FTC is investigating Facebook. Again.. “Facebook’s legion of lawyers is certainly earning its keep this year: the company disclosed to investors Tuesday that it is under antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. This is a completely different investigation than the $5 billion settlement, also made public yesterday, that Facebook and the FTC reached over Facebook’s privacy practices. Nor is it the same antitrust probe of big tech the Justice Department launched earlier this week.”

CNET: Twitter will feature live Tokyo Olympics coverage from NBC. “When the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo roll around next year, Twitter and NBCUniversal will team up on coverage.”

SmartHouse: Google Expand Hearing Aid App Roll-Out. “Google has expanded its hearing aid app to more devices after launching earlier this year. The Sound Amplifier app uses a smartphone’s in-built microphone to amplify ambient sounds for people who have hearing difficulties.”

USEFUL STUFF

Mashable: Hate new Twitter? Get the old interface back with these hacks.. “After nearly a year of testing the updated desktop design, which allowed Twitter users to switch back to the old Twitter UI, the new Twitter is now the default Twitter. There’s no longer the option of going back to the old design people knew and loved. Or is there?”

Hongkiat: Best Sites to Learn How to Code for Web Developers. “Gone are the days when programming languages could only be mastered programmers like Bill Gates, who later got to dominate the world by storm. Now everyone holds the same potential, and the chance to learn and even master programming language easily. Today, we will show you 10 interactive websites that will help you do that.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Ways to Use Trello and OneNote Together for Better Productivity . “If you’re involved in many work projects, then tracking every task is an uphill battle. What you need is a system that helps you manage the information so you don’t lose focus, and then your clients. You can make Trello and Microsoft OneNote work together as one seamless setup.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Korea Herald: National Museum of Korean Literature to be more than repository of books. “The museum hopes to develop into a cultural complex, allowing visitors to enjoy diverse contents related to literature. For instance, the museum’s auditorium will function as a venue for performances related to Korean literature. The institution also asserted the need to digitize data. It will make digital copies of works and preserve them for future research. It hopes to open up a digital library before the official launch of the library.”

The New York Times: Ad Tool Facebook Built to Fight Disinformation Doesn’t Work as Advertised. “While ordinary users can look up individual ads without a problem, access to the library’s data is so plagued by bugs and technical constraints that it is effectively useless as a way to comprehensively track political advertising, according to independent researchers and two previously unreported studies on the archive’s reliability, one by the French government and the other by researchers at Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox web browser.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

USA Today: Equifax data breach settlement: How to file a claim for $125 or free credit reporting. “If you were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, you can now file a claim for a piece of the settlement. The credit-reporting company has agreed to pay between $575 million and $700 million to settle state and federal investigations related to a massive security incident that exposed the personal information of more than 147 million Americans two years ago.” The site includes a form where you can enter your last name and the last six digits of your social to see if you are entitled to claim. I looked myself up and GUESS WHAT….

EurekAlert: Anonymizing personal data ‘not enough to protect privacy,’ shows new study. “With the first large fines for breaching EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations upon us, and the UK government about to review GDPR guidelines, researchers have shown how even anonymised datasets can be traced back to individuals using machine learning.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

BetaNews: The right to be wrong: Public opinions, private data and Twitter’s proposed flagging policy. “A few weeks ago, Twitter announced a plan to begin placing a notice over tweets from high-influence political leaders it believes violate its standards regarding abusive behavior. On the surface, this didn’t seem significantly different from the motion picture industry’s rating system or more detailed advisories posted prior to programming on Netflix and other on-demand networks. But dig a little deeper and one realizes what made it particularly dangerous is Twitter’s intention to apply this protocol very selectively.” Good morning, Internet..

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