TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Engadget: Comcast expands its low-cost internet to another three million households. “Since 2011, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has connected more than eight million low-income individuals from two million households to the internet. Today, the company announced that it’s bringing low-cost internet to an additional three million low-income households.”
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter: Napa, California Mortuary Records are Now Online. “A new database of funeral records from the Treadway & Wigger Funeral Home in Napa, California, just went online. This is an excellent resource for genealogists as the records are from the early 1900s to the early 2000s. Each online record includes photo(s) of index cards, but much more valuable are the photos of the complete funeral records.”
Hongkiat: Pull Subreddit Keywords with This Free Keyword Tool . “Reddit is a goldmine of entertainment, news, advice, and market research. You can find a subreddit on pretty much everything and this creates niche communities on every topic under the sun. Keyworddit is a free keyword research web app developed with one purpose: to scrape subreddits and pull related keywords, along with their search volume.”
How-To Geek: The Beginner’s Guide to Google Forms. “Are you just getting started with Google Forms? Never heard of it before? Either way, here are some tips to help you get going with Google’s powerful form tool and start building surveys and forms online for free.” Thorough overview with lots of screenshots.
Lifehacker: Introducing: Lifehacker’s Complete Guide to Wifi. “You don’t have to memorize every setting in your router to set up a killer wireless network at home, but there are quite a few things you’ll want to know about wifi in order to get the best possible performance on your many devices. To help you out, we’ve put together a special page—Lifehacker’s Complete Guide to Wifi—that you can bookmark and refer to whenever you’re messing around with your wifi (or find that your connection feels slower, but you have no idea why).”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
The Next Web: Meet the YouTube Mortician teaching people not to fear death. “Death is something we as a society don’t care to think or talk about — unless, like me, you stay up at night pondering about the inevitability of the inevitable. It’s not a case of ‘if’ you die, it’s ‘when’ you’ll die, and that’s a hard pill to swallow. But Caitlin Doughty, a LA-based Mortician and YouTube host of the channel, Ask A Mortician, answers all of our inquisitive and creepy questions about death — from what happens to breast implants in a crematory machine to what happens to a fetus if a woman dies when pregnant — everything that my young death-starved self needs and wants to know.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
ZDNet: Fake influencer follower fraud to cost companies $1.3B in 2019. “The scale of fraud in the emerging influencer market is far higher than we realize, according to a new report. Globally, influencer marketing spend is up to $8.5 billion in 2019, and the industry is forecast to hit up to $10 billion in 2020, according to research by Mediakix.”
Naked Security: Attackers ransom bookseller’s exposed MongoDB database. “Exposed MongoDB databases have become the easy money-maker ransomware criminals are busy filling their boots with. In mid-July 2019, another database fell to the extortion hackers, this time containing 2.1 million records belonging to well-known Mexican publisher and bookseller, Librería Porrúa.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
CNET: Political campaign texts are working, researchers say. “A new report from Democratic technology company Tech for Campaigns has found that people who received text messages from election campaigns were 1% more likely to vote. The company’s researchers found Democratic campaigns and organizations sent 350 million texts in 2018. That’s six times more than were sent in 2016 and 2017.”
Jerry Alex: How I Finally Won My Name from Domain Squatters After 9 Years of Waiting. “I believe waiting for the domain to drop was indeed a good decision. I should mention that I’m not famous or well-known, so my personal brand name wasn’t all that important. Even then, it does feel great to own my own personal name.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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