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Virginia History, Australia Football, Google Images, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, September 1, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Out of the Box: Virginia Untold: Lancaster County Fiduciary Records 1657-1872. “The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the addition of the Lancaster County Fiduciary Records, 1657-1872, to Virginia Untold. This collection contains the earliest records added to Virginia Untold, and the largest number of names added from a single locality so far—over 20,000. Fiduciary records primarily consist of estate administrator settlements, estate inventories, dower allotments, estate divisions, estate sales, and guardian accounts that record a detailed list of all personal property owned by individuals, including enslaved people.”

FootballToday: VicFootball archive unlocks incredible Victorian state league history . “What drives someone to compile and produce an online archive of over 4,500 matches, 3,000 players, 100 referees and 31 clubs over 28 seasons of top-tier senior men’s football in Victoria? Take a pinch of skin in the game, mix it with a large dose of passion, add a dash of spreadsheet genius and finish with a massive vacuum of statistical and historical data to fill. Throw it all together and you end up with Tony Persoglia and his incredible VicFootball project.” This is about football in Australia, but it’s the football we Americans call soccer, not Australian-rules football.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Search Engine Journal: Google Removes Some Filters from Image Search Results . “Google appears to have removed the ability to filter image search results by ‘minimum size,’ ‘exact size,’ and ‘full color.’ This change was made quietly, as there has been no official word from Google about removing the filters.”

CNET: Mozilla CEO resigns, opening the door for more changes for Firefox. “Mozilla Chief Executive Chris Beard will resign at the end of 2019 after more than five years of leading the nonprofit behind Firefox. His tenure includes the expansion of the organization’s focus beyond the web browser and a new priority on preserving our privacy against pervasive online tracking.”

Search Engine Journal: Google’s Danny Sullivan Responds Directly to DuckDuckGo’s Anti-Privacy Claims . “In a rare move from Google, Search Liaison Danny Sullivan has responded directly to negative claims made by DuckDuckGo.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The Best Telegram Channels and How to Use Them. “One of Telegram’s biggest advantages over similar chat apps is how easy it is to join channels and groups. Telegram channels allow you to meet up with people to talk about any topic you’re interested in. In this article we take a look at the best Telegram channels you should know about. With so many channels to sort through, we’ll show you some of the top picks.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Elle: History Cool Kids – The New Instagram Account To Make You Weep. GRAB YER KLEENEX. “The story came from a social media feed called History Cool Kids, an account that has reminded us of an early Humans Of New York. Filled with pictures and touching stories from moments in history, with a side of pop culture cool, we’ve been lost for hours in the caption.”

GMA News: Zuellig wants open source database for all pharma products in the market. “Zuellig Pharma Holdings Pte. Ltd. said it is now working with other pharmaceutical companies to create an open source database for end-users to trace and track products in the market.”

TechCrunch: The Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association warns that restricting online access would be ruinous for the region. “After Hong Kong’s leader suggested she may invoke emergency powers that could potentially include limiting internet access, one of the city’s biggest industry groups warned that ‘any such restrictions, however slight originally, would start the end of the open Internet of Hong Kong.'”

Motherboard: Google Contractors Are Unionizing With a Steel Workers Union. “Contract workers at Google’s office in Philadelphia have just announced their intention to unionize. 66 percent of the eligible contractors at a company called HCL America Inc., signed cards seeking union representation, according to the United Steel Workers union.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Mashable: Hacked sites attacked thousands of iPhones every week for years using undiscovered exploits. “In what’s being touted as potentially one of the biggest attacks on iPhone users ever, Google has revealed that a collection of websites were hacked to deliver malware onto iPhones, with the iOS vulnerabilities involved going unchecked and undiscovered for years — as well as subsequent attacks.”

New Zealand Herald: Google hosting more ads that break its own rules. “Google says it’s working to improve as it’s found to be hosting more ads that are ripping off New Zealanders in breach of its own policy. Kiwis making their first steps in the confusing process of applying for a US travel visa also have to wade through a sea of ads on Google offering the service for a marked-up price.” Good morning, Internet…

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