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Future Homemakers of America, Sina Weibo, Google Calendar, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 4, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

State Archives of North Carolina: New Digital Collection: Future Homemakers of America Association. “The Future Homemakers of America North Carolina Association digital collection has materials from 1929 to 1984. The collection consists primarily of photographs and administrative records, including local chapter materials, handbooks, correspondence, and more.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Pandaily: Sina Weibo Launches New Social Media Platform Oasis. “Sina Weibo, famous for China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform, recently introduced a new social media platform dubbed Oasis. Oasis is positioned as a lifestyle and fashion platform, with striking similarities to Facebook’s Instagram and Chinese social e-commerce platform Xiaohongshu.”

Engadget: Google is working on a fix for malicious Calendar spam. “Since at least May of this year, malicious individuals have been sending Gmail users unsolicited Calendar invites. The scam takes advantage of the fact most people have their Google accounts set to automatically add and notify them of Calendar invites. Since these invites can include an accompanying URL, scammers will use Calendar as a Trojan Horse to get individuals onto a phishing website. With the summer winding down, Google now says it’s working on a fix for the oversight.”

USEFUL STUFF

Genealogy’s Star: The Ultimate Digital Preservation Guide, Part Twelve: How to Begin to Take Archive Quality Photos. “Making archive quality images is not as simple as using a scanner or randomly clicking a camera to make a digital image. When you start being involved with archive quality you soon learn that there are three ways to look at the ‘quality’ or resolution of the image: DPI, PPI, and LPI.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

TechCrunch: Another US visa holder was denied entry over someone else’s messages. “Since our story broke, we came across another case of a U.S. visa holder who was denied entry to the country on grounds that he was sent a graphic WhatsApp message. Dakhil — whose name we have changed to protect his identity — was detained for hours, but subsequently had his visa canceled. He was sent back to Pakistan and banned from entering the U.S. for five years.”

U DiscoverMusic: Beethoven 2020 Campaign Celebrates Beethoven’s 250th Birthday. “Today Deutsche Grammophon unveiled its major new Beethoven 2020 campaign, celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday, at an exclusive launch event at the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, marking the start of a new partnership between the research centre and the label that has recorded more of Beethoven’s music than any other.” A digital archive is one of the things planned.

UNC Greensboro: Digital Humanities Project Receives $325,000 NEH Grant. “The funding will be used to further develop MassMine, an interdisciplinary tool that supports the collection of data from digital networks. Beveridge, assistant professor of digital rhetoric in the Dept. of English, and his colleague Dr. Nicholas Van Horn, assistant professor at Capital University, created the software in 2014 to address accessibility issues for researching social networks in the humanities.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Courthouse News: Ninth Circuit: Courts Can Force Feds to Put Records Online. “In a decision that will expand the power of courts to make government agencies post information online, the Ninth Circuit this week reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the removal of animal welfare compliance data from a U.S. Department of Agriculture website.”

Gizmodo: Scammer Successfully Deepfaked CEO’s Voice To Fool Underling Into Transferring $243,000. “The CEO of an energy firm based in the UK thought he was following his boss’s urgent orders in March when he transferred funds to a third-party. But the request actually came from the AI-assisted voice of a fraudster.”

TorrentFreak: Search Engines Given “Six Hours” to Delete Pirate Links Under New Law. “New amendments to Russian law developed by the largest media and search engines will require the latter to swiftly delete ‘pirate’ links from their indexes. According to local sources inside the working group, platforms like Yandex will be required to delete links within six hours after their appearance on infringing content databases, which must be queried every five minutes.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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