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Hispanic Heritage Month, Facebook, Google, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, September 28, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Google Blog: Follow the journey of 13 Latino Trailblazers. “The societal contributions of Latinos reach far beyond East Harlem. To celebrate this diversity during Hispanic Heritage Month, members and allies of HOLA, the Hispanic Googler Network, partnered with Google Earth to show the impact Latinos have made around the world. Get a glimpse of how Roberto Clemente, Celia Cruz and 11 other Trailblazing Latinos have broken barriers and paved the way in industries from fashion to medicine.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Facebook will begin hiding likes on Friday (This is Friday as in yesterday, not Friday as in October 4.) “Facebook will begin hiding likes on Friday, making the number of reactions, views and likes visible only to a post’s author. The test will begin in Australia, the social media giant confirmed Thursday, and includes ads.”

Google Webmaster Central Blog: Google Search News: coming soon to a screen near you. “The world of search is constantly evolving. New tools, opportunities, and features are regularly arriving, sometimes existing things change, and sometimes we say goodbye to some things to make way for the new. To help you stay on top of things, we’ve started a new YouTube series called Google Search News.”

BetaNews: Ubuntu Linux 19.10 ‘Eoan Ermine’ Beta available for download. “Today, Canonical releases the official beta for the upcoming Ubuntu Linux 19.10. Code-named ‘Eoan Ermine,’ it features Linux kernel 5.3. There are several great desktop environments from which to choose too, such as KDE Plasma, Budgie, and the default GNOME. Ubuntu 19.10 is not a long term support (LTS) version, sadly, so support for the stable release will only be a mere 9 months.” I hope Ubuntu releases a version one day called “Pronounceable Panda”.

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: 6 Useful Tools to Help You Identify Fonts in Images. “You come across an endless amount of images with text on them. Those images could either be advertising or something else. Either way, it’s nothing out of the ordinary to see a font that you want on a picture. The only problem is that you have no idea what that font is called. The good news is that there are various free tools you can use to identify that font. With the following apps, you’ll always be able to identify a font.”

The Next Web: These free ebooks from Sonarworks are a godsend for studio engineers. “The studio calibration experts at Sonarworks recently launched an ebook series aimed at helping musicians and engineers get the most of out their home studio. If you dabble in music production and/or recording, these free PDFs should be considered must-read material.”

MakeUseOf: How to Create Your Own Private Self-Hosted Read-It-Later App. “Many people use read-later services for saving web articles. These apps work best with text-based content and do not handle complicated webpage designs or media properly. Want some more control? Let’s see how you can create a clone of Instapaper or Pocket in your computer without losing any web page asset.” Not for beginners, but I can imagine this being very useful.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Gazeta, with the original Russian article translated by Google Translate: Russia will create an online archive of Soviet prisoners of the Second World War. “The Russian military archive will receive electronic copies of documents from about 500 thousand Soviet prisoners of war during the Second World War. It is reported by RIA Novosti . As noted, the state will make an online database of them.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

BuzzFeed News: Google Removed Dozens Of Android Apps From A Major Chinese Developer Due To “Deceptive Or Disruptive Ads”. “Last week, Google quietly removed at least 46 apps from the Play store belonging to iHandy, a major Chinese mobile developer, and initially declined to comment on why it took action against the company. Now Google has told BuzzFeed News the apps were removed due to ‘deceptive or disruptive ads.'”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Hires Republican Senate Aide to Head Lobby Office. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google hired the top aide to Republican Senator Rob Portman to head its Washington policy operation, filling a key post as the internet search giant confronts escalating regulatory threats.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: Music is essential for the transmission of ethnobiological knowledge. “Scientific research shows that ethnobiological knowledge is transmitted through song, and how music has the power to express and enforce the intricate relationships among humans, other beings, and their ecosystems.”

The Register: Hey, it’s Google’s birthday! Remember when they were the good guys? . “Google incorporated as a company in 1998 with about $1m in investment from friends, family and individual investors. As is compulsory for all mythical Silicon Valley startups, it began life in a borrowed garage.” Good morning, Internet…

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