North Carolina Newspapers, Windows 10 Updates, Instagram, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, October 4, 2019


DigitalNC: New Paper, The Free Will Baptist, Available at DigitalNC. “Thanks to our partner, University of Mount Olive, DigitalNC welcomes 61 issues of a new church newspaper called The Free Will Baptist, which span the years 1874 – 1913.”


BetaNews: Another Windows 10 update is causing problems, this time with printing. “There have been a series of problematic updates for Windows recently, and now yet another one has popped up, this time affecting not only Windows 10, but also Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows Server. The KB4522016 cumulative update is interfering with printing.”

The Next Web: Instagram spins out Threads, its version of Messenger. “Instagram today revealed it’s launching Threads, an Instagram spin-off app specifically for private messages between friends — similar to Facebook’s Messenger. Whether it’ll actually last as long as Messenger has remains to be seen.”


BusinessWire: New Public Safety Power Shutoff Zip Code Alerts Allow General Public to Receive Notifications – Including Those Without PG&E Accounts (PRESS RELEASE). “As part of its commitment to keep customers and communities, as well as others in its service area safe, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has developed a new tool to allow anyone to receive notifications about Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events, even if they are not PG&E customers or account holders. Although PG&E customers already will receive alerts specific to their address, this new tool is also especially useful for tenants, caretakers, travelers, and parents of school-age children.”


Philly Voice: Watch the first trailer for ‘Recorder’, about the Philly woman who recorded 30 years of TV news. “Marion Stokes was an activist and a librarian, and also a Philadelphia resident, who decided to record more than 30 years of American TV news from 1979 until her death in 2012. Filmmaker Matt Wolf is telling Stokes’ compelling story in a new documentary, called ‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project’, which has already made its way around film festivals ahead of a theatrical release in November.”

Moscow Times: Russia Moves Closer to New Google Tax. “Like many countries, Russia has long been concerned with the tax structures of multinational tech companies that allow them to book a significant portion of global profits in low-tax jurisdictions like Ireland and reduce their corporation tax bill. The corporate tax rate is 12.5% in Ireland, compared to 20% in Russia.”

The Herald: Scots technology pioneer to take on Google with ad-free internet search engine. “A Scots technology entrepreneur is set to take on the mighty Google with an ad-free internet search engine after winning significant EU funding.”


ZDNet: Where do the tech giants send your data?. “Your phone beeps with Instagram and WhatsApp notifications. You are listening to music on YouTube and emailing from Gmail. Later today, you might use Airbnb to book a trip to Rome so you can finally eat at that amazing restaurant you stumbled across on Twitter. Your data is entered –- and stored. But what exactly are these companies doing with your data? And more importantly, where are they sending it?”

New York Daily News: Google using dubious tactics to target people with ‘darker skin’ in facial recognition project: sources. “… several people who worked for the project spoke to The News in lengthy interviews and said Google’s ravenous appetite for data led to questionable and misleading methods. They said teams were dispatched to target homeless people in Atlanta, unsuspecting students on college campuses around the U.S. and attendees of the BET Awards festivities in Los Angeles, among other places. The workers known as Google TVCs — an acronym to specify temps, vendors or contractors — told The News they were paid through a third-party employment firm called Randstad.”

Ars Technica: US wants Facebook to backdoor WhatsApp and halt encryption plans. “Attorney General William Barr plans to once again make his case against end-to-end encryption for the masses, this time in a public call for Facebook to ensure that law enforcement can decrypt messages when investigating terrorists, child abusers, and other criminals.


Science Blog: Shakespeare’s Mystery Annotator Identified As John Milton. “It is well known that Shakespeare was a huge influence on Milton. From learning how to write nature poetry to creating charismatic villains, Milton’s debt to his forebear continues to fascinate experts. The younger poet once praised the ‘wonder and astonishment’ that this ‘great heir of fame’ conjured up in his readers. But now, Jason Scott-Warren from Cambridge’s English Faculty believes he has identified even more tangible evidence of this connection.”

Phys .org: New ideal housewife image being created by social media influencers and bloggers. “The new generation of successful female bloggers and influencers on social media are changing the identity of the stereotypical ‘ideal’ housewife. This is according to a new study by Magdalena Petersson McIntyre, a researcher at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.” Good morning, Internet…

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