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Submarine Cable Data, LGBTQ Vancouver, Flash Files, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, October 30, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

New-to-me, from Esri: Web Maps Share Detailed Submarine Cable Data. “The Submarine Cable Database enables analysis for the Submarine Cable Almanac, Cable Map, Industry Tender Package, and Industry Newsfeed. The Submarine Cable Database was developed in 2013 and modified with real-time data thereafter. It tracks more than 400 current and planned domestic and international cable systems, including project information suitable for querying filtered by client, year, project, region, system length, capacity, landing points, data centers, owners, and installers.” I don’t know if there are any paywalled information sets, but I was able to browse around without registering/logging in and found a fair amount of information.

Vancouver Courier: B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives collection has been digitized. “The collection also reflects a broad range of LGBTQ2+ experiences and activities in the Vancouver area from the 1960s through to the present — including Aboriginal drag performers and HIV/AIDS activists, LGBTQ2+ community seniors, transgender activists, youth groups and LGBTQ2+ religious groups. It documents the evolution of a traditionally marginalized community, which has been historically underrepresented in archival holdings.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Register: Google goes full Anti-Flash-ist, boots Adobe’s insecure monstrosity out of web search index . “Google plans to help Adobe’s Flash exercise its right to be forgotten – by gradually stripping the animated content from its search index, starting some time later this year.”

BBC: The fatigue hitting influencers as Instagram evolves. “The influencer lifestyle can look amazing, but uncertain incomes, performative vulnerability and the hustle for sponsorship can take a toll. Meet the people who walked away.”

Slashgear: Tile’s new tracker integration with Google Assistant is now available. “Following the initial announcement last month, Google Assistant’s support for Tile tracking devices is now live. Once the tracker is linked within the Google Home app, users can ask Google Assistant via their phone or a smart speaker/display to directly find their devices, eliminating the previous cumbersome request of, ‘Google, ask Tile to find…'”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: What’s Google Up To? 9 New Google Apps and Tools You Need to Know About. “Google releases so many new software and updates that it’s difficult to keep track. Not all of it is awesome or useful either. So here’s a quick list of the best Google apps, tools, and updates that you can make use of.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Arizona Daily Sun: Mudshark Recording Studios embarks on archiving, digitization project. “David James gets at least 10 calls a month from musicians in Flagstaff—or musicians who were once in Flagstaff—hoping to convert recordings they made here long ago to CDs or get in touch with Phil Gall, the late founder of Mudshark Recording Studios. James often finds himself tasked with delivering the sad news of Gall’s death in 2014, but rather than turn the callers away he still offers to take the recordings.”

The Star: Indigenous elder slams ‘hollow and tokenistic’ consultation by Sidewalk Labs. “An elder who participated in an Indigenous consultation and the architect who helped organize it are accusing Sidewalk Labs of a ‘hollow and tokenistic’ effort that completely ignored recommendations for its proposed Quayside development.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Sacramento Bee: Genealogy site lets people create fake relative profiles with your DNA, study reveals. “The rise of genealogy services such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com has brought DNA testing into homes across the United States — and the accompanying explosion of genetic data has helped law enforcement crack cold cases around the country. But University of Washington experts have found that one of the most popular third-party genealogy databases — GEDmatch, which California authorities used to reopen the Golden State Killer case — leaves users’ sensitive genetic data vulnerable to compromise and impersonations.”

CNET: Google workers sidestepping controversial Chrome tool spark security concerns. “Google is facing a backlash over an internal tool on the company’s Chrome browser that some employees worry is intended to spy on workers organizing protests and discussing workplace issues. To get around using the tool, some workers have turned to third-party browsers. That’s prompted at least one security engineer at Google to voice concern over the possible vulnerabilities that using outside software could bring.” Good evening, Internet…

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