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Yahoo Groups, Google Search, YouTube Policies, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 13, 2019

Search Engine Journal: Yahoo Extends Deadline for Deletion of Yahoo Groups Data. “Yahoo is extending the date that it plans to delete all Yahoo Groups data, which was originally scheduled to happen this week. It was announced in October that all content on Yahoo Groups would be deleted by December 14. Now, Yahoo says it will not delete Groups data until January 31, 2020.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Google Blog: Then and now: a decade in Search. “A new decade is right around the corner. As 2020 rapidly approaches, we’ve started reminiscing about the people, movies, songs and more that captivated us during the past 10 years. We took a look at 2010 data to explore what people were searching for at the beginning of the decade compared to the search trends topping the charts in 2019. Here are some 2010 trends that will give you all the feels.

Mashable: YouTube surprises creators with new harassment policy. The takedowns have already begun.. “The new harassment policy will also now cover both ‘veiled’ and ‘implicit’ threats along with ‘explicit’ ones. Any content that simulates or alludes to violence against an individual will also no longer be allowed on the platform.”

USEFUL STUFF

Vermont Public Radio: Deciphering The True Cost Of College: Online Tool Aims To Help Students Predict Payment. “One of the first things students embarking on a college search learn is just how expensive college tuition can be. The sticker price for a single year’s tuition at private colleges and universities can top $50,000, not including costs such as books and on-campus room and board. But what students also quickly learn is that, between grants, scholarships and need-based financial aid, many students don’t pay the sticker price…. So how is a potential college student supposed to know what a school will charge them before they apply?”

Teacher Tech: 5 Ways Google Forms IMPROVES Learning. “Google Forms is the best thing since sliced bread. I cringe every time I still have to fill out a paper form. I’m thinking… someone has to try to read my handwriting and take the time to enter my data. Google Forms saves us from more than just doing data entry however! When we use technology we MUST ask the question ‘How does this make learning BETTER?'”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Poynter: Worried about post-trauma disorders, fact-checkers in India set guidelines for self-care. “Dealing with horrifying imagery is daily routine for Boom. The newsroom is usually flooded with videos and photos of lynchings, child abuse and crime scenes. The majority are sent by readers who want to know if the information is real or not. A quick review of Boom’s latest fact-checks shows that the majority of them are out of context and/or have been manipulated. For this reason, on Dec. 6, Boom’s deputy editor Karen Rebelo participated in the ‘Trauma Awareness and Self Care’ workshop offered at the Trusted Media Summit in Singapore.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Next Web: WhatsApp will sue businesses for abusing bulk messaging. “Getting a barrage of bulk messages is one of the most annoying parts of modern messaging services, but now WhatsApp says it is taking additional measures to prevent people and businesses from abusing its system with bulk and automated messaging.”

Techdirt: Trolling The Trademark Troll: Lemonade CEO Releases Chrome Extension To Remove Magenta From Websites. “You will recall that last month we discussed the latest iteration of T-Mobile’s ongoing war to defend its trademark on the color magenta, as well as close variants of that color. While there are instances in which a particularly unique color or shade of color can be trademarked by a company, this case involved T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, bullying insurance company Lemonade out of using the color magenta in its branding.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Verge: AI R&D is booming, but general intelligence is still out of reach. “Trying to get a handle on the progress of artificial intelligence is a daunting task, even for those enmeshed in the AI community. But the latest edition of the AI Index report — an annual rundown of machine learning data points now in its third year — does a good job confirming what you probably already suspected: the AI world is booming in a range of metrics covering research, education, and technical achievements.”

Phys .org: To help protect research, experts agree on a definition of predatory publishing. “Leading scholars and publishers from The Ottawa Hospital’s Centre for Journalology, the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, and other institutions from around the world have agreed on a consensus definition of predatory publishing. Led by Drs. Agnes Grudniewicz, David Moher, Kelly Cobey, and Manoj Lalu, their commentary was published in Nature.” Good evening, Internet…

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