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Kilkenny Storefronts, Federal Reserve Board, Ghostery, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, December 19, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Kilkenny County Council Online (Ireland): “Kilkenny Shopfronts Through the Ages” – Over 4,400 Photos Made Accessible. “Kilkenny County Council is delighted to launch an exciting new online resource, entitled ‘Kilkenny Shopfronts Through the Ages’… This initiative is the result of collaboration between the Council’s Planning section, the Library Service, Information Systems and Heritage. These photographs show the shopfronts in each street in central Kilkenny City between the late 20th Century and the present.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Federal Reserve Board: Federal Reserve Board launches new Twitter account highlighting research published in the Board’s working papers and notes series, other staff articles, and conferences. “The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday launched a new Twitter account aimed at increasing access to the research done by the more than 400 economists and other research staff at the Board.”

VentureBeat: Ghostery Midnight brings privacy to the desktop for $14 per month. “Ghostery, a popular privacy- and security-focused browser extension and mobile browser app, has officially launched for desktop users. The New York-based company announced a pilot program for Ghostery Midnight in late October, and the subscription-based desktop app is now ready for prime time. Ghostery Midnight comes with a slew of features to protect users at the device level across all applications — including an ad blocker, tracker protection, and monitoring, and — for the very first time in a Ghostery product — a virtual private network (VPN).”

The Verge: The Snapchat cat filter shows how little we know about cat cognition. “Apologies to Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber, but the most interesting cat content online right now is a Snapchat filter that lets humans try on a feline face. The resulting clips are adorable, confounding, and a great example of just how little we know about cat cognition.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: Your Guide to Migrating Between Popular Cloud Services. “This is your single-point guide to moving files between popular cloud service providers including Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Box, and iCloud. Out of the above names, only Apple allows you to directly transfer iCloud Drive files to any other cloud service as long as it’s available on the App Store. For the remaining services, you can only transfer using third-party apps as shown here.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Wall Street Journal: How the 1% Scrubs Its Image Online. “Prominent figures from Jacob Gottlieb to Betsy DeVos got help from a reputation management firm that can bury image-sensitive Google results by placing flattering content on websites that masquerade as news outlets.”

The Africa Report: China’s new Twitter diplomacy in Africa used to challenge US critics. “After many years of silence, Chinese envoys are now finding their voice… on Twitter. The Chinese government’s rapid adoption of Twitter over the past several months now appears to be entering a new phase as envoys across the continent are using the social media platform to launch much more pointed attacks against the United States and other critics.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers. “Recently released documents revealed the FBI has for years secretly demanded vast amounts of Americans’ consumer and financial information from the largest U.S. credit agencies. The FBI regularly uses these legal powers — known as national security letters — to compel credit giants to turn over non-content information, such as records of purchases and locations, that the agency deems necessary in national security investigations. But these letters have no judicial oversight and are typically filed with a gag order, preventing the recipient from disclosing the demand to anyone else — including the target of the letter.”

Techdirt: Nevada’s Top Court Says The State’s Journalist Shield Law Also Applies To Bloggers. “Some good news for journalists in Nevada, via FourthAmendment.com. A decision made earlier this year by a state court has been reversed, resulting in an expansion of the protections offered by the state’s journalist shield law.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: Online hate speech could be contained like a computer virus, say Cambridge researchers. “The spread of hate speech via social media could be tackled using the same ‘quarantine’ approach deployed to combat malicious software, according to University of Cambridge researchers.” Good evening, Internet…

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