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Georgia Fire Insurance Maps, 2020 Slang, File Downloading, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 13, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

Digital Library of Georgia: Sanborn fire insurance maps for select Georgia towns and cities dating from 1923-1941 now available for free online. “The Digital Library of Georgia has just made Sanborn fire insurance maps produced between 1923-1941 for 39 Georgia towns and cities in 35 counties freely available online.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Baby Yoda makes it onto Dictionary.com’s list of new slang. “If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months and want to find out who Baby Yoda is, you can now look him up in the dictionary. Dictionary.com on Wednesday unveiled a list of new slang additions, which include OK boomer, VSCO girl and cancel culture.”

The Register: Google Chrome to block file downloads – from .exe to .txt – over HTTP by default this year. And we’re OK with this. “Continuing to drop flame retardant on the dumpster fire that is web security, Google on Thursday said it will soon prevent Chrome users from downloading files over insecure, plain old, unencrypted HTTP.”

USEFUL STUFF

Digital Inspiration: How to Generate a Report of Bounced Email Addresses in Gmail. “It is important to keep track of your bounced messages and remove all undelivered email addresses from your future mailings as they may affect your sending reputation. Mail Merge for Gmail keeps track of all your bounced messages in Gmail but if you are not using mail merge yet, here’s an open-source Google Script that will prepare a list of all email addresses that have bounced inside a Google Spreadsheet.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Guardian: ‘Naked intimidation’: how universities silence academics on social media. “Universities increasingly recognise the value in academics having a social media presence – it helps recruit students, disseminate research and increase brand awareness. They also, generally, recognise that you don’t achieve this by tightly controlling what academics say – they need to find their own voice. ‘But when that individual voice is in conflict with the official brand it creates a tension,’ says Martin Weller, professor of educational technology at the Open University.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Google takes on EU in court over record antitrust fines. “The company will lay out its arguments against a 2.4-billion-euro ($2.6 billion) fine handed out by the European Commission during a three-day hearing at the General Court. EU regulators said this penalty was for Google’s favoring its own price comparison shopping service to the disadvantage of smaller European rivals.”

New York Times: UK to Make Social Media Platforms Responsible for Harmful Content. “Britain said it would make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Snap responsible for blocking or removing harmful content on their platforms. A duty of care will be imposed to ensure all companies had systems in place to react to concerns over harmful content and improve the safety for their users, the government said.”

Ars Technica: Windows trust in abandoned code lets ransomware burrow deep into targeted machines. “Attackers behind one of the world’s more destructive pieces of ransomware have found a new way to defeat defenses that might otherwise prevent the attack from encrypting data: installing a buggy driver first and then hacking it to burrow deeper into the targeted computer.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: UAMS Launches New Online Literary Journal. “Medicine and Meaning, a new UAMS literary journal featuring works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and images, was launched Feb. 4 to foster creativity, imagination and the arts throughout the academic medical center and the UAMS Health system.”

Search Engine Journal: 8 Things That Are Wrong with Google Search Today. “A digital marketer is going to (typically) have a much more extensive understanding of how Google works than a middle-aged security guard, a stay-at-home mom, or even a police officer or a firefighter. When considering the eight call-outs below, it is mostly considered from an everyday, average Google Search user. That said, there will certainly be deeper explanations for seemingly basic concepts to show just how wrong Google has gotten it on several critical occasions.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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