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Sandra Day O’Connor, Women in Chartered Accounting, Kashmir Internet, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 6, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

PR Newswire: Sandra Day O’Connor Digital Library Launched (PRESS RELEASE). “The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute today launched its comprehensive Digital Library which catalogs the life and work of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. For the first time, Justice O’Connor’s body of work across her decades in public service is available in an easily accessible, searchable format.”

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales: Gender equality: 100 years of women in chartered accountancy. “To celebrate this turning point, ICAEW has produced a book following the histories of pioneering women in the profession over the past century. We have also commissioned a portrait of Mary Harris Smith. It will be unveiled at this year’s Annual Dinner, where we will also announce three very special Honorary Memberships to women who’ve made a significant impact on gender equality in accountancy. We have also created a digital archive of first-hand accounts of women in the profession over the past century. The fascinating, insightful stories are available here and will be added to as time goes on.” Not a ton of content at the moment.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

The Next Web: After 8 months, Kashmir finally lifts social media ban — but only on 2G. “After eight months of zero and partial internet, folks in Kashmir will be able to use all sites. However, restrictions on connectivity are still in place. So, only 2G postpaid connections, verified prepaid connections, and fixed lines with Mac address binding can access the internet.”

Tom’s Guide: Google Assistant just gained a feature Alexa can’t match. “Google Assistant is constantly growing its accessibility features, whether it improves its real-time interpreter skills or expands its hand-free capabilities. And starting today, users can ask Google to read web pages aloud to them.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

TechCrunch: Twitter CEO’s weak argument why investors shouldn’t fire him. “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey might not spend six months a year in Africa, claims the real product development is under the hood and gives an excuse for deleting Vine before it could become TikTok. Today he tweeted, via Twitter’s investor relations account, a multi-pronged defense of his leadership and the company’s progress.”

Mashable: Don’t feel guilty for abandoning the books you’ve Instagrammed. “I am living a lie. I haven’t finished half the books posted on my Instagram. As I type this, these forlorn works of fiction and non-fiction are strewn across my home, unread, unfinished, and abandoned. It was never a deliberate act of deceit. I just kind of…got bored? (To any authors reading this: I can only apologise.)”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register: More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research. “File this one under ‘well, duh.’ Consumer mag Which? today published research estimating that over a billion Android devices are vulnerable to hackers and malware as they are not receiving security updates. Data obtained from Google by the publication found that 42.1 per cent of active Android users are languishing on version 6.0 or earlier.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: Team finds citizen scientists make excellent resources. “From tracking the amount of rain in their backyards to monitoring the water quality in local streams, citizen scientists have collected data for as long as there has been curiosity. And, it turns out, their data can be just as valid as that collected by professionals.”

PsychCentral: Social Media Messages to Inspire Exercise May Backfire. “A new Australian study suggests an Instagram movement to promote better health is flawed. Researchers discovered the images associated with an online program appear to make many women feel worse about themselves and their bodies rather than inspiring them to exercise.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

GamesRadar: Always check behind waterfalls for secrets in video games, or just follow this new Twitter account that does it for you. “There’s a new Twitter account dedicated to looking behind waterfalls in video games and letting you know if there’s anything there. It’s a valuable service to anyone who’s spotted a waterfall way off in the distance, sidelined their mission to find and check behind it, only to discover that it’s actually just an honest waterfall.” Good evening, Internet…

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