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Utah Black Business, Non-European Explorers, Mexico City, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 17, 2020

NEW RESOURCES

KUTV: New Utah Black Pages site highlights Black-owned businesses. “The Utah Black Chamber is partnering with a local software company to launch a website highlighting Black businesses. [The site] officially became an active site on Wednesday. The space offers resources on how to connect with local Black-owned businesses.”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Web project gives voice to non-Europeans who aided British exploration. “A new digital humanities project from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln focuses on the non-European individuals who assisted the quests of famed Victorian explorers such as David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley.”

University of Miami: Take a virtual, photographic journey through Mexico City. “For as long as he can remember, Sean Black had always wanted to visit Mexico City. And this past Christmas, he finally made his dream come true. ‘Traveling on Christmas Day from Miami, a simple three-hour flight, I immediately set off on my adventure hailing an airport cab and taking a scenic, half-hour drive into one of the many breathtaking neighborhoods of one of North America’s oldest cities,’ said Black, a photography lecturer at the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History. His experience touring the vibrant and colorful cosmopolitan city has become the latest online photo exhibition— ‘Mexico City: An Enchanting Trip Through Time’ —at the University’s Wynwood Gallery. ”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Neowin: Grammarly expands support for Google Docs, brings premium features and more. “Grammarly is expanding the features available for users of the Chrome extension on Google Docs, bringing some premium features to the search giant’s online service. The company launched the service in beta form for Google docs back in 2018. Now, the extension is getting new additions such as a dedicated sidebar for suggestions, and premium features that include feedback on ‘clarity, engagement, and delivery’, and more.”

Google Blog: Shoploop: an entertaining new way to shop online . “The experience on Shoploop is more interactive than just scrolling through images, titles and descriptions on a traditional e-commerce site. All Shoploop videos are shorter than 90 seconds and help you discover new products in an entertaining way, whether you want to try at-home nail stickers, revive your second-day hair or get a concealer that gives full coverage.”

USEFUL STUFF

Popular Science: How to make your Twitter account more secure in an age of hacks. “When someone is inside your account, they can send tweets, but they can also access your information. If they simply log in because they have your passwords, they can operate as if they’re you. As with most apps, two-factor authentication can help prevent this from happening since it puts an extra step between a hacker and your information.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

EU Startups: Berlin-based Layer raises €5 million to build an innovative productivity platform for spreadsheets “Layer allows spreadsheet users to request data and input from colleagues and give granular access down to individual cells, improving collaboration and overall productivity. The web app can be used within seconds without any additional plugins or installations and sits on top of your existing Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets files.”

Alaska Department of Public Safety: Trooper Recruitment Advertisement Censored by Google/YouTube. “This week, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified that Google/YouTube canceled authorization of pay-per-click advertisement of a recently, nationally distributed recruitment video advertisement for the Alaska State Troopers. The action was taken as it was interpreted to be political and potentially an election advertisement because of Governor Mike Dunleavy’s comments supporting law enforcement and encouraging people to apply to the DPS ranks.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

ZDNet: Chinese state hackers target Hong Kong Catholic Church. “China’s government hackers have targeted members of the Hong Kong Catholic Church in a series of spear-phishing operations traced back to May this year.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Next Web: How an AI graphic designer convinced clients it was human. “Nikolay Ironov had been working as a graphic designer for more than a year before he revealed his secret. As an employee of Art. Lebedev Studio — Russia’s largest design company — Ironov had already worked on more than 20 commercial projects, creating everything from beer bottle labels to startup logos. But Ironov was not the person he claimed to be. In fact, the designer was not a person at all.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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