Freemasons, Minnesota Suffragettes, Thunderbird, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, August 30, 2020


Ballymena Times: Freemasons complete online legacy during Covid-19 Lockdown. “Project organisers, Freemasons Ivan Gillespie and David Martin were determined to move their stunning collection of interesting artefacts and documents into an online museum for all to see.”

Minnesota Historical Society: MNHS Marks 100 Years Since Passage of 19th Amendment with Online Exhibit. “Developed in partnership with the League of Women Voters Minnesota, the exhibit shares the stories of more than 40 Minnesota women whose commitment to civic responsibility, as well as the many voices who have been left out, can inspire us to participate more fully in the democratic process.”


ZDNet: Thunderbird e-mail client survives Mozilla layoffs. “Recently, Mozilla laid off almost a quarter of its staff. That meant bad news for its flagship Firefox web browser. And some people wondered if this also meant that Thunderbird, Mozilla’s e-mail client with 25 million users, was on its way out. It’s not. Thunderbird is safe.”


Bustle: 3 Free Apps That Make It Easy To Edit TikTok Videos . “There is a plethora of different video-editing apps out there for you to try your hand at. But picking the right editing app for you takes a little time. Plus, if you aren’t in the mood to drop some cash on editing apps, filtering apps that are free is important as well. Lucky for you, you don’t have to spend time scrolling through the hundreds of different apps available to you in the App Store. There are a few solid fan-favorites out there when it comes to editing apps for TikTok videos — and the best part is that they’re all free. This way, you can make fun and creative TikTok videos without breaking the bank. Win, win!”


BuzzFeed News: The Latest TikTok Trend Is Venting About Your MAGA Parents. “TikTok is where Bridgette Olek told the world she had to leave her father’s Minnesota lake house after he discovered she’d protested at a Black Lives Matter rally in Fargo, North Dakota. Tensions between the two had been brewing for a while. He’s Republican and a Trump supporter. She’s ‘the polar opposite.’ Olek said the final break came when she went to a protest instead of entertaining family members who were visiting for the weekend. Her father asked her to leave, so she packed up her van and headed to other parts of Minnesota, then North Dakota, then Arizona, and finally North Carolina — for now.”

New York Times: Big Tech’s Domination of Business Reaches New Heights. “American tech titans flew high before the coronavirus pandemic, making billions of dollars a year. Now, the upheaval has lifted them to new heights, putting the industry in a position to dominate American business in a way unseen since the days of railroads.”

Reuters: Exclusive: Facebook employees internally question policy after India content controversy – sources, memos. “The world’s largest social network is battling a public-relations and political crisis in India after the Wall Street Journal reported that Das opposed applying the company’s hate-speech rules to a politician from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party who had in posts called Muslims traitors.”


Committee to Protect Journalists: Facebook India executive files criminal complaint against journalist. “Facebook regional director Ankhi Das should withdraw her criminal complaint against journalist Awesh Tiwari, and respect citizens’ rights to criticize her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On August 16, Das, Facebook’s public policy director for India, South, and Central Asia, filed a criminal complaint with the cyber unit of the Delhi police, accusing Tiwari and other social media users of threatening her, ‘making sexually coloured remarks,’ and defaming her, according to news website Newslaundry and a copy of the complaint shared on social media.”

CNET: Facebook sues company allegedly behind data-stealing scheme. “Facebook filed a lawsuit Thursday against MobiBurn, alleging that apps using code written by the data monetization company harvested information about the social network’s users without permission.”

The Hill: Trump asks Supreme Court to let him block critics on Twitter. “The Trump administration on [August 20] asked the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that found President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter. The lawsuit arose in 2017 after Trump’s social media account blocked seven people who had tweeted criticism of the president in comment threads linked to his @realDonaldTrump Twitter handle.”


CKPGToday: New interactive map allows British Columbians to view river quality trends across B.C.. “Using an interactive map of B.C., people will now be able to view 10-year water quality trends in certain rivers with data compiled from the Canada-B.C. Water Quality Monitoring Program. The program has been in place since 1985. Data collected is also used to determine the current status of water quality, detect emerging issues that may threaten aquatic life and support the development of guidelines for water, fish and sediment.”

Penn State: Mining Twitter data may help National Parks staff gather feedback faster. “The National Park system has been referred to as one of America’s national treasures. A team of Penn State researchers in the department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and the Social Science Research Institute, report that mining tweets about the park may open up a rich vein of information that could lead to better service for park visitors while still protecting these national treasures and their wildlife.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. Something went horrible wrong with the ZDNet – Thunderbird post, above. The hot link doesn’t work and shows this message, “Error 503 Backend is unhealthy?

    What happened?

    Richard Belz

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