Stuff New Zealand: Taranaki man launches world’s largest database of mental health helplines. “Live For Tomorrow, founded by Taranaki man Elliot Taylor, offers the world’s largest database of more than 1600 mental health helplines instantly through the charity’s Find A Helpline website.” It looks like the new database just covers the United States and New Zealand at the moment, but more countries will be added over time.
Daily Record: Online historical resource for Perthshire’s air force heroes launches. “A Perthshire author with a love of flying history has put together a database of local folk who served in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and The Royal Air Force (RAF) during both world wars. Ken Bruce is author of ‘Where Sky and Summit Meet: Flight over Perthshire – A History: Tales of Pilots, Airfields, Aeronautical Feats, and War’.”
Tohoku University: Digitized Works from Kokichi Kano Collection Now Open to General Public. “The Kano Collection was brought to Tohoku University through the efforts of Masataro Sawayanagi, the university’s first president and Kano’s close friend. It consists of about 108,000 books, most of which are Japanese and Chinese classics covering a variety of fields such as literature, philosophy, science, art and the military.” 232 works have been digitized and are now available online.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Glossy: Pinterest makes play for influencers with new Story Pins feature. “On Wednesday, Pinterest launched a group of ‘creator-first’ functions, including new ‘Story Pins’ with Instagram Stories-esque multi-panel videos or photos. In contrast to Instagram’s and Snapchat’s versions, Pinterest’s Story Pins live on the platform among its other content — and unlike other platforms, these stories do not expire.”
Jerusalem Post: USC Shoah Foundation launched new partnership with JewishGen. org. “Jewish genealogy service and affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, JewishGen.org, will be partnering with the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive to integrate the data from the nearly 50,000 available Jewish Holocaust survivor testimonies onto its platform.”
BNN Bloomberg: Google to increase push for apps to give cut of in-app purchases. “While this requirement has existed for years, some major developers including Netflix Inc., Spotify Technology SA, Match Group Inc. and Epic Games Inc., have circumvented the rule. Netflix and Spotify apps prompt consumers to pay using a credit card, rather than their Play app store account, bypassing Google’s fee. Last year, Match Group’s Tinder dating app launched a similar payment process.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Ars Technica: Former Facebook manager: “We took a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook”. “Speaking to Congress today, the former Facebook manager first tasked with making the company make money did not mince words about his role. He told lawmakers that the company ‘took a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook, working to make our offering addictive at the outset’ and arguing that his former employer has been hugely detrimental to society.”
Forward: Search ‘Jewish baby carriage,’ Google will return images of ovens. “Enter ‘Jewish baby carriages’ into a Google Search and the first results to appear are images of ovens. Historical images of Jewish women pushing strollers and more recent images of Hasidic Jewish women are interspersed with disturbing photos of large black ovens.”
BBC: Philippines Troll Patrol: The woman taking on trolls on their own turf. “The Philippines is playing a key role in the wave of disinformation sweeping the world. So-called troll farms are being used to create multiple fake social media accounts that post political propaganda and attack critics. But a group of people calling themselves the Troll Patrol are trying to use their own tactics against them, as the BBC’s Howard Johnson reports.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Reuters: EU regulators extend Google, Fitbit deal probe to December 23. “EU antitrust regulators have extended their investigation into Alphabet GOOGL.O unit Google’s fitness tracker maker Fitbit FIT.N to Dec. 23, the European Commission said on Wednesday.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Fast Company: Researchers can’t even begin to assess the damage from viral suicide videos. “For platforms with hundreds of millions of users, negatively impacting even a small percentage amounts to a large number of people. Without a clear understanding of the human impact of seeing a suicide online, platforms don’t have enough incentive to eliminate any possibility of this kind of content making its way onto our feeds.”
San Diego Union-Tribune: Column: Student probes alleged Google search bias. “When Agastya Sridharan read in The Wall Street Journal last fall about some politicians’ complaints of suspected bias in Google online search results, he was upset and intrigued. Was it possible to re-order search results and, thus, influence voter preferences? Agastya, then a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Scripps Ranch, decided to conduct his own research as his entry in the 2020 Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair.” Good morning, Internet…
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