Columbia University: Columbia University Launches the World’s First ‘Carbon Dioxide Removal Law’ Database. “The site has 530 resources on legal issues related to carbon dioxide removal, including such techniques as: direct air capture; enhanced weathering; afforestation/reforestation; bioenergy with carbon capture and storage; biochar; ocean and coastal carbon dioxide removal; ocean iron fertilization; and soil carbon sequestration. The database also includes 239 legal resources on carbon capture and storage, utilization, and transportation. New resources are constantly being added.”
RTL Today (Luxembourg): Brochure on World War Two in Luxembourg launched in four languages. “The Committee for the Remembrance of the Second World War launched a brochure which aims to familiarise, and therefore sensibilise, the younger generations with the events that occurred in Luxembourg 80 years ago. The brochure also includes a pedagogical guide that was created by the Centre for political education, as well as a new website. It will appear in Luxembourgish, German, French, and English.”
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: Snapshot Wisconsin’s Data Dashboard Now Open To The Public. “Snapshot Wisconsin, one of the Department of Natural Resources’ largest citizen science projects, opened its new data visualization tool to the public today. data dashboard is a new tool that lets the public interact with data collected from approximately 2,000 cameras spread across the state to monitor wildlife.”
Hollywood Reporter: How A TV Writers Brunch Group Is Creating Its Own Latinx Pipeline. “The group, 150 Latina writers strong, has launched a writer’s assistant mentorship program and a public database of Latinx scribes after five years of meetups.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
New York Post: Quartz up for sale just two years after it was sold by Atlantic Media. “Even before the pandemic, pressure was mounting on the eight-year-old financial news operation. In May 2019, the company imposed deep cuts, laying off 80 people, or 40 percent of its staff, after it said business dropped by 54 percent during the first quarter of that year. The editorial staff at that time was reduced to 50 people from 85. In its most recent earnings report, the company said that its revenue from Quartz plunged to $5 million in the first half of 2020 from $11.6 million a year earlier.” I loved Quartz until it started beating me over the head with a heavy paywall.
BetaNews: Evernote 10 unveils a major redesign with improvements to note creation, formatting, and search. “The Evernote Corporation has unveiled Evernote 10.0, a landmark new release of its cross-platform note-creation and organization tool. The free and paid-for service allows users to create, organize, share, and view notes across all major platforms, including the web, Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Wired: Ad Tech Could Be the Next Internet Bubble. “The technique is called behavioral advertising, and it raises the frightening prospect that we’ve been made the subjects of a highly personalized form of mind control. Or maybe that fear is precisely backwards. The real trouble with digital advertising, argues former Google employee Tim Hwang—and the more immediate danger to our way of life—is that it doesn’t work.”
The Business Journals: European search engine teams up with BU to plant trees. “Ecosia is a Berlin-based search engine company that reinvests more than 80 percent of its search ad revenue into tree-planting projects around the world. Currently, the company plants one tree per 50 searches. Now, Ecosia is gearing up its presence in Boston. The company’s Ecosia On Campus initiative, in partnership with Boston University (BU) and run by Christopher Park, is a grassroots movement that aims to make Ecosia the default browser on university campuses worldwide.”
Mashable: What Apple, Google, and Amazon’s websites looked like in 1999. “The year was 1999: Cher’s ‘Believe’ was blasting on pop radio stations, Bill Clinton was impeached, Jar Jar Binks hit the Big Screen, and the beep, beep, static of dial-up internet echoed in family rooms across the globe. The World Wide Web was still young then — gawky, awkward, and painfully slow. The dotcom bubble was still growing, on the cusp of bursting. The public had been using the internet for under a decade and those making online content (before we even called it content en masse) were often just throwing stuff at the wall.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
France24: South Korea launches antitrust probe into Google. “South Korea has launched an antitrust probe into Google over its plan to enforce its 30-percent Play Store commission by disallowing any apps circumventing its payment system, a top official said Thursday.”
Business Insider India: Australia’s media code will set a dangerous precedent: Google. “Google on Sunday slammed Australia’s draft News Media Bargaining Code again, saying it is unworkable and the company has raised concerns about its unfair payment conditions and unclear definitions and obligations.”
ZDNet: All four of the world’s largest shipping companies have now been hit by cyber-attacks. “This marks for a unique case study, as there is no other industry sector where the Big Four have suffered major cyber-attacks one after the other like this. But while all these incidents are different, they show a preferential targeting of the maritime shipping industry.” Good morning, Internet…
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