Facebook, Google, CourtListener, More: Saturday Evening ResearchBuzz, July 3, 2021


CNN: Facebook tests prompts that ask users if they’re worried a friend is ‘becoming an extremist’. “Some Facebook (FB) users in the United States are being served a prompt that asks if they are worried that someone they know might be becoming an extremist. Others are being notified that they may have been exposed to extremist content.”

Search Engine Land: Google publishes SEO guide to HTTP status codes, network issues and DNS errors. “Ever wonder how your various HTTP status codes or how your network or DNS responds to GoogleBot may impact how well your site performs on Google Search? Well, Google has published a new guide and help document detailing how HTTP status codes and network or DNS errors impact your Google Search performance.”


The Verge: How to find the documents behind big legal cases. “Earlier this year, I spent a month covering the trial for a dispute between Apple and Epic. The case was one of the biggest antitrust suits in recent memory, and it brought to light revelations about both companies and the larger tech industry, often in the form of legal filings. I (and other reporters) try to pick out the most relevant details from these filings for readers. But sometimes, the documents are worth checking out in their own right. A site called CourtListener makes that easier than it might sound — if you know how to look.”

CNET: Tokyo Olympics: Start date, COVID-19, full schedule, what you need to know. “Despite being postponed in 2020, all signs point to the Tokyo Olympics taking place in 2021. Here’s everything you need to know.”


Daily Hive Vancouver: Chinese history museum amongst buildings destroyed by Lytton wildfire. “The devastating wildfire that quickly swept through the BC interior village of Lytton on Wednesday also wiped out the Lytton Chinese History Museum, just over four years after it opened.”

Indian Express: Enthusiasts encourage history and heritage through social media. “Every evening, without fail, literature, history and heritage enthusiasts get together on Clubhouse. The rooms, started by The Karwaan Club, are an initiative of Karwaan: The Heritage Exploration, a student-led history initiative. The club has more than 400 members, 1500 followers and welcomes anyone even slightly interested in exploring the past. Karwaan is not the first one, or the only one, to use social media to create a space where history can thrive.”


Economic Times: India’s digital database for farmers stirs fears about privacy, exclusion. “A plan by India to build digital databases of farmers to boost their incomes has raised concerns about privacy and the exclusion of poor farmers and those without land titles.”

KTLA: Judge orders LASD to turn over misconduct, deputy shooting records after L.A. Times’ lawsuit. “A judge ordered the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to promptly turn over records on thousands of cases of deputy misconduct and on-duty shootings after finding the agency had failed repeatedly to honor a public records request filed by The Times.”


Foreign Policy: The World Hasn’t Figured Out How to Stop ‘Revenge Porn’. “Under pressure from advocates, big online platforms have begun implementing their own policies. But victims and lawyers report the laws just aren’t working. Although the internet has no borders and content travels freely, remedies vary vastly across jurisdictions, and there is very little cross-border cooperation between law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, the crime—which disproportionately affects women and people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual—is flourishing.”

Scientific American: See the Highest-Resolution Atomic Image Ever Captured. “Behold the highest-resolution image of atoms ever seen. Cornell University researchers captured a sample from a crystal in three dimensions and magnified it 100 million times, doubling the resolution that earned the same scientists a Guinness World Record in 2018. Their work could help develop materials for designing more powerful and efficient phones, computers and other electronics, as well as longer-lasting batteries.” Good evening, Internet…

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