History of Black Travel, Holocaust Education, Apple, More: Friday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 3, 2021


Travel Agent Central: Black Travel Alliance Launches “History Of Black Travel” Website. “Black Travel Alliance, in partnership with Tourism RESET, has launched a new website ‘History Of Black Travel,’ with an aim to educate the public on how the African diaspora has traveled across the globe, progressively making their mark within the travel industry, from centuries past to the present day.”


Arizona Jewish Post: Jewish History Museum to launch new Holocaust education curriculum. “On Aug. 19, Gov. Doug Ducey formally signed Arizona House Bill 2241, making it mandatory for Arizona schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between seventh and twelfth grades. For the past year, in anticipation of this legislation, the Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History Center has been working with four Museum Teaching Fellows (MTF) from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on middle and high school lesson plans using survivor testimony in the JHM’s collection.”


Mashable: Apple delays controversial plan to check iPhones for child exploitation images. “Apple said Friday that it is delaying the previously announced system that would scan iPhone users’ photos for digital fingerprints that indicated the presence of known Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). The change is in response to criticism from privacy advocates and public outcry against the idea.”

Bing Blogs: Bing Content submission API is now open to all webmasters. “Evangelizing the new wave of empowering webmasters to have more control on their content which they want search engines and searchers to adopt for, Bing had launched its Bing Content Submission API in Beta mode earlier in May, this year. The API provides the ability for webmasters to notify Bing directly about the changes in their site content in real-time.”


International Business Times: 18 Best Online Courses To Try On World Distance Learning Day 2021. “Distance learning has been around way before computers and the internet existed. It started in the 18th and 19th centuries when courses and assignments were delivered by mail on a weekly basis. It was only in 1969 that Open University offered courses via distance learning as an alternative to traditional teaching methods. Now with the internet, finding the best online course websites is as easy as a quick Google search.” Nice selection. If you’re looking for a curated, decently-annotated list to help you dip your toe into online learning, here you go.

Chron: EXPLAINER: What is Apple doing with its App Store?. “Over the past week or so, Apple has eased some longstanding restrictions that helped make its App Store into a big moneymaker for the company. The company has long required app developers to pay high commissions to Apple on the sales of paid apps as well as purchases of subscriptions or digital items inside their apps…. But Apple hasn’t always explained its moves very clearly, leaving some iPhone users with unanswered questions as to what exactly Apple is doing and whether and how they’ll be affected.”


New York Times: Is It the Weekend? Not Until He Says So.. “The 18-year-old behind the viral Twitter account @CraigWeekend has offered people a routine reminder to take a load off.”


CNET: As college football kicks off, avoid putting your favorite team in your password. “The research published by Specops Software, a Stockholm-based security company, shows that the names, nicknames and mascots of Division 1 football schools are among the most popular choices for passwords within a trove of 800 million compromised logins it analyzed. Nearly one in 10 entries used a college football team reference, according to the report, which focused exclusively on the top college teams.”

Motherboard: This Seemingly Normal Lightning Cable Will Leak Everything You Type. “The OMG Cables, as they’re called, work by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot itself that a hacker can connect to from their own device. From here, an interface in an ordinary web browser lets the hacker start recording keystrokes. The malicious implant itself takes up around half the length of the plastic shell, MG said.”

The Register: US Air Force chief software officer quits after launching Hellfire missile of a LinkedIn post at his former bosses. “Nicolas Chaillan’s impressively blunt leaving note, which he posted to his LinkedIn profile, castigated USAF senior hierarchy for failing to prioritise basic IT issues, saying: ‘A lack of response and alignment is certainly a contributor to my accelerated exit.’ Chaillan took on his chief software officer role in May 2019, having previously worked at the US Department of Defense rolling out DevSecOps practices to the American military. Before that he founded two companies.” Good evening, Internet…

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