Booklist Reader, West Virginia Folklife Program, Facebook, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, September 7, 2021


American Library Association: Booklist launches Booklist Reader for library patrons and the public. “Booklist, the review publication of the American Library Association, proudly announces the launch of Booklist Reader, a new digital library patron–facing magazine featuring diverse readers’ advisory recommendations for readers of all ages. Each month, Booklist Reader will showcase top-10 lists, must reads, interviews with (and articles by) top authors and illustrators, and adult, youth, and audio recommendations for all communities and all who love to read.” The announcement further notes that “Booklist Reader will be freely available to all from now through the December 2021 issue.”

The Register-Herald: West Virginia Folklife Program releases digital archives collection. “The original, ongoing collection consists of nearly 2,500 documentary items generated by folklife fieldwork and programs conducted by the West Virginia Folklife Program beginning in November 2015. Those items include unique primary source material such as field-recorded interviews and other audio recordings, transcriptions, photo and video documentation, ephemera, and some material objects documenting the vernacular culture, beliefs, occupational skills, and expressive culture of contemporary tradition bearers, folk and traditional artists, and cultural communities across West Virginia.”


The Verge: Facebook and Ray-Ban tease smart glasses announcement on September 9th. “Facebook and Ray-Ban are teasing an announcement around their upcoming smart glasses on September 9th. Ray-Ban posted a promotional page with a silhouette of a pair of glasses, the date ‘09.09 2021,’ and the text “sign up now to get your release notification” — although it doesn’t specify whether that’s news about the release or the release itself.”

Genealogy’s Star: Ancestry® Signs Agreement to Acquire French Genealogy Leader Geneanet. “Yes, did sign an agreement to purchase the large French genealogy website This happens just a short time after signed an agreement to buy the other large French genealogy website”


Mashable: 10 best podcasts to listen to if you love cooking . “A good food podcast can feel like a sous chef by your side, ready to help in the kitchen or keep you entertained during a long commute. We’ve rounded up the 10 best podcasts to listen to if you love cooking. One list could never possibly capture the full breadth of the food podcast genre, so take this with… a grain of salt. But what you’ll find here are shows selected for their capacity to inform, inspire, and challenge.”


TechCrunch: TikTok and Snap alums launch, a social music creation app, with $4M in seed funding. “ wants to help people easily produce, own and share music that they can create using just their phone. Users can upload their own beat or select an existing beat from another user, then add vocals (voice effects and somewhat corny lyric generators are available if you’re shy), and then add a visual from Giphy. Once you make (or, ‘mayk’) something, you can post it on the app, where other users can see it via a discovery page, which categorizes music by feeling or theme, rather than genre.”

Los Angeles Times: On Google and YouTube, Newsom and Elder aim for two different Californias. “Nearly two-thirds of the ads aired by groups backing Newsom and Elder only appeared for users in specific ZIP Codes. The ‘Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom’ group aired ads on the coast in the state’s densely populated Democratic strongholds, while Elder’s campaign committee has opted for inland areas where Republicans are more common. A Times analysis of records from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, released by the Google Transparency Project, shows the rival camps are using the platform’s vast collection of user data to target areas they see as key to victory.”


Ars Technica: Microsoft Outlook shows real person’s contact info for IDN phishing emails. “This week, infosec professional and pentester DobbyWanKenobi demonstrated how they were able to trick the Address Book component of Microsoft Office to display a real person’s contact info for a spoofed sender email address by using IDNs. Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are domains consisting of a mixed Unicode character set, such as letters from both Latin and Cyrillic alphabets that could make the domain appear identical to a regular ASCII domain.”

Pattaya Mail: Thai Public Health Ministry’s database of 16 million patients hacked, probed. “Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has ordered investigation into the report that the database of 16 million patients under the supervision of the Public Health Ministry was hacked. Mr Anutin said he received an initial report that the incident happened in Phetchabun province and people should not panic while concerned officials were responding to it.”


Wall Street Journal: Smartwatches Track Our Health. Smart Toilets Aren’t Too Far Behind. . -10,000 points for not using the headline SILICON VALLEY POO-POO’S SMART DEVICES. “Toilet makers say that their products can provide medical-grade results for some vital signs and urine tests, but a smart toilet that can analyze the broader chemical makeup of waste is likely further off. Developers will have to work out how to prepare samples for analysis and refill the chemicals needed to run the reaction, as well as make the toilet cost-effective, biochemists and diagnostic experts say. Another key barrier is privacy.” Good evening, Internet…

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