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West Virginia Public Broadcasting: West Virginia Launches New Online Database To Help Students Find Careers. “West Virginia’s K-12 and higher education leaders launched a new resource this week that will assist students by helping them find college and career options that meet their specific interests and needs after high school.”
BetaNews: Defence Imagery is a new public image archive from the UK’s Ministry of Defence . “If you’re looking for military images and videos, there’s a new resource which offers over 5,000 videos and 10,000 images from the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Created in conjunction with Norwegian software provider FotoWare, the new Defence Imagery site complies with the strict requirements laid out by the UK Government and makes it clear what you can and can’t do with any content you download.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Google Blog: Check out Chromebook’s new accessibility features. “With accessibility features on Chromebooks, we want everyone to have a good experience on their computer – so people can get things done, families can play together, students and teachers can learn together, and employees can work productively and efficiently, wherever they are. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, so we wanted to share a few recent and new Chromebook features that help people access information in a way that works for them.”
ZDNet: The newest Ubuntu Linux, Impish Indri, arrives. “First things first. An Indri, aka a Babakoto, is a very large lemur. Ubuntu 21.10, Impish Indri, is Canonical’s latest Ubuntu Linux release. It’s the short-term — nine months of support — predecessor to the company’s next long-term support (LTS) version, Ubuntu 22.04.”
KnowTechie: Here’s why your Twitter feed is filled with these red flag emojis. “If you’ve spent any time on Twitter over the last couple of days, no doubt you’ve seen a bunch of posts using the red flag emoji quite liberally. As tends to happen on social media, the emoji has become the subject of a pretty major trend, with its use on the platform skyrocketing over the last couple of days. So what does it mean?”
For a given value of “useful,” also it’s Friday. Make Tech Easier: 8 Scary Apps to Freak Out Your Friends on Halloween (2021). “Halloween’s coming up, so prepare a list of SpOoOoOky movies, carve up some pumpkins, and set a tripwire across your front gate to protect yourself from trick-or-treaters. It’s also a good time of year to play tricks on people (like April Fool’s, but scarier), and there are some great apps designed just for that purpose. So get your spook on with our list of scary and creepy apps to try out on yourself and your friends this Hallow’s Eve.”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
The Guardian: Facebook is ‘biased against facts’, says Nobel prize winner. “The campaigning Philippines journalist Maria Ressa, who was last week awarded the Nobel peace prize, has launched a stinging attack on Facebook, accusing the social media firm of being a threat to democracy that was ‘biased against facts’ and failed to prevent the spread of disinformation. She said its algorithms ‘prioritise the spread of lies laced with anger and hate over facts’.”
Variety: Solange’s Saint Heron Unveils Free Library of Rare Books and Art by Black Creators. “Solange’s Saint Heron studio and platform has announced the launch of its free library of ‘esteemed and valuable’ books by Black creators for research, study and exploration. Each reader will be invited to borrow a book of their choice for 45 days, completely free of charge. It is available via Saint Heron’s website, saintheron.com starting Monday, Oct. 18 — further details on taking out the books is below.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
The Register: White House ransomware summit calls for virtual asset crackdown, without mentioning cryptocurrency. “The 30-nation gabfest convened under the auspices of the US National Security Council’s Counter-Ransomware Initiative has ended with agreement that increased regulation of virtual assets is required to curb the digital coins’ allure to criminals. A joint statement issued after the event’s conclusion opens with anodyne observations about the need for good infosec, international collaboration, and the benefits of private sector engagement.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
New York Times: YouTube’s stronger election misinformation policies had a spillover effect on Twitter and Facebook, researchers say.. “YouTube’s stricter policies against election misinformation was followed by sharp drops in the prevalence of false and misleading videos on Facebook and Twitter, according to new research released on Thursday, underscoring the video service’s power across social media.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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