Wall Street Journal: The WSJ Guide to Student Loans: Navigating the Myths and Misunderstandings About College Debt. “Which college majors pay off? Is graduate school a golden goose or a money pit? Are Ivy League degrees usually worth it? The Wall Street Journal answers these questions—and many more—in a first-of-its kind guide to student debt. Readers can download The WSJ Guide to Student Loans: Navigating the Myths and Misunderstandings About College Debt, free by following this link.” I cynically expected that link to go to some kind of required registration before download, but nope – it goes straight to a 148-page PDF file. Good on you, WSJ.
National Gallery of Ireland: National Gallery of Ireland launches new digital collections platform. “The National Gallery of Ireland – together with Minister Catherine Martin T.D. – today launched Source, a new online resource providing access to digitised collections. Exploring the story of Irish art, the platform provides access to the collections held in the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art and Yeats Archive at the Gallery.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
TechCrunch: Google confirms Maps is down for some users, says it’s working on a fix. “Google Maps is currently down for some users around the world as the mapping service is experiencing a partial outage, Google confirmed to TechCrunch on Friday. ‘We’re seeing reports of difficulties accessing some Google Maps and Google Maps Platform services. Our team is investigating and working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible,’ a spokesperson from Google said in an email.”
TechRadar: Google lands its new subsea cable in Africa. “Google’s Equiano subsea cable which will run from Portugal to the West Coast of Africa has finally arrived to the continent after first being introduced back in 2019. The company’s latest subsea cable will connect Europe to Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa and St. Helena to provide Africa with faster and more reliable internet.”
The Verge: Twitter Spaces hosts will be able to share clips from recordings in new test. “Twitter is testing a new feature for its Spaces audio rooms that allows a host to share a clip of recorded Spaces on their timeline. The feature is now available to ‘certain Hosts on iOS.'”
AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD
Internet Archive: New Project Will Unlock Access to Government Publications on Microfiche. “Government documents from microfiche are coming to archive.org based on the combined efforts of the Internet Archive, Stanford University Libraries, and other library partners. The resulting files will be available for free public access to enable new analysis and access techniques.”
University of Wyoming: UW, Partners Secure History Grant to Assist State’s Libraries, Museums. “The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) will hire a project archivist to build an information network among records stewards from Wyoming’s libraries, museums and archives, with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).”
Philippine Star: FVR Presidential Library launched as he turns 94. “An online presidential library and oral history project on former president Fidel V. Ramos were launched to mark his 94th birthday yesterday.” The project has been launched, but it does not appear that a substantive resource will be available until the 4th quarter.
SECURITY & LEGAL
Reuters: Brazil supreme court orders suspension of Telegram app in the country -reports. “Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered the suspension of messaging app Telegram, following a request from the country’s federal police, local news broadcasters TV Globo and CNN Brasil both reported on Friday. The decision comes after the messaging app, which is widely used by Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and his allies, failed to respond to court orders to block certain accounts that had been found to disseminate disinformation, Globo reported.”
Bleeping Computer: Free decryptor released for TrickBot gang’s Diavol ransomware. “Cybersecurity firm Emsisoft has released a free decryption tool to help Diavol ransomware victims recover their files without paying a ransom.”
Reuters: Google is accused in lawsuit of systemic bias against Black employees. “A lawsuit filed on Friday accuses Google of systemic racial bias against Black employees, saying the search engine company steers them to lower-level jobs, pays them less and denies them opportunities to advance because of their race.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Tech Xplore: A new model to automatically detect and filter spam emails. “Over the past few years, computer scientists have developed increasingly advanced computational models to automatically detect spam emails. To perform well, however, most of these models need to be trained on large email datasets, which were manually labeled by humans. Researchers at Sinhgad Institute of Technology Lonavala in India have recently created a new technique for the automatic detection of spam emails.” Good morning, Internet…
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