US Department of Defense: Defense Department New Website to Navigate Innovation Opportunities. “The new website features user-friendly sections, called ‘pathways,’ to quickly provide the most relevant information to the user based on interests. The first is for the academic community. Students and faculty can search available DoD internships, grants, scholarships, and research opportunities. Second, there is a pathway for those in the commercial sector seeking business opportunities with the DoD. Businesses can also learn about ways to seek specific science, technology, prototyping, and experimentation opportunities. The last pathway is designed for military personnel and DoD civilians looking to leverage existing projects, participate in workshops, or collaborate.”
Mazda Newsroom: Renovated Mazda Museum Grand Reopening in May: New virtual museum opening today. “Due to open to the public on May 23 this year, the museum’s spatial design and displays have seen a complete makeover with the aim to provide customers and people in the community with a space in which they can grow closer to Mazda, as well as to strengthen the Museum’s role as a base for communication of the Mazda brand. Additionally, an online Mazda Museum was launched today on our official website to allow many more visitors to browse through the museum’s displays.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
The Verge: DuckDuckGo’s browsers and extensions now protect against AMP tracking. “Privacy-oriented search engine DuckDuckGo says it will ‘protect’ against tracking by web pages with Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages framework (or AMP) enabled.”
TechRadar: Google claps back at Brave, DuckDuckGo over latest privacy debate. “‘These allegations are misleading, conflate a number of different web projects and standards, and repeat a number of false claims,’ said a Google spokesperson, in an email exchange with TechRadar Pro.”
MakeUseOf: How to Create Your Own Google Chrome Extension. “Have you ever found yourself unhappy with the features that come with your web browser? Even with hours of scouring the Google Web Store under your belt, it isn’t always a simple matter of hitting ‘download’ to enhance your web surfing experience. This is where browser extensions come in. In this article, we will be exploring the process of building your very own DIY Google Chrome Extension from scratch.” Not for beginners, but an interesting look “under the hood” at Chrome extensions.
AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD
Motherboard: Ebook Services Are Bringing Unhinged Conspiracy Books into Public Libraries. “For years, the digital media service Hoopla has given library patrons access to ebooks, movies, and audiobooks through bulk subscriptions sold to public libraries. But more recently, librarians have started calling for transparency into the company’s practices after realizing its digital ebook collection contains countless low-quality titles promoting far-right conspiracy theories, COVID disinformation, LGBTQ+ conversion therapy, and Holocaust denial.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Radio professionals launch Friends of Georgia Radio. “A group of former and current radio professionals have launched a nonprofit organization Friends of Georgia Radio to provide scholarships for would-be broadcasters, chronicle Georgia radio history and hold social events…. [Dennis] Winslow said they want to create social activities and build an online museum to ensure Georgia radio history is honored.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
New York Times: E.U. Takes Aim at Social Media’s Harms With Landmark New Law. “The European Union was nearing a deal on Friday on landmark legislation that would force Facebook, YouTube and other internet services to combat misinformation, disclose how their services amplify divisive content and stop targeting online ads based on a person’s ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Search Engine Journal: Is Google Search Worse? Many Seem to Agree. “A member of Reddit asked if Google search was becoming worse and thousands of others responded overwhelmingly that Google search was not showing what they were looking for. The SEO community on Twitter picked up the discussion and largely agreed.”
Mashable: Spiritual hustlers are all over social media. Don’t let them scam you.. “Social media accounts peddling Native-esque wisdom are saturated with imagery such as feathers, sage bundles, abalone shells, dreamcatchers, flutes, and hand drums. Links in those accounts’ bios invite you to participate in sweat lodges, soul healing sessions, medium readings, shamanic circles, and quantum healing. Posts advertise workshops for hundreds of dollars that give you exclusive access to privileged information meant to help on your life’s journey. Hashtags like #medicineman and #medicinewoman offer glimpses of this at play.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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