Banned In Germany: Kids’ Doll Is Labeled An Espionage Device (NPR)

From NPR: Banned In Germany: Kids’ Doll Is Labeled An Espionage Device. “It’s nice to have a friend who’s a good listener, but a doll called My Friend Cayla listens a little too well, according to German regulators who say the toy is essentially a stealthy espionage device that shares what it hears and is also vulnerable to takeover by third parties.”

Search Engine Land: Google brings back emojis in the search results snippets for relevant queries

Search Engine Land: Google brings back emojis in the search results snippets for relevant queries. “Google has confirmed with Search Engine Land that they have brought the ability for emojis to be displayed in the search results listing page. In June 2015, Google removed emojis from showing up in the results after promising to disable them over webmaster abuse.”

New Web Site Tracks Flu Levels Around the United States

A new Web site provides information on flu activity around the US. “When you enter a zip code on Communidy.com, it shows where the flu level is in your county, breaks it down by age group based on real-time data from local physicians and helps connect you with nearby doctors.” It told me the flu activity was high in this county, which based on all the people taking off work I would have guessed…

Library of Congress Creates Portal for its World War I Online Content

The Library of Congress has created a portal to its WWI collections online. “These remarkable collections include recruitment and wartime information posters, photos from the front, manuscripts and papers of prominent figures such as General John J. ‘Black Jack’ Pershing, newspapers that provided the first draft of the war’s history, maps of campaigns and battle lines, sound recordings of prominent leaders of the era, war-related sheet music, even early film treasures.”

Harvard Business Review: If Snap’s Strategy Is Building New Products, It Won’t Live Up to Its IPO Price

Harvard Business Review: If Snap’s Strategy Is Building New Products, It Won’t Live Up to Its IPO Price. “In light of Snap’s IPO, there has been an immense amount of speculation about the long-term viability of the company’s strategy…. How should you interpret the viability of Snap’s strategy amid the many opinions? The cacophony of commentaries isn’t unique to Snap; it also infects the general view of digital and digital transformation. The conventional wisdom holds that every industry is being disrupted and all the rules have changed. But have they? A close look at the core ideas of technology strategy suggests that beneath the sound and the fury lies a set of fundamental principles that can guide leaders in making smart choices. These same principles can help cut through some of the confusion around the viability of Snap’s strategy. I’ll share four of these principles here.”

GeneaPress: Announcing The Journal of Genealogy & Family History (PRESS RELEASE)

From GeneaPress: Announcing The Journal of Genealogy & Family History (PRESS RELEASE). “Launching in April 2017, the new Journal of Genealogy and Family History (JGFH) will address the current need for a high quality, peer reviewed publication, covering broad scholarly research in genealogy and family history in a 21st century online format. The journal will be offered to readers and contributors for free, on an open-access, non-commercial basis, with content available under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The scope of the journal will include any field or academic discipline associated with genealogy or family history research such as heraldry, demography, education and record conservation.”