New York Times: N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets. “The National Security Agency has halted one of the most disputed practices of its warrantless wiretapping program: collecting Americans’ emails and texts to and from people overseas that mention foreigners targeted for surveillance, according to officials familiar with the matter.”
Search Engine Land: Is Google testing its own jobs search engine? . “Google seems to be testing a new search feature. This one is designed to help searchers find new job openings. Dan Shure spotted this test for queries on Google that include [jobs online], [data entry jobs online], [newbury street jobs] and so on. Google shows job listings and takes you into what appears to be their very own job search portal to drill down deeper.”
Oh, Google Maps. The Age: Google Maps has shifted Collins Street to the middle of Africa. “Google Maps has moved one of Melbourne’s busiest streets to the outskirts of Ghana, Africa. But don’t take our word for it – try it for yourself. Open up a new window and type ‘Collins Street’ into Google.” Just typing Collins Street didn’t work for me here in the US – I got a bakery in Texas – but typing Collins Street Melbourne – hey, it’s Ghana!
Cornell: Library manages Queers for Economic Justice records. “Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ), founded in 2002, was among the first LGBTQ groups to advocate for equality by fighting systems that create poverty. Now Cornell University Library is preserving and organizing the group’s records, to make their trailblazing policies and strategies available to researchers interested in the intersections of gender, sexuality, class and inequality.”
Ubergizmo: Update To Google Trips Makes It Easier To Plan Your Holiday. “One of the nifty features we love about Inbox by Gmail is that it can automatically sort your emails for you and bundle them together. For example if you booked flights and a hotel to a particular destination, the platform is smart enough to bundle it all together under a single trip for easier access. However if you’d rather not keep opening your email, not to worry as Google also has a separate app in the form of Google Trips, and the good news for users is that Google has recently made an update to the app that will make it easier for users to plan and manage their next holiday.”
CNET: Malaysia may prosecute WhatsApp group admins over fake news. “Being a WhatsApp group chat admin is getting riskier in Malaysia. The country’s government may use an existing law to investigate WhatsApp group admins if they fail to curb the distribution of fake news (factually incorrect or misleading information), said the country’s Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Johari Gilani.”
Ars Technica: The secret lives of Google raters. “Who are these raters? They’re carefully trained and tested staff who can spend 40 hours per week logged into a system called Raterhub, which is owned and operated by Google. Every day, the raters complete dozens of short but exacting tasks that produce invaluable data about the usefulness of Google’s ever-changing algorithms. They contribute significantly to several Google and Android projects, from search and voice recognition to photos and personalization features.” (And remember, Google just posted $5.43 billion in profit. Not revenue. PROFIT.)