Bing Blogs: Bing Content submission API is now open to all webmasters

Bing Blogs: Bing Content submission API is now open to all webmasters. “Evangelizing the new wave of empowering webmasters to have more control on their content which they want search engines and searchers to adopt for, Bing had launched its Bing Content Submission API in Beta mode earlier in May, this year. The API provides the ability for webmasters to notify Bing directly about the changes in their site content in real-time.”

Mashable: Apple delays controversial plan to check iPhones for child exploitation images

Mashable: Apple delays controversial plan to check iPhones for child exploitation images. “Apple said Friday that it is delaying the previously announced system that would scan iPhone users’ photos for digital fingerprints that indicated the presence of known Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). The change is in response to criticism from privacy advocates and public outcry against the idea.”

EXPLAINER: What is Apple doing with its App Store? (Chron)

Chron: EXPLAINER: What is Apple doing with its App Store?. “Over the past week or so, Apple has eased some longstanding restrictions that helped make its App Store into a big moneymaker for the company. The company has long required app developers to pay high commissions to Apple on the sales of paid apps as well as purchases of subscriptions or digital items inside their apps…. But Apple hasn’t always explained its moves very clearly, leaving some iPhone users with unanswered questions as to what exactly Apple is doing and whether and how they’ll be affected.”

Motherboard: This Seemingly Normal Lightning Cable Will Leak Everything You Type

Motherboard: This Seemingly Normal Lightning Cable Will Leak Everything You Type. “The OMG Cables, as they’re called, work by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot itself that a hacker can connect to from their own device. From here, an interface in an ordinary web browser lets the hacker start recording keystrokes. The malicious implant itself takes up around half the length of the plastic shell, MG said.”

Arizona Jewish Post: Jewish History Museum to launch new Holocaust education curriculum

Arizona Jewish Post: Jewish History Museum to launch new Holocaust education curriculum. “On Aug. 19, Gov. Doug Ducey formally signed Arizona House Bill 2241, making it mandatory for Arizona schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between seventh and twelfth grades. For the past year, in anticipation of this legislation, the Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History Center has been working with four Museum Teaching Fellows (MTF) from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on middle and high school lesson plans using survivor testimony in the JHM’s collection.”

PennState: Staying home, having access to primary care, and limiting contagion hubs may curb COVID-19 deaths

PennState: Staying home, having access to primary care, and limiting contagion hubs may curb COVID-19 deaths. “Staying home and limiting local travel, supporting access to primary care, and limiting contacts in contagion hubs—including hospitals, schools, and workplaces—are strategies that might help reduce COVID-19–related deaths, according to new research. The research team, by statisticians at Penn State, the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy, and Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, used novel statistical approaches to compare the first wave of the epidemic across 20 regions in Italy and identify factors that contributed to mortality.”

CNET: As college football kicks off, avoid putting your favorite team in your password

CNET: As college football kicks off, avoid putting your favorite team in your password. “The research published by Specops Software, a Stockholm-based security company, shows that the names, nicknames and mascots of Division 1 football schools are among the most popular choices for passwords within a trove of 800 million compromised logins it analyzed. Nearly one in 10 entries used a college football team reference, according to the report, which focused exclusively on the top college teams.”

BBC: EU and AstraZeneca reach deal to end vaccine row

BBC: EU and AstraZeneca reach deal to end vaccine row. “The EU and UK-Swedish drug-maker AstraZeneca have settled a row over a shortfall in coronavirus vaccines that affected the European rollout earlier this year. AstraZeneca has agreed to deliver 200 million doses of its vaccine, which had been promised under a contract, to the EU by the end of March 2022.”

NPR: The Share Of U.S. Adults Willing To Get Vaccinated Ticks Up, A New Poll Finds

NPR: The Share Of U.S. Adults Willing To Get Vaccinated Ticks Up, A New Poll Finds. “The share of adults saying ‘no’ to getting the COVID-19 vaccine dropped 5 percentage points in a month, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted after the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to Pfizer’s vaccine. The survey, which was in the field from Aug. 26 through Tuesday, found 19% of U.S. adults now say they do not intend to be vaccinated. That’s down from 24% in a Marist poll from the end of July.”

International Business Times: 18 Best Online Courses To Try On World Distance Learning Day 2021

International Business Times: 18 Best Online Courses To Try On World Distance Learning Day 2021. “Distance learning has been around way before computers and the internet existed. It started in the 18th and 19th centuries when courses and assignments were delivered by mail on a weekly basis. It was only in 1969 that Open University offered courses via distance learning as an alternative to traditional teaching methods. Now with the internet, finding the best online course websites is as easy as a quick Google search.” Nice selection. If you’re looking for a curated, decently-annotated list to help you dip your toe into online learning, here you go.

Politico: States press forward on vax passports without Biden’s guidance

Politico: States press forward on vax passports without Biden’s guidance. “The rise of the Delta variant and a surge of counterfeit vaccination cards have added urgency to an effort that could speed the reopening of the country but has been a flashpoint for critics on the right, who view use of the credentials for certain activities as government overreach with possible privacy concerns.”

Black Travel Alliance Launches “History Of Black Travel” Website (Travel Agent Central)

Travel Agent Central: Black Travel Alliance Launches “History Of Black Travel” Website. “Black Travel Alliance, in partnership with Tourism RESET, has launched a new website ‘History Of Black Travel,’ with an aim to educate the public on how the African diaspora has traveled across the globe, progressively making their mark within the travel industry, from centuries past to the present day.”