MakeUseOf: 6 Useful Price Comparison Websites, Engines, and Tools to Know. “Price comparison websites, also known as price comparison engines, are essential for getting the best deals on the web—especially when you don’t have the time to hunt down coupons (use these online coupon sites) or wait for good deals to come around (how to find deals and discounts). Why visit over 10 different retailers when you can get all of their prices on one page? Of course, not all price comparison websites are equal. The best one for me might not be the best for you. “
The Scientist: North American Universities Increasingly Cancel Publisher Packages. “Tomorrow (June 12), Florida State University will head into negotiations with the publisher Elsevier to see how it can resolve a pricing issue. Back in April, FSU announced that it would not renew a so-called ‘big deal’ with Elsevier in 2019, due to its ‘high and ever-increasing cost,’ and would instead subscribe to a subset of the most-needed journals. The university’s move represents the latest example of academic libraries walking away from these comprehensive and expensive subscriptions, which include all or most of a publisher’s catalog, and instead signing up for a la carte titles.”
MetaFilter: State of the Site: Metafilter financial update and future directions. “Right now, because of recent steep drops in ad revenue, we’re running at an $8,000/month deficit. I’m bringing this to you all now because we need to fix that shortfall soon to avoid significant cuts to our current payroll levels. We’re still operating as normal right now thanks to the cushion members built up last fall, and that and conservative budgeting have worked as intended: it’s given us a few more months of leeway to work on the problem, so we can consider our options and make smart, non-panicky decisions. But we need to get to work on it ASAP.” PLEASE HELP THE SMALL AND INDEPENDENT WEB SITES YOU LOVE OR THEY WILL DIE.
Bloomberg: If You’re A Facebook User, You’re Also a Research Subject. “The professor was incredulous. David Craig had been studying the rise of entertainment on social media for several years when a Facebook Inc. employee he didn’t know emailed him last December, asking about his research. ‘I thought I was being pumped,’ Craig said. The company flew him to Menlo Park and offered him $25,000 to fund his ongoing projects, with no obligation to do anything in return. This was definitely not normal, but after checking with his school, University of Southern California, Craig took the gift. ‘Hell, yes, it was generous to get an out-of-the-blue offer to support our work, with no strings,’ he said. ‘It’s not all so black and white that they are villains.'”
BetaNews: Dixons Carphone suffers two major security breaches exposing customers’ bank card details and personal information. “Another week, another cyberattack. This time around, it’s the Dixons Carphone group which says it has fallen victim to not one but two major breaches. The bank card details of 5.9 million customers have been accessed by hackers in the first breach. In the second, the personal records of 1.2 million people have been exposed.”
CSS Blog Network: Global Military Spending Remains High at $1.7 Trillion. “Total world military expenditure rose to $1739 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 1.1 per cent in real terms from 2016, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). China’s military expenditure rose again in 2017, continuing an upward trend in spending that has lasted for more than two decades. Russia’s military spending fell for the first time since 1998, while spending by the United States remained constant for the second successive year. The comprehensive annual update of the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database is accessible from today…”
SecurityIntelligence: Penetration Tests Discover All Banks Are Susceptible to Web App Bugs. “A series of penetration tests found that every bank is guilty of web application vulnerabilities and insufficient network security measures. According to a recent report from Positive Technologies, Bank Attacks 2018, 100 percent of banks suffered from these vulnerabilities and inadequacies. The report also found server configuration flaws in all banks — while just over half were found to have improperly managed their user accounts and passwords.”