Sun Journal: Unity-based farmers, gardeners group improves database

Sun Journal: Unity-based farmers, gardeners group improves database. “The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Certification Services has updated its online searchable database to make it easier for people to find MOFGA-certified organic foods and products…. With 529 MOFGA-certified organic producers throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, there are many options to find products within reach, and with enhanced keyword searches and an improved user interface, the database can make finding those producers easy.”

Governor of Rhode Island: RI Seafood Launches New Website Tools and “Fishline” App to Help Local Consumers Find Fresh, Local Seafood

Governor of Rhode Island: RI Seafood Launches New Website Tools and “Fishline” App to Help Local Consumers Find Fresh, Local Seafood. “Developed in partnership with the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island, the new app, FishLine, lets consumers search for fresh seafood to buy from seafood markets, farmers’ markets, and restaurants, as well as directly off the boat from fishermen.”

Search Engine Roundtable: New Google Business Profile Web Search Menu Now Rolling Out

Search Engine Roundtable: New Google Business Profile Web Search Menu Now Rolling Out. “A few months ago, we reported Google was testing an expanded menu to manage your Google Business Profile in Google Web Search. Well, now it seems to be fully rolled out, where Google is giving business owners the ability to quickly edit their business profile directly in web search through these new action buttons (previously it required many more clicks).”

Kentucky Bottom Line News: Kentucky Minority-Owned Business Database Now Available Through the Kentucky Chamber Foundation

Kentucky Bottom Line News: Kentucky Minority-Owned Business Database Now Available Through the Kentucky Chamber Foundation . “In partnership with various certifying organizations, including the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, and the City of Louisville, the Kentucky Minority-Owned Business Database has now centralized the listing of more than 1,100 minority-owned businesses…. The database features a searchable platform where users can find and filter minority-owned businesses by name, certification type, industry, service provided, location, and more.”

CTV: B.C. business’ lawsuit against client who posted negative Google review allowed to proceed

CTV News: B.C. business’ lawsuit against client who posted negative Google review allowed to proceed. “A B.C. judge has decided to let a jury decide whether a single, negative online review of a dentistry practice was defamation, dismissing a bid to have the lawsuit tossed. In a decision posted online last week, Justice Gordon S. Funt outlined his reasons for letting the case proceed.”

University of Arkansas: Black-Owned Restaurants Impacted Disproportionately by COVID-19

University of Arkansas: Black-Owned Restaurants Impacted Disproportionately by COVID-19. “Yelp listings were then cross-referenced with visitation records collected by SafeGraph, a company that collects visitation patterns on points of interest through an estimated 45 million mobile devices. Overall, the researchers found there were statistically significant differential impacts between Black-owned and ‘ownership-unreported’ restaurants throughout the 20 cities, primarily measured by relative declines in visits.”

CNN: They built their businesses on Instagram. Then the platform changed

CNN: They built their businesses on Instagram. Then the platform changed. “As Instagram increasingly prioritizes videos and recommended posts in users’ feeds in an effort to keep pace with rival TikTok, some small businesses that were built on the platform are having a harder time reaching their followers and facing declining engagement, and say they’re worried about the future of their businesses.”

NBC News: Viral video of a racist rant led people to threaten the wrong business. The owner blames Google.

NBC News: Viral video of a racist rant led people to threaten the wrong business. The owner blames Google.. “Online vigilantism is a well-recognized phenomenon, one that is the subject of academic study. Examples of people looking to take justice into their own hands to right perceived wrongs go back to the early days of the consumer internet, not long after the advent of the World Wide Web. The phenomenon has only gained momentum alongside the rise of search engines, social media, smartphones and digital video, which have provided the content, tools and motivation for just about anyone to play crusader. But in some instances of online mob justice, people hit the wrong target.”

Bleeping Computer: German Chambers of Industry and Commerce hit by ‘massive’ cyberattack

Bleeping Computer: German Chambers of Industry and Commerce hit by ‘massive’ cyberattack. “The Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) was forced to shut down all of its IT systems and switch off digital services, telephones, and email servers, in response to a cyberattack. DIHK is a coalition of 79 chambers representing companies within the German state, with over three million members comprising businesses ranging from small shops to large enterprises in the country.”

TechCrunch: Google now lets merchants add an ‘Asian-owned’ label to their profiles on Maps and Search

TechCrunch: Google now lets merchants add an ‘Asian-owned’ label to their profiles on Maps and Search. “Google announced today that it’s adding a new label on Maps and Search that will allow people to identify their business as being Asian-owned. The new label is now available to merchants in the United States with a verified business profile on Google.”

Globe Newswire: Mapping Black California Unveiling Pioneering Statewide Database of California’s Black-Led Organizations (PRESS RELEASE)

Globe Newswire: Mapping Black California Unveiling Pioneering Statewide Database of California’s Black-Led Organizations (PRESS RELEASE). “Mapping Black California (MBC), a product of Black Voice News (BVN), is relaunching its website with a groundbreaking new data tool, the Mapping Black California: Black-Led Organization (BLO) Directory.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Lets Businesses Set Auto Responses To Common Questions

Search Engine Journal: Google Lets Businesses Set Auto Responses To Common Questions. “Google is rolling out a new feature for Business Profiles that allows you to set up automated responses to frequently asked questions from customers. Using this feature, you can suggest questions for people to ask when messaging your business via your Google Business Profile. Similar to how a customer service chatbot works on business websites.”

BBC: Firms ‘going to war’ against rivals on social media

BBC: Firms ‘going to war’ against rivals on social media. “A growing number of unscrupulous companies are using bots or fake accounts to run smear campaigns against their competitors on social media, it is claimed. That’s the warning from Lyric Jain, the chief executive of Logically, a high-tech monitoring firm that uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to trawl the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to find so called ‘fake news’ – disinformation and misinformation.”