The Whiskey Wash: Frazier History Museum Launching An Online Bourbon Subscription Service

The Whiskey Wash: Frazier History Museum Launching An Online Bourbon Subscription Service. “Frazier History Museum, in its role as a keeper of all things history in Kentucky, already has a heavy relationship with the world of bourbon, including being the ‘Official Starting Point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.’ Now, in a move that takes things ever deeper, it is launching its own “online bourbon subscription membership service offering exclusive bottlings and expressions from the greatest names in American whisky.”

Inside Higher Ed: Could China Be on the Verge of Breaking Up Database Publishing?

Inside Higher Ed: Could China Be on the Verge of Breaking Up Database Publishing?. “China’s top research organization has suspended its use of the country’s largest academic database, causing some scholars to question whether its stranglehold on the sector might be loosened. Several research institutes under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have pulled out of its subscription to the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) due to mounting subscription fees, local news outlet Caixin reported.”

Opinion: Pros and Cons of Google vs. Subscription Databases (Government Technology)

Government Technology: Opinion: Pros and Cons of Google vs. Subscription Databases. “Students’ media literacy is dependent upon their ability to evaluate published sources, which isn’t always easy with search engine results. Google prioritizes its results independent of author biases or factual legitimacy, leaving students to evaluate which sources are best. But research from Stanford University has shown that most students don’t look beyond Google’s top hits on any given topic. This leaves users susceptible to specious information, wrongly believing Google is somehow designed to work in the interest of veracity. Based on a helpful chart from UC Merced, here’s a quick comparison of the three research sources most used by students.”

Ars Technica: Cricut backs off plan to add subscription fee to millions of devices [Updated]

Ars Technica: Cricut backs off plan to add subscription fee to millions of devices [Updated]. “Yet another company that makes Internet-connected devices is drawing the wrath of customers by demanding a monthly subscription fee long after users have already sunk hundreds of dollars into its products. This time around, the company is Cricut, which just told customers they’ll lose the ability to upload more than a few patterns per month unless they start paying up.” Cricut backed off after several days of the Internet screaming at them.

Ars Technica: Demand for fee to use password app LastPass sparks backlash

Ars Technica: Demand for fee to use password app LastPass sparks backlash. “Two investment firms, Elliott Management and Francisco Partners, acquired the service as part of their $4.3 billion buyout of Internet software group LogMeIn in September last year. Now, the app is warning users that they must pay as much as $36 a year if they want access to those cumbersome passwords on all their devices. Those who refuse to pay will have to choose between synching only to their desktop computers, or only to mobile devices such as phones.”

The Daily Iowan: Facing rising subscription costs, UI Libraries cancels more than 800 journal, database subscriptions

The Daily Iowan: Facing rising subscription costs, UI Libraries cancels more than 800 journal, database subscriptions. “As the cost of subscribing to scholarly publications such as journals and databases rises, the University of Iowa Libraries is forced to cut subscriptions to research that students and faculty need. The UI Libraries has announced it would cancel more than 800 journal and database subscriptions, saving more than $600,00.”

Lifehacker: Manage And Unsubscribe From All Your Online Accounts With This App

Lifehacker: Manage And Unsubscribe From All Your Online Accounts With This App . “Signing up for an online account is something we do so often that we lose track of all the websites we’re subscribed to…. But there are many online tools that can help you clean up your footprint online. A new tool I recently came across is Deseat.Me, a web app that scans your email accounts for services you’ve signed up for, and then puts them on a list for you to delete or keep.”

VARIETY Guest Column on YouTube Red

Guest column in VARIETY: YouTube Red: What’s More Important Than Its Content. “Three original movies and an original series debuted this week (Feb. 10) on YouTube’s Red subscription-video service. The press and traditional entertainment are excited to see the new content, report on its out-of-the-gate performance and pass judgement. The smart minds are more interested in the context of the experience and its fit with creators and their fan communities.”