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Librarianship is not a set of skills to be learned, or a set of degrees to be mastered. Librarianship is a conversation that has taken place over millennia. It is a conversation that we must all be a part of or it will die. It will not die from defunding, Google, and whether we make the transition to RDA. It will die if librarians forget they have an obligation to constantly reinvent ourselves, imagine a better future, or stay silent until asked our opinions.
R. David Lankes, Beyond the Bullet Points: Rock Stars (via johnxlibris)

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inothernews:

Google marks what would have been writer and artist Edward Gorey’s 88th birthday.

guardiancomment:

Arwa Mahdawi writes:

Readers, I hate it to break it to you, but according to Harvard the internet is racist. I suggest you stop using it immediately unless you want your patronage of Google et al to blacken your name. Actually, err, maybe wait until you finish reading..

A recent study of Google searches by Professor Latanya Sweeney has found “significant discrimination” in ad results depending on whether the name you’re Googling is, statistically speaking, more likely to belong to a white person or a black person. So while Googling an Emma will probably trigger nothing more sinister than an invitation to look up Emma’s phone number and address, searching for a Jermaine could generate an ad for a criminal record search. In fact, Sweeney’s research suggests that it’s 25% more likely you’ll get ads for criminal record searches from “black-identifying” names than white-sounding ones.

So what does this mean exactly? Does Google have some sort of racial profiling tool inlaid into its algorithms? Well, not exactly. Google has unequivocally stated that it “does not conduct any racial profiling” and the research paper itself admits that it’s probably not as insidious as that. Rather it posits that the demographic discrepancies probably come from “smart” algorithms which adapt ad placement based on mass-user habits. In short, writes Sweeney, the results raise “questions as to whether Google’s advertising technology exposes racial bias in society and how ad and search technology can develop to assure racial fairness”.

laughingsquid:

Google Declares War on the Password

Want an easier way to log into your Gmail account? How about a quick tap on your computer with the ring on your finger?

This may be closer than you think. Google’s security team outlines this sort of ring-finger authentication in a new research paper, set to be published late this month in the engineering journalIEEE Security & Privacy Magazine. In it, Google Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and Engineer Mayank Upadhyay outline all sorts of ways they think people could wind up logging into websites in the future — and it’s about time.

2012 may have been the year that the password broke. It seemed like everyone on the internet received spam e-mail or desperate pleas for cash — the so-called “Mugged in London” scam — from the e-mail accounts of people who had been hacked. And Wired’s own Mat Honan showed everyone just how damaging a hack can be.

The guys who hacked Honan last August deleted his Gmail account. They took over his Twitter handle and posted racist messages. And they remote-wiped his iPhone, iPad, and laptop computer, deleting a year’s worth of e-mails and photographs. In short, they erased his digital life.

Passwords are a cheap and easy way to authenticate web surfers, but they’re not secure enough for today’s internet, and they never will be.

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demnewswire:

You can Google keywords “Vote” or “Voting” to find your polling location!

demnewswire:

You can Google keywords “Vote” or “Voting” to find your polling location!

kyddesignsblog:

The man.

Bob Ross 4-evah!!!

kyddesignsblog:

The man.

Bob Ross 4-evah!!!

quickhits:

Looking for the ‘Horses and Bayonets’ Bounce

That Google graphic is really all you need if you want to learn who won the debate last night. Snap polling is unreliable, but the consensus seems to be that Obama won. CNN’s poll gives it to Obama, 48%-40%. Public Policy Polling’s results [pdf] were more stark, with a 53%-42% Obama win. And CBS News reports an absolute blowout: 53% Obama to 23% Romney. Yeah, that’s a two — as in twenty-three.

But it’s the fact that everyone’s searching the “horses and bayonets” line that confirms these findings. That wasn’t exactly a Romney gaffe, but it’s sort of a gaffe that Obama forced on him. One of the few foreign policy positions that Romney didn’t completely reverse himself on last night was his promise to throw $2 trillion at our already bloated military and build ships the Navy hasn’t requested. And Obama whacked him for it:

But I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works.

You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.

And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting ships. It’s what are our capabilities. And so when I sit down with the Secretary of the Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, we determine how are we going to be best able to meet all of our defense needs in a way that also keeps faith with our troops, that also makes sure that our veterans have the kind of support that they need when they come home.

And that is not reflected in the kind of budget that you’re putting forward because it just doesn’t work.

When people are looking for that particular bit of text (or video), things are not going Mitt Romney’s way. Romney, clearly out of his depth on foreign policy, played for a draw. He didn’t get it. “President Obama won the foreign policy debate, cleanly and decisively, on both style and substance,” writes Joe Klein. “It was as clear a victory as Mitt Romney’s in the first debate.” Romney screwed over his neocon backers, he abandoned the warmongering cowards in the base, he threw the Willard Romney of just last week under the bus — and for nothing. He lost. He so lost.

The question now is whether that will matter. Romney’s hoping it doesn’t, but history shows it could — easily. Nate Silver writes that the third debate has historically resulted in the smallest bounce, but with the race so tight, a small bounce could easily lead to an Obama victory. “If Mr. Obama’s head-to-head polling were 2 percentage points higher right now, he would be a considerably clearer favorite in the forecast, about 85 percent,” he writes. “A 1-point bounce would bring him to 80 percent, and even a half-point bounce would advance his position to being a 75 percent favorite in the forecast.”

So, if you’re hoping for a bounce like Romney got from the first debate, you’re going to be disappointed — and you shouldn’t be.

Silver cautions — as I did earlier — that snap polls are unreliable, but I think it’s unlikely that things will swing around toward a Romney debate victory. I mean, did you see it?

No, if this debate results in any change to the race, it’ll be to President Obama’s advantage. And he only needs a small advantage.

-Wisco

newsweek:

Busting a Cyberstalker: How Carla Franklin Fought Back—and Triumphed

I remember feeling stunned, then sick. Sitting at my desk at a New York City consulting firm in 2009, I had randomly Googled my name. The jarring result: a series of strange montages on YouTube—all containing snapshots of me, along with the label “whore.” The photos, cobbled together from various corners of the Internet, were shots from a beauty pageant and a few acting jobs I had held in the past, when I was signed with a regional modeling agency. My mind raced. Who hated me this much to post these things? Who would call me a whore?

And then I knew exactly who had done it.

Carla Franklin shares her story.

This woman is amazing.

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koreamjournal:

Google’s Schmidt Horses Around With PsyWall Street Journal

Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt came to South Korea to meet executives at the biggest makers of Android smartphones – Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Co. – but wound up also getting a dance lesson from Psy, whose “Gangnam Style” video and song became an international hit through Google’s YouTube.
Psy (or Park Jae-sang as his parents called him) showed up at the company’s Seoul office as Mr. Schmidt conducted an all-hands videoconference for employees in Asia. Screams and cheers were heard on the speakers as Google employees reacted to his arrival.

koreamjournal:

Google’s Schmidt Horses Around With Psy
Wall Street Journal

Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt came to South Korea to meet executives at the biggest makers of Android smartphones – Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Co. – but wound up also getting a dance lesson from Psy, whose “Gangnam Style” video and song became an international hit through Google’s YouTube.

Psy (or Park Jae-sang as his parents called him) showed up at the company’s Seoul office as Mr. Schmidt conducted an all-hands videoconference for employees in Asia. Screams and cheers were heard on the speakers as Google employees reacted to his arrival.

Gee, who’da thunk it?

theatlantic:

After Google Improved Maternity Leave, Post-Partum Attrition Dropped by 50%

Amid all the handwringing about what technology companies can do to recruit and retain women in their ranks, we don’t hear a lot of solutions. But here’s an obvious thing that tech companies can do: increase the length of maternity leave and pay a full salary for its duration.

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Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not created by Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A executive vice president of marketing Steve Robinson — Chick-fil-A Wants Nothing To Do With Mike Huckabee’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day— Washington Whispers (via usnews)

They’d also like Rick Santorum to stop Googling them.

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On Tuesday, after Mitt Romney said he had “no idea where” his offshore investments were, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) came to his aid, saying “it’s really American to avoid paying taxes, legally.”

But by parking money in countries with tiny tax rates — thus putting it beyond the reach of the American government — wealthy businesses and individuals cost the federal government roughly $100 billion every year, according to a 2011 report from the California Public Interest Research Group. That’s money that doesn’t make it into the federal government’s hands, even though it would probably come in useful — again, given the trillion-dollar-plus national deficit.

As the CALPIRG report notes, many household-name corporations, including Goldman Sachs, General Electric, Exxon Mobil and Google, take advantage of offshore accounts, often saving billions in taxes in the process.

At the moment, of course, tax havens are more in the news because of people. (Although, remember: Corporations are people, my friend.) Barack Obama’s campaign team has lately been giving Romney hell for the Republican candidate’s use of offshore accounts in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, and for his refusal to disclose more than a handful of details about his finances.