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Daily Archives: September 5, 2018

25 of the New Words Merriam-Webster Is Adding to the Dictionary in 2018

Mentalfloss: “If you don’t spend most of your time on the internet, it can be hard to keep up with the evolving lingo of the digital age. Luckily, the editors at Merriam-Webster have done the hard work of keeping track of the most important new terms to know: The American institution has added over 840 new words to its dictionary, many of which didn’t exist a couple of decades ago. Readers fluent in internet-speak will be familiar with many of the entries on the list, and there are also plenty of new words that are specific to the tech world. Not every word that’s new to the dictionary is necessarily new to language; Merriam-Webster now includes some culinary terms that have been around for a while, and the new list also features abbreviations of common words. Check out a sample of the new entries…”

  • I am highlighting this word as I use it frequently in respect to work related research: “10. FINTECH (N.) “Products and companies that employ newly developed digital and online technologies in the banking and financial services industries.”

Many Facebook users don’t understand how the site’s news feed works

“A sizable majority of U.S. adults use Facebook and most of its users get news on the site. But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that notable shares of Facebook users ages 18 and older lack a clear understanding of how the site’s news feed operates, feel ordinary users have little control over what appears… Continue Reading

Google Dataset Search Beta

Google Blog: “What is Dataset Search? Dataset Search enables users to find datasets stored across thousands of repositories on the Web, making these datasets universally accessible and useful. Datasets and related data tend to be spread across multiple data repositories on the web. In many cases, information about these datasets is neither linked nor has… Continue Reading

Pew – Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook

“Just over half of Facebook users ages 18 and older (54%) say they have adjusted their privacy settings in the past 12 months, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Around four-in-ten (42%) say they have taken a break from checking the platform for a period of several weeks or more, while around a… Continue Reading

Facebook, Twitter Execs Admit Failures, Warn of ‘Overwhelming’ Threat to Elections

Gizmodo: “Openly recognizing their companies’ past failures in rare displays of modesty, Facebook and Twitter executives touted new efforts to combat state-sponsored propaganda across their platforms before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, acknowledging that the task is often “overwhelming” and proving a massive drain on their resources.  Despite frequent and contradictory remarks by President… Continue Reading

U.S. court cases aim to rein in age-discrimination hiring practices

Reuters: “…At age 58, [Dale] Kleber had extensive experience working for law firms, as an in-house general counsel and in general management jobs. But he had been out of work since the summer of 2011, when he lost his job as the CEO of a dairy industry trade association. Kleber’s search for senior-level general counsel… Continue Reading

GPO issues digital version of official directory of 115th Congress

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) makes available the authentic, digital version of the official directory of the 115th Congress. Mandated by Title 44 of the U.S. Code, the Congressional Directory is prepared by GPO under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP). More than just a guide to Members, committees, and officials… Continue Reading