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Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name

The Verge: “Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The coming name change, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to talk about at the company’s annual Connect conference on October 28th, but could unveil sooner, is meant to signal the tech giant’s ambition to be known for more than social media and all the ills that entail. The rebrand would likely position the blue Facebook app as one of many products under a parent company overseeing groups like Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and more. A spokesperson for Facebook declined to comment for this story…”

See also Fortune’s Datasheet by Robert Hackett: “When companies rename themselves, it often signals that they’ve run out of other options. “It’s a strategy of last resort,” says Prashant Malaviya, professor of marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, “because brands are one of the biggest assets that companies own.”

See also Bloomberg: Meta? Horizon? Facebook Renaming Report Sparks Speculation

Savvy Negotiation Skills A Toolkit for Law Librarians

Paul Martin Law Library, University of Windsor: “Savvy Negotiation Skills – A Toolkit for Law Librarians – Presented by Annette Demers, BA, LLB, MLIS, CALL/ACBD October 14, 2021 [h/t Library Boy] Resources CALL/ACBD Vendor Relations Committee, “Librarian-Vendor Relations: Best Practices” (March 8, 2017). Handouts Electronic Resources Negotiation Form New Product Checklist Renewals Checklist Cancellations Checklist… Continue Reading

More than 120,000 US sites feared to handle harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals

The Guardian: “The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified more than 120,000 locations around the US where people may be exposed to a class of toxic “forever chemicals” associated with various cancers and other health problems that is a frightening tally four times larger than previously reported, according to data obtained by the Guardian.… Continue Reading

New Capitol Surveillance Footage Shows A Breach By Jan. 6 Rioters From Start To Finish

BuzzfeedNews: “Two 40-minute videos from Jan. 6 show how hundreds of rioters breached one Capitol entry point and how police eventually regained control…The videos don’t have sound, but they show tense verbal exchanges as the officers make several attempts to stop the mob from getting inside. The confrontations are mostly nonviolent, unlike clashes at other… Continue Reading

Harvard, a Media Company

The Generalist: “Harvard, a Media Company. Harvard Business Review is a surreptitious media giant. Actionable insights –  If you only have a couple minutes to spare, here’s what investors, operators, and founders can learn from Harvard, as a media company. There are different paths to success. The Harvard Business Review (HBR) was founded in 1922… Continue Reading

Researchers show Facebook’s ad tools can target a single user

TechCrunch: “A new research paper written by a team of academics and computer scientists from Spain and Austria has demonstrated that it’s possible to use Facebook’s targeting tools to deliver an ad exclusively to a single individual if you know enough about the interests Facebook’s platform assigns them. The paper — entitled “Unique on Facebook:… Continue Reading

Free Law Project – Our Financial Disclosure Database is Now Available to All

“Two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal published their blockbuster report detailing over 100 judges that had likely violated the Ethics in Government act. To do their work, the Wall Street Journal reporters had exclusive access to our database of financial disclosures. Today we are making the database available to all. Included in the database… Continue Reading

Biden Commission Releases Research into Possible Supreme Court Expansion

NBC News – Biden commission releases research into possible Supreme Court expansion “The panel will meet Friday to discuss factors that should determine whether and how to change the number of justices, among other reform proposals. The following are discussion materials on SETTING THE STAGE: THE GENESIS OF THE REFORM DEBATE AND THE COMMISSION’S MISSION… Continue Reading

‘The fact-checking process can help you sleep better at night’

Poynter – Tips from PolitiFact on bulletproofing your stories. Make sure you have a checklist for each story, even at a basic level: “Corrections hurt, and most professional journalists can probably name at least one they’ve had to make — sometimes a tiny detail in a large, time-intensive story. Luckily, there are editing and fact-checking… Continue Reading

Court Says Google Translate Isn’t Reliable Enough To Determine Consent For A Search

TechDirt: “The quickest way to a warrantless search is obtaining consent. But consent obtained by officers isn’t always consent, no matter how it’s portrayed in police reports and court testimony. Courts have sometimes pointed this out, stripping away ill-gotten search gains when consent turned out to be [extremely air quotation marks] “consent.” Such is the… Continue Reading

Hacks and data breaches are all too common. Here’s what to do if you’re affected.

Washington Post: “An unexplained Amazon charge on your credit card bill. An email asking you to confirm a password change request. A moment of confusion when your usual Google log-in details don’t work. These are all-too-common signs that someone has gained — or is trying to gain — access to your accounts. Hacks and data… Continue Reading