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Tuesday News: Dropbox drops files; YouTube stars getting book deals; SFF author revealed as controversial blogger; and Catherine Roach on Romance “claims”

Tuesday News: Dropbox drops files; YouTube stars getting book deals; SFF...


We’re reaching out to let you know about an issue affecting Selective Sync that caused some files to be deleted from Dropbox. This problem occurred when the Dropbox desktop application shut down or restarted while users were applying Selective Sync settings.

Based on our investigation of this issue, we think you may be among the small number of users who were affected.

If you haven’t used Selective Sync before, you can stop reading now because you weren’t affected.

If you have used Selective Sync, we wanted to check whether your Dropbox may have been affected. We’ve set up a personalized web page where you can see if there are files that shouldn’t have been deleted and try to restore them. –The Digital Reader

Publishers seeking the next hit author have a new hunting ground: YouTube.

A wave of titles written by YouTube personalities is hitting the shelves this month as book publishers bet on the power of online media. They made a similar bet several years ago on books by popular food bloggers, such as Ree Drummond and Julie Powell.

“The Pointless Book,” an activity workbook by charming, goofy U.K. video blogger Alfie Deyes is coming soon. So, too, is a book by comedian and YouTube star Grace Helbig on how to pretend to be grown up. Two titles based on popular YouTube series for teens also are planned. –Wall Street Journal

1. It is hard to be alone. We are social animals. Most people need and want love, of some kind. Amid all the possibilities for love as philia (friendship) and agape (spiritual or selfless love), the culture often holds up eros or romantic partner love as an apex of all that love can be and do.

2. It is a man’s world. Women generally have less power, fewer choices, and suffer from vulnerability and double standards. They often get stuck looking after men or being overlooked by men.

3. Romance is a religion of love. Romance entails belief in the power of love as a positive orienting force. Love functions as religion, as that which has ultimate meaning in people’s lives. –Teach Me Tonight

Friday News: new Dropbox services, Cambridge cancels “Gone With The Wind” ball, 10 African American female firsts, and a new study on US library and technology use

Friday News: new Dropbox services, Cambridge cancels “Gone With The Wind”...

Dropbox will let you switch between work and personal accounts next month – As Dropbox continues to focus on building its Dropbox for Business service, it is also expanding options for users, including the ability to manage both personal and professional Dropbox accounts without having to log in again. This feature, as well as others, will “drop” on April 9th. Analysts anticipate that Dropbox is preparing to file for its own IPO, especially since its biggest rival, Box, has allegedly just done so. Dropbox is currently used by 200 million people.

Meanwhile, the price of online storage is falling steadily toward zero. This week, Google slashed the price of storage on Google Drive, dropping the price for storing 1 terabyte of data from $49.99 a month to $9.99 a month. Dropbox consumer storage tops out at 500 gigabytes for $49.99 a month. Company founder Drew Houston has said in the past that users care more about having a service that works than how many gigabytes they are using, but that could change as Dropbox’s rivals continue offering more space for less money –The Verge

Cambridge college cancels ‘racist’ Gone with the Wind themed ball – The piece I recently linked to on the Great American novel, and the discussion that ensued in the comments, made this story particularly relevant. Students were basing the party on the film and not on the novel, but in response to student complaints (a student is quoted in the story), the event was canceled. In an ironic twist:

The row comes only a week after students at Cambridge and Oxford University launched a photo campaign to highlight their experiences of racial discrimination at the university. –The Guardian

10 African American Female Firsts – So in honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve been collecting links on notable women and notable accomplishments by women, and given the previous story, this seems particularly appropriate. The list includes Madame CJ Walker, the first American woman to earn million dollars from her own business, and Bessie Coleman, the first American (man or woman) to get an international pilot’s license, among others you may or may not be aware of (all of whom provide great inspiration for Romance heroines). –Kuriositas

Turns out most engaged library users are also biggest tech users – There are a lot of interesting things about this story, and about the Pew study on which it reports. For example, more than two-thirds of Americans are “actively engaged” with their public libraries. This finding also correlates positively with general community engagement (not a surprise), and with technology use (perhaps more of a surprise). What’s particularly interesting are the results related to so-called “information overload,” which is not a concern for most people (less than 20 percent), and those who do report this feeling are less engaged with both technology and libraries.

“A key theme in these survey findings is that many people see acquiring information as a highly social process in which trusted helpers matter,” Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and a main author of the report said. “One of the main resources that people tap when they have questions is the networks of expertise. Even some of the most self-sufficient information consumers in our sample find that libraries and librarians can be part of their networks when they have problems to solve or decisions to make.” –PBS Newshour