Just Barely Monday Buzz, February 16th, 2015

Twitter wants 5% of my stream to be ads? Interesting. Not sure how that will work. When I’m reading a tweetstream I’m reading a tweetstream. I really don’t want to go off and look at advertisements.

The Waldorf Astoria is putting its archives online. Of course it has an archive. Every institution with any kind of lifespan has an archive. What varies is the condition it’s in, whether anybody bothers to curate it, and what happens to it after the institution dissolves.

Sometimes bots are not all that: YouTube has apparently flagged a video of a cat purring as copyrighted music. “Last March, YouTube user Digihaven uploaded one hour of video loops featuring his cat Phantom, purring, as cats do. The video didn’t go viral but appealed to a niche public, and more recently also two major music publishers. Nearly a year after the video was posted Digihaven was informed by YouTube that Phantom is ‘pirate’ purring. Apparently, part of the 12 second loop belongs to EMI Music Publishing and PRS.”

NASA has announced its plan for making its research, articles, and data more publicly accessible. “NASA’s plan includes provisions for making both articles and data resulting from its funded research publicly available. Most notably, the Agency commissioned a full independent analysis of implementation options available to provide effective compliance with the article requirements of the White House directive. The analysis compared the merits of the NIH PubMed Central (PMC) database, the DOE’s Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES) system, and the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) platform proposed by the publishing industry. Ultimately, NASA opted to work with NIH’s PMC database.”

Bing is providing more coverage for cricket fans.

Dropbox has a new Chrome extension. “When you install Dropbox for Gmail, you’ll see a new icon at the bottom of the message compose window. Click it to sign in and select files from Dropbox. The extension then adds links to them in your email.”

Apple has added two-factor authentication to iMessage and FaceTime.

More Twittergazing: how online personas change after an engagement announcement. “A researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology has used Twitter as a lens to look into the lives of nearly 1,000 people who used the site to announce their wedding engagement. By comparing tweets before and after, the study was able to determine how people changed their online personas following the proposal. Some differences were split along gender lines. Others identified how people alter the words they use on Twitter after they are engaged.”

Facebook has fixed a ridiculously-easy photo deletion security hole. “This was all able to happen by exploiting Facebook’s Graph API, which is the HTTP-based software that allows the website to function. Graph API requires a token to mess with someone’s data, but Muthiyah tricked Facebook, using his own token, into deleting other people’s pictures.” Good just barely Monday, Internet…

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