Criminal Justice, Google, WordPress, More: Wednesday Buzz, February 3, 2016


The Sunlight Foundation has launched a big new data archive on criminal justice in the US. “Today, Sunlight is launching Hall of Justice, a robust, searchable data inventory of nearly 10,000 datasets and research documents from across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government. Hall of Justice is the culmination of 18 months of work gathering data and refining technology.”


Google will deliberately misdirect the searches of people who look for extremist keywords. “Jihadi sympathisers who type extremism-related words into Google will be shown anti-radicalisation links instead, under a pilot scheme announced by the internet giant. The new technology means people at risk of radicalisation will be presented with internet links which are the exact opposite of what they were searching for.” Wonder how this is going to work for people doing academic-type research…

WordPress has updated to 4.4.2. This is a security release, so please patch!

BuzzFeed (BUZZFEED?) is reporting that YouTube is looking into live 360-degree video. “Multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans confirmed YouTube has been meeting with 360-degree camera manufacturers about adding support for immersive live-streamed video broadcasts to its platform. The launch timeline remains unclear.”

The Opera browser has gotten some updates. “Version 35 for computers has just been released, and with it comes the ability to mute tabs easily, so you don’t have to hunt for the one that has randomly starting playing a video. If you are playing one video and want to mute all others, you can also do that via the menu that pops up when you right click on a tab.”


18 New York museums had a big Instagram swap day. “Today 18 of New York City’s biggest museums are repping one another’s collections on their Instagram accounts. For 24 hours, each institution will be posting images taken at a partner museum, to draw parallels between the two institutions’ themes and exhibitions.” Cool idea.

Speaking of Instagram, Instagram has launched its own thriller serial — 15 seconds at a time. “It follows the story of a security driver in London who is arrested for his involvement in a diamond heist and murder and forced to go on the run to clear his name.

Fashion company David Jones has livestreamed its entire fashion show. “Fashion brand David Jones doesn’t just want people in the audience to ooh and ahh at its latest fashion collection, it wants everyone to be able to see everything as it comes out. Which is why David Jones has partner with live streaming app Periscope to film the entire runway and all the new clothing.”

Yahoo announced its earnings today, and while they met estimates, the company is planning job cuts. “Chief executive officer Marissa Mayer announced that Yahoo will cut 15 percent of its workforce by the end of 2016 — about 1,600 jobs — and entertain ‘strategic proposals’ for its future, an indication that the company is open to selling itself to a suitor.”


Google is warning about a browser extension from Comodo. “As explained in this advisory today, users who install Comodo Internet Security may not realize that their Chrome installation is replaced with Comodo’s own browser, Chromodo. That little bit of crapware isn’t secure at all: it’s set as the default browser, and ‘all shortcuts are replaced with Chromodo links and all settings, cookies, etc are imported from Chrome….'”

The Google European tax kerfuffle continues apace: France will not negotiate. “French Finance Minister Michel Sapin on Tuesday ruled out striking a deal with Google over back taxes as the British government recently did with the U.S. internet giant.”


Bob O’Donnell on Tech.pinions: What if Twitter Died? “Arguably, this is the biggest problem with Twitter—it can’t seem to stretch beyond its celebrity, celebrity follower, and tech roots. If you aren’t into celebrities or the tech industry, Twitter just isn’t that appealing, especially given all the other options for online social interactions.” I disagree a little. Twitter is terrific for local interactions, especially around a local event. Snow events, for example. Great way for local school systems, etc to communicate with people. (I suspect Wake County is the sassiest school system on Twitter.) Good morning, Internet…

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  1. FYI re: Google misdirecting extremist search results: The Guardian article includes a clarification way down that the project is about adwords, not about actual search results. Whew!

    Thanks, as always, for all the great content!

  2. Re: Twitter – I think you are missing the groups of people talking on a certain subject. For example, I talk with people about their quilt projects on Twitter. While some of them have become friends on FB and other platforms as well, we are primarily having conversations on Twitter. Granted, we are not saving the world, but we are enjoying meeting new people and talking about quiltmaking.

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