GitHub Data, Twitter, Facebook, More: Friday Buzz, July 1, 2016


Google and GitHub have teamed up for a really big data set. “The Google BigQuery Public Datasets program now offers a full snapshot of the content of more than 2.8 million open source GitHub repositories in BigQuery. Thanks to our new collaboration with GitHub, you’ll have access to analyze the source code of almost 2 billion files with a simple (or complex) SQL query. This will open the doors to all kinds of new insights and advances that we’re just beginning to envision.”


Twitter has suddenly realized that small businesses exist, and in response has launched Twitter Dashboard. “Similar to Twitter Engage, the idea with Dashboard is effectively to serve as a more personalized, custom destination and app for a specific group of Twitter users — this time, small to medium-sized businesses. While larger corporations will likely continue to use their sophisticated tools from Twitter’s partners, the idea with Dashboard is to provide a more basic suite of business-friendly tools to a broader audience.” I played with it for a few minutes. It’s okay. The ability to schedule tweets should be useful if you don’t want to use a broader tool like Buffer.

Facebook is tweaking its news feed. Again. “Facebook announced on Wednesday it’s changing its News Feed to prioritize friends and family over news organizations, a shift that will cause referral traffic to publishers to decrease. The change was announced in a blog post addressed to Facebook users Wednesday that said users are ‘worried about missing important updates from the friends they care about.’ So, over the coming weeks, a change will be implemented that prioritizes updates shared by friends, rather than publishers.” If I were more cynical, I would reflect that this comes just in time for the party conventions and is another way for Facebook to squeeze money from Pages. If I were more cynical I would totally think that. cough

Google Keep has gotten a useful tweak. “Google Keep’s new feature will help you find notes old and new even if you never even bothered slapping a label on them. The free app now organizes your notes based on automatically created topics, such as food, places and travel.” On the one hand, I want to try Google Keep. On the other, I’m terrified that Google will kill it.

Facebook has launched new “share” and “save” extensions for Chrome. I think I’ll stick with Pocket. “Facebook colonized the internet with its Like button that sees 10 billion views per day around the web. Now it’s getting a makeover for mobile alongside the launch of two new Save and Share Chrome extensions that let you capture content from any site.”

Google has apparently been doing a purge of inactive YouTube accounts. “The YouTube inactive account purge occurred at 1am PT this morning, and Shacknews’ YouTube channel was hit particularly hard as we lost over 1,000 subscribers as a result. As a result of today’s purge, an average of 1% to 2% of subscriptions have been lost by content creators. YouTube itself lost 40,000 subscribers, while PewDiePie lost 613.000 subscribers.”


TechRepublic: How to record your browser window in Google Chrome using Openvid. “Much of the appeal of Openvid is what it doesn’t do. Most notably, Openvid records the site, not the entire screen. With a full-screen recording tool, you need to hide things before you record to eliminate unnecessary viewer distractions. I typically hide my bookmark bar, system toolbar, extra browser tabs, and extra Chrome extensions. But, none of those show when you record with Openvid. The extension records only the contents of the browser window, not items elsewhere on your screen.”

From HubSpot: How to Stay on Top of Industry News & Trends: 35 Simple IFTTT Hacks to Try. Most of these won’t work for me as my interests can’t be easily delineated by subreddit or topic. But if there’s one particular industry you want to follow, I think you’ll find something valuable here.


The new president of the Philippines will broadcast his inauguration on Facebook Live. “[Rodrigo] Duterte, who served as mayor of Davao City for seven terms, won the presidential election by a landslide in May. Some people call him Donald Trump of the east; others claim that they are not the same. Duterte has been in low-profile on social media since the beginning of June after stirring criticism for his insensitive comments about a crime reporter’s death.”


Facebook, which earlier this year balked at restoring a user’s Facebook account even after he provided his real passport, has now let a hacker take over another user’s account using a fake passport. And not only that, most of the passport information was 100% wrong. “Facebook’s automated response informed the hacker that if he couldn’t get in by using Code Generator (part of Facebook’s two-factor authentication system) the only other way was to send a photo ID to prove this was really Aaron Thompson. The hacker then sent what looks like a scanned photo of a fake passport. None of the details in the passport, other than the name, are accurate, according to Thompson.”

Russia has approved a “Google Tax” for app stores. “Russia’s Federation Council has approved a law requiring foreign companies to pay value added tax (VAT) of 18 percent on online content, the Interfax news agency reported Wednesday. The Finance Ministry predicts that the new law will bring in no less than ten billion rubles ($156 million) when it comes into force in January 2017.”

Speaking of Russia, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has put off fining Google – again! Someone needs to make book on whether or not FAS will actually fine Google, and if so when. “In March 2016, FAS initiated administrative proceedings against Google to determine the amount of fine under part 2 article 14.31 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offences. According to the article, in view of the abuse of dominant position on the market of operating systems for mobile devices in Russia, Google as the owner of the Android OS can pay a fine ranging from 1% to 15% of its revenues on the Russian market in 2014.” Good morning, Internet…

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