Coin Magazines, Illinois Judges, Topographic Maps, More: Wednesday Buzz, August 10, 2016


The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has relaunched its Web site, and as part of that relaunch is making part of its magazine available as open access, CC-BY. It looks like issues over three years old will be released this way; currently over 40 issues are available on its Web site.

A legal scholar at Northwestern has launched a new Web site providing information on Illinois judges. “The website … enables users to access thorough information on the election and appointment of all Illinois state judges sitting during the calendar year 2015, with extensive biographical and professional background information on each judge. The detailed data includes identification, legal education, year of bar admission, county of judgeship, dates of appointment, dates of election, political party and legal experience for every elected and appointed jurist representing the circuit courts, the appellate division and the Illinois Supreme Court.”

National Geographic has launched a Web site for easy printing of USGS topographic maps. “If you’ve ever gone hunting topo maps via the USGS, you know that it can be a bit of a pain because, not only is finding the quad you’re looking for more difficult, the PDFs they have available aren’t formatted for standard printer paper. The National Geographic website solves both of these issues.”


I don’t get this at all: Yahoo and Hulu are teaming up. “Multiple outlets are now reporting that Hulu is ditching its free, ad-supported video service in favor of spotlighting its subscription video-on-demand offering. But never fear, Yahoo is picking up the pieces. Through an expanded partnership with Hulu, Yahoo is launching a new video portal called Yahoo View that will feature freely available broadcast TV shows from ABC, NBC and FOX eight days after they initially air.” Great for Hulu, whaaaaa? for Yahoo.

Facebook continues to throttle back organic page reach much to everyone’s non-shock and non-amazement. Except for one format. “Not all publishers have seen their organic reach on Facebook decline. PopSugar and Thrillist Media Group have seen their organic reach actually increase this year. A major reason why: video.”

Meanwhile, Facebook is going to try to get around ad blockers. “Whether or not they employ ad-blockers, desktop users will now be subjected to every ad that Facebook wants them to see. Increasingly threatened by the ad-averting software, the social giant announced plans to change the way ads load into its flagship Web property, on Tuesday.” Arms race.

And Flash continues its march toward irrelevance with an upcoming Chrome release from Google. “Chrome 55, which the web giant plans to release in December, will replace Flash with HTML5, Google said on Monday.”

Twitter is expanding its “Moments” program.


Good stuff as usual from Social Media Examiner, though if they don’t stop with pop-in report offers I’m going to stop linking to them (one is fine, two is irritating): How to Get Your Business on Snapchat in Four Steps.


More Google Maps hijinks, which are funny except when they’re ruining business and livelihoods. “Ian McGregor, who runs the Bangkok Bistro in Penrith, says that when people search online for the restaurant, Google lists it as ‘permanently closed’. It isn’t. The 50-seater Thai restaurant in Poet’s Walk has traded without interruption since he took it over last October.”

AdBlock Plus has been blocked in China. “ABP communications boss Ben Williams said in a blog post that the ban was part of a larger effort by the state to crack down on technology tampering with ads. In the process, Williams claims, it and other ad-blocking tools are being ‘bullied’ out of the mainland as casualties of China’s tough rules on internet advertising. ABP stands to lose about 159 million of its users as a result of the policy.”


Zow. How many photos will be shared or stored online this year? Try over two trillion. “In May study, New York-based firm Deloitte Global says 2.5 trillion photos will be shared or stored online this year, about 4.75 million every minute. That’s about 70 percent as many photos — film and digital — as were taken in the entire world during the 186-year period after the earliest-known photo was shot in 1826, according to 2012 estimates by photo sharing site 1000Memories.” Good morning, Internet…

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