National Press Club, Yahoo, Facebook, More: Wednesday Buzz, October 19, 2016


The Library of Congress has launched a new Web exhibition. “‘Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989’ — … features speeches by some of the world’s most important newsmakers, including presidents, international leaders and other political and cultural icons of the period.”


Is Verizon trying to back out of the Yahoo deal? “Analysts are predicting more bad news for Yahoo on Tuesday as the company releases its latest results amid a now floundering takeover bid. The research firm eMarketer is expecting a double-digit decline in ad revenue. The drop comes as Verizon is attempting to renegotiate its $4.8bn bid for the company.” Remember what I said about twelve dollars and a broken gas grill?

Facebook is now letting you endorse political candidates, because apparently our culture right now just isn’t divisive enough. “The company today quietly added an endorsement feature that anyone can use to prominently display their colors and invite endless family feuds about politics. Candidates now have an Endorsement tab on their pages, from which you can click just click on ‘endorse.’” I ain’t playin’ unless I can endorse Betty White.

Looking for a new email option? Microsoft is offering a special on its Premium service. “Microsoft has launched Outlook Premium in a public preview, and anyone resident in the United States can now sign up to try it. As an added sweetener, early adopters are being offered Outlook Premium at a reduced price for the first 12 months.”

Creative Commons has joined Slack. “While IRC has been a good choice for us in the past, Slack is more mobile friendly and integrates with the workflows of users who are using Slack for other projects, creating a more robust (and chatty) community. In the words of Open edX, who made a similar community decision last year, ‘Slack essentially presents a beneficial network effect: it is easier to integrate our Slack team into your workflow, rather than adding another tool.'”

Instagram has launched a tool to help prevent suicide. “Instagram rolled out an update that introduces a new tool aimed to prevent suicide by providing a means for followers to reach out to users who appear to be troubled based on their posts. Aside from being a source of information and entertainment, the social media provided people with an avenue to express themselves to the world. It provided a means for them to share their happiness and success as well as messages or statuses — albeit vague and cryptic ones — that reveal what they truly feel.”


Amit Agarwal, doing his thing: How to Capture Screenshots in Google Chrome without using Extensions. “What some may not know is that the newer versions of Google Chrome have a built-in screenshot capabilities allowing to perform screen captures without install any extensions. The more interesting part is that you can even add device frames to your captured images for more realistic mobile screenshots.”

Thurrott has an overview of Bing’s offerings for the upcoming election. “You probably haven’t seen the news, but there’s a U.S. presidential election coming up, and Microsoft has launched a new Bing interactive experience to help voters learn more and make educated decisions.”


Looks like trolls are driving a lot of people away from Twitter – including potential buyers. “…according to CNBC’s ‘Mad Money’ host Jim Cramer, Salesforce was turned off by a more fundamental problem that’s been hurting Twitter for years: trolls. ‘What’s happened is, a lot of the bidders are looking at people with lots of followers and seeing the hatred,’ Cramer said on CNBC’s ‘Squawk on the Street,’ citing a recent conversation with [Marc] Benioff. ‘I know that the haters reduce the value of the company…I know that Salesforce was very concerned about this notion.'”


Is this a thing? How to recover from a Tumblr hack. “Numerous Tumblr users, active and largely inactive, have complained on social media in recent months that their accounts have become compromised. The social-microblogging service, which Yahoo acquired in 2013, counts millions of well-educated 18- to 29-year-old urbanites as passionate users, according to Pew Research.”

Are you an American citizen? You might be in a face recognition database. “Half of American adults – more than 117 million people – are in a law enforcement face recognition network, according to a report released today by the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law. The study, The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America finds that one in four law enforcement agencies can access face recognition and that its use is almost completely unregulated.”


It shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that the top social network for teens is Snapchat. “According to investment firm Piper Jaffray’s new “Taking Stock With Teens” report, 80 percent of teens use Snapchat at least once a month, up from 74 percent in the fall of 2015. While 79 percent of teenagers said that they use Instagram once a month—an increase from 76 percent one year ago—the photo-sharing app’s reach is slightly less than Snapchat.” Good morning, Internet…

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