Fashion Archives, WordPress, GitHub, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, February 1, 2017


In development: a digital archive of fashion. “From Victorian-era dresses to modern-day workout gear, the Grand Rapids Public Museum has collected plenty of styles of clothes that date back over a hundred years. While some of the collection can be seen online, a majority of the collection hasn’t yet been digitized. Thanks to a national grant, the museum is now digitizing the rest of its extensive fashion collection.”


WordPress 4.7.2 is now available. “This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. WordPress versions 4.7.1 and earlier are affected by three security issues…”

GitHub has added a Topics feature . “The new Topics feature lets repo admins add tags to their repositories’ main pages – they’re displayed below the description of each project. You can use as many as you like to label your projects with their purpose, platform, language, community and whatever else you can think of.” Ooooh, I gotta make some time for exploring this.

Is Facebook building a streaming TV app? “Facebook hasn’t been shy about its recent push into video. The social network has been rolling out new video ad products and going so far as to reward longer and more engaging videos with better distribution on its platform. Now, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is going all-in on TV and developing its own app for streaming TV boxes.”

TechCrunch: Instagram Stories is stealing Snapchat’s users. “Good enough and convenient. That’s proved a winning strategy for Instagram’s clone, according to a dozen analytics providers, social media celebrities, and talent managers who told TechCrunch they’ve seen a decline in Snapchat Stories usage since Instagram Stories launched on August 2nd.”


Great guest post from the Library of Congress blog: Lots of Transfer Collectives Keep Cultural Memory Safe: The Importance of Community Audio/Visual Archiving. “This year, XFR Collective is expanding its efforts to develop and make available a reproducible community archiving training and access model. We recognize that XFR’s resources alone will not be enough to provide low-cost services to all those in possession of potentially deteriorating media that falls outside of the attention of large collecting institutions. The model we are developing will be constructed in a way that enables individuals and groups with little-to-no technical or archival expertise to easily understand core principles behind audio/visual transfer technology, determine a preservation strategy within their own means and implement it quickly.”

The Hill: With Trump, Twitter transition stirs confusion. “Twitter laid out plans for seamlessly transferring the @POTUS account from former President Obama to President Trump — and other social media platforms, including Instagram and Facebook, did the same. But for many other government agencies, there were no plans in place for how to manage communications on social media as a new president took power.”

The Drum: Google beats Apple as most valuable brand, as Chinese brands rise up the rankings. “Google secured the top spot after a 24% yearly increase saw the brand valued at $109 billion, according to the Brand Finance Global 500 list. After five years in the top spot, Apple dropped to second place after its brand value plunged 27% to $107 billion.” PLUNGED to $107 billion. Good gravy.


Network World: How to make PC security alerts better? Make them twirl, jiggle “The warnings are designed to save us from malware infections and hacking risks, but often times we’ll neglect them. It could be because we’re too busy or we’ve seen them too many times, and we’ve become conditioned to dismiss them — even the most serious ones, according to Anthony Vance, a professor at Brigham Young University. Vance has been studying the problem and he’s found that introducing certain small, but noticeable changes, can make the alerts more useful and harder to ignore.”

Ugh. From SitePro News: Malvertising Rises 132% in 2016 Over 2015, Says RiskIQ Research. “RiskIQ, the leader in digital threat management, today released its annual malvertising report which indicates a sharp spike in malvertising in 2016, a digital threat that has become increasingly challenging for organisations to detect and mitigate. Delivered through ad networks such as Google and Facebook, threat actors use malvertising to propagate malware, ransomware, and scams (disingenuous advertising), as well as redirect victims to phishing pages and pages hosting exploit kits.” This looks sortakinda a press release. Good afternoon, Internet…

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