Internment Camps, Google, Instagram, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, February 2, 2017


KIVI-TV: UI launches digital database of WWII internment camp items. “An online database –- reported to be the first of its kind -– is allowing visitors the chance to explore history in a digitally hands-on way. Through a collaboration between the Northwest Knowledge Network and the UI Library, University of Idaho professor Stacey Camp has created a digital repository of archaeological items discovered from the World War II internment camp in Kooskia, Idaho.”


Google has possibly removed the link: syntax, but wants to reassure everyone that the site: syntax is going nowhere. “Google’s Gary Illyes said on Twitter that they have ‘no such plans’ to drop the site command and added that ‘some of us would fight against it pretty hard if we had.'” Losing the site: syntax would be a pretty serious blow; it’s a valuable search tool.

Facebook’s latest scuttamaroon for Instagram might be photo albums. “It likely won’t be too long until we can all share more than one photo in an Instagram album. The company is reportedly testing out the feature in its latest Android beta release, Droid Life reports. Multi-photo albums was something Instagram previously reserved for its ‘carousel’ ads for the past year. ”

TechCrunch: Facebook’s new “Discover People” feature wants to help you make friends. “Facebook is rolling out a new section on mobile called ‘Discover People,’ which encourages users to introduce themselves by updating their profile, then scroll through a list of upcoming events to see who else may also be going, as well as browse through lists of people in their city or who share the same employer.”


MakeUseOf: How to Use Google Keep for Simple Project Management. “When it comes to project management tools, you will find many robust options. From desktop applications to web-based tools to mobile apps, the offerings are plentiful. But, what if you just want a basic tool? For simple project and task management, Google Keep is useful, convenient, and intuitive. We show you what makes it great for simple projects.”

From The Wirecutter: Our Favorite Learning Apps for Tablets and Smartphones. “We spent over 25 hours researching and testing more than 35 educational and learning apps recommended by educators, experts, parents, and kids. We also studied research from child developmental psychologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics about children’s app use and the pedagogical principles for creating learning apps. If your family has a tablet and you want it to be more than a game-playing and video-watching device, or if you’re trying to find apps for your smartphone that will do more than keep your kids occupied in a pinch, we have some great suggestions.”

CNET: Use this hack to create custom Google Home alarms. “While Google Home is packed with features, one aspect of the speaker that seems underutilized is its alarm function. You could argue that an alarm doesn’t need many features to wake someone up — just a loud noise at a specific time. But if you want to wake up to music — or any custom sound — with your Google Home, there’s a simple way to make it happen.”

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES Japan court rejects ‘right to be forgotten’ on Google. “Japan’s Supreme Court has rejected a man’s demand that news search results of his arrest on sex charges be deleted from Google, ruling that to do so would violate freedom of expression. Japanese media said it was the first decision by the nation’s top court involving the ‘right to be forgotten’ relating to Internet searches.”


BloombergQuint: Facebook and Google Have a Problem With Crappy Advertising. “In a recent speech, Marc Pritchard, chief brand officer at Procter & Gamble Co., called for sweeping changes in how technology companies such as Facebook Inc. and Google operate, as well as to the opaque billing practices of ad agencies like WPP Plc and Omnicom Group Inc. He laid out a five-point plan on how to fix things and issued an ultimatum: P&G will no longer pay for any digital ads, tech, or agency services that don’t meet its standards. Oh, and Pritchard thinks much of the marketing online is ‘crappy’ and the viewing experience ‘even crappier’.”

Pando: Now is the time, @Jack. “A decade from now, or maybe sooner, Jack Dorsey will sit down for an interview with a major newspaper. In that interview he’ll be asked a question: What’s your biggest regret? He won’t have to hesitate for a second before answering: ‘My biggest regret is failing to ban Donald Trump’s account much sooner.'” Good afternoon, Internet…

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