Texas Photography, Australian-Rules Football, YouTube Advertising, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, March 20, 2017


The Vindicator: Clyde and Thelma See Glass Plate negatives collection are now digitalized. “The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has digitized the Clyde and Thelma See Glass Plate Negatives Collection and the L.J. Whitmeyer Glass Plate Negatives Collection as part of TSLAC’s Texas Digital Archive (TDA). TDA is a searchable online repository designed to preserve and provide access to the state’s historical records collections. The See and Whitmeyer collections include portraits, street scenes, and other images from Hardin County, particularly the communities of Batson and Saratoga. About 160 original images can now be seen online…”


Mashable: Snapchat just signed a deal with one of this country’s biggest sporting codes. “Like Twitter before it, Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc. is chasing deals with Australian sporting codes in an effort to monetise its claimed 4 million daily active users locally. On Monday, it announced a partnership with the Australian Football League (AFL).”

City A.M.: Now banks have pulled their Google ad spend as Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Lloyds pile on pressure. “Google is facing growing pressure over claims it’s profiting from hate speech as some of Britain’s biggest banks are the latest to pull their ads from YouTube.”


NPR: Google Glass Didn’t Disappear. You Can Find It On The Factory Floor. “Remember Google Glass? They’re the headsets that look like regular glasses but have a small computer on the side to speak to and access the Internet. If that’s not ringing a bell, it could be because Google Glass fizzled out and was discontinued in the consumer market. But now, it’s getting a second life in the manufacturing industry.”

BuzzFeed: Internet Trolls Are Using Facebook To Target Myanmar’s Muslims. “Harry Myo Lin’s problems started with a photo on Facebook. The picture showed Harry, who is Muslim, posing with a female friend, who is Buddhist. Then somehow, an account belonging to a Buddhist nationalist group found it and reposted it with a caption that would put a target on Harry’s back.”

The Verge: Facebook, Twitter, and Google must remove scams or risk legal action, says EU. “Navigating your way around the internet may seem intuitive if you’ve grown up with access to it most of your life — but for those who are just beginning to use social media platforms, it can be hard to detect scam from the constant stream of information. The European Commission has taken a step to prevent these types of web-based consumer fraud, ordering companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to address and prevent them from appearing on their sites.”

Engadget: Facebook may show off its hardware efforts in April. “When Facebook launched its hardware-focused Building 8, it raised all kinds of questions: just what was it making in there, and when would you see the first fruits of its labor? You might not have to wait long to get the details. Sources speaking to Business Insider claim to have a broad overview of not only what Building 8 is creating, but when you might get to see it.”


PC World: Some HTTPS inspection tools might weaken security. “Companies that use security products to inspect HTTPS traffic might inadvertently make their users’ encrypted connections less secure and expose them to man-in-the-middle attacks, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team warns.”

Inc: Google Makes Employees Sign Away Right to Sue Over Pornography (and Lots of Other Rights, Too). “Google would rather you didn’t know about this because the company doesn’t want you to know anything at all about what it’s like to work at Google other than information the company itself has released. That, ironically, is the subject of a lawsuit that made the I-won’t-sue-for-pornography waiver public as part of a court filing. Here it is…”

Motherboard: WikiLeaks Won’t Tell Tech Companies How to Patch CIA Zero-Days Until Its Demands Are Met. “Last week, WikiLeaks promised it would share the technical details and code of the hacking tools that the CIA has allegedly developed against Google, Apple, Microsoft and other tech companies. This week, after days of waiting, the secret-spilling site finally made initial contact with the companies.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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