Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Bing, Facebook, More: Saturday Buzz, May 6, 2017


Poynter: From pulp to pixel: The Minneapolis Star Tribune has digitized every article since 1867. “Until now, archives from The Minneapolis Tribune and The Minneapolis Star, which merged in 1982, weren’t all available in one place. Now, the Star Tribune has digitized more than 54,000 issues from the past 150 years.”


What an interesting idea. From The Verge: Microsoft’s Bing bots will let you chat with your search results. “Microsoft is planning to allow developers to add bots to the company’s Bing search results. The software giant has been testing this functionality for at least a month, and previous reports revealed the testing was mainly limited to Seattle. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge the company is ready to expand this further at its Build developer event next week.”

TechCrunch: Facebook deflates filter bubbles by letting you follow topics, not just Pages . “Facebook gets a lot of flack for just reinforcing your world views in its News Feed echo chamber instead of challenging your opinions. That’s because you choose exactly which friends and Pages to follow, so liberals might skip Fox News or Breitbart while conservatives avoid The Atlantic and Huffington Post. But Facebook’s newest feature could bring a wider range of sources to your News Feeds.”

G Suite Updates: Web clipboard to be removed from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on September 13th, 2017. “The web clipboard in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides was originally developed to improve the copy and paste experience in browsers with fidelity issues. As these issues have become less prevalent across many browsers, we’re looking to simplify the user experience by removing the web clipboard, which is rarely used, on September 13th, 2017. We’re also planning enhancements to the traditional copy and paste functionality in Docs, Sheets, and Slides, so stay tuned for more info.”

YouTube: From the Brandcast stage: New star-studded shows for audiences around the globe. “Kevin Hart. Rhett and Link. Ellen DeGeneres. Katy Perry. The Slow Mo Guys. Demi Lovato. Ludacris. These amazing stars all have something in common: They’re starring in new shows premiering exclusively on YouTube. And since these shows are ad-supported, you—and every single one of our billion-plus viewers—can watch for free.”

Engadget: Google is still adding basic chat features to Allo. “Slowly, Google is bringing its Allo chat app’s basic functionality up to speed with the likes of iMessage and Telegram. The application’s latest update adds the encrypted incognito mode to group chats (previously it was only available in one-on-one conversations).”


MakeUseOf: Think OneNote and Evernote Are Bloated? Try These Lightweight Note-Taking Apps. “I recently got a Chromebook and am unimpressed by the web versions of both apps. Furthermore, both OneNote and Evernote sit on the ‘heavy duty’ end of the spectrum, meaning they can be slow and bloated. Sometimes speed and performance trump features. And that’s why I’ve been looking for an alternative. Perhaps you have, too. The good news is, lightweight alternatives do exist — you just have to be willing to sacrifice some power and flexibility for them.”

Digital Trends: From Basic Pictures To Fancy Videos, Here’s How To Update Your Facebook Profile. “…if you’re new to Facebook or can’t figure out why your profile photo looks odd, we’ve put together a simple guide on how to upload a Facebook profile photo and cover photo – and how to get fancy by uploading a profile video instead, adding a frame for a cause, using a temporary profile picture, or cropping your own image to the proper dimensions.”

Spotted on GitHub via Reddit: pocket-archive-stream. “Save an archived copy of all websites you star using Pocket, indexed in an html file. Powered by the new headless Google Chrome and good ‘ol wget.” You’ll need at least intermediate computer knowledge to take advantage of this.


FedScoop: Obama’s foundation plots digital-first archive in lieu of presidential library. “Instead of building a presidential library for Barack Obama, the 44th president’s foundation will help fund a more-accessible digital archive of his records.”

Techly: Tourists in Norway are being directed disastrously by Google Maps. “Hundreds of tourists in Norway go on the search for the stunning Preikestolen cliff formation, better known as Pulpit Rock. Now unlike their predecessors, they opt for using trusty Google Maps, over an atlas to get them there. This has become a slight issue as Google Maps has proven to not be a reliable orienteer and instead is sending hundreds of tourists to the tiny village of Fossmork, 30 kilometres away from the actual cliffs.”

BBC: Is live streaming your life good business or dangerous?. “Live streaming is becoming big business, with millions of people around the world broadcasting the minutiae of their daily lives in real time to adoring fans – and making small fortunes in the process. But is it safe?” Good morning, Internet…

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