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Art Events, DC Data, Google Drive, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, May 8, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

Quartz: The global art scene—visualized—on a crafty, updating map. “[Som] Vilaysack’s map—Hello Art World—scrapes Facebook for dates everywhere, and changes based on event postings…and cancelations. Users can also submit events directly, putting them on the map, literally, for all the world to see (this was a feature the engineer added by request). The map doesn’t list every artsy occurrence around the world, but Vilaysack believes it’s the most comprehensive global listing in existence.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

StateScoop: D.C. announces ‘open by default’ data policy . “Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the signing of an executive order Thursday that creates a new policy setting an ‘open by default’ standard for all District government data.”

Business Insider: Google Drive now hosts more than 2 trillion files. “Google likes to talk about its stable of billion-user products — apps and services that have more than 1 billion people around the world using them. Google Drive isn’t one of them just yet. But in April, it quietly passed another major milestone.”

Engadget: YouTube and Warner extend their streaming music deal. “YouTube’s relationships with music labels have certainly been fraught, but it just managed to reach a truce with one of them… at least, for now. The streaming service and Warner have extended licensing deals that will make sure Warner and its artists get paid for legal streams.”

USEFUL STUFF

Make Tech Easier: The Best Alternatives to Wunderlist for Those Looking for a Better To-Do List App. “Now that Microsoft has imported many of Wunderlist’s best features into Microsoft To-Do, Wunderlist won’t be available for long in this world. Just as the sun set on calendar app Sunrise when Outlook ate its features, Wunderlist will soon bid us farewell. If you’re seeking a replacement (we understand why you will want to), here are the best alternatives to Wunderlist.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Verge: Inundated by spam Facebook accounts, USA Today has asked the FBI to investigate. “USA Today’s Facebook page is being inundated with likes from fake accounts, and its parent company, Gannett Co., has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate. Before a purge of such accounts last month, USA Today contends that spam accounts made up a significant percentage of the publication’s followers on the social media platform.”

The Telegraph: Snapchat to deliver big loss in maiden results. “Snap Inc, the app’s parent company, is expected to reveal soaring revenues when it unveils first-quarter results on Wednesday, but it will give further signs that user growth is slowing amid fierce competition from Facebook and Instagram.”

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

Ars Technica: The hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips is worse than anyone thought. “A remote hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips for seven years was more severe than many people imagined, because it allowed hackers to remotely gain administrative control over huge fleets of computers without entering a password. This is according to technical analyses published Friday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

A thesis from Kansas State University: Understanding the effects of Twitter-based crisis communications strategies on brand reputation. “The Situational Crisis Communications Theory (SCCT) states that what organizations say to various publics during a crisis should influence the extent of the reputational and financial damage a crisis can inflict on the organization’s image. Past research has focused on distinguishing types of crises and what crisis-communication strategies should be used with traditional media. Research exists, but looks at social media and its effects on brand reputation during a crisis via case studies or is an experimental design focused on the information source. There is a lack of controlled experimental studies that investigate the role of social media in crisis-communications strategies.” You can download the thesis (11MB PDF) from this page.

OTHER STUFF I THINK IS COOL

Wisconsin State Journal: Artist documents roadside memorials though photographs. “Memorials along a roadside aren’t always adorned with fresh-cut flowers or Mylar balloons that instantaneously catch the eye. Sometimes they are simply a petite wooden cross or a weathered stone tucked away in the grass. Regardless of their appearances, however, these spots are sacred to those who tend or create them.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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