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Creative Review, Italy Culture, Arkansas Newspapers, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, May 17, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

The commercial arts and design magazine Creative Review is getting an online archive. “We’re excited to announce that Creative Review will be launching a complete, searchable online archive of all past issues dating back to the very first one in 1981. So for the first time ever, subscribers will be able to access the complete CR collection, all in one convenient place.” They do need some help finding back issues.

Google Blog: The grand tour of Italy: traveling through the past and present to define our future . “Three hundred years ago, Italy’s ‘Grand Tour’ was a journey made mainly by wealthy young people from Venice to Sicily, going through Tuscany, Rome or Naples, to discover the legacy of classical art and Renaissance Masterpieces. Europe’s upper class families made a tradition of sending their sons and daughters to explore the country’s artwork to inspire a love of culture and creativity. Today Google brings this journey back to life, but this time we’re making it available to everyone, everywhere.”

Arkansas State Archives: Arkansas State Archives participates in newspaper digitization project. “The Arkansas State Archives, in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), has digitized 24 Arkansas newspapers through a joint newspaper digitization project with Newspapers.com in order to provide more access to these resources, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst announced today. The State Archives contributed 208 rolls from 17 different Arkansas newspapers, with a total of 209,000 pages scanned, digitized, and indexed by Newspapers.com. In addition, the digitized newspapers will be made available online for free to patrons in the State Archives research room and at the Central Arkansas Library System.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Washington Post: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to return to the struggling social-media service. “Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said Tuesday that he is rejoining the company six years after he left, becoming the second creator to return to help revive the struggling social-media service. Stone said in a post on Medium that he is not replacing another executive or filling a vacancy but that his new role will be focused on company culture. He was invited back to Twitter by chief executive Jack Dorsey, another co-founder, who returned in 2015 after also stepping away for years.”

USEFUL STUFF

Poynter: Trendolizer wants to be the Tweetdeck for fake news. “…by the time fact-checkers arrive on the scene of a fake, it may be too late to correct the perceptions of thousands who saw the headline bouncing around their News Feeds. Maarten Schenk, a Flemish developer, thinks he has built a tool that can reduce the head start that fakers enjoy over debunkers. Much like Tweetdeck, Trendolizer lets users populate columns that update automatically from selected sources. Unlike Tweetdeck, these sources are not tweets but links with many Facebook likes.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Lohud: Police monitored residents’ social media posts, officer says. “Police have monitored social media posts critical of the Clarkstown police department — but what was done with the information remains unknown. Kara Donahue, a Clarkstown police officer, said she monitored user’s Facebook activity connected with a 2015 post that questioned the high costs of running the department.”

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

ABC News (Australia): Facebook fined $224,000 by French data watchdog over privacy breaches. “Facebook has been fined 150,000 euros ($224,000) by France’s data protection watchdog for failing to prevent its users’ data being accessed by advertisers.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google staves off death of its brand name, avoiding fate of Kleenex and Yo-Yo. “No matter how often you invoke a certain internet search engine’s name when doing online research, its parent company Alphabet still owns the brand. That’s the upshot of a US Federal Appeals Court’s decision on Tuesday rejecting the argument that Google has become so popular as a verb that it should lose its status as a protected trademark.”

Recode: Your data is probably safer with Facebook than with your hospital. “The online payments company Stripe has a new head of security, Peiter Zatko — and it’s worth noting that Zatko and another recently hired security expert, Jon Kaltwasser, used to work for DARPA and the NSA, respectively.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys.org: Terahertz spectroscopy—the new tool to detect art fraud. “When we look at a painting, how do we know it’s a genuine piece of art? Everything we see with the unaided eye in a painting – from the Australian outback images of Albert Namatjira or Russell Drysdale, to the vibrant works of Pro Hart – is thanks to the mix of colours that form part of the visible spectrum. But if we look at the painting in a different way, at a part of the spectrum that is invisible to our eyes, then we can see something very different. As our recently published research shows, it could even help us detect art fraud.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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