Copyright Review, Wales Journals, Indiana Disabled Services, More: Monday Buzz, June 5, 2017


Library of Congress: Copyright Office Launches Online Database of Review Board Decisions. “Today, the Office is pleased to announce the launch of an online database of recent decisions (April 2016 to present) made by the Copyright Office Review Board. The Office will update the database as new decisions are issued. The Review Board makes final determinations on second appeals regarding decisions to refuse copyright registration. Types of works that fall under the Board’s review range from music, jewelry design, computer programs, and more.”

Business News Wales: National Library of Wales Launches New Welsh Journals Website. “The website allows free digital access to more than 1.2 million pages from more than 450 Welsh journals. Providing free remote access to a variety of Welsh and English language journals published between 1735 and 2007, the website allows users to search the content as well as browse through titles and editions. The website also enables users to browse by year and decades and provides a link to the catalogue entry for each journal.”

Disabled citizens of Indiana have a new search engine to find programs and services. “Fifth Freedom, a statewide advocacy organization for people with disabilities, manages The organization, based in Fort Wayne, launched the site quietly more than a year ago, said Sheri Caveda, the group’s executive director.”


Marketing Land: Google confirms it will start blocking ‘annoying’ ads on Chrome next year. “Two years ago, in response to the rise of ad blocking, Google’s head of ads and commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy said the industry needed to come together to tackle the root problem of bad ad experiences. Roughly a year later, Google, Facebook, the IAB and others formed the Coalition for Better Ads to establish global ad standards. In a blog post Thursday, he laid out Google’s plans to support the Coalition for Better Ads standards for digital advertising.” I sense more antitrust lawsuits in Google’s future.

Engadget: Google Photos archiving rolls out with AI-powered suggestions. “The new Archive feature recently spotted in Google Photos is now rolling out to all users, but it has an extra trick.”

TechCrunch: YouTube bans ‘hateful’ videos from making money via its advertising network. “Chiefly, the video site will not show advertising against ‘hateful’ content that ‘promotes discrimination or disparages or humiliates an individual or group of people,’ it said. Also barred from running ads are videos that involve ‘family entertainment characters’ engaging in inappropriate behavior, and those that carry messages that demean or are incendiary.”


The FDLP is offering an interesting Webinar on June 13: A Time Machine for Federal Information – Using Web Archive Content in Government Information Reference Work. “The FDLP Web Archive is a collection of Federal agency websites that GPO periodically captures and archives. Learn about GPO’s role in this rapidly-developing endeavor. Also learn the basics about similar Federal agency and Congressional Committee web archive projects contributed by others.” It’ll be about 90 minutes.


Justin O’Beirne: A Year of Apple and Google Maps. “Shortly after I published my Cartography Comparison last June, I noticed Google updating some of the areas we had focused on… Coincidence or not, it was interesting. And it made me wonder what else would change, if we kept watching. Would Google keep adding detail? And would Apple, like Google, also start making changes? So I wrote a script that takes monthly screenshots of Google and Apple Maps.1 And thirteen months later, we now have a year’s worth of images…” Pretty amazing and thorough overview – even if you’re not interested in maps and mapping, take a look if you’re interested in graphic design and UI.

Wired: Of Course Google’s Waymo Is Building Self-Driving Trucks. “WITH THE LIKES of Daimler, Volvo, and Uber working on self-driving trucks, it’s no surprise that the granddaddy of autonomous vehicles, Waymo, is getting in on the big-rig action too. Waymo (formerly the Google driverless car program, and now a standalone company under the Alphabet umbrella) is working to commercialize its technology, and today confirmed it’s exploring how its self-driving know-how can transform the trucking industry.”


The Next Web: Angry GitHub user creates repository to shame sites with ‘dumb password rules’. “We have already seen disgruntled netizens build pages to shame shameless marketing campaigns, but this awfully irritated GitHub user has set out on another equally virtuous quest: To shame websites with silly password rules into requiring better safety measures.”

Bleeping Computer: CIA Malware Can Switch Clean Files With Malware When You Download Them via SMB. “After taking last week off, WikiLeaks came back today and released documentation on another CIA cyberweapon. Codenamed Pandemic, this is a tool that targets computers with shared folders, from where users download files via SMB. The way Pandemic works is quite ingenious and original, and something not seen before in any other malware strain.”


Mashable: Editing Tweets: A serious discussion. “Twitter is a record of historical events. Sure, most Tweets are disposable, but there are also millions that are worthy of preservation. President Trump knows this better than most. It’s illegal for him to delete tweets now, since they are part of his Presidential Records,” though he does so anyway. By not offering us the ability to edit Tweets, Twitter is essentially encouraging us to delete the erroneous, inaccurate and embarrassing ones. What choice did Trump have, really?” Good morning, Internet…

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