Google Scholar, Twitter, Instagram, More: Friday Buzz, June 16, 2017


Google Scholar Blog: Classic Papers: Articles That Have Stood The Test of Time. “Scholarly research is often about the latest findings – the newest knowledge that our colleagues have gleaned from nature. Some articles buck this pattern and have impact long after their publication. Today, we are releasing Classic Papers, a collection of highly-cited papers in their area of research that have stood the test of time. For each area, we list the ten most-cited articles that were published ten years earlier.”


TechCrunch: Instagram is testing a new way for celebrities and influencers to identify their sponsored posts. “Instagram is creating a standardized format that should make it clearer to everyone when a post has been paid for by an advertiser. These aren’t for ads that businesses buy directly from Instagram, but rather for influencer marketing, where brands pay celebrities and other users with a significant online following to promote their products. It’s an area that every big tech and media company seems interested in, but it’s also creating questions around disclosure and transparency.”

AP News: Twitter unveils new look, which users quickly mock. “Twitter has unveiled a new look, and much like some previous changes the company has made to its short-messaging service, it’s not going over so well with the Twitterati. The San Francisco company says the new design emphasizes simplicity, making it faster and easier to use, with bolder headlines and more intuitive icons. It also changed users’ profile images from square-shaped to round.”


The Kunstverein in Hamburg is turning to Kickstarter to create a digital archive for its 200th anniversary. “In 2017 the Kunstverein in Hamburg is celebrating its 200th anniversary as one of Germany’s key non-profit institutions for contemporary art. Celebrating this achievement and after a three- year long research, together with the Department of Art History at University Hamburg, the Kunstverein seeks to launch a Digital Archive. Starting from 1817 the project will establish a systematic and sustainable method of preserving our rich archive. The success of this project will allow a broad community of users to search the archive rapidly and comprehensively from anywhere at any time, making this indispensable information accessible to scholars, librarians, students, and everyday internet users.” The fundraising goal is about $22,000; a little over $9000 has been raised so far.

Nature: The ‘time machine’ reconstructing ancient Venice’s social networks. “Only metres away from the tourist throngs that bustle through Venice’s crowded piazzas, the silence inside Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is so profound it hurts the ears. State archivists long ago took over this fourteenth-century friary, but they are just as studious as the Franciscan brothers who once lived here, as they tend the historical records that fill some 80 kilometres of shelving within. Now, a crew of scientists laden with high-tech equipment is stirring things up in these hallowed stacks.”

MakeUseOf: Do You Bookmark or Save for Later? The Pros and Cons of Pocket. “There’s no shortage of ways to save links: online bookmarking services like Tagpacker, read-it-later services like Pocket, or even just the native bookmark feature in your browser. Out of these, what’s the best way to save links?”

Axios: Publishers flee Medium amid business model changes. “Publishers are leaving Medium, the crowdsourced-based content platform, amid business changes that make It harder for them to make money. Most notably in the last month, Bill Simmon’s sports/culture blog The Ringer moved to Vox and Condé Nast’s tech blog BackChannel moved to Wired.”

Global Voices Advox: Mirror Websites Are Helping Turkish Users Reconnect to Wikipedia . “Although Turkey has blocked articles on Wikipedia since 2008, as noted in a recent report by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, these blocks are in keeping with regular censorship of the internet since 2007, when the Internet Law (No. 5651) was passed. With the wholesale censorship of Wikipedia, Turkey has become only the second known country in the world, after China, to block Wikipedia.”


Bleeping Computer: PayPal Phishing Site Asks Victims to Submit a Selfie Holding Their ID Card. “A PayPal phishing campaign is luring victims to a hacked site where a clone of the PayPal login page is trying to trick users into giving away their PayPal credentials, payment card details, and … a selfie of the user holding his ID card.”


Birzeit University: Students analyze Arabic data, explain attitudes on Facebook. “Arabic language is recognized as the fourth most common language in the world. Nevertheless, the number of researches and studies that seeks to generate Arabic information generated from social web users such as Facebook is considered low. Students at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Birzeit University; Aya Abu Thaher, Mariam Hamdan and Lara Abu-Jaish are seeking to be one of the few contributors in developing systems that generate Arabic Data from social media networks.”

EurekAlert: People ‘phone snubbed’ by others often turn to phones, social media for acceptance, Baylor study . “People who are phone snubbed – or ‘phubbed’ – by others are, themselves, often turning to their smartphones and social media to find acceptance, according to new research from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.” If you, like me, have no sodding idea what “phubbing” means, this article might help..

Digital Trends: Smartphone Cameras Will Soon Identify Objects Without An Internet Connection. “Artificial intelligence is giving a simple photograph the power to recognize objects, faces, and landmarks — sometimes with more detail than a set of human eyes can assign. Now, more of those features will be coming to mobile devices, thanks to Google’s release of MobileNets software.” Good morning, Internet…

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