Cultural Cooking, Snap, Dropbox, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, June 20, 2017


USDA: Celebrating Cultural Heritage with Mouthwatering Meals. “Looking for recipes that are both flavorful and nutritious? has added new resources that can help you. The newly enhanced includes an Ethnic Cooking section on the Shopping, Cooking & Meal Planning page designed to fit the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans…. Consumers can browse recipes for diverse cultural dishes under Healthy Latino Recipes, Home Cooking African American Style, Native American Recipes, Vietnamese Community Recipes, Filipino Community Recipes and other groups, as well as recipes available on the website of our Federal partner, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Consumers can also search the new What’s Cooking? recipe database by ethnic cuisine such as Asian, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean.” I’m a little uncomfortable with the “ethnic” label. Especially since one of the choices for “ethnic” is “southern.” But there are lots of recipes here and perhaps it’s just me.


Deadline: Time Warner Forges Partnership With Snap To Develop Shows, Sell Ads. “The companies reportedly will jointly develop up to 10 shows a year, including scripted comedies and dramas, with Time Warner committing to buy ads on Snap over the next two years for HBO, Warner Bros, and its Turner networks.”

TechCrunch: Dropbox announces massive network expansion. “When Dropbox announced it was leaving AWS last year and bringing the bulk of the operation in-house, you had to figure it was working on a significant network expansion, and today the company announced a massive global network growth plan that is designed to increase syncing speed for users and cut costs for the company.”


Yale News: Peabody digitization project facilitates ‘time travel’ to Cretaceous period. “The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History houses tens of thousands of fossil specimens collected from the chalk deposits the seaway left behind — from one-celled foraminifera to alpha predators. … The museum has partnered with eight natural history institutions nationwide to digitize their fossil collections related to the seaway in order to enable researchers and students to better understand this once-vibrant and long-disappeared ecosystem.”

Bloomberg: Media Companies Are Getting Sick of Facebook. “Facebook’s latest pitch to publishers such as CNN is for them to provide a regular stream of TV-quality, edited, original videos that will give Mark Zuckerberg’s company a chance to compete with YouTube to siphon some of the $70 billion pouring into TV ads each year. In exchange, the publishers can share some of the revenue for ads that roll in the middle of the videos. Facebook will control all the ad sales. It’s getting tougher for CNN and others to view these arrangements as mutually beneficial.”

Reuters: Thailand plans cyber network scrutiny, law to toughen online monitoring . “Thailand aims to buy software to strengthen the military government’s ability to track online networks and monitor online activity while planning a cyber law that will expand powers to pry into private communications. The beefing up of powers over the online world come as authorities are increasingly targeting social media for violations of a law that makes it a crime to defame, insult or threaten the king, queen, heir to the throne or regent.”


Quartz: The US Supreme Court just ruled that using social media is a constitutional right. “Public space in the digital age has no shape and no physical place. But the US Supreme Court is now sorting out what that means for free-speech rights. Today (June 19), the justices unanimously held that states can’t broadly limit access to social media because cyberspace ‘is one of the most important places to exchange views.'”


Mashable: I can’t be basic on Instagram anymore and it’s all because of Stories. “Our Instagram Stories are awash with snapshots of our everyday lives. But, now that there’s a hidden trove reserved for our most private — and dare-I-say basic — snaps. Instagram’s already-very-high bar for posts has crept to a scary new height.”

The Conversation: Social media is nothing like drugs, despite all the horror stories. “Letting your child use social media is like giving them cocaine, alcohol and cigarettes – all at once, or so we’re told. If you have been following recent press reports about the effects of social media on young people, you may well believe this. But there is no scientific evidence to support such extreme claims. The real story is far more complex.”

A thesis from the Portland State University Library: Relationship Between Social Anxiety & Facebook Surveillance. “The advent of social media has created a new type of information seeking to reduce uncertainty: extractive information seeking, which refers to when people seek information about their target by perusing their online social media profiles. The social compensation hypothesis suggests that those who suffer from social anxiety in face-to-face contexts might use a computer-mediated communication context (such as Facebook) to mitigate their face-to-face anxiety. The goal of this study is to find a relationship between general social anxiety (GSA) and interpersonal electronic surveillance (IES), a type of extractive information seeking. Results from this study indicate that while there is a positive relationship between general social anxiety and extractive information seeking, the relationship was not statistically significant.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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