Kenya Treaties, Wales Landmarks, Royal Shakespeare Company, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, June 26, 2017


Xinhua: Kenya launches database, treaty web link. “Kenya on Friday launched a database and web link that hosts all treaties that the government has signed since attaining independent. Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed said that the web link will enable the public to have easy government-enabled access to the information on treaties signed by Kenya and relevant information.”

BBC: Old drawings of Wales’ landmarks digitised and put online. “Old drawings of important and historic places in Wales are being brought back into the spotlight and put online. Almost 11,000 drawings are held by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), with more being digitised.”

iNews: Royal Shakespeare Company opens archive of 3,000 show photos to public. “Photos spanning more than 80 years of Royal Shakespeare Company productions are being made available for the public to view for the first time. The online library includes 3,000 images from the company’s Stratford-upon-Avon and London theatres, dating from 1936 to the present.”


The Next Web: Tweeten 2 updates the best Tweetdeck replacement with filters and better GIF support. “I live in Twitter. It’s where I find stories, communicate with my peers, and rant about PRs. That said, I’m not hugely impressed with the default Twitter web interface, which separates messages and the timeline into two disparate areas. Tweetdeck doesn’t do anything for me, either. Tweeten, however, is an intriguing little project. Launched almost eighteen months ago, this is a standalone version of Tweetdeck that comes bundled as an application, but has been skinned and customized within an inch of its life.” This sounds terrific. If only I used Windows and Twitter at the same time…

Tubefilter: Facebook Is Launching A Standalone App Exclusively For Video Creators. “Facebook is set to launch a standalone app for video creators later this year, the company’s product director, Daniel Danker, announced during a presentation entitled The Future of Facebook Video this morning at VidCon. The app, which features a new suite of tools that Facebook is referring to as its Live Creative Kit, will aim to help creators make their streams look more professional.”

CNET: Google won’t scan your Gmail anymore for ad targeting. “In an era where we’ve all resigned ourselves to the fact that Google knows all our personal information anyway, the company announced Friday that it will stop scanning personal Gmail inboxes for ad targeting purposes.”


MakeUseOf: 5 New Ways to Watch YouTube and Find Videos . “YouTube still has more videos uploaded to its website for public consumption than anything else on the internet. But finding those videos is not as fun an experience as it once was. Let’s face it, we’ve all gotten a bit bored with the same old YouTube interface.” And the search engine that makes me want to slam my head into the desk. Interesting article.

Lifehacker: How to Tweetstorm Without Embarrassing Yourself. “A good tweetstorm is more than an essay broken into sentences. It builds tweet by tweet, it communicates something simple, and each tweet works as an aphorism or a pull quote. Good tweetstorms are widely varied, while bad tweetstorms all look the same. Here’s how to write one without embarrassing yourself.”


BuzzFeed: Macedonian Publishers Are Panicking After Facebook Killed Their US Political Pages. “The town of Veles, Macedonia, achieved international fame last fall after a BuzzFeed News story reported on a large cluster of pro-Trump websites that often published fake news and that were being run by teenagers and young men. Soon camera crews from major media outlets such as Britain’s Channel 4, ABC’s Nightline, as well as reporters from Wired magazine and NBC News arrived to write about the ‘fake-news teens.’ But now panic has set in for some of the young publishers of Veles.”


Boing Boing: US Copyright Office recommends sweeping, welcome changes to America’s DRM laws. “A new report from the US Copyright Office on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act — a controversial law that bans breaking DRM, even for legitimate purposes — calls for sweeping, welcome changes to the DMCA.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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