Aboriginal Australians, Facebook Live, Giphy, More: Wednesday Buzz, July 26, 2017


New-to-me, from ABC News (Australia): Storylines archive at State Library of WA offers a way to find photos of Indigenous family members. “Mr [Damien] Webb runs the Storylines project, which is dedicated to helping Aboriginal people find historic photographs of their families and communities which are held at the library. More than 7,000 photos are available online for Aboriginal people in Western Australia to search, and many have already found images of a parent or grandparent they’d never seen before.”


The Next Web: Facebook Live 360 streams can now be watched in 4K and VR. “Facebook today announced several new features meant to improve the experience of watching and making Live 360 video. Livestreaming is an integral part of the modern Facebook experience, so the company wants to make sure you’re engaged.”

VentureBeat: Giphy launches its GIF Maker tool for mobile browsers. “Giphy, the online database and search engine for all things GIF, has announced that it’s launching its popular GIF Maker tool for mobile web browsers.”


Search Engine Journal: When, Where & How to Listen to Google . “Listening to Google is a bit like listening to your parents when you’re 17 – there’s some wisdom in their words (or so they keep telling you) but their ideas on what’s right and wrong and how to get the job done don’t necessarily match up with your own. To reinforce the similarity, Google generally presents the best version of themselves and how they want you to see them and then asks you to live up to that standard with total disregard to reality. So how do you know when to trust their advice?” Nice overview!


Chronicle of Philanthropy: Podcast: How $100 Million Could Help Digitize Millions of Important Books . It is a podcast, but there is a transcript. “One of the eight semifinalists in the 100&Change MacArthur Foundation competition is the Internet Archive. To win the $100 million prize, the organization proposes expediting and expanding work already well underway: digitizing 4 million of the world’s most important books for libraries to lend to the public. In this edition of the Business of Giving, Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive, and Wendy Hanamura, director of partnerships, share information about their progress.”

Reuters: France ready to negotiate with Google on back taxes: minister . ” France is ready to negotiate a deal with Google over back taxes, budget minister Gerald Darmanin told financial daily Les Echos on Monday. A French court ruled this month that Google was not liable to pay 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in back taxes demanded by French authorities.”


Wired: Google Fights Against Canada’s Order To Change Global Search Results. “IN JUNE, CANADA’S Supreme Court came down on Google—hard. It ruled that the tech giant must take down certain Google search results for pirated products. And not just in Canada, but globally. Now, Google is going south of the Canadian border to push back on this landmark court ruling. The tech giant filed an injunction Monday with the US District Court for Northern California, arguing that globally removing the search results violates US law, and thus Google should not be forced to comply with the Canadian ruling.”

The Register: G Suite admins have just one button to secure their sites, but don’t . “G Suite business users: go and check your configuration, and make sure you’re not publishing enterprise information to the whole world. That’s the warning coming from security outfit Redlock, which says it found ‘hundreds’ of organisations leaking both organisational data and employees’ personal data.”


Science: Want to analyze millions of scientific papers all at once? Here’s the best way to do it. “There is long-standing debate among text and data miners: whether sifting through full research papers, rather than much shorter and simpler research summaries, or abstracts, is worth the extra effort. Though it may seem obvious that full papers would give better results, some researchers say that a lot of information they contain is redundant, and that abstracts contain all that’s needed. Given the challenges of obtaining and formatting full papers for mining, stick with abstracts, they say. In an attempt to settle the debate, Søren Brunak, a bioinformatician at the Technical University of Denmark in Kongens Lyngby, and colleagues analyzed more than 15 million scientific articles published in English from 1823 to 2016.”

John Dvorak: The Web’s Big Problem: Change for the Sake of Change. “Google News was once a decent resource for catching up with the news in the morning or when something interesting happened. It was concise, usable, and you were able—at a single glance—to get a clue as to what might be important. All that is gone.” He is spot on. I find it hard to believe that Google deliberately made the Google News redesign so awful – but they did!

Xinhua: Social media help to predict epidemics in New Zealand. “The Ministry of Health is trialing an innovative approach aimed at improving its response to epidemics by predicting outbreaks earlier. The project uses alternative sources of information to detect trends that indicate the spread of infectious diseases, including social media and a range of historic and current data sets, Coleman said.”

University of Arizona: UA Report Examines Fake News and How to Stop It. “The report, ‘Identifying and Countering Fake News’ (PDF), identifies the distinct types of fake news: hoaxes, propaganda, trolling and satire, along with the motivations behind them. It also proposes a set of model solutions to reduce production and dissemination of fake news.” The 33-page report is free and available at the link. Good morning, Internet…

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