Armenian Photojournalism, PEN America, Google, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, July 27, 2017


Armenpress: ARMENPRESS: HISTORY website launched, unique online archive offers exclusive historic photos. I had mentioned this in May but now it’s finally launched. There are currently 2500 photos online, 6500 have been digitized, and if I remember correctly the plan was to put at least 10000 photos online, so it’s still a work in progress.

Miami Herald: Toni Morrison, Joan Didion among those in PEN online archive . “Speeches by Toni Morrison, Joan Didion and Pablo Neruda are among the highlights of an online multimedia archive unveiled by PEN America. The literary and human rights organization told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the archive has been in the works since 2011. The project’s completion was enabled by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.” No link in the article. Can’t find an announcement on the PEN America Web site, have contacted them asking for more details.


BetaNews: Prepare to get pissed at Google as autoplaying videos arrive in search results . “When Twitter and Facebook introduced autoplaying videos, many users were annoyed by their intrusive nature. Subsequent tweaks and the introduction of autoplay settings calmed the mood a little, but now Google has decided to stir things up a bit.” So I should just turn my speakers off, yeah?

AdvertisingAge: Nielsen Adds Hulu and YouTube to TV Ratings, but GRPs Won’t Likely Follow. “TV networks will be able to reclaim some of the viewing that’s shifted to Hulu and YouTube’s streaming TV services under a deal announced Tuesday to include their audiences in Nielsen’s commerical ratings — the currency in which ad buyers and sellers transact.”

USEFUL STUFF Tool for journalists: Mercury, for audio transcription and translation. “Publishers are constantly looking for new ways to increase their video output in a fashion that is effective and not time-consuming. New tool Mercury, which is free and funded by the Google Digital News Initiative, has been designed to help news organisations use video and audio in their day-to-day work, and make it more accessible to audiences around the world.”

MakeTechEasier: How to Use Regular Expressions to Improve Productivity in Your Daily Tasks. “If you are already familiar with the basic power of regular expressions, you might be interested in knowing how they can be used. If you want to brush up on the basics, check out our Regular Expressions cheatsheet and Beginner’s Guide to Regular Expressions. Here are some daily tasks where regular expressions can improve your productivity.” A nice sideways way to get into regular expressions if you’ve never heard of them.


Wired: Google Deliberately Confuses Its Employees, Fed Says . “THE DEPARTMENT OF Labor’s increasingly heated dispute with Google over a gender pay gap began, innocently enough, with a routine audit.” More background on this case.


Wordfence: If You Use This Script, You’ve Probably Already Been Hacked . “Several years ago, web publishing company Interconnect/IT released a handy tool for finding and replacing text in a website’s database. This tool, a stand-alone file published as searchreplacedb2.php, includes built-in WordPress compatibility that makes working with WordPress databases a breeze. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include any authentication or security measures, which makes infecting WordPress databases equally easy.”

Salt Lake Tribune: Authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise. “On Tuesday, police and federal agents warned that so-called virtual kidnappings are on the rise, and dozens of people already have found themselves terrorized into giving money to con artists.”


BuzzFeed: This Is What The Twitter Abuse Of Politicians During The Election Really Looked Like. “Abusive tweets targeting MPs doubled in the wake of the Manchester and London Bridge terror attacks, according to new analysis by BuzzFeed News and the University of Sheffield that reveals for the first time the scale of abuse faced by politicians on Twitter during the general election campaign. The research covered 840,000 tweets and suggests that the amount of abuse in the run-up to the snap election was heavily influenced by news events, with abusive tweets to MPs soaring in the wake of the two terrorist attacks.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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