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Used Camera Gear, New Zealand Research, Ham Radio Horizons, More: Friday Buzz, November 10, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

PetaPixel: This Website Tracks the Market Value of Used Camera Gear. “Want to quickly find out the current market value of a used camera or lens? Bokeh Market is a new website that can tell you the real-time value of used equipment. It’s like the Kelley Blue Book of camera gear.” The comments did note that there was a lot of data missing and the site is still adding information. You might need to wait a little for this one to fill out.

Scoop NZ: Complete online record of 150 years of discovery. “All copies of the Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand, one of New Zealand’s most important research publications, are now available online, thanks to a collaborative project between Royal Society Te Apārangi and the National Library of New Zealand. The project has filled in the missing years between 1961 and 1970.”

eHam: Free Back Issues of Ham Radio Horizons Online. “Would you like to travel back in time to the late 1970’s and be able to see and read all 36 complete issues of Ham Radio Horizons for FREE??? Well thanks to the fine folks at The Internet Archive you can…”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

EdScoop: Education Department awards $42.5M grant to grow online library of accessible books. “Benetech, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit, received a five-year, $42.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Education to expand and improve availability of free, accessible books for qualified students through an online library. Bookshare — one of Benetech’s global literacy projects — provides personalized access to over 800,000 titles to students with visual and reading impairments and currently serves approximately 500,000 students across the United States.”

Digital Trends: Pinterest’s Sections give you new tools for organizing your ideas. “Crave more organization for your Pinterest boards? Pinterest is making it happen by launching the all-time most requested feature: Sections for Pinterest boards. Announced on Thursday, November 9, Pinterest Sections help organize boards into smaller subcategories, making it easier to find that specific pin and giving those home organization ideas an organized home of their own.”

TechCrunch: Facebook will teach the unemployed digital/social media skills in 30 cities. “Whether it’s to “bring the world closer together” or improve its public image, Facebook today announced Community Boost. Facebook tells me it’s investing tens of millions of dollars into the program that will travel to 30 cities around the U.S. in 2018. It will teach digital job skills to the unemployed, internet literacy to those just getting online, startup methodology to entrepreneurs and customer growth to small business owners.”

USEFUL STUFF

Poynter: This tool makes custom surveys that are actually accurate. This article is delivered like a transcript, so let me do a brief quote from one of the participants: “So maybe you’re a journalist in Virginia or New Jersey, and you want to ask people what they want their newly elected politicians to focus on first. Veracio lets you specify a location that you’re focusing on. What’s interesting about this tool to me is it helps give you a better understanding of what you’re hearing and how it compares with a specific population. As we all know, often the people we hear from the most aren’t totally representative of the places we cover.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Gizmodo: How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met. “In real life, in the natural course of conversation, it is not uncommon to talk about a person you may know. You meet someone and say, ‘I’m from Sarasota,’ and they say, ‘Oh, I have a grandparent in Sarasota,’ and they tell you where they live and their name, and you may or may not recognize them. You might assume Facebook’s friend recommendations would work the same way: You tell the social network who you are, and it tells you who you might know in the online world. But Facebook’s machinery operates on a scale far beyond normal human interactions.”

Washington Post: AP Exclusive: Russia Twitter trolls deflected Trump bad news. “Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year’s presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, according to an Associated Press analysis of since-deleted accounts. Tweets by Russia-backed accounts such as ‘America_1st_’ and ‘BatonRougeVoice’ on Oct. 7, 2016, actively pivoted away from news of an audio recording in which Trump made crude comments about groping women, and instead touted damaging emails hacked from Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.”

Los Angeles Times: Twitter suspends verification service after giving Charlottesville rally organizer a blue check mark. “Two days after Twitter Inc. stamped a blue verification badge on the Twitter account of Jason Kessler — the far-right organizer of August’s ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Va. — the social network announced that it has temporarily stopped verifying accounts as it reevaluates the service.”

Reuters: Google supports U.S. efforts to disclose buyers of online political ads. “Alphabet Inc’s Google unit told U.S. election regulators in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday that it ‘strongly supports’ tightening rules on online political advertising as part of efforts to curtail ‘foreign abuse and influence’ in elections.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Sociable: How social media affects our collective unconscious . “In 1912 psychoanalyst Carl Jung split from his mentor Sigmund Freud and went on to develop his own theories on the nature of consciousness. Using the Jungian model of consciousness, backed with academic studies on social media as it relates to the brain, we can analyze what effects social media has not only on our personal subconscious, but our society’s collective unconscious as well.” Good morning, Internet…

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