Anti-Corruption Laws, WordPress, Paradise Papers, More: Thursday Buzz, November 16, 2017


Lawyers Weekly: Global launches ‘groundbreaking’ anti-bribery tool. “A global law firm has launched a new tool which promises to put key aspects of worldwide anti-corruption laws at the users’ fingertips and consequently distil the ‘complex web’ of global anti-bribery laws in one easy, digestible format.”


WordPress 4.9 is now available. “Version 4.9 of WordPress, named ‘Tipton’ in honor of jazz musician and band leader Billy Tipton, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.9 will smooth your design workflow and keep you safe from coding errors.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: First Paradise Papers data to be added to ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database. “Information on about 25,000 new offshore entities will be added to ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks Database this Friday, as ICIJ begins to publish the structured data from the Paradise Papers leaks. The Friday release (morning EST / early afternoon GMT) will encompass the structured data from Appleby’s client records, and includes information on offshore companies and trusts registered in more than 30 jurisdictions. The data includes shareholders, officers, addresses, and more.”

TechCrunch: Pinterest rolls out its own version of QR codes. “If you are walking around a retailer, you might have seen a sign or something along those lines posted to check out its Pinterest account for additional content or products — but there was not really a seamless way to get to that account without a lot of tapping around. Taking a cue from some of the prevalence of QR codes around the world, like China, Pinterest said today that it is rolling out its own variation of QR codes for retailers and brands.”


The Next Web: This Twitter bot will colorize your black-and-white photos in seconds for free. “Colorise Bot is a Twitter bot which, if you tweet it a photograph of a black-and-white photograph, will transform it into a picture of technicolor genius. The best part? It’s super fast, with some images colorized in a matter of seconds.” I tweeted something at the bot, and it turned around pretty quickly, but did not show up in my TweetDeck mentions.

Social Media Examiner: How to Live-Blog at Events for More Exposure. “Want to get in front of an engaged audience? Do you attend live industry events? In this article, you’ll discover how to use live blogging to attract and connect with event attendees.”


Bloomberg: Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News. “The World Wide Web is 28 years old. But these days it often appears to have the growing pains of a teenager. There’s the scourge of fake news, growing pockets of censorship around the world, the fiery debate over net neutrality and more. When teens get into trouble, you typically talk to the parents. As it happens, I had the opportunity last week to interview Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who was working for the European research organization CERN back in 1989 when he proposed the idea of using a tool called a web browser to visit distinct pages on the internet, each with an individual domain name and connected via a network of hyperlinks.”

Axios: Scoop: Bloomberg expects eight figures for new Twitter network. “Bloomberg’s new Twitter network will launch on Dec. 18 with six founding partners: Goldman Sachs, Infiniti, TD Ameritrade, CA Technologies, AT&T and CME Group — and more are in the works. The average price point of the partnerships is $1.5 to 3 million, leading to Bloomberg securing eight figures in revenue in its first year.”

Quartz: The one-man army working to make Quora better for Q&A obsessed Indians. “It’s not quite Facebook or Twitter in India, but Quora has built up a seemingly engaged and loyal following in the country since 2010, a year after it was launched by two former Facebook employees, Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever. Today, the platform gets over 20% of its traffic from India and Indians constitute the second-largest user base for the US-based company.”


CNET: Forever 21 hack reveals payment card data. “The clothing retailer revealed on Tuesday that hackers may’ve been able to scoop up customers’ payment card data at certain stores during a good chunk of the year. Point of sale devices were compromised at as-yet-unnamed locations from March to October, the company said in a notice on its site.”


INC: New Study Says You’ll Share Life Milestones on Social Media Before Sharing Them In Person. “Your significant other just proposed to you. What do you do next? For many of us who did not grow up with social media, you might set a meeting with your extended family and announce the engagement. At the very least, you’d make a phone call. Yet, a new study by social media management company Sprout Social found that most people these days use social media to announce major milestones–a surprising finding to say the least.”

Medium: How A Russian Troll Fooled America . “@TEN_GOP was a masterpiece of disinformation and disguise: a Russian account which masqueraded as an American for over eighteen months, fooling both friends and foes of President Donald Trump in the media, on social media, and even in the Trump campaign. Its success came from its stepwise approach. First, it imitated genuine far-right commentators by posting hyper-partisan tweets, and attracted their attention by mentioning and praising them.” It’s a really long read, but I think worth it. Good morning, Internet…

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