Drone Reviews, Internet Archive, Twitter, More: Sunday Buzz, November 26, 2017


Digital Journal: Dronepedia Announces The Launch Of It’s New Website That Provides In-Depth Reviews Of Drones (PRESS RELEASE). “Dronepedia is delighted to announce the launch of their new website which is focused primarily on researching and reviewing all of the latest drones on the market today. The site has been created and designed from the ground up, with a modern fresh and easy to navigate style. Fully mobile friendly, the site looks fantastic regardless of the type of device it is being viewed upon, which is critical to any sites success in the modern world of the smartphone.” I did a little browsing. The reviews I looked at were extensive, and I wasn’t beaten over the head with affiliate links. It did load a little slowly for me.


Hoodline: Internet Archive To Preserve, Share Unsold ‘Recycled Records’ Inventory. “If you were worried about the loss of Recycled Records’ inventory now that owner Bruce Lyall is retiring and selling his building, fear not. As reported by CBS early this week, Lyall came to an agreement to give the collection—including some records so obscure they haven’t sold in decades—to the Internet Archive, a 21-year-old local nonprofit dedicated to preserving information and cultural artifacts.”

The Next Web: Twitter test kills retweet and like buttons on embedded tweets. “Virtual water-cooler Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that illustrates how many people are discussing individual, popular tweets through the service. The feature — which, again, is just an experiment — appears on embeds of popular, viral tweets found across the Internet. It replaces the like and retweet icons with a count of how many people are discussing the tweet.” Interesting screenshots.


Bopping around my Google Alerts, I found this notification on what sounds like a very interesting webinar from Preservica: “Making the Case: Establishing a Digital Archive at the Associated Press”. It’s on December 12 at 10AM EST (3PM GST). From the page: “Featuring a conversation with Valerie Komor, Director of the Associated Press Corporate Archives, this webinar focuses on how she and her team built the business case for a digital preservation system and engaged stakeholders to identify and prioritize information assets for preservation based on value and risk. Valerie will share highlights on their three year journey to establish and sustain a digital archive, and offer insights into how collaboration with records creators and researchers is changing in the digital age.” As far as I can tell (and I registered) it’s free.


Wired: At MOMA, Cat Instagram Has Finally Clawed Its Way Into The Art World . “Stephen Shore was an Instagram artist way before there was Insta­gram. He shot to prominence in the ’70s with carefully composed snapshots of parking lots, pancake breakfasts, and camping trips, beautiful banalities that future Instagrammers would try to emulate. Now that Shore is actually on the platform, he averages a post a day—and a retrospective of his work, opening at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in November, shows off three years’ worth of his ’grams. Including (obviously) a portrait of his beloved Himalayan cat, Oscar.”

The New Indian Express: Beware of radicalization campaigns on social media, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh tells police. “With the recent busting of a terror module operating in Punjab having links to other countries, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday directed the state police to be vigilant against radicalization campaigns being carried out on various social media platforms such as Facebook.”

The Guardian: Russian ‘troll army’ tweets cited more than 80 times in UK media. “Members of a Russian ‘troll army’ were quoted more than 80 times across British-read media outlets before Twitter revealed their identity and banned them, a Guardian investigation has shown.” Note at end of article: “This article was amended on 22 November 2017. An earlier version referred to more than 80 articles quoting Russian trolls. The correct figure is 73 articles.”

Financial Tribune: Iran Regulator Introduces Internet Fair Usage Policy. “In a move to expand access to the Internet, the Telecoms Ministry in collaboration with Communication Regulatory Authority has introduced a mandatory landline Internet Fair Usage Policy, which will be enforced from Dec. 1. Telecom Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has often censured local Internet service providers for their excessively high tariffs. “In establishing the new FUP system the interest of both consumers and businesses has been considered,” the ministry’s website quoted him as saying.”


CNET: Searching for Amazon? Fake Google ad sends users to scam site. “Some Google users searching for ‘Amazon’ on Thanksgiving were shown a phony ad that redirected to a scam website, one day before the biggest shopping day of the year.” Look at the screenshot with the article. Utterly ridiculous that this got through.

Reuters: Canadian charged in Yahoo hacking case to plead guilty in U.S.. “A Canadian accused by the United States of helping Russian intelligence agents break into email accounts as part of a massive 2014 breach of Yahoo accounts is expected to plead guilty next week, according to court records.”

Ars Technica: AT&T and Comcast lawsuit has nullified a city’s broadband competition law. “AT&T and Comcast have convinced a federal judge to nullify an ordinance that was designed to bring more broadband competition to Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville Metro Council last year passed a ‘One Touch Make Ready’ rule that gives Google Fiber or other new ISPs faster access to utility poles. The ordinance lets a single company make all of the necessary wire adjustments on utility poles itself, instead of having to wait for incumbent providers like AT&T and Comcast to send work crews to move their own wires.”


USA Today: A Foolish Take: Teens still prefer Snapchat to Facebook. “As more adults join Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), more teens are retreating to Snap’s (NYSE: SNAP) ephemeral messaging app Snapchat to avoid their parents’ prying eyes. Piper Jaffray’s biannual ‘Taking Stock with Teens’ survey confirmed that trend, with 47% of surveyed teens calling Snapchat their ‘favorite’ social networking media platform — up from 35% a year earlier.” Good morning, Internet…

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