Data Sets, Net Neutrality, Google News, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, February 22, 2018


TechCrunch: Crunchbase opens a marketplace for 3rd-party data in bid to be the ‘master database for companies’. “Today the company announced a new service called Crunchbase Marketplace, an app store-like experience where users can sign up for extra data sets from other companies, with the subscriptions either be free to use or charged per-feed, which right now is $49 per user per month (currently, the split between free and paid options is about 50-50, we understand)….Launch partners include SimilarWeb, Apptopia, BuiltWith, IPQwery, Siftery, Bombora, Owler, Financial Content, TradingView, Enigma, Wayback Machine, and Wikipedia; and in keeping with that list, the types of services that you will be able to access in the marketplace initially will include web traffic stats, tech stack information, app install metrics, it purchasing data, trending product usage, purchase intent data, patent and trademark filings, stock quotes, government filings and extended background information.”


Techdirt: More Than Half Of U.S. States Now Pushing Their Own Net Neutrality Rules. “Large ISP lobbyists, the FCC and agency head Ajit Pai are going to be rather busy for the foreseeable future. In the wake of the agency’s extremely unpopular net neutrality repeal, consumer groups note that 26 states (27 including a new effort in Kansas) have now taken action to protect net neutrality themselves — with more efforts on the way. The efforts range from attempts to pass state-level net neutrality rules banning anti-competitive behavior, to executive orders modifying state procurement rules to prohibit ISPs that violate net neutrality from getting state money or securing state contracts.”

Search Engine Land: Google drops support for meta news keywords tag. “Google has dropped its support for the news meta keywords tag. Google introduced the new meta keywords tag specifically for news publishers back in 2012 and quietly stopped supporting it months ago.”


ALA District Dispatch: Who owns culture? An introduction to copyright for undergraduate students. “We are excited to offer our next CopyTalk webinar about teaching undergraduates about copyright. Sounds like a tall order, but these undergraduates actually choose to take a semester-length copyright course as an elective. Tammy Ravas will discuss her multidisciplinary approach to teaching copyright, outline the topics taught in the course, give examples of lesson plans, show general progress of students enrolled in the class, and share what worked and what did not.” The Webinar takes place March 1 and is free, but is limited to 100 people.


South China Morning Post: One-stop Hong Kong database portal planned by 2023 to ease information gathering and spur ‘smart city’ development . “For contractors planning to develop a piece of land in Hong Kong, it can be a nightmare trying to get hold of crucial data detailing what goes on underground. Information such as the locations and numbers of subterranean cables sits in the hands of private electricity companies, while public water and drainage pipes are managed by the government and gas pipes are overseen by the city’s main energy supplier, Towngas. But officials are hoping to shorten the painstaking process by building a one-stop portal to open up and centralise the data and help transform Hong Kong into a smart city.”

Physics Today: The history of physics, in 4000 manuscripts. “A single-story ranch house on the eastern coast of Florida has a room that would make any physicist or historian momentarily lose her breath. It’s a home library about the size of a college seminar room, lined with dark wood bookshelves that are filled from floor to ceiling with titles by Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Ptolemy, and more. This room is home to David Wenner’s collection of more than 4000 major physics articles and books, covering discoveries and innovations from the 15th century to the 21st.”

The Street: Using Twitter to Trade Stocks. “Twitter (TWTR) , with 33 million worldwide users at the end of 2017, is fertile social media ground for a myriad of reasons, and for many profit-minded industries. The latest — and potentially one of the greatest — sectors plugging into Twitter is the investment industry, which is turning to artificial intelligence to roll out new Twitter-based stock trading platforms.”


The Register: Rock-a-byte, baby: IoT tot-monitoring camera lets miscreants watch 10,000s of kids online. “More than 52,000 internet-connected Mi-Cam baby monitors are broadcasting sound and video to whoever comes looking, researchers have claimed. These Wi-Fi gizmos, built by Chinese biz MiSafes, stream 720p video and two-way audio in real-time to apps running on parents’ smartphones, via Amazon cloud servers.”

Global News: Researchers examine the use of Twitter in the Christopher Garnier trial. “Were you one of the thousands of people who followed every moment of Christopher Garnier’s second-degree murder trial on Twitter? If so, researchers are looking for your feedback.”


Deutsche Welle: Far-right trolls active on social media before German election: research. “Right-wing internet trolls sought to influence Germany’s federal election in September by setting up dozens of fake YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts to help them manipulate the online political debate, two studies released on Tuesday revealed. One study, published by several German public broadcasters and the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, revealed how some 5,000 users on the ‘Reconquista Germanica’ (Germany’s recapture) platform planned their social media campaigns.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. Hi Tara, thank you for another gem, Physics Today article on David Wenner’s collection of physics articles. That is a treasure, and I had no idea it existed. I’ll bet he’s got one or two of my papers on the discovery of the charmed Quark, and later on the Tau (heavy) lepton. I’m glad he has arranged for the American Physical Society Library to take over this amazing collection.

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