Supreme Court Decisions, Canberra Walking Tracks, Twitter Moments, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, March 16, 2018


Library of Congress: Historical Supreme Court Cases Now Online. “More than 225 years of Supreme Court decisions acquired by the Library of Congress are now publicly available online – free to access in a page image format for the first time. The Library has made available more than 35,000 cases that were published in the printed bound editions of United States Reports (U.S. Reports). United States Reports is a series of bound case reporters that are the official reports of decisions for the United States Supreme Court dating to the court’s first decision in 1791 and to earlier courts that preceded the Supreme Court in the colonial era. The Library’s new online collection offers access to individual cases published in volumes 1-542 of the bound edition. This collection of Supreme Court cases is fully searchable. Filters allow users to narrow their searches by date, name of the justice authoring the opinion, subject and by the main legal concepts at issue in each case. PDF versions of individual cases can be viewed and downloaded.”

PSNews: Google goes bush with ACT walking tracks. “Canberra’s walking tracks can now be enjoyed by anyone in the world following 350kms of them being added to the international Google Street View platform…. [Mick Gentleman] said highlights included views from Mount Ainslie, Mount Majura, Mount Painter, Mount Franklin, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, the Molonglo River, and the Honeysuckle Creek and Orroral Valley tracking stations.” Mick Gentleman is a TERRIFIC name.


Digital Trends: Will Twitter Moments get an image-focused, Snapchat-like makeover?. “After reports of Twitter working to prioritize the camera in mobile apps, a new report claims Twitter could also be looking at mimicking Snapchat’s Discover option inside Twitter Moments, with a focus on photos and video. Three unnamed employees inside the company reportedly told CNBC that the company is considering an update to Twitter Moments that focuses on photos and videos with a geotag, arranging visual content around nearby events.”


Mashable: Digg Reader is dead but you can still save your RSS feed. “Naturally, the news was pretty upsetting to Digg Reader fans who had turned to the service as a replacement for the once beloved Google Reader. But if you’re one of the many folks still clinging to RSS feeds in 2018, you’re not entirely out of luck. There are a number of capable alternatives out there. Here are five of our favorites.” CLINGING? Patronizing much? Good grief. Anyway, here are five alternatives for y’all who aren’t into NewsBlur.


The Next Web: Reddit’s massive shoplifting sub has thus far evaded the banhammer. “When you get deep enough into Reddit, you inevitably stumble across something you didn’t know existed — or could exist. Case in point: r/shoplifting, an active subreddit where Redditors talk about exactly what the name suggests. At over 80,000 subscribers, it’s a relatively large community, and they aren’t shy about their intentions.”

Haaretz: Jewish Agency’s Sharansky: Open Archives on Immigration of Jews From Mideast and North Africa. “Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky has expressed support for making public all archival documents on immigration by Middle Eastern and North African Jews in the state’s early years, as a way to help learn more about the sending of such Jews to so-called development towns in the country’s outskirts.”

Digiday: Facebook’s Silicon Valley approach has hindered its video ambitions. “Mark Zuckerberg might have done away with Facebook’s ‘move fast and break things’ motto in 2014, but that’s still how his company has approached its own industry-shaking pivot to video. And it’s a big reason why Facebook has struggled to come up with a viable video strategy — for itself as well as its content partners.”

Washington Post: How social media spread a historical lie . “Earlier this month, a hashtag made its way across Twitter: “#triggeraliberalin4words.” Kambree Kawahine Koa, whose bio identifies her as a “political news contributor,” scored big with her offering, which garnered almost 10,000 likes and close to 1,000 replies. “The Democrats created KKK,” she tweeted over a photo of a Klan march captioned: “This photo was taken at the 1924 Democratic Convention. It was known as the ‘Klanbake’ (just in case you want to Google it).” The only problem? There was no Klan march at the 1924 Democratic convention — the photo was actually taken in Wisconsin — nor was the convention ever actually known as the ‘Klanbake.'”


Phys .org: French court throws out Facebook ‘censorship’ case. “A French court on Thursday dismissed a case brought by a French teacher who wanted to sue the US social media giant over his claims that his page was censored when he posted a nude painting by Gustave Courbet.”

The Register: Mulled EU copyright shakeup will turn us into robo-censors – GitHub. “Code-repository GitHub has raised the alarm about a pending European copyright proposal could force it to implement automated filtering systems – referred to by detractors as ‘censorship machines’ – that would hinder developers working with free and open source software.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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