Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ireland Photography, Facebook, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, March 28, 2018


Library of Congress: Archival Materials of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Now Online. “Archival materials from one of the most successful political partnerships in history, the collaboration of suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the movement for women’s rights, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress.”

The Irish Times: Snapshot of Ireland a century ago: an online photographic archive. “A series of digitally restored black-and-white photographs dating as far back as the Land War of the late 1800s has been released online by the Ancestry family-history website. The historical prints and photographs, which include more than 120 images taken in Ireland, offer an insight into daily life in Irish cities, towns, villages and countryside between the late 1800s and the 1950s.”


TechCrunch: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will reportedly testify before Congress. “After declining a summons from a UK parliamentary committee that’s investigating how social media data is being used this morning, it appears that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may end up finally going before Congress to testify amid a wave of privacy debacles, according to a report by CNN.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Smarter News Apps to Simplify How You Read Important News. “News is changing rapidly, and you need to change how you read it. To fight information overload as well as biased articles, here are some useful new apps for a smarter way to read the news. These apps are essentially news aggregators or news validators, which means they don’t produce the news themselves. Instead, they take news from established media publications, like the top censorship-free news sites or even those with obvious biases to certain sides.”


Bloomberg, with a warning from me to you that it might spike your blood pressure: How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet. “It was hard to believe that Facebook would cozy up to disreputable advertisers in mid-2017 as it was under intense scrutiny from lawmakers and the media over revelations that Russian trolls had used the platform to influence the 2016 presidential election. Officially, the Berlin conference was for aboveboard marketing, but the attendees I spoke to dropped that pretense after the mildest questioning. Some even walked around wearing hats that said “farmin’,” promoting a service that sells fake Facebook accounts. Granted anonymity, affiliates were happy to detail their tricks. They told me that Facebook had revolutionized scamming. The company built tools with its trove of user data that made it the go-to platform for big brands. Affiliates hijacked them. Facebook’s targeting algorithm is so powerful, they said, they don’t need to identify suckers themselves—Facebook does it automatically.”

Variety: Google Will Help Stephen Colbert Cut Commercial Time From ‘Late Show’ . “During Tuesday evening’s broadcast of “The Late Show” on CBS, the late-night host will fill time that ought to be devoted to commercials with more of his own antics. And the ad-free segment will be sponsored by Google. Yes, that’s TV advertising in 2018: Google will advertise the fact that it is sponsoring a program segment during which commercials normally run, marking the first ‘Late Show’ takeover of a regularly scheduled advertising break.”


Digital News Daily: Facebook Sued Over Discriminatory Housing Ads. “Housing advocates have sued Facebook for allegedly violating federal and New York laws by facilitating discriminatory ads. ‘Facebook continues to enable landlords and real estate brokers to bar families with children, women, and others from receiving rental and sales ads for housing,’ the National Fair Housing Alliance and other groups allege in a complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.”

CNET: Google copyright battle with Oracle could cost $8.8 billion. “Google just suffered what could be a nearly $9 billion blow in its long-running legal battle against Oracle. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court revived a multi-billion dollar copyright case that dates back to 2010. The court said Google’s use of Oracle’s Java software went beyond the bounds of fair use when the Android mobile operating system was created, according to a report by Bloomberg.”

Wired: The Facebook Privacy Setting That Doesn’t Do Anything At All. “Wrangling your Facebook privacy settings—fine-tuning what data friends, advertisers, and apps can access—is a slog. The menus are labyrinthine, the wording obtuse. And it turns out that one of them is completely pointless. In fact, it hasn’t worked in years.”


The Register: Mac fans’ eyes mist over: Someone’s re-created HyperCard. “Video Apple fans with a bent for nostalgia have some to wallow in after a HyperCard clone debuted on Monday.” If you’re not a certain age this will probably make you go “pfft,” but I used HyperCard a LOT of in the early 1990s and man, do I miss it. Good afternoon, Internet…

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