VR180 Creator, Instagram, Facebook Journalism Project, More: Saturday Afternoon Buzz, June 16, 2018


Google Blog: Introducing VR180 Creator, simplifying the video editing process. “VR180 cameras allow creators to shoot three-dimensional, immersive photos and videos using affordable cameras that are small enough to fit in your pocket. And to make it even easier for you to create and edit high quality VR videos, we’re launching VR180 Creator on Mac and Linux. This desktop tool lets anyone edit VR180 footage with existing VR video tools.”

Search Engine Journal: Instagram Decides Not to Alert Users When Screenshots Are Taken. “Instagram confirmed it has decided against the idea of alerting users when a screenshot is taken of their story. Back in February I reported that this feature was spotted in testing, which was based on information posted by multiple users on Twitter.”


Poynter: Facebook Journalism Project and The Poynter Institute announce two new online courses. “As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we are committed to working with journalists and publishers around the world as they look for tools to better engage with their audiences. Today, as part of this commitment, we are announcing two free new Facebook Blueprint eLearning courses, created in partnership with the Poynter Institute: CrowdTangle and Facebook Groups.”


Al Arabiya: How Dubai-based digital artists reap dividends via social media. “Aspiring artists in Dubai are increasingly using social media platforms to share their work, develop their brand and expand their following. As these platforms transcend geographical boundaries, artists see them as the best place to showcase their talent and tap into opportunities in today’s competitive market. They use tools such as Twitter and Instagram to display their work and build networks in the hope that their products and services get the market they deserve.”

National Park Foundation: National Park Foundation Announces Pic Your Park Instagram Contest. “A new Instagram contest launched by the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, is inviting park goers – amateur and experienced – to submit pictures of themselves in national parks for the chance to win a variety of prizes. The contest, called Pic Your Park, is open now through September 28.”

New York Times: Are Genetic Testing Sites the New Social Networks?. “Three years ago Dyan deNapoli, a 57-year-old author and TED speaker who specializes in penguins, was given a 23andMe genetic testing kit for her birthday. Intrigued, she spit in the tube and sent the results to a lab in Burlington, N.C. About two months later she received a pie chart breaking down where her ancestors lived (99.4 percent of them were from Europe). What she was most giddy about, however, was a 41-page list of all the people who had done the test and were genetically related to her: 1,200 in all.”


CNET: Twitter may see a white nationalist in court (because a judge said so). “Twitter is trying to combat harassment, but it may have gone too far. That’s the preliminary opinion from a California superior court judge who rejected the social network’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit by white nationalist Jared Taylor and his American Renaissance group — meaning Taylor may have his day in court.”

Ars Technica: Decades-old PGP bug allowed hackers to spoof just about anyone’s signature. “For their entire existence, some of the world’s most widely used email encryption tools have been vulnerable to hacks that allowed attackers to spoof the digital signature of just about any person with a public key, a researcher said Wednesday. GnuPG, Enigmail, GPGTools, and python-gnupg have all been updated to patch the critical vulnerability. Enigmail and the Simple Password Store have also received patches for two related spoofing bugs.”


Bloomberg: If You’re A Facebook User, You’re Also a Research Subject. “The professor was incredulous. David Craig had been studying the rise of entertainment on social media for several years when a Facebook Inc. employee he didn’t know emailed him last December, asking about his research. ‘I thought I was being pumped,’ Craig said. The company flew him to Menlo Park and offered him $25,000 to fund his ongoing projects, with no obligation to do anything in return. This was definitely not normal, but after checking with his school, University of Southern California, Craig took the gift. ‘Hell, yes, it was generous to get an out-of-the-blue offer to support our work, with no strings,’ he said. ‘It’s not all so black and white that they are villains.'”

Wired: Facebook and Google must do more to support Wikipedia. “As companies draw on Wikipedia for knowledge – and as a bulwark against bad information – we believe they too have an opportunity to be generous. At Wikimedia, we already love and deeply appreciate the millions of people around the world who make generous charitable contributions because they believe in our values. But we also believe that we deserve lasting, commensurate support from the organisations that derive significant and sustained financial value from our work.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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