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Apple News, Snapchat, Augmented Reality, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, June 26, 2018

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BusinessWire: Apple News Launches 2018 Midterm Elections Section (PRESS RELEASE). “Apple® today announced a new 2018 Midterm Elections section in Apple News®, providing a new resource for timely, trustworthy midterm election information and helping news seekers access the most important reporting and analysis from a diverse set of publishers.”

Digiday: Snapchat experiments with sharing ad revenue with creators. “As part of Snapchat’s ongoing charm offensive with creators, the app said it would start sharing ad revenue with them. The program was announced June 21 as part of Snap’s keynote at VidCon. While Snap’s main announcement was a new creator-led Snapchat Show called ‘Untitled Patrick Starrr Project,’ produced by Starrr with E!, Snap’s Lauren Gallo said onstage that the company has been experimenting with revenue sharing. She also said her focuses for the creator community are growth, discoverability, analytics and monetization. Snapchat would not give specifics on the deals.”

USEFUL STUFF

Google Blog: Learn how to build AR experiences with Coursera. “As Augmented Reality (AR) technology develops, many companies are using it to transform how they create products, communicate with their users, market to new customers, and train their employees. To support this growth and foster a new generation of AR creators, today we’re launching Introduction to Augmented Reality and ARCore—a free class on Coursera for those who are just getting started with AR.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

The Logic: Facebook allowed housing and employment advertisers to exclude users with Indigenous interests. “Facebook said it has disabled advertisers from screening out housing and employment applicants who are interested in Indigenous Peoples, hours after being contacted by The Logic.”

Nebraska Today: Huskers help create George Eliot digital archive. “The works of English author George Eliot are getting the digital treatment, thanks to three University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduates. Megan Ekstrom, Rachel Gordon and Riley Jhi are creating a website to house the complete works of the novelist, poet, journalist and translator. The students are working on the project this summer through the university’s Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience program, which provides a stipend for students to work with faculty mentors in research or creative activities for 20 hours per week. ”

The Atlantic: Who Gets to Live in Silicon Valley?. “‘Silicon Valley’ was not always just a name for the computer-technology industry. Today, the phrase mostly conjures up a catalog of corporate successes: Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Facebook, Google, Apple, Uber, and all the start-ups aspiring to similar wealth and glory. But Silicon Valley is also a real geographic place, with a real history, where real people live and work—and not just in tech, but also in its shadow.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

USA Today: Facebook has ‘no plans’ to listen in on your conversations (for now), but the creepy stories mount. ” California technology analyst Brian Solis was having a conversation with a friend while the two were driving through Texas. His friend was buying a ranch in Texas but was having trouble with the financing because it was considered a ‘barndominium.’ Solis had never heard the term before nor had he ever researched it online. But as soon as he hopped out of his friend’s car and checked Facebook, up popped an ad for barndominiums in Texas. ‘How is that possible?’ he wrote on Facebook.”

The Intercept: Interpol Rolls Out International Voice Identification Database Using Samples From 192 Law Enforcement Agencies. “LAST WEEK, INTERPOL held a final project review of its speaker identification system, a four-year, 10 million euro project that has recently come to completion. The Speaker Identification Integrated Project, what they call SiiP, marks a major development in the international expansion of voice biometrics for law enforcement uses — and raises red flags when it comes to privacy.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Benedict Evans: Ways to think about machine learning. “We’re now four or five years into the current explosion of machine learning, and pretty much everyone has heard of it. It’s not just that startups are forming every day or that the big tech platform companies are rebuilding themselves around it – everyone outside tech has read the Economist or BusinessWeek cover story, and many big companies have some projects underway. We know this is a Next Big Thing.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Study reveals misuse of archive services by fringe communities on the web. “In a large-scale analysis, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Cyprus University of Technology and University College London reveal fringe communities within Reddit and 4chan push the use of URLs from archive services to avoid censorship and undercut advertising revenue of new sources with contrasting ideologies.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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