Victorian-Era Bicycle Routes, Twitter, FCC, More: Friday Buzz, July 13, 2018


Hidden City Philadelphia: Victorian-era Philly Bicycle Routes Now Available Online. “Cycling was immensely popular in the 1890’s, and Estoclet produced what seems to be a unique set of American narrative bike routes published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The detailed routes and hand-drawn maps described and showed crossroads, geographic features, and towns in the surrounding area, as well as local gossip. This allowed readers and riders to follow along. The routes ran regularly from 1896 to 1898 as a column called ‘Trips Awheel: Where to Go and How to Get There,’ and then as part of a special travel insert, The Inquirer Roadster, sporadically for another few years. The routes for 1897 through 1898 have been transcribed and digitized by faculty and staff of Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers Camden, and are now available online. ”


CNN: Twitter is purging suspicious accounts from your follower count. “Don’t be surprised to see the number of people following you on Twitter drop this week. The platform announced on Wednesday that tens of millions of accounts previously locked because of suspicious activity will be purged from its follower counts, a closely watched metric. The company says ‘most’ people will lose ‘four followers or fewer,’ but prominent Twitter accounts ‘will experience a more significant drop.'”

Ars Technica: “This is bonkers”: FCC wants to stop reviewing most complaints about ISPs. “Ajit Pai’s Federal Communications Commission is proposing that it stop reviewing the vast majority of consumer complaints about telecom companies. Going forward, consumers harmed by broadband, TV, and phone companies would have to pay $225 in order to get an FCC review of their complaints.”

CNET: Google siblings Loon and Wing aren’t so crazy any more. “Loon and Wing have officially taken off. The fanciful flying projects are now independent companies under Google parent company Alphabet, following their fledgling period as projects at Alphabet’s ‘moonshot factory’ known as X. Alastair Westgarth is the new Loon CEO, and James Burgess is the new Wing CEO, according to an X company blog post Wednesday.”


PC World: Best PDF editors: Reviewed and rated. “Though it’s nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you’ll need to edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor.”

Trello: Meet The Masses: How To Build Powerful Public Trello Boards. “You and your team use Trello to keep projects organized, hit deadlines, and ensure that you have a plan for the future. But have you considered using it as a way of communicating with your users? Take advantage of one of the best core features in Trello to help spread awareness about your work.”

Social Media Examiner: How to Bulk Schedule Facebook Posts Without Paid Tools. “Want to save time by bulk scheduling your Facebook posts? Wondering how to schedule posts without using a paid third-party tool? In this article, you’ll discover a three-step process to schedule multiple posts to your Facebook page and group using free tools.” NICE!


Institute of Museum and Library Services: $1.4 Million In New Grants Will Strengthen Native American And Hawaiian Museum Services. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 22 grants, totaling $1,472,000, to support museum services of federally recognized tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations in 11 states. IMLS received 31 applications through the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services program, requesting nearly $2.1 million in funds.”


BBC: Facebook ruling: German court grants parents rights to dead daughter’s account. “Germany’s highest court has ruled that the parents of a dead daughter have the rights to her Facebook account under inheritance law. The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) said online data should be treated the same as private diaries or letters, and pass to heirs. The case involves parents of a 15-year-old girl killed by a train in 2012.”

BetaNews: Timehop admits its security breach was worse than first thought. “The security breach suffered by Timehop on July 4 was much more serious than the company first thought. In an update to its original announcement, the company has revealed that while the number of account affected by the breach — 21 million — has not changed, the range of personal data accessed by hackers is much broader.”


Mashable: I miss the days before everyone was addicted to streaming services . “Think about it: Today we’ve got streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Now. And those are just some of the most popular. I can’t even think about Sling TV, and all the other cable alternatives out there right now, so for the purpose of this article let’s concentrate on those first four. Each costs money and each creates its own original content, so if you don’t have subscriptions to all of them, you’re definitely missing out on something.”

Wired: Facebook Opens Its Private Servers To Scientists Studying Fake News. “For years, accessing Facebook’s private data came with a whopper of a caveat: Whatever findings your research turned up had to be preapproved by the company—before you made it public. But Social Science One, acting as an intermediary, removes that condition. The organization has insight into what kind of data Facebook has available and what kind of data researchers need. Now it’s bridging the gap: Starting today, researchers from around the world can apply for funding and data access that Social Science One will approve—not Facebook. If researchers want to search for something in the platform’s data that could make it look bad—or if they actually find something—Facebook won’t be able to pump the brakes.” Good morning, Internet…

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