Georgia Landmarks, California Education, Instapaper, More: Tuesday Buzz, July 17, 2018


Associated Press: Google gear helps create virtual tours of Georgia sites. “Miles of central Georgia trails and some of Macon’s most prominent historic landmarks can now be toured online on Google Maps. Ocmulgee National Monument Superintendent Jim David says anyone with an internet connection can take a virtual journey to the top of the mounds and get 360-degree views of the places they’re walking.”

Inside Higher Education: Mixing and Matching Cal State Online Courses — Free . “Many institutions allow residential students to dabble in online courses as they work through their schedule of face-to-face classes. The California State University System takes that offering one step further, presenting full-time students at all of the system’s 23 institutions with the option to enroll for free in one online course per semester at another Cal State institution…. Cal State students can now access the full range of online courses with CSU Fully Online, a database launched Wednesday.”


TechCrunch: Instapaper is leaving Pinterest, two years after being acquired. “Back in August of 2016, Pinterest acquired Instapaper, the read-it-later bookmarking service originally built by Marco Arment. Just shy of two years later, Instapaper is going back to being independent.”

CNET: Apple teases redheads, kangaroo for World Emoji Day. “World Emoji Day is Tuesday and Apple is getting the party started with the unveiling of some of the 70 new emojis coming to iOS later this year. One big development is a whole lot of new ‘dos.”


The Next Web: How to check the security of your Google Chrome extensions. “The other day, a friend called me and said that his Google Chrome browser is acting weirdly and may need reinstalling. According to him, every time he searched for something on Google some unknown website appeared with suspicious results. I asked him to remove every Chrome extension and only add those few that he really needs. But it occurred to me that this friend of mine will probably be hit by more scams brought by other malicious Chrome extensions unless he looks out for a few things.”


City A.M.: Google’s record-breaking $11bn fine over Android market dominance set for Tuesday. “Sources have said that technology superpower Google is set to face the music on Tuesday, as European Union antitrust regulators are rumoured to have made a final decision against its Android operating system. A meeting deciding the company’s fate had been scheduled by the European Commission for last Tuesday, however it was moved without warning.”

Quartz: Instagram is changing the way fashion sells in India. “On July 04, a handful of designers and lifestyle journalists gathered at New Delhi’s hip Cafe Dori in the upmarket Dhan Mill Compound for a ‘fashion masterclass.’ Their host was Sandeep Bhushan, director of Facebook for India and south Asia. Bhushan was making a case for following fashion trends on Instagram, the social media giant’s video- and photo-sharing app.”

VentureBeat: 3D printers bring 250-year-old dragon sculptures back to life. “3D printing is finding new uses, like replacing the lost 250-year-old dragon sculptures at a historic royal palace in the United Kingdom. 3D-printer maker 3D Systems said it has installed 72 large-scale 3D-printed dragons at the Great Pagoda at Kew as part of the final restoration of a palace that was originally built in 1761 during the reign of King George III.”


eWeek: Critical Bug Bounty Reports on the Rise, HackerOne Finds. “HackerOne released its 2018 Hacker-Powered Security Report on July 11, providing insights into the current state of the bug bounty marketplace. The report is based on 78,275 security vulnerability reports that HackerOne received on its managed bug bounty platform, which handles programs for more than 1,000 organizations.”

New York Times: Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves!. “Robert M. Hertzberg’s hatred of bots is personal. Mr. Hertzberg is a state Senator from California and last year, after he introduced a bail reform bill, he noticed that automated accounts on Twitter and Facebook were attacking him and his position. He is currently seeking re-election, and one of his opponents in the Democratic primary was a bail agent.”

The National: Egypt parliament approves bill to monitor social media. “The Egyptian parliament on Monday approved in a final reading a bill that would allow authorities to monitor social media users and combat ‘fake news’, the legislature said. The bill was backed by two-thirds of parliament’s 596 members and it will now be sent to President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to be ratified.”


Horizon: Digital age ‘desperately’ needs ethical and legal guidelines. “Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics, ‘desperately’ need an institutional framework and system of values to help regulate the industry, an ethics expert has told leading scientists and policymakers.” Good morning, Internet…

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