Google, Instagram, Mark Zuckerberg, More: Thursday Evening Buzz, July 19, 2018


TechCrunch: Google builds its own subsea cable from the US to France. “Google, like all major internet companies, often participates in building new subsea cables because it wants to own the connectivity between its data centers around the world. Those cables are typically built and owned by a consortium of companies (and sometimes shared by competitors). Now, however, Google is building its own cable that will span from Virginia Beach in the U.S. to the Atlantic coast of France.”

Ubergizmo: New Instagram Feature Lets Public Accounts Remove Followers. “If you truly wanted to stop people from looking at your feed, the only option was to make your account private. Even if you blocked someone, if your account was public, they just needed to bring up your account in a private browser window to access the entire feed. Instagram is now testing a feature that will provide users with public accounts with some more control over who can see their feed.”

New York Times: Zuckerberg Tries to Clarify Remarks About Holocaust Deniers After Outcry. “Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, said in an interview published Wednesday that he would not automatically remove denials that the Holocaust took place from the site, a remark that caused an uproar online. Mr. Zuckerberg’s comments were made during an interview with the tech journalist Kara Swisher that was published on the site Recode. (Read the full transcript here.) Hours later, Mr. Zuckerberg tried to clarify his comments in an email to Recode.”


SentimenTrader: The Ultimate List Of Most Useful Accounts For Finance Twitter. “If you want to get started on Twitter, it’s hard to find a good list to follow, particularly in finance, trading, and economics. Most of the ‘best of’ lists for Finance Twitter are based on personal preferences or, worst of all, a simple follower count. The more followers, the better, seems to be the thinking. That’s ridiculously misguided. Much of Finance Twitter is dominated by insular circles that quote and retweet each other, fist-bumping and high-fiving. That leaves other accounts that might provide more use out in the cold.” Astoundingly, the list does not have links, so if you want to make use of it you’ll have to do a little spadework.

MakeUseOf: 7 Helpful Websites for Learning About the Countries of the World. “Though the world holds nearly 200 countries, most of us haven’t visited more than a few. Knowledge of our home nation comes easy, but have you ever wondered about the culture, society, or history of other countries? We’ve gathered a set of websites for learning about any country you have interest in.”


WWD: Yoox Net-a-porter, Bloomsbury Team on Fashion Video Archive Project. “YNAP has worked with Bloomsbury to digitize its runway archive collection between 1979 and 2003, before shows were automatically digitized. The result is more than 3,000 videos and hundreds of hours of footage that offer a window into fashion history and a new way for students to examine the evolution of the catwalk over the years, key collections and individual designers’ work.” The resource will be available next year.


ZDNet: This remote, small town is the epicentre of cybercrime in India. “Bernie Madoff didn’t have a corporate empire to destroy but he still engineered a pretty impressive con by singlehandedly bankrupting a large collection of super rich investors for close to a whopping $70 billion. However, the prize for the most unlikely perpetrators of a nationwide fraud that is only the tip of a growing iceberg in a rapidly digitising India should surely go to the young men of Jamtara — a small town tucked away in the back of beyond in the state of Jharkhand in India.”


Embry-Riddle Newsroom: Fiction May Offer Clues to Fake News Impacts. “In Philip K. Dick’s 1969 science fiction novel Ubik, the Hollis Corporation sets an explosive trap for members of rival Runciter Associates after Runciter tries to convince the public that their privacy is threatened by psychic Hollis employees. ‘Runciter’s propaganda campaign is a perfect example of brainwashing,’ said rising sophomore Ethan Hale, an engineering physics student in the Honors Program on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., Campus. ‘In the book, Runciter’s ads are all over the place – on matchboxes and TVs every hour. People start to fear Hollis, and in turn, people gaslight each other through peer pressure so that everyone thinks the same way.'”

Washington Post: Facebook, boosting artificial-intelligence research, says it’s ‘not going fast enough’. “Facebook will dramatically accelerate its research into artificial intelligence, its chief AI scientist said Tuesday, in hopes of ensuring the social network doesn’t fall behind with the technology it will need to contend with Internet rivals and police its gargantuan audience.” Good evening, Internet…

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