Gramophone Records, Skype, FCC, More: Wednesday Buzz, August 8, 2018


Google Blog: For Louis Armstrong’s birthday we tune in to ‘Tiger Rag’ on a Gramophone. “To mark the birthday of Louis Armstrong 117 years ago, Google Arts & Culture and the record label Deutsche Grammophon teamed up to restore and digitize phonograph records like ‘Tiger Rag’ from the label’s archive, and to tell the story of Emile Berliner, who invented the grammophon player and records that brought the music of Armstrong and many other artists to the masses.”


CNET: Microsoft will continue Skype ‘classic’ support after negative customer feedback. “Microsoft originally announced on July 16 that classic Skype would be discontinued on Sept. 1, 2018 and encouraged users to upgrade to version 8.0. After many lamented the “upgrade” and clogged up the comments on the original discontinuation blog post, Microsoft have decided to continue supporting Skype 7 for ‘some time’.”

Engadget: FCC admits its comment system never suffered DDoS attack. “If you didn’t buy the FCC’s claims that its comment system fell prone to a DDoS attack when it was soliciting net neutrality comments, investigators have just validated your suspicions. An imminent report from the agency’s Inspector General has revealed that there’s no evidence of such an attack. To put it another way, the comment system’s problems were more likely due to large-scale opposition to the net neutrality repeal (helped by Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver), not an untimely hacking campaign.”


Make Tech Easier: The Complete Guide to Keeping Your Privacy While Using WhatsApp. “We are in the midst of both a social media boom and a time when privacy protection and improving productivity are hot topics. WhatsApp is one of the biggest messenger platforms in the middle of this culture shift. Given its widespread adoption, you may want to restrict your information sharing, even if it’s only a little. If you use WhatsApp Business, then you have more reason to control the information you share, as it impacts your business directly. In this article you’ll learn how to stay in control – and if necessary under the radar – while using WhatsApp.”

MakeUseOf: How to Create an RSS Feed for Your Site From Scratch. “While RSS feed and feed readers aren’t quite as popular as they used to be, RSS are still important for your site visitors who want to be notified whenever your page updates. In addition, RSS feeds can be used in a number of ways to promote your content using social media. Let’s first have a look at how to create an RSS feed for your site from scratch.”


Times of India: Russia slams social media expert’s claim that it may target Indian polls . “Russia today dismissed as ‘false’ a social media expert’s claim that Moscow may interfere in elections in countries such as India through their media and said it will never act against Indian interests.”

New York Times: A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter. “Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in Canada when he goes to college in 2020. Mr. Wei is typical of Chinese teenagers in another way, too: He has never heard of Google or Twitter. He once heard of Facebook, though. It is ‘maybe like Baidu?’ he asked one recent afternoon, referring to China’s dominant search engine.”

Mashable: How one company reshaped — and kind of ruined — the viral video landscape. “As a company, what Jukin [Media] does is relatively simple: It finds undiscovered videos, buys them or strikes a revenue share from the owners thirsty for viral fame or money. It then licenses the clips for rebroadcast — to everyone from the local news to highlight reel shows on MTV. On one hand, it’s a great service for TV shows looking to find some easy content. Jukin helps connect video owners with broadcasters that have wide reach. But licensing companies like Jukin also play a very disruptive role in the viral video economy.”


The Star: Border agents using DNA databases like and to ID detainees, track relatives. “Canada has been trying to deport Franklin Godwin since 2000 when the former refugee was declared a danger to the public for his lengthy criminal convictions of drug offences and fraud. Twice, in 2003 and 2005, Canada Border Services Agency escorted the 54-year-old Toronto man to Liberia, where he said he ran away from due to political persecution by a dictatorial regime — a claim his successful asylum bid in 1994 was based on. Twice, he was refused entry because officials didn’t believe he’s from there.”


TechCrunch: Is it time to remove Zuckerberg from (his) office?. “A colleague, who shall remain nameless (because privacy is not dead), gave a thumbs down to a recent column in the NYT. The complaint was that the writer had attacked tech companies (mostly but not exclusively Facebook) without offering any solutions for these all-powerful techbro CEOs’ orchestral failures to grasp the messy complexities of humanity at a worldwide scale. Challenge accepted.” The headline might lead you to think this is just a little jam, but it’s a deep dive into what could be done to fix Facebook. You might not agree with all of it, but there’s plenty here to think about.

Billboard: New Study Shows Close Relationship Between Social Media & Music. “A new study released Monday (Aug. 6) found that nine out of 10 social media users do a music-related activity within the framework of an app, according to data compiled by research and analysis firm MusicWatch. The data was compiled in April via a survey of 800 people who use one of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat at least once a month, with the majority of those users engaging with social media daily.”

Retail Dive: Algorithms feeding unsustainable price cuts online. “While consumers and sellers alike may think that Amazon itself is driving price competition, it’s now often third-party marketplace sellers, on Amazon and Walmart, that initiate price-based skirmishes, according to the report. Dynamic pricing algorithms have enabled retailers to detect every online price change, including temporary promotions, and that’s, ‘leading to race-to-the-bottom behavior and permanent drops in Average Selling Price,’ Profitero said.” Good morning, Internet…

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