Packaging Design, Facebook, Google Chrome, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, October 22, 2018


Design Taxi: Sainsbury’s Online Archive Of Packaging Designs Spanning Decades Is A Real Treat. “The Sainsbury Archive at the Museum of London Docklands has recently digitized the decades-old packaging designs of UK supermarket Sainbury’s for your viewing pleasure at zero cost. Thus far, the collection comprises over 400 photographs and scans of packaging, which certainly offer more than enough for you to observe how design has evolved. There’s so much to unpack here.”


CNET: Facebook ‘war room’ scrambles to combat fake election news. “On Oct. 7, during the first round of Brazil’s presidential election, Facebook employees noticed something suspicious on the social network. A story posted to Facebook incorrectly claimed the election was delayed because of protests. The company’s data scientists and operations team scrambled to pull down the misinformation before it went viral.”

The Next Web: Chrome 70’s best new feature is picture-in picture. “Picture-in-picture has been available in Android for a while now, allowing you to watch a YouTube or Netflix video while doing other stuff. Now that same feature is coming to Chrome on the desktop.”


The National: British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme sheds new light on the history of Africa and Islam . “At the beginning of December, a modest ceremony will be held at the National Archives of Mali in Bamako to celebrate a momentous achievement. The culmination of a nine-year project, the event will witness the handover of the final batches of about 8,000 digitised Islamic manuscripts collated from libraries and private collections located throughout Djenne, Mali one of the oldest continually inhabited towns in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Quartz: Facebook trolls are using disinformation to sell T-shirts. “In 2016, Russian trolls infamously used social media to stir up divisions in America’s social fabric in an effort to help Donald Trump become president. In 2018, trolls in Bangladesh are using the same tactics—to sell T-shirts.”

News AU: Confused pedestrians say Google is trying to make them walk on water . “BAFFLED pedestrians say they are being asked to perform miracles of biblical proportions after tapping in where they want to go on Google Maps. When tried to find walking routes from Barangaroo to Darling Harbour in Sydney’s bustling centre, the tech giant bizarrely suggested going full Jesus and walking across the water.”


TorrentFreak: Australia Targets Google With Tough New Anti-Piracy Law. “Australia already has laws to enable the blocking of overseas sites that facilitate piracy but the content industries want more. New legislation unveiled today will give copyright holders new tools to force Google and other search engines to delete search results that link to infringing sites.”


The Conversation: How forensic science has helped rediscover forgotten apples. “It’s been a good year for apples. Across Europe the apple harvest is the biggest it has been for a decade. But the handful of apple types you see on supermarket shelves only tells part of the story. There are actually 7,500 varieties of eating apple grown all over the world, and growers and scientists are making efforts to conserve and extend this.”

The Bengal: Printing dinosaurs: Idaho Virtualization Lab leads a “3-D revolution”. “[Idaho State University] houses the Idaho Virtualization lab in the Idaho Museum of Natural History, which is on the leading edge of the 3-D printing revolution in digitizing and printing fossils, according to museum director Leif Tapanila. The program has been going for 15 years, and Tapanila said in those years, the rest of the country has begun to recognize the value of digitizing and 3-D printing fossils.”

VietnamPlus: Finland helps Vietnam build forestry database. “Vietnam has set up a fully integrated forestry information database under a project funded by the Finnish Government, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said at a recent conference in Hanoi. Data from forests across the country and more than 1.4 million forest owners have been integrated in the Management Information System (MIS) for sustainable management of forest resources. Forest owners are organisations, households, individuals and communities that are assigned or leased forests by the State.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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