University of Denver Newspapers, Women Artists, Flickr, More: Friday Buzz, November 2, 2018


Colorado Virtual Library: DU’s Weekly Peanut and The Hesperus Student Newspapers Join the CHNC!. “As our list of university newspapers continues to grow, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection is pleased to welcome some very special additions to our online catalog. The Weekly Peanut and The Hesperus, the University of Denver’s first and second (respectively) student newspapers are now available at and they are even more unique and interesting than we could have hoped! While they both offer a glimpse into the life of DU students at the close of the 19th Century,each paper has a voice and a style that makes it truly one of a kind.”

Hyperallergic: A New Illustrated Database for Women Artists Spans the 15th to 19th Centuries. “‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,’ Virginia Woolf famously said from a college lecture podium in 1928, in what later evolved into a major feminist book. Surely, those two amenities would facilitate the career of many a woman visual artist, too. But even the privileged combination of financial independence and a studio (plus talent, of course) hasn’t been enough to secure many female creatives a place in the pantheon of art history.”


Flickr Blog: Putting your best photo forward: Flickr updates. “Hi! My name is Don MacAskill, and I’m the Co-Founder, CEO, & Chief Geek at SmugMug. We’re the company that recently acquired Flickr from Yahoo. I love photography. For more than 16 years, I’ve been obsessed with building great experiences for photographers and I’m excited to help the Flickr team continue to do just that.”

How-To Geek: Ubuntu 19.04 is Named “Disco Dingo,” Arriving April 2019. “As OMG! Ubuntu spotted, Ubuntu 19.04 has now been officially dubbed ‘Disco Dingo.’ This version of Ubuntu will be released in April, 2019. This is the next release after Ubuntu 18.10 ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish,’ which was released earlier this month.”

Mashable: Amazon is beefing up Alexa with real-time election data. “In the run-up to election day in the U.S. (Nov. 6, if you weren’t sure), Amazon is giving Alexa a more civic mind by beefing up the assistant’s knowledge base of election data, including where to vote, real-time results, and even explanations of ballot measures.”


MakeUseOf: WhatsApp Video Calling Guide: Everything You Need to Know. “WhatsApp connects over a billion users around the world. They’re able to communicate through text messages or by using WhatsApp voice calling. And like any instant messenger, WhatsApp has a robust video calling feature as well.”


Sydney Morning Herald: Google employees walk out to protest treatment of women. “Thousands of Google workers around the world walked off the job on Thursday to protest the internet company’s lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct. The walkout comes a week after the New York Times revealed that Google had suppressed allegations of sexual misconduct against several of its executives, including Andy Rubin, the creator of the company’s Android software.”

The Verge: UK and Canada join forces to summon Mark Zuckerberg for questioning. “Who does Mark Zuckerberg answer to? Facebook’s founder and CEO appeared before the US Senate this year to face questions about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but he has refused similar requests from UK and Canadian lawmakers. Now, politicians from these two nations are banding together for a joint hearing on fake news and the internet, and they’re hoping that a united front will finally persuade Zuckerberg to attend.”

Iceland Review: No More Room at National Archives. “The National Archives of Iceland (ÞSK) have temporarily stopped receiving government documents due to a lack of shelf space, RÚV reports. Representatives say the government has known about the situation since at least January, but has yet to solve the problem.”


TechCrunch: Google’s Home Hub can be bricked with one line of code . “Security advocate Jerry Gamblin has posted a set of instructions — essentially basic lines of XML — that can easily pull important information off the Google Home Hub and, in some cases, temporarily brick the device.”


The Daily Beast: Americans Are Easy Marks for Russian Trolls, According to New Data. “An examination of Twitter’s new dump of Russian troll data this month shows that the IRA’s tactics worked far better in the U.S. than in Russia or the Eastern European nations where the troll farm cut its teeth. English-language tweets by the IRA’s sockpuppet accounts enjoyed nine times the engagement than tweets in Russian and other languages. And, remarkably, Americans fell for the Russian interference even harder after the 2016 presidential election than before.”

ZDNet: Why the influencer marketing bubble will burst soon. “Many brands have looked to influencers to promote their products in a seemingly ‘natural’ way — so that it comes across as a genuine recommendation. This method had proved to be a much cheaper marketing strategy than PPC (Pay Per Click) or advertising. But are these influencers good value for the money?” Good morning, Internet…

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