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Jewish Newspapers, Flickr Commons, William Blake, More: Friday Buzz, November 9, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

University of Michigan: New Digital Archive At U-M Highlights History Of Detroit’s Jewish Community. “The University of Michigan just unveiled a rich new resource that documents the history of Southeast Michigan’s Jewish community over the last century. On Monday, Nov. 5, the U-M Bentley Historical Library launched a new platform for the Detroit Jewish News Digital Archive, a free, searchable database containing more than 100 years of digital copies of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle and the Detroit Jewish News.” Did I miss the URL in the article? Here it is: https://digital.bentley.umich.edu/djnews .

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CNET: Flickr Commons photo archives will survive profitability push. “When Flickr announced this month it will limit free accounts to 1,000 photos and delete any that cross that threshold, it wasn’t immediately clear what happens to the Flickr Commons, the tens of millions of freely shareable photos from museums, governments and other archives. Well, now we know: Flickr will keep them.”

University of North Carolina: William Blake Archive Publishes Digital Edition of Blake’s Early Pencil Drawings. “The William Blake Archive, one of UNC’s flagship public and digital humanities initiatives, recently published a digital edition of Blake’s forty-three pencil drawings made during his early years as an artist, spanning from 1779-1790. The Blake Archive provides access to William Blake’s literary and visual works and is part of a larger effort within the digital humanities to provide more widespread access to his archives through digitization and other projects.”

The Verge: Microsoft Word is getting a to-do feature to help people manage documents. “Microsoft is starting to test a new to-do feature in Word today. The software maker found that a lot of people leave notes in their Word documents as placeholders to add more text, images, or charts. Microsoft is now making these notes a lot more powerful with a to-do feature that automatically tracks when you’ve left these little notes for yourself or others.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 5 Key Tips for Producing Professional Live Streams. “Live streams place great emphasis on being as real and un-staged as possible. But that is no excuse for creating sloppy, unprofessional-looking videos. If you’re serious about growing your live streaming audience, here are some simple-yet-effective ways to make your live streams look more professional.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Straits Times: NLB archiving Singapore websites, digital materials. “The National Library Board (NLB) has taken on the enormous task of archiving 180,000 Singapore websites ending with the .sg domain, as well as digital materials published in Singapore. The annually updated National Day Parade website and the Fighting SARS Together! website launched during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak in 2003 are among the 2,000 websites that have been archived so far.”

TechCrunch: Facebook is facing an EU data probe over fake ads . “The UK’s privacy watchdog has asked Facebook’s lead EU regulator to look into ongoing data protection concerns about its ad platform — including how its platform is being used to target and spread fake adverts to try to manipulate voters. Facebook’s international HQ is in Ireland so the regulator in play here is the Irish Data Protection Commission.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

BetaNews: Exploit developer discovers security vulnerability in VirtualBox and publishes a full guide to exploiting it. “A security researcher has not only discovered a vulnerability in the virtualization tool VirtualBox, but has released details of the exploit and a step-by-step guide to the zero-day vulnerability.”

The Register: Spammer scum hack 100,000 home routers via UPnP vulns to craft email-flinging botnet . “Once again, a hundred thousand or more home routers have been press-ganged into a spam-spewing botnet, this time via Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). According to brainiacs from 360 Netlab, the malware exploits vulnerabilities in a Broadcom UPnP implementation to infect vulnerable gateways, and that means a load of router manufacturers are affected because their kit uses that technology.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Has Paid Out More Than $3 Billion To Copyright Holders Through Content ID. “In its latest How Google Fights Piracy report, Google gave an under-the-hood look at numbers for YouTube’s copyright infringement-busting Content ID system, introduced back in 2007. Newly revealed stats include the fact that through Content ID, YouTube has paid out more than $3 billion in ad revenue to content creators, up from $1 billion in 2014, and $2 billion in 2016. The report also revealed that, to date, Google has invested $100 million in Content ID’s staffing and digital infrastructure, up from $60 million in 2016.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Slate: Why Social Media’s Misinformation Problem Will Never Be Fixed. “At first grimace, the role of social media in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections looked a lot like the role it played in the 2016, when the hijacking of tech platforms by foreign agents and domestic opportunists became one of the major subplots of Donald Trump’s victory and sparked a series of high-profile congressional inquiries. Despite all of the backlash, all the scrutiny, all the promises made by the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to do better, the boogeymen that reared their head then are still snarling today. That’s dispiriting, because the tech companies had two years to prepare, and untold resources at their disposal. Facebook even had a well-staffed election ‘war room’ tasked with finding and addressing the very kinds of hoaxes that continued to crop up throughout the election cycle. If they haven’t fixed things by now, well: When will they?”

CogDogBlog: Instagram Adpot: #count6 numbers decreasing. “It was back in March 2016 I started noticing first the presence, than the patterned appearance of what Instagram calls ‘sponsored’, a fancy name for the kind of advertising that can be mistaken for content. I had a #count6 thing going, and collected my own data, collecting the position in my Instragram aglo-feed of such things. The first one was always 4th.” Cram cram cram cram cram…. Good morning, Internet…

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