Quartz: A new website makes it easy to license cartoons for your slideshows. “Bob Mankoff is on a mission to build the ‘Amazon for cartoons.’ With a new venture Cartoon Collections, the 74-year-old longtime New Yorker cartoon editor wants create a one-stop shop for anyone looking for a jolt of graphic humor. The online image bank features works by more than 70 cartoonists whose work have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy Magazine, and National Lampoon.” I don’t often cover ecommerce/licensing type sites, but I love the sliding scale for the licensing costs.
Yahoo News: Indonesia to launch startup database as reference for digital industry development. “Indonesia is enjoying a massive growth of its digital industry, as indicated by the increasing number of tech startups operating in the country. It even managed to have four unicorn startups already; the second biggest number in Southeast Asia after Singapore. To support President Joko Widodo’s Digital Energy of Asia vision, it is not sufficient for Indonesia to rely solely on initiatives by industry stakeholders. There is also an urgency to support the vision by providing a comprehensive startup database.”
University of Adelaide: World’s First Global Vegetation Database. “Which plant species grow where – and why? An international research team, including from the University of Adelaide, has produced the world’s first global vegetation database which contains over 1.1 million complete lists of plant species for all terrestrial ecosystems.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
TechCrunch: Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals . “Facebook’s founder is facing pressure to accept an invite from eight international parliaments, with lawmakers wanting to question him about negative impacts his social network is having on democratic processes globally. Last week Facebook declined a invitation from five of these parliaments.”
BBC: Instagram targets fake likes and comments. “Photo-sharing platform Instagram has announced a new initiative that will target fake likes and comments. The company say they have developed tools that can identify accounts that use third-party services and apps to artificially boost their popularity. Any accounts violating will be warned and told to change their password.”
Lexology: A Quick Guide to DIY Patent Searching. “Researching your field of technology before preparing to file a patent application is a wise move. Something many inventors and potential applicants don’t know is that a number of patent databases are publicly available. Wondering where to start? Read on…”
MakeUseOf: 3 Impressive Google Docs Scripts to Automate Your Documents. “There are many good reasons you should be using cloud-based Google Docs rather than application-based word processing apps like Microsoft Word. One of the most important is that you can create some very useful automations using powerful Google Scripts. Here are three scripts that let you build a document from user prompts, import Google Analytics into a Google Doc report, and create a document from a Google Sheet file.”
Mashable: People are freaking out over this iPhone cursor trick. “This quick trick makes texting way easier, and people can’t believe it’s existed this whole time. Trying to drag the iPhone cursor is always a hassle; no matter how precise you try to be, your fat thumbs will always get in the way of typing. It’s almost less effort to delete the text and start from scratch.” I didn’t know about this either. If you did, great. If you didn’t, check it out.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
CNET: Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and bitcoin top this year’s list of Tech Turkeys. “For generations, the president of the United States has ushered in the holiday season by pardoning a turkey, saving it from the Thanksgiving dinner table. Unfortunately for the tech industry, there’s no saving its turkeys. The list of tech screwups, blunders and embarrassments is long this year. And much of it intersects with politics because Facebook, Twitter, Google and Reddit are now ground zero for election interference, fake news, hacking and online troll wars that spill into the real world.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
The Baltic Course: 120 gigabytes documents leaked out of SRS database in Latvia. “The Latvian State Television (LTV) news magazine show “De facto” reported last night about the leak of 7.4 million documents (120 gigabytes) from the State Revenue Service’s (SRS) electronic declaration system (EDS).”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Pingdom: Webpages Are Getting Larger Every Year, and Here’s Why it Matters. “Webpage size matters because it correlates with how fast users get to your content. People today have grown to expect good performance from the web. In fact, Google published data showing that 53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if a page takes longer than three seconds to load. And the more data your webpage needs to download, the longer it will take—particularly on slow mobile connections.” And the fancier your Web site is the harder it’ll be to make accessible.
ZDNet: Website geoblocking is not that widespread, study finds. “Geoblocking, the practice of websites blocking users from certain countries from accessing their content, is not as widespread as most people believe, a recently published study has revealed.” Good morning, Internet…
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