University of Arkansas: A Belated Gift: U.S. Copyright and the Public Domain. “The University Libraries launched a new digital exhibit in celebration of Public Domain Day Jan. 1. ‘A Belated Gift: U.S. Copyright and the Public Domain,’ which features Arkansan contributions from 1923 that are now in the public domain, is available to researchers worldwide, free of charge.” Not a huge collection, but interesting.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
New York Times: YouTube Moves to Make Conspiracy Videos Harder to Find. “Whether it is a video claiming the earth is flat or the moon landing was faked, conspiracy theories are not hard to find on Google’s YouTube. But in a significant policy change, YouTube said on Friday that it planned to stop recommending them.”
BetaNews: Download your Flickr photos NOW if you don’t want to lose them. “Three months ago, Flickr announced sweeping changes to its different accounts, the most significant of which was the news that anyone with a free account would be limited to storing 1,000 photos online. If you are a Flickr user with a free account, you may well have already noticed that you are unable to upload any more photos — the new limit kicked on in January 8. But in under two weeks, Flickr will not only prevent you from uploading photos that tip you over the magic number, it will start actively deleting files to keep you within the 1,000 limit.”
Mashable: Facebook is combining Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp infrastructure into one, report says. “Facebook’s tentacles are starting to look more and more alike. A new report from the New York Times says that Facebook is integrating all of its messaging platforms — Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp — into the same infrastructure. The services would remain distinct, but the back-end connections between the three apps would grow into one master messaging platform.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Sites to Download Free and Copyright-Free Music for YouTube Videos. “Don’t post a video on YouTube with background music from a copyrighted source. It’s probably going to be taken down. Instead, get free and royalty-free music from one of these sites.” Of course, even if it is public domain, YouTube might flag it anyway.
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
The Guardian: Thailand’s military junta cracks down on social media ahead of election. “Social media campaigning will be heavily restricted in the upcoming Thai election, in a move political parties claim will gag freedom of expression and directly affect younger voters.”
The Stage: Danish start-up to launch ‘LinkedIn for opera artists’. “A Danish start-up hoping to overhaul the talent-booking process for opera has launched a platform that aims to foster closer relationships between artists and organisations. Founded by Danish opera singer Sune Hjerrild, Truelinked will launch in the UK later this year as an online platform for artists to connect directly with organisations, described as a professional self-management system.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
ZDNet: DailyMotion discloses credential stuffing attack. “Video sharing platform DailyMotion announced on Friday that it was the victim of a credential stuffing attack, ZDNet has learned. Credentials stuffing is a security term that describes a type of cyber-attack where hackers take combinations of usernames and passwords leaked from other sites and use them to gain illegal access on accounts on another site.”
The Verge: Crucial biometric privacy law survives Illinois court fight. “Privacy advocates won a crucial court victory on Friday, as the Illinois Supreme Court dismissed a case that would have pared back a state law limiting the use of facial recognition and other biometrics.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
MIT Technology Review: Crowdsourced maps should help driverless cars navigate our cities more safely. “Our current street maps aren’t much good for helping driverless cars get around. Although we’ve mapped most roads, they get updated only every couple of years. And these maps don’t log any roadside infrastructure such as road signs, driveways, and lane markings. Without this extra layer of information, it will be much harder to get autonomous cars to navigate our cities safely. Robotic deliveries, too, will eventually require precise details of road surfaces, sidewalks, and obstacles.”
TechCrunch: The facts about Facebook. “The predecessor to Facebook was a ‘hot or not’ game called ‘FaceMash’ that you hacked together while drinking beer in your Harvard dormroom. Your late night brainwave was to get fellow students to rate each others’ attractiveness — and you weren’t at all put off by not being in possession of the necessary photo data to do this. You just took it; hacking into the college’s online facebooks and grabbing people’s selfies without permission. Blogging about what you were doing as you did it, you wrote: ‘I almost want to put some of these faces next to pictures of some farm animals and have people vote on which is more attractive.’ Just in case there was any doubt as to the ugly nature of your intention. ”
Michigan State University: Putting Understudied Terrorists Under A Microscope. “Bombs exploding, hostages taken and masked gunmen firing machine guns are all types of terrorist attacks we’ve seen. According to new Michigan State University research, it’s the attacks we don’t see – cyberattacks – that happen more often and can cause greater destruction.” Good morning, Internet…
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