France Real Estate, Google Photos, Image Editing, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, April 29, 2019


From the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance, via a PDF in French which I had to run through Google Translate: Gérald DARMANIN announces the publication and opening in open data data on the occasion of a hackathon in Bercy. “In application of the law for a State in the service of a trust company (ESSOC) scope and implementation by the Minister of Action and Public Accounts, the Directorate General of Public Finance (DGFiP) today published the full land data over the last 5 years.” From my fumbling through the press release, I believe this is real estate data for all France.


PC Magazine Australia: How to Organise Pictures in Google Photos. “Taking the time to organize your Live Albums will save a lot of manual work in the long run. For example, if you create a family album, every photo will end up in the same place without the need to move any assets, from the family Thanksgiving selfie to a stray picture of your sister. If you’re conducting a photo shoot, you can keep photos organized based on the subject of the picture. You can even share a link to an album with your parents or clients so they can take a look at the contents of the folders.”

MakeUseOf: 7 Simple Single-Purpose Online Photo-Editing Apps to Bookmark. “There are countless photo-editing apps out there. But these are often serious programs that allow you to tweak every little detail of your image to make them Instagram-ready. However, at times, you may just want to perform a quick edit without having to learn the ropes. So here are the simple, single-purpose photo-editing apps you need to bookmark.”


Tubefilter: Hit Instagram Account ‘The Shade Room’ Unveils First Original Series Slate. “The Shade Room (TSR), a buzzy Instagram account founded in 2014 to celebrate black culture and furnish entertainment gossip, is getting into the original content business. The company’s first original shows will roll out later this year — developed by an all-female production team — exclusively on Instagram. The Shade Room, which was founded by 28-year-old entrepreneur Angelica Nwandu, counts 15 million followers and receives 1.5 billion impressions per week.”

New York Times: Regulators Around the World Are Circling Facebook. “Regulators on four continents are preparing for a long-awaited showdown with Facebook, after years of disinterest and half-steps. They largely have the same goal: changing the social media company’s behavior. Figuring out how is the hard part.”

California Lutheran University: Students documenting nuclear shelters. “The students, all born since the Cold War ended, will try to identify, map and photograph every shelter in The Dales development with permission from homeowners. In their past visits to fallout shelters throughout Southern California,[Michaela] Reaves’ students have found some stocked with decades-old cans, clothes and magazines. The students will return to interview residents who have Cold War memories of the shelters. Eventually, Reaves plans to share the information through an online resource and a public event.”


Bloomberg: Ex-Google Star Rubin Spars to Keep Divorce Fallout Secret. “Andy Rubin, the Android creator at the center of a sex harassment scandal at Google, is fighting an uphill battle to block the public release of a lawsuit containing details of alleged sexual misconduct.”

BuzzFeed News: Exclusive: Google Is Banning A Play Store Developer With More Than Half A Billion App Installs. “As of today, 46 apps from DO Global, which is partly owned by internet giant Baidu, are gone from the Play store. BuzzFeed News also found that DO Global apps no longer offer ad inventory for purchase via Google’s AdMob network, suggesting the ban has also been extended to the internet giant’s ad products.”


Search Engine Land: Younger users rely on snippets and knowledge panel, often don’t click, survey says. “A new consumer survey about Google SERP engagement, from Path Interactive , finds organic search results still dominate user attention but younger searchers are more inclined to look to content in Featured Snippets and the Knowledge Panel without clicking through to third-party sites. This phenomenon has been dubbed ‘no-click’ search results and is a worrying trend for many publishers.”

BMC Public Health: How did Ebola information spread on twitter: broadcasting or viral spreading? . “Information and emotions towards public health issues could spread widely through online social networks. Although aggregate metrics on the volume of information diffusion are available, we know little about how information spreads on online social networks. Health information could be transmitted from one to many (i.e. broadcasting) or from a chain of individual to individual (i.e. viral spreading). The aim of this study is to examine the spreading pattern of Ebola information on Twitter and identify influential users regarding Ebola messages.” Good evening, Internet…

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