Middle East Photography, Android Q, Facebook Notifications, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 3, 2019

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The Art Newspaper: Arab photography archive releases 22,000 historic images online. “The Arab Image Foundation, Beirut’s pioneering non-profit archive of Middle Eastern photography, has launched an online platform that makes 22,000 images from the collection accessible and searchable for the first time.”


Creative Commons: Looking forward and back: Five years at Creative Commons. “This month, I’ll mark five years as CEO at Creative Commons. That makes me the longest-serving CEO in the organization’s history, and it’s also the longest I’ve served with the same job title. Every day I get to work with some of the brightest, most dedicated staff and community members in the open movement. Anniversaries are a good time to reflect, and as we all arrive home from our annual CC Summit in Lisbon, I wanted to share a few reflections on where we’ve come from, and where we’re headed.”


Lifehacker: How To Enable Google Android Q’s Best Features Right Now. “Android Q is unquestionably Google’s biggest and most ambitious OS update yet. While the official release of Android Q is some way off, there are a few fun features you can play with right now via the latest beta. Here’s how it’s done.”

New York Times: Facebook’s Notifications Are Out of Control. Here’s How to Tame Them.. “With over two billion active users, it’s hard for Facebook to grow much more by adding new people. Instead, the company is focusing on engaging the users it already has, largely by pestering them with an endless stream of notifications.”


Mashable: What’s the deal with Yolo, the #1 app that’s taken over Snapchat . “There’s a new app that’s topping the App Store: Yolo. If you’re not a teen, or don’t spend a lot of time on Snapchat, you might not have heard of Yolo. But the app is undeniably a viral hit. It’s spent more than three weeks in the App Store’s top 10 apps and has held the top spot for nine days in total. The app has been downloaded about 5 million times since its release on May 2, according to data from analytics firm Sensor Tower.”

Ars Technica: Before Netscape: The forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s. “Update: It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the US, and the Ars staff has a long weekend accordingly. 2019 marks 30 years since Tim Berners-Lee worked at CERN and came up with a little idea known as the World Wide Web. As all of us do a little Web browsing this weekend, we thought resurfacing this piece outlining those early browsers might make all of us even appreciate Internet Explorer today. This story originally ran on Oct. 11, 2011, and it appears unchanged below.” Obviously not Memorial Day weekend now, but this sat in my Pocket queue for a bit. Still a good read, especially for those of use who used Cello, Mosaic, etc. In other words, get off my lawn…


Naked Capitalism: Consumer Contracts Restatement Delayed: Consumers Win…For Now. “Over the last several decades, US corporations have succeeded in making the legal system more business-friendly. Earlier this month, on May 21, consumers scored a small win, when the American Law Institute (ALI) failed to vote on its Restatement of the Law of Consumer Contracts – effectively shelving the project until at least this time next year. For the non-lawyers, this topic may appear to be abstruse and technical. Please stick with me.”


South China Morning Post: How Chinese universities are trapping academic copycats. “Students at Hunan University of Technology in central China get two chances. From May, each undergraduate has two opportunities to check their final dissertation with an online database to see how much of each paper’s content is copied from existing publications.”

Wired: The Glorious, Almost-Disconnected Boredom of My Walk in Japan. “I have configured servers, written code, built web pages, helped design products used by millions of people. I am firmly in the camp that believes technology is generally bending the world in a positive direction. Yet, for me, Twitter foments neurosis, Facebook sadness, Google News a sense of foreboding. Instagram turns me covetous. All of them make me want to do it—whatever ‘it’ may be—for the likes, the comments. I can’t help but feel that I am the worst version of myself, being performative on a very short, very depressing timeline. A timeline of seconds.” This is a long read, but it’s a wonderful read. Please read it.


Boing Boing: This map shows the most Wikipedia’d residents of every town in the US. “From The Pudding: a zoomable people map that shows the name of the person with the most Wikipedia traffic for any given city.” I looked up my city and it was an actress I never heard of. My fault, not her; she’s apparently quite famous. Once again ResearchBuzz reminds me that I don’t know anything about anything. Good afternoon, Internet…

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