Icon Magazine, Instagram, Pinterest , More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, October 10, 2019


PPA: Icon Magazine Completes 16-Year Digital Archive. “The newly-completed 16-year digital archive consists of 197 issues to date and will continue growing as each new issue is published. Published by Media 10, Icon is an international architecture and design magazine, featuring interviews with industry professionals as well as the best new buildings and designs. Analysing interesting cultural movements and technologies and reviewing a range of exhibitions, books, films and events, the monthly magazine gets under the skin of design culture.” Not free.


Hypebeast: Instagram Launches “On This Day” Function to Bring Back Your Favorite Memories. “If you’re a fan of Throwback Thursdays, you’ll love what Instagram has just implemented. Much like its Facebook counterpart, the mobile social platform will now suggest old memories from your feed through a new function called ‘On This Day,’ which comes as part of the new Create mode Instagram is pushing out.”

TechCrunch: Pinterest launches a new ‘Lite’ app for emerging markets. “Pinterest is the latest tech company to introduce a ‘Lite’ version of its mobile application to meet the needs of users in emerging markets. With Pinterest Lite, launched on Monday, users will benefit from a faster download and an app that takes up less storage space on their mobile device, the company says.”


Simon Willison: Tracking PG&E outages by scraping to a git repo. “PG&E have cut off power to several million people in northern California, supposedly as a precaution against wildfires. As it happens, I’ve been scraping and recording PG&E’s outage data every 10 minutes for the past 4+ months. This data got really interesting over the past two days! The original data lives in a GitHub repo (more importantly in the commit history of that repo).”


New York Times: The Radical Guidebook Embraced by Google Workers and Uber Drivers. “Just before 20,000 Google employees left their desks last fall to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment, a debate broke out among the hundreds of workers involved in formulating a list of demands. Some workers argued that they could win fairer pay policies and a full accounting of harassment claims by filing lawsuits or seeking to unionize.”

CNET: Apple pulls app used in Hong Kong protests. “Apple has removed, a mapping app that crowdsources the location of police and protesters in Hong Kong, from the App Store, saying it violated the store’s guidelines and local laws. The move comes after the iPhone maker was sharply criticized by the Chinese state newspaper and accused of facilitating illegal behavior by allowing the app.”


Reuters: Google begins responding to Texas antitrust investigators’ data demands. “Texas officials managing a sprawling investigation of the advertising practices at Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google have begun receiving data from the search and advertising giant after two previous probes bogged down in extended document fights.”


Los Angeles Times: Column: Facebook’s bogus video claims just cost it $40 million, but they caused much more damage. “Facebook doesn’t deserve all the blame for the carnage. The truth is that there was never a great deal of evidence to suggest that online users liked video much, especially when their goal was to obtain information. The impression that video was the coming thing was fueled by occasional clips that went viral. But these often were undernourishing curiosities, such as BuzzFeed’s famous 2016 exploding watermelon stunt (currently notched at 11 million views on Facebook).”

Phys .org: New tool visualizes nature’s benefits worldwide. “Nature supports people in critical ways, often at a highly local level. Wild bees buzz through farms, pollinating vegetables as they go. Nearby, wetlands might remove chemicals from the farm’s runoff, protecting a community drinking water source. In communities all around the world, nature’s contributions are constantly flowing to people. Scientists have mapped these contributions at local levels for years, but a new Stanford-led study puts these local analyses on an interactive global map that emphasizes nature’s declining ability to protect people from water pollution, coastal storms and under-pollinated crops.” Good evening, Internet…

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