Citrus Fruit Crate Labels, Security Keys, Reddit, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, October 14, 2019


Florida Memory has launched a new collection of citrus fruit crate labels. From the collection page: “Most of the labels in this collection advertise citrus fruits, but corn, celery, cucumbers, cabbage, avocados and other fruits and vegetables are also represented. The labels range in size from the standard 9-inch square label that was placed at the indented end of a wooden shipping crate, to the 6-inch square and 3-by-9-inch labels that were used for half boxes and gift boxes.” There are over 600 labels in the collection. If you’re interested in advertising / graphic design, take a glance.


BetaNews: Google launches USB-C Titan security key. “Does your laptop have USB-A ports? Gross! Don’t you know no one uses them anymore? Everyone uses USB-C now. I am, of course, being facetious — USB-C, while great, still has a long way to go before dethroning the ubiquitous Type A. With that said, there are computers that are USB-C only, such as Apple’s MacBook Pro. Owners of those computers have to get dongles to use their USB-A devices. Tomorrow, however, Google is making it possible to ditch the dongle when using a Titan security key.”

Mashable: Reddit wants more teen users. Can Snapchat help?. “Reddit might be the ‘front page of the internet,’ a hotbed of memes and viral videos, but the site’s not known for being particularly popular with teens. The company wants to change that. So Reddit is launching a new integration with Snapchat, rolling out new sharing features that allow Reddit users to share posts directly to the Snapchat app.”


Popular Science: Your smartphone is gross. Learn how to clean it properly . “With most phones now at least water resistant—if not waterproof—and designed to take a few knocks, cleaning your phone won’t be difficult, so you won’t accidentally end up with an overpriced paperweight. But it is a good idea to keep most of your normal cleaning products and any abrasive materials in the cupboards.” I find having a case really helps a lot, too…

Search Engine Journal: A Complete Guide to Google Maps Marketing. “Google Maps marketing is simply the optimization of your business presence on Google Maps. The goal is simple: by ranking higher in search, you have an opportunity to significantly increase your business. The better your profile optimization, the better your chances are for showing up in a Google Maps search for your business type in your area.” A good outline for the major steps you need to take.


Politico: Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s private meetings with conservative pundits. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to discuss issues like free speech and discuss partnerships.”

The Guardian: Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl. “…the blogosphere met the three criteria for such a public sphere: universal access; rational debate (any topic could be raised by any participant); and the disregard of social rank. And as with the Usenet groups of the early, pre-web internet, it was full of vigorous and sometimes raucous discussion. But then along came social media, in the shape of Facebook (2004), YouTube (2005) and Twitter (2006) in particular.”


Wall Street Journal: Congress Probes Bot-Generated Social-Media Messages About E-Cigarettes. “A congressional committee and the Massachusetts attorney general are investigating whether millions of bot-generated social-media messages about e-cigarettes have been misleading consumers about safety and health issues.”

Reuters: Google’s fight against EU antitrust fine to be heard February 12-14 at EU court . “Alphabet unit Google’s fight against a 2.4-billion-euro ($2.64 billion) EU antitrust fine will be played out over three days in February 2020 at Europe’s second-highest court, according to parties involved in the case.”


ScienceBlog: How Fake News Spreads Like A Real Virus. “When it comes to real fake news, the kind of disinformation that Russia deployed during the 2016 elections, ‘going viral’ isn’t just a metaphor. Using the tools for modelling the spread of infectious disease, cyber-risk researchers at Stanford Engineering are analyzing the spread of fake news much as if it were a strain of Ebola.” Good evening, Internet…

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