Rules of Origin, Australia Radio, Pinterest: Sunday ResearchBuzz, October 20, 2019


World Trade Organization: New rules of origin initiative to help firms better utilize trade preferences. “Presented to WTO members at a 17 October meeting of the Committee on Rules of Origin, the Rules of Origin Facilitator provides firms with free access to a unique searchable database on duty savings in trade agreements, and the corresponding rules of origin. Users can search the tool by product name or product code, and access original documentation, including certificates of origin.”


AdNews: Australian radio industry links with Google devices. “The agreement between industry body Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) and the tech giant will make more than 300 AM, FM and DAB+ digital radio stations available with simple voice commands across Google Nest devices, including Nest Home and Nest Mini.”

Search Engine Journal: Pinterest Gives Users More Control Over Content on Their Home Feed . “Pinterest is making it easier to control the recommendations users see in their home feed with all-new settings. In addition, users will be able to see the boards, topics, followed accounts, and recent history that contribute to the recommendations shown in their home feed.”

WTOP: Facebook reaches licensing deal with News Corp for headlines. “News Corp. says it has reached a licensing deal with Facebook that lets the social network feature headlines from The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and other publications on its upcoming news section.”

TechCrunch: TikTok makes education push in India. “China’s TikTok today launched an education program in India as the popular short-video app looks to expand its offering and assuage local authority in one of its biggest markets. This is the first time TikTok has launched a program of this kind in any market, a spokesperson told TechCrunch.”


MakeUseOf: 7 Tips to Help You Waste Less Time on Social Media . “This guide is aimed at those who still wish to keep social media in their lives while managing their time and energy better. From apps that help direct your time to following healthier social media content, we have a few tricks to keep you positive and ready for every day.”


Irish Times: Marian Keyes becomes first Irish writer to donate digital archive. “The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has announced details of a pilot scheme to expand the ways it collects the ‘born-digital’ story of Ireland – allowing content like videos and digital documents to become part of the national collections. The first to donate part of her digital archive is the author Marian Keyes following a request from the library.”

Fast Company: Supply-chain sources say Facebook Portal sales are ‘very low’. “Surprise, surprise. Facebook’s Portal video-chat device—which puts a camera and a sensitive microphone in your living room—isn’t flying off the shelves, say supply-chain sources and store sales reps. The device, which launched a little over a year ago, has been plagued by the privacy concerns of would-be buyers from the start.”

Ars Technica: When MS Paint ruled the fandom world: An innovative webcomic, 10 years later. “Homestuck is a product of its time. It’s built on media tropes from when it was written, and its aesthetic evolved with the Internet’s tastes, from jokes about TV shows and adventure games to social media and anime references as the story wrapped up in 2013. But one thing that remained constant and set a tone for how creators would operate online in the years that followed is the tight-knit relationship between Homestuck’s author and his fans.”


The Register: Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope’s Click to Pray eRosary app. “The technology behind the Catholic Church’s latest innovation, an electronic rosary, is so insecure, it can be trivially hacked to siphon off worshipers’ personal information.” The article also notes that the issues are “more embarrassing than life-threatening.”

Techdirt: California Governor Signs Bill Banning Facial Recognition Tech Use By State’s Law Enforcement Agencies. “The ban blocks the use of facial recognition tech by state law enforcement until the end of 2022. It also blocks the use of other biometric surveillance tech and prevents law enforcement from using existing biometric data to feed any predictive policing tools agencies might be using or planning on implementing.”


ScienceDaily: Use of social media is taking place both online and offline. “Social media has changed how people interact. However, social media use is neither static or specifically linked to certain platforms. Emerging technical capabilities, changes in lifestyle and time management as well as the increasing possibilities to engage in online and offline interaction simultaneously affect our use of social media.” Good morning, Internet…

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