Flipboard, Mapillary, Facebook Alternatives, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 24, 2020


CNET: Flipboard launches Storyboard feature for creating packages around events, issues. “Flipboard, a popular news aggregator app, introduced on Thursday a curation feature that allows publishers to quickly create packages of stories, images and videos that focus on a specific event or issue.”

TechCrunch: Mapillary, the crowdsourced database of street-level imagery, has been acquired by Facebook. “Mapillary, the Swedish startup that wants to take on Google and others in mapping the world via a crowdsourced database of street-level imagery, has been acquired by Facebook, according to the company’s blog. Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed.” Ugh.


Make Tech Easier: Fed Up With Facebook? Here Are 5 Alternatives . “Competing social networks, regardless of how good their features are, tend to be under-populated simply because they haven’t accumulated the necessary critical mass of people. If you’re looking to diversify your social media, the Facebook alternatives below, tiny as they are in comparison, are some of your best bets.”

Tom’s Guide: How to create a website with Google Sites. “Google Sites is a website builder from Google that you can use to create fairly advanced websites in just minutes. The platform uses a drag-and-drop editor, so you don’t even have to touch HTML code to build a new website. Perhaps the best part about creating a Google Sites website is that it’s completely free. You just need a Google account to start using it. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up a new website with Google Sites.”


BetaNews: Windows 10’s Mail app is deleting Gmail users’ emails. “The bug causes sent emails to be deleted, meaning there is no way to check past correspondence. While numerous people have used Microsoft Answers to report the issue, Microsoft is yet to acknowledge the problem. There are, however, a couple of workarounds you can try if you are affected.”

CNN: Twitter puts warning on Trump tweet for ‘threat of harm’ against DC protesters. “Twitter on Tuesday put a warning label on a tweet from President Donald Trump in which he warned if protesters tried to set up an ‘autonomous zone’ in Washington DC they would be ‘met with serious force!'”


ZDNet: Adobe wants users to uninstall Flash Player by the end of the year. “Adobe plans to prompt users and ask them to uninstall Flash Player from their computers by the end of the year when the software is scheduled to reach End-Of-Life (EOL), on December 31, 2020. The move was announced in a new Flash Player EOL support page that Adobe published earlier this month, six months before the EOL date.”


BusinessWire: The Institution of Engineering and Technology and Wiley Announce Open Access Publishing Partnership (PRESS RELEASE). “Under the terms of the publishing agreement, the IET will transition its entire hybrid subscription journals portfolio to a gold OA model, joining its existing gold open access journals, to create a leading collection of engineering and technology open access journals. The IET is working with its existing stakeholders to make this transition.”

Phys .org: Study shows nearly no universities ready to deal with social media crisis. “Not so long ago, social media was a novel way for professionals in higher education to communicate about their institution. Now it’s ubiquitous, and a generation of students are on campus who have never known life without it. Yet, a University of Kansas study shows nearly no institution is ready to deal with a social media-fueled crisis, even if they have policies in place to do so.”

Ohio State News: Candidates who use humor on Twitter may find the joke is on them. “Political candidates’ use of humor on social media could sometimes backfire on them with potential supporters, new research suggests. People were more likely to view messages using humor as inappropriate for a political candidate they didn’t know, the study found. That led participants to rate a candidate using humor as less credible than one who didn’t – and less likely to get their vote.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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