PetaPixel: ‘Lockhart’s List’ is a Massive New Camera Database for Leica Collectors. “Described as an interactive database of proprietary information for over 1.5 million serial numbers of Leica M39 and M-mount cameras, Lockhart’s List aims to provide accurate value determinations for collectors and dealers by providing a way to pinpoint the serial number of a camera that can then reveal the model, year, and batch quantity.”
Forests News: New citizen science platform allows everyone to shape agroecological transitions . “Developed together with the Agroecology Map team, the One Million Voices of Agroecology platform easily allows users – be those farmers, producer organizations, consumers or anyone else interested in agroecology – to characterize and evaluate their diverse agroecological practices and locate them on a worldwide map.”
PR Newswire: Digital Advertising Alliance Launches Opt-Out Functionality for Hashed Phone Number Identifiers (PRESS RELEASE). “Through the newly updated Tool, an individual can submit an email or phone number through the same hashing process, so participating companies can opt that token out of IBA. The DAA does not use the hashed identifier for any purposes except the opt-out process, and the hashed versions are automatically deleted after 30 days.” I tried it. Very fast, very easy.
AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD
Independent: TV archive boss says lost Doctor Who episodes are ‘out there’ – but collectors refuse to share them. “Chris Perry, CEO of the TV archive organisation Kaleidoscope, has now told Radio Times that the lost episodes – featuring William Hartnell as the first Doctor and Patrick Troughton as the second – are known to still exist in some form. However, the collectors in possession of the lost episodes are said to be refusing to share the broadcasts with the world.”
NBC News: Inside the online world of people who think they can change their race. “Since before she hit double digits, Alisa, 15, said she has felt a special connection with Japan. The high school student, who asked to be anonymous for fear of being doxxed online, was born in Ukraine and lives in Maryland, but she now goes by the Japanese name Miyuki and listens to ‘subliminals’ that promise she will wake up and be Japanese. So far, she believes that by listening to YouTube videos with lo-fi music and photos of East Asian facial features while she sleeps, her vision has cleared, her eyelids have become smaller and her hair is just a bit darker.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
Publishers Weekly: Judgment Phase of Internet Archive Copyright Case Appears Imminent. “It’s now been more than four months since a federal judge found the Internet Archive liable for copyright infringement for its program to scan and lend library books. But after a court order late last week, the parties finally appear headed toward the judgment phase of the litigation.”
CNBC: Amazon employees leak secret info that marketplace sellers can buy on Telegram. “For the millions of sellers who make up the booming Amazon marketplace, few things are as perpetually concerning as the threat of getting suspended for alleged wrongdoing and watching business evaporate overnight. Helping third-party sellers recover their accounts has turned into a large and lucrative enterprise, because the only way the merchants can get back up and running is to admit guilt and correct the issue or show sufficient evidence that they did nothing wrong. The process is often costly, lengthy and fraught with challenges. Enter the illicit broker.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Knowledge @ Wharton: Hey Google, Does Voice Search Yield Better Results Than Typing?. “New research from Wharton marketing professor Shiri Melumad reveals that the method of query makes a big difference in the quality of search results. When consumers use voice technology to dictate their search, rather than type it, their search yields better answers that are more precisely tailored to what they are looking for online.”
Cornell University: Researchers prefer same-gender co-authors, study confirms. “Researchers are more likely to pen scientific papers with co-authors of the same gender, a pattern that cannot be simply explained by the varying gender representation across scientific disciplines and time, according to joint research from Cornell and the University of Washington.”
The Conversation: Conspiracy theories: how social media can help them spread and even spark violence. “In our recent study, we set out to understand exactly why and how conspiracy theories persist and persevere over time on social media. We found that social media can help breed a shared identity toward conspiracy theory radicalisation by acting as an echo chamber for such beliefs. The core characteristics of social media play a critical role in building and reinforcing identity echo chambers.” Good afternoon, Internet…
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