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We keep an eye out for the most interesting stories about Labby subjects: digital media, startups, the web, journalism, strategy, and more. Here’s some of what we’ve seen lately.
February 21, 2019
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Texas Monthly / Dan Goodgame / Feb 21
“Pinterest, the visual social network, faced scrutiny in 2016 after a scientific study found that 75% of posts related to vaccines were negative. The next year, Pinterest updated its ‘community guidelines’ to explicitly ban ‘promotion of false cures for terminal or chronic illnesses and anti-vaccination advice’ under a broader policy against misinformation that ‘has immediate and detrimental effects on a pinner’s health or on public safety.'”
The Guardian / Julia Carrie Wong / Feb 21
HTTPS has grown in popularity (for news sites and others) in part because, by encrypting communication between a web browser and a web server, it limited governments’ ability to eavesdrop on or censor web activity. But South Korean censors are now using Server Name Indication filtering to grab web addresses just before they’re encrypted. More detail here. JB
KBS World Radio / Kim Bum-soo / Feb 21
“The conference will focus on key elements of the upcoming presidential race, while examining how a more forward-looking, responsive type of coverage can better serve voters and adapt to fast-changing narratives. Above all else, the conference strives to be as user-friendly for reporters as possible, equipping them with practical tools and tips to cover the campaign ahead.” Panelists include Margaret Sullivan, Lydia Polgreen, Chuck Todd, and Ben Smith.
Nieman Foundation / Feb 21
“The blue-blood punctuation mark, named after the Oxford University Press, acts as a social signifier, a sieve for the bookish and studious (and, perhaps, pretentious). It suggests personality traits that extend far beyond punctuation preferences.”
GQ / Kieran Dahl / Feb 21
“Hackers have stolen nearly $2 billion worth of cryptocurrency since the beginning of 2017, mostly from exchanges, and that’s just what has been revealed publicly. These are not just opportunistic lone attackers, either. Sophisticated cybercrime organizations are now doing it too.”
MIT Technology Review / Mike Orcutt / Feb 21
“Over half of respondents said that subscriber revenue will be their most important revenue line in 2019, ahead of native and display advertising.”
Digiday / Lucinda Southern / Feb 21
“New estimates from eMarketer show that US advertisers will spend more than $129 billion on digital advertising in 2019 — more than the $109 billion they plan to spend on ‘traditional’ advertising.”
Recode / Kurt Wagner / Feb 21
“Jimenez isn’t trying to replace the weather news you can get from your phone or local meteorologists but add context and utility. He localized a California wildfire story when a man and his daughter lost their home and stuck with their plans to come to Dallas to see the Cowboys. He looked into which Texas cities have the coolest summers and why Texas pecans will cost so much this year.”
Poynter / Kristen Hare / Feb 21
“How should courts treat cases in which a robot generates a defamatory statement? Legal and tech experts believe now is the time to decide.”
RJI / Peter Georgiev / Feb 21