Is Apple Making Its Own Snapchat Competitor?

Is Apple working on its own Snapchat competitor? And if so, WHY? “Bloomberg reports that Apple is building its own Snapchat rival and the focus is on ease of use and speed. The app will enable users to shoot, edit, and upload the videos in less than a minute. Users may also have the option to send the videos to their contacts or share them across social media.”

Good E-Reader: Electronic paper revitalizes the museum

Good stuff from Good E-Reader: Electronic paper revitalizes the museum. “As the role of the museum slowly moves from a curator-led to an audience-led experience, the simple paper information card has increasingly been found lacking, contributing to a decrease in paid attendance in museums across the world. In response, museum label-making techniques have begun to change and evolve with the times and with new technology. The ultimate goal of this evolution is simple: an editable, real-time digital label; one that is simply and clearly just a label, but can be updated remotely, in response to certain events.”

Berkman Klein Center Releases New Materials for Teaching Students About the Internet

A new set of materials made available from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is designed to teach elementary-age students about the Internet. “Featuring Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius from PBS, ‘The Internet and You’ provides interactive lesson plans about digital privacy, search engines, online advertising, and the creation of positive online experiences that can be used in schools, after-school programs, and beyond. This free resource for educators, which includes worksheets kids can do at home with their parents or other caregivers, is now available on our Digital Literacy Resource Platform (DLRP), thanks to generous support from the Digital Media and Learning (DML) Trust Challenge grant. “

France Wants to Collect Royalties from Image Search Engines

Hoo boy: France Passes Copyright Law Demanding Royalties For Every Image Search Engines Index Online. “The Disruptive Competition Project is detailing yet another bad copyright law change in Europe — France, in particular, this time. Called the Freedom of Creation Act, it actually passed a few months ago, but people are just beginning to understand and comprehend the full horror of what’s happening. Basically, it will now require any site that indexes images on the internet (i.e., any image search engine) to pay royalties for each image to a collection society.” If the efforts of other governments to collect fees for publishing Google News snippets is any indication, this won’t work.

SmugMug Helping Rescue Photos from Recently-Shuttered Service Picturelife

Big kudos to SmugMug, which is helping rescue pictures lost when Picturelife shut down. “In all, some 200 million files were lost into the ones and zeroes of Internet history when Picturelife went under—but out of this sad tale came 200 million opportunities for SmugMug to be both altruistic, and maybe snag a customer or two for themselves. It’s important to note that it will cost you nothing to take advantage of this offer from SmugMug.”

Google Adds Content From US National Parks Service

More National Parks: Google’s got some new National Parks Service content. “This Google Arts & Culture exhibit and interactive documentary in honor of this month’s [National Parks Service] Centennial is available on the web and in the Google Arts & Culture App on iOS/Android. You can immerse yourself in 360-degree video tours through some of the most remote and breathtaking places in five different National Parks. … At each park, a local ranger guides you through places most people never get to go — spelunking through ancient caves at Carlsbad Caverns, flying above active volcanoes in Hawai’i, and swimming through the coral reefs of the Dry Tortugas in Florida.”

Dropbox Prompting Users With Old Passwords to Update

Using Dropbox? Have an old password? Dropbox wants you to update. “If you signed up for Dropbox prior to mid-2012 and haven’t changed your password since, you’ll be prompted to update it the next time you sign in. We’re doing this purely as a preventive measure, and there is no indication that your account has been improperly accessed. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”