PLOS: PLOS Supports Net Neutrality to Ensure Global Access to the Scientific Literature

PLOS: PLOS Supports Net Neutrality to Ensure Global Access to the Scientific Literature. “PLOS works to remove barriers to public access of scientific research. Typically, these barriers are considered in terms of copyrights and journal subscriptions, but unfettered access to network infrastructure also contributes to supporting readers’ access to scientific literature. In simple terms, unencumbered dissemination of scientific research depends on a fair Internet. The provision of a fair and open Internet lies in the hands of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and government agencies that regulate these providers. PLOS supported the July 12, 2017 Day of Action in the United States, led by Battle for the Net, aimed at publicizing the issues surrounding Open Internet Rules and their critical role in maintaining Internet freedoms as currently in place.”

‘Jack-of-all-trades, master of none’: Why Mashable flamed out (Digiday)

Digiday: ‘Jack-of-all-trades, master of none’: Why Mashable flamed out. “Few images better capture the unfettered optimism and indignity of digital media than 2014 at South by Southwest, where a line of hoodie-wearing attendees snaked around the block at Mashable House, a pop-up lounge run by the tech news site, to get their picture taken with Grumpy Cat. Nearby, AOL ‘digital prophet’ Shingy swung on a Mashable-branded wrecking ball.”

IQ: Global Google Crackdown On Ticket Resellers

IQ: Global Google Crackdown On Ticket Resellers. “Secondary ticketing websites will from January 2018 be subject to stringent restrictions on their use of Google AdWords, as the search engine giant cracks down on ticket resellers’ controversial gaming of its online advertising platform.”

Lost over Google Translate: Rail safety message makes a mess of Marathi in Mumbai (Hindustan Times)

Hindustan Times: Lost over Google Translate: Rail safety message makes a mess of Marathi in Mumbai. “A railway campaign urging Mumbai train commuters to use foot over-bridges (FOBs) safely has got lost in translation. English and Hindi messages on stickers pasted on the steps of the FOBs, were translated into Marathi, but the job was botched up. Stickers on the FOB steps at Santacruz and Goregaon railway stations, which read: ‘Krupaya lahan chendu gheu naka’. In Marathi, this means: ‘Please do not use small ball’. What the WR intended to convey: ‘Please do not use short cuts’.”

Phys.org: New database catalogues plants that soak up contamination

Phys.org: New database catalogues plants that soak up contamination. “Hyperaccumulators are unusual plants that can absorb much larger amounts of metal compounds in their leaves and stems than normal plants, and they are very useful for cleaning up contaminated land. As described in a New Phytologist article, researchers have published a database that provides easier access to information on the plant world’s hyperaccumulators.”

The Next Web: Facebook’s testing an Instagram-style ‘Collections’ feature for saved posts

The Next Web: Facebook’s testing an Instagram-style ‘Collections’ feature for saved posts. “Facebook is trialing a new feature that should make it easier to rifle through your saved posts and find the ones you actually want to revisit. It’s called Collections, and it’s similar to the Instagram feature of the same name that launched in April: in addition to saving posts from your feed to an ever-expanding list you can retrieve later, you’ll now be able to organize these into folders for easy retrieval.”

Hello Giggles: Instagram wants everyone to see your live conversations with your bestie with this new feature

Hello Giggles: Instagram wants everyone to see your live conversations with your bestie with this new feature. “Just when you think Instagram has become the best version of itself, the app went and created a new feature you’re about to be obsessed with. With Instagram’s latest update, you can ‘go live’ with another person — as in, someone else, somewhere else, who has their phone on them too. You and your bestie have always said your conversations were funny and/or insightful enough to make you famous, right? Well, Instagram just gave you the platform to test it — literally.”