TechCrunch: HyperScience, the machine learning startup tackling data entry, raises $30 million Series B. “HyperScience, the machine learning company that turns human readable data into machine readable data, has today announced the close of a $30 million Series B funding round led by Stripes Group, with participation from existing investors FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures, as well as new investors Battery Ventures, Global Founders Capital, TD Ameritrade and QBE.”
New York Times: AT&T to Advertise on YouTube Again After a Nearly 2-Year Holdout. “AT&T thinks YouTube is safe for advertisers again. The company, one of the nation’s biggest marketers, yanked its dollars from YouTube in 2017 because its ads were appearing alongside offensive videos. But on Friday, AT&T said it had been persuaded to resume advertising on the video platform.”
British Library: Gorgeous manuscripts galore. “One of our favourite online resources is the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. It has recently been updated to include fifteen new manuscripts and lots more images.” Beautiful as always!
TechCrunch: Facebook is secretly building LOL, a cringey teen meme hub. “How do you do, fellow kids? After Facebook Watch, Lasso and IGTV failed to become hits with teens, the company has been quietly developing another youthful video product. Multiple sources confirm that Facebook has spent months building LOL, a special feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips.” I think I just rolled my eyes so hard they got stuck.
Make: Zine: Adafruit, Cartoon Network, and Microsoft Join Forces To Get Kids Into Making. “A wonderful collaboration has begun that I think will usher in a whole new group of young makers. Adafruit, Cartoon Network, and Microsoft MakeCode are joining up to inspire people to make projects based on their favorite cartoons. There are a few really cool aspects all coming together at the same time that make this something that I think will do quite well.”
Neowin: Redesigned Facebook Messenger app is now rolling out globally to all users . “Facebook announced a major overhaul of Messenger during its annual F8 conference back in May 2018. The revamp was aimed at de-cluttering the app and making it more usable. The company itself admitted in early 2018 that while it had added a whole bunch of features over the years, the app had lost its simplicity. As promised, Messenger version 4 slowly began rolling out in October, bringing with it the much-awaited overhaul.”
Boing Boing: Twitch Presents is streaming classic ‘Doctor Who’ thru most of January. “I stopped watching Doctor Who after the War Doctor episode. I’ve never watched again, and I wasn’t going to — I completely lost interest. I just happened across Twitch Presents streaming some old Tom Baker and it is too good to pass up.” It has already started but runs through January 25, so you still have some time to settle down on the couch with a long scarf and some Jelly Babies.