Los Angeles Times: Instagram launches location and hashtag stories. “The photo and video sharing app on Tuesday launched location and hashtag stories, allowing users to search for a location, such as Santa Monica, or a hashtag, such as #dimsum, and view a related collection of publicly shared videos that Instagram users have recorded over the last 24 hours.”
How to Use Google Forms for Your Business. “When you need to create a form for your business, it is essential that you have an easy-to-use tool. This is where Google Forms can come in to help you. With useful templates, helpful features, and an intuitive interface, you can quickly build and customize the exact form you need.” Nice overview.
Gizmodo: Facebook Makes Bullsh*t Claim It Would Take ‘Wonder Machine’ to Track Hate Speech. [Asterisk added by me.] “On Monday, a Syrian refugee named Anas Modamani and his lawyer appeared in a Würzburg courtroom to duke it out with Mark Zuckerberg’s social network. Modamani sued Facebook over a 2015 selfie he took with German chancellor Angela Merkel. The photo went viral, but it also began to appear with statements saying Modamani was a terror suspect, and a number of fake news reports shared on Facebook falsely linked him to terror attacks in Brussels and Berlin. In court, Modamani’s lawyer Chan-jo Jun argued that Facebook has the technical capability to detect the selfie and prevent it from being spread further.”
Some serious security issues in Ubuntu Linux have recently been patched. “Donncha O’Cearbhaill, an Irish security researcher, found a remote execution bug in Ubuntu. This security hole, which first appeared in Ubuntu 12.10, makes it possible for malicious code to be injected into your system when you open a booby-trapped file. This can be used to crash your system or run malware. It does not — a small blessing — enable attackers to become the root user.”
MIT Technology Review: Google’s Long, Strange Life Span Trip. “Why does a mole rat live 30 years but a mouse only three? With $1.5 billion in the bank, Google’s anti-aging spinout Calico is rich enough to find out.”
Do you have a Google My Business page? You need this. “Google quietly added a new features to Google My Business Settings at business.google.com/settings that let’s you configure when and how you’d like to get notifications about changes or additions to your business listings on Google.” Google My Business has been awful ever since Google mushed it up with Google+, IMHO. So much better when it was just Google Local.
Is Instagram going to get its own live video feature? (And does anyone else wonder why Facebook doesn’t do more to integrate Instagram instead of developing all these features in parallel? No? Just me? Okay.)
“After adding the Snapchat rip-off Stories features to Instagram, Facebook is now reportedly working on a new feature, which is similar to the Facebook’s Live feature. The upcoming feature will be called as ‘Go Insta’.”