Engadget: DNC claims Russians launched more phishing attacks after midterms. “The New York Times cites court documents filed by the Democratic National Committee that said it believes a Russian group launched a hacking attempt against it after last year’s midterm elections. The lawsuit alleges a conspiracy between President Trump’s campaign, Russian intelligence and Wikileaks targeting Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016.”
ABC News (Australia): Macquarie Dictionary word of the year goes to ‘me too’, in a year filled with digital uncertainty. “Oxford Dictionaries gave us toxic. For the Collins, it was single-use. The American Dialect Society chose tender-age shelter. It’s word of the year season, and the Australian votes are in.”
Search Engine Land: DuckDuckGo broke 9 billion searches in 2018, and it’s growing. “DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, posted on Twitter this week that in 2018 they surpassed 9 billion searches for the year. To give you a comparison, in 2016 they did 4 billion searches. Not too long ago, in October, they reported doing 30 million queries per day.”
New York Times: Clinton Envy, Mandela and a Horse: Glimpses From the U.K. Archives. “Every year, the British public gains access to declassified cables and sensitive memos from the top tiers of the government: glimpses of diplomatic outposts around the world, ministers’ thoughts scribbled in margins, and disputes between famous leaders, released by the country’s National Archives. And sometimes, the public gets to see notes about a horse.”
BuzzFeed News: These Are 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook In 2018. “For the third year in a row, BuzzFeed News compiled a list of 50 of the most viral false stories on Facebook and measured their total engagement on the platform. And in spite of a prediction from Facebook’s top anti-misinformation product manager that these articles would see a decline in engagement in 2018, this year’s top-performing hoaxes generated almost as many shares, reactions, and comments as last year’s.”
CNET: Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s 2018: We’ve changed, we promise. “It’s nearly the new year, which means time for some reflection on what’s happened and what’s to come. For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, that means looking back on one really tough year. The 34-year old wunderkind struggled this year, in what’s been arguably the toughest in the 14 years since co-founding Facebook in his Harvard dorm room.”
Thanks Jonathan B. for tipping me off this one from the ABA Journal: Web 100: Get informed, be entertained and maybe even transform your practice with tech . “How so, exactly? For the first time, the ABA Journal’s extensive favorites list has added a web tools category that includes apps, subscription services and other digital solutions to help lawyers with their daily grind—or help provide greater access to justice. The 2018 Web 100 comprises our 20 favorite web tools, joined with 35 timely and thoughtful blogs, 20 entertaining and informative podcasts, and 25 fun and useful Twitter accounts.” Click on the titles of the tool listings (like “Best law blogs of 2018”) to get to the annotated lists.