TechCrunch: Web traffic increases in 2019 were driven by mobile; top 100 sites saw average of 223B monthly visits

TechCrunch: Web traffic increases in 2019 were driven by mobile; top 100 sites saw average of 223B monthly visits. “Mobile adoption around the world is having a significant impact on the web’s traffic. According to a new report from SimilarWeb, out today, mobile web traffic has jumped 30.6% since 2017, while desktop traffic dropped 3.3%. But it’s not just the numbers that are changing. Mobile visitors also behave differently from their desktop web counterparts, staying on pages for shorter periods of time, for example, which is impacting core metrics web publishers today track.”

FBI: FBI Releases the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2019 Internet Crime Report

FBI: FBI Releases the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2019 Internet Crime Report. “The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) 2019 Internet Crime Report includes information from 467,361 complaints of suspected Internet crime, with reported losses in excess of $3.5 billion. The top three crime types reported by victims in 2019 were phishing/vishing/smishing/pharming, non-payment/non-delivery, and extortion.”

New Atlas: Social media surveillance drives 2019 drop in global internet freedom

New Atlas: Social media surveillance drives 2019 drop in global internet freedom. “An annual report tracking internet freedom across the world has found global declines for the ninth consecutive year. Underpinned by domestic election interference and social media surveillance, the report identified internet freedom deterioration in more than half of the 65 countries assessed.”

The tech we lost in 2019: RIP iTunes, MoviePass, and AirPower (Mashable)

Mashable: The tech we lost in 2019: RIP iTunes, MoviePass, and AirPower. “From folding phones to more wireless earbuds than we can name, there was a lot of new tech we fell in love with in 2019. But for every eye-popping new gadget we tried, there was another one that never made it. From Apple toys that once had so much promise (AirPower! 12-inch MacBook!), to those that were probably doomed from the start (MoviePass, Coolest Cooler), this is our annual reminder that no product or service can sustain itself on hype alone.”

Analytics India: Top Chatbots, Assistants & Facial Recognition Tools Launched In 2019

Analytics India: Top Chatbots, Assistants & Facial Recognition Tools Launched In 2019. “Chatbots have emerged as the preferred interface as more and more searches are shifting from text to voice. While globally, banking bots have moved beyond answering transactional queries to full-service mode, the Indian BFSI sector bound by regulatory norms is still in an evolving stage. They are now moving to full-fledged virtual assistant mode, thanks to artificial intelligence and machine learning.”

Mashable: 2019 was the year tech workers organized

Mashable: 2019 was the year tech workers organized . “Toxic workplace culture, terrible pay, union busting, weapons contracts, anti-immigrant work, and political misinformation. Tech workers finally had enough. In 2019, white- and blue-collar workers at big tech firms stood up for what they believed in. Here’s a quick recap.”

Wired: The 8 Most Important Memes of 2019

Wired: The 8 Most Important Memes of 2019. “The year 2019 has been a difficult and uneven one. Online, political memes flew back and forth like spitballs, and even some of the most innocent ones (like that fish tube) took on a sense of ecstatic nihilism. People also had fun this year, finding joy in the mundanely bizarre—like watching hundreds of gummy bears appear to be singing along with Adele. Here are some of the year’s most important memes, great and gross alike.”

State of the Stream 2019: Platform Wars, the New King of Streaming, Most Watched Game and More! (StreamElements)

StreamElements: State of the Stream 2019: Platform Wars, the New King of Streaming, Most Watched Game and More!. “StreamElements State of the Stream report covers all of the big streaming trends of 2019, such as which live streaming service is winning the platform wars (spoiler: they all are), did talent acquisitions make a difference (not yet), who is the top streamer, which games dominated the charts, the rising popularity of Dungeons & Dragons (no, you haven’t been transported back to the 80’s), and so much more.”

A year-end list of year-end lists: version 2k19 (Poynter)

Poynter: A year-end list of year-end lists: version 2k19. “Good news, folks. It appears news outlets are still eagerly curating ‘best of’ year-end lists. And luckily for you (I guess?) I’m still aggregating them all. Last year, I solicited input from my colleagues on what they thought were the best shows, movies and other facets of pop culture. But in 2019, I really leaned into the self-important misanthrope thing and am instead offering just my own scalding takes.” It’s ridiculous how extensive this is.

Lifehacker: How to Get Your Instagram ‘Top 9’ This Year

Lifehacker: How to Get Your Instagram ‘Top 9’ This Year. “It’s that time of year where everyone starts posting their ‘top’ lists for the year. While most sites will provide that information to you directly in a form you can share with the masses, Instagram doesn’t offer a ‘Top’ list directly. If you want your Instagram list, you’ll need to go to a third-party site.”

CNET: Taylor Swift is still the most influential person on Twitter in 2019

CNET: Taylor Swift is still the most influential person on Twitter in 2019. “It’s hardly a surprising result given that Swift came out on top last year, even though she only tweeted 13 times in total. This year she’s seriously upped her Twitter game, crossposting almost everything to Twitter that she also posts on Instagram and Tumblr — her favored social media platform.”

Lifehacker: ‘Iloveyou’ and the 24 Other Worst Passwords of 2019

Lifehacker: ‘Iloveyou’ and the 24 Other Worst Passwords of 2019. “Don’t use bad passwords. Not even for stupid stuff. Because the dumb social network you join today might add a wallet or a cloud service or a camera some day, and before you know it, the only thing stopping someone from draining your bank account and spying on your home is the word ‘dragon.'”

Flickr Blog: Top 25 Photos on Flickr in 2019 From Around The World

Flickr Blog: Top 25 Photos on Flickr in 2019 From Around The World. “To compile this top 25 list, we started with an algorithm that took into account several engagement metrics, like how many times the photo was viewed, faved, or commented. The selection also involved curation by Flickr staff. Most of the top photos come from long-term community members, professional and self-taught photographers from different countries around the world with an eye for people, nature, and beautiful landscapes.”

Search Engine Land: The big list of 2019 Google search algorithm updates

Search Engine Land: The big list of 2019 Google search algorithm updates. “Google’s pace of tweaking and updating Search has accelerated dramatically — it made 3,200 changes to Search in 2018 alone, up from about 400 changes back in 2010. Just a sliver of these changes receive public confirmation or even draw substantial attention, but those that do can (sometimes) provide insights into the kinds of content that Google prioritizes and ranks well.”