Vice: This Artist Is Hacking Google to Create Surreal Street View Art. “As a Google contractor, [Jason] Isolini worked as an intermediary between businesses and Google. At the request of businesses, he would capture 360-images inside business establishments and upload them to Google Maps. Now, Isolini is using the same method to create art on Google Maps. But instead of capturing true-to-live panorama images, he is uploading surreal collages that subvert the purpose of Google Maps: to be a tool that brings users from their current location to a business.”
India Times: You Can Learn About Yoga & Important Yoga Pioneers Of Past In This Cool Online Museum Tour . “Today is World Yoga Day. And while most of us may not be able to hold a yogic pose, we may yet redeem ourselves by knowing more about yoga and its pioneers of modern history than anyone else. Maybe even win a quiz competition, who knows! And if you want to be a yoga brainiac, there’s a virtual museum tour you can take right in your web browser.”
Virginia Tech: Study investigates lack of disclaimers on Facebook and Google’s advertising during the 2016 presidential election. “A cloak of mystery often shrouds the inner workings of technological giants, but sometimes clarity is in plain sight. A Virginia Tech research team recently uncovered conclusive details about the roles Facebook, Google, and the Federal Election Commission played in digital advertising around the U.S. presidential election of 2016.” This is quite an interesting read.
MakeUseOf: How to Back Up and Export Chrome Bookmarks in 5 Easy Steps . “You save Chrome bookmarks like the little odds and ends buried in a shoebox. The links are meant to be visited often or later. Each of these links can be a precious corner of the web for you. That’s why it’s important to export Chrome bookmarks and keep them backed up always. Mishaps happen. Fortunately, Chrome lets you save bookmarks in a single HTML file and also sync them automatically across devices.”
The Register: Youtube Queue Chrome extension booted out of store for search engine hijacking, revealing Google’s lax dev checks . “Google has removed a Chrome extension called Youtube Queue from its official online store for violating its program policies following complaints it was hijacking users’ web searches. However, another extension called Croowila Videos Player that shares similar suspect code remains available.”
Google Blog: Art Zoom: Masterpieces up close through the eyes of famous musicians. “What if you could see art through an artist’s eyes? On the occasion of the 130th anniversary of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night,’ Google Arts & Culture is introducing Art Zoom, a new way to discover details of iconic works of art. Produced by musical experience creators La Blogothèque, the video series introduces you to visual masterpieces through the eyes of your favorite musicians.”
Lifehacker: Block Sites From Google Results With uBlacklist. “Sometimes you just never want to see a certain site in your Google results. Maybe you want to block a sketchy news source, or you don’t want Pinterest in your image search results, or there’s a really gross forum that keeps appearing in searches. Some sites like Yahoo Answers and Quora have a way of cluttering up lots of searches. You can block a site from future searches with the uBlacklist Chrome extension.”