AL .com: Hey, Alabama, public data are public documents, too. “David Simpson is curious, which is a good thing for a researcher to be. Simpson is a PhD student studying political science at Columbia University. Also, he’s an Alabama native. So when it came time to direct his study to a particular interest, he naturally turned his attention to his home state.”
CNN: Websites that peddle disinformation make millions of dollars in ads, new study finds. “As the United States gears up for another presidential election, aware of the role online disinformation played in 2016, the business of publishing false or extremist content online remains a lucrative one. At least $235 million in revenue is generated annually from ads running on extremist and disinformation websites, according to a new study from the Global Disinformation Index provided exclusively to CNN ahead of its September release.” Lying is more lucrative than telling the truth? Now there’s a thought that’ll make your mouth sour.
Ars Technica: Apple isn’t the most cash-rich company in the world anymore, but it doesn’t matter. “As of this year’s second financial quarter, Alphabet now has $117 billion in reserve, compared to $102 billion for Apple. However, Apple had $163 billion in 2017, so this is just as much a story of Apple reducing its reserves as it is one of Google growing its own.”
ProMarket: Protecting the Independence and Integrity of Research: Introducing the Academic Capture Warning System. “Inappropriate financial donor influence at institutions of higher education appears to be on the rise and risks eroding public trust in academic research. In order to defend academic freedom and institutional independence, we have decided to create a new database to document clear violations of well-accepted norms involving financial donations.” The database will launch in approximately three months, but the creators are looking for feedback (and any material anyone has for the database) now.
Tubefilter: Court Filing Reveals Kim Kardashian West Can Command $500,000 Per Sponsored Instagram Post. “In a recent court filing, Kardashian defended her position by revealing that she typically receives between $300,000 and $500,000 per sponsored Instagram post. And when it comes to longer-term partnerships, she says, that figure rises substantially — and can include equity in the partner brand. For instance, Kardashian West’s attorney, Todd Wildson, claims that she recently signed a $6 million annual deal with a wearable consumer goods company in which she was also granted ‘substantial equity,’ per Business Insider.”
Politico: The Federal Courts Are Running An Online Scam. “…I’m here to tell you that PACER—Public Access to Court Electronic Records—is a judicially approved scam. The very name is misleading: Limiting the public’s access by charging hefty fees, it has been a scam since it was launched and, barring significant structural changes, will be a scam forever.”
Thanks to Jessamyn West for noting this on Twitter. UNIT: Norwegian research institutions have decided not to renew their agreement with Elsevier. “The offer from Elsevier is a long way from fulfilling the Norwegian requirements for open access to research articles. There is also no movement in transitioning the agreement from paying to read to paying for open publishing. The agreement with Elsevier will therefore not be renewed for 2019. The rectorates at the universities of Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø and Trondheim all support this decision.”