Web Curios 29/06/18

IMG_20180203_202257 By Alex Wilson
Is it coming home? Is it staying away? Are you all being ironic? CAN ANY OF YOU EVEN TELL ANY MORE? That's right, the nation is once more labouring under a heavy dose of WORLD CUP FEVER and all of that pleasant, self-effacing, self-awareness has vanished and in its place is the purple, throbbing, swelling spectre of lovely, lovely nationalism and j...
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Google simplifies brands: goodbye AdSense and DoubleClick

Google simplifies brands: goodbye AdSense and DoubleClick
The big G has overhauled its advertising offer, to focus on three primary brands:  Google Ads, Google Marketing Platform, and Google Ad Manager. ​Google AdWords is now Google Ads. Expanding the service's positioning to the SME market, Google has also announced Smart Campaigns, where media buying is largely automated. (One might see this as a g...
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Windows 95 goes mobile

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This is a brilliant pastiche. Well, we assume that it's a pastiche, but it's done  ​so well ​. Microsoft has apparently launched Windows 95 onto a mobile handset...

Web Curios 22/06/18

Web Curios 22/06/18
Hi! How are you! Still alive? GREAT! It seems a bit redundant to kick this off with some sort of tired scream about how everything is in fact terrible and frightening, so I shan't. Instead, let's focus on the good and happy stuff - the sun is shining! It's Friday! Your team may or may not still be in the football! Maybe your fantasy team is doing w...
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Astrology domine

Astrology domine
​What is it? An article uncovering the explosive growth of astronomy-based memes. What is it about? The format at least should feel familiar. "It starts with the photo," Courtney Perkins, a 23-year-old Los Angeles–based screenwriter and Gemini sun, rising Virgo, and Pisces moon, told me about her process to come up with memes for her @notallgeminis...
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Facebook wants a share of the creators

Facebook wants a share of the creators
​What is it? Facebook has announced a range of new initiatives in order to steal the "Creators' Crown" away from YouTube. What is it about? Well, quite a lot. ​Interactive video is now available, which contains features such as live polling, and "gamification for live video", although we're not yet sure what that's about. Videos from Pages now appe...
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Trying to make trainers go viral: a tale from Spain

Trying to make trainers go viral: a tale from Spain
​What is it? Spanish resident Philip Sherburne writes in  ​The Outline ​ about the rather haphazard way that brands, in this case Adidas, seek followers and influencers. What is it about? It's great. Here's a snippet: "In this guide I will teach you how to use your sneakers to get more likes on Instagram," George says. "Don't forget to sh...
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Hotel Alexa: you'll never leave

Hotel Alexa: you'll never leave
​What is it? Amazon has launched  ​Alexa for Hospitality ​, a programme which aims to place its Alexa voice recognition technology and Echo devices inside hotel rooms. What is it about? As you would expect, it's an extension of the consumer Alexa proposition into hotel estates and chains. Marriott is the first chain to run with it, with the se...
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Unilever wants influencer marketing to be squeaky clean

Unilever wants influencer marketing to be squeaky clean Wikipedia
​What is it? A call from ubiquitous Unilever CMO Keith Weed to ensure that there is transparency in, and an ethical approach to, influencers and influencer marketing What is it about? Announced at Cannes, Unilever is making three commitments: Transparency from Influencers: We will not work with influencers who buy followers. Transparency from Brand...
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Killer robots won't exist if we don't create them

Killer robots won't exist if we don't create them
​ What is it? New predictions from Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Oxford Professor of Computer Science, regarding the future of robots, robotics, and Artificial Intelligence. What is it about? "The danger is clearly not that robots will decide to put us away and have a robot revolution," he said. "If there [are] killer robots, it will be because we've been st...
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New writing: Flesh Moves part 2

New writing: Flesh Moves part 2
Noor smiled, cracked lips over the black tooth. "That's right. You use a pay4phone, you tell me where you at. And you wait there. No matter how Bigurl screams, no matter what sort of shit you see in the lot, no matter if Tibetan Santa comes with a gift-wrapped key for your addled ass. You take the fucking dock, and you wait for me to get there. Som...
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Almost 75% of Internet users are concerned with data leaks in every transaction

Almost 75% of Internet users are concerned with data leaks in every transaction
A study of 2000 adult Internet users by security company BullGuard has revealed that nearly three quarters of those polled believe that data is at risk upon every online transaction that they make. Other statistics include: Identity fraud (71%) Credit card detail theft (69%) Stolen bank details (64%) The biggest share is from a positive respon...
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The Open Data Institute wants artists

The Open Data Institute wants artists " Unauthorised Copy", Antonio Roberts. On display in "Data as Culture exhibition Hybrid Landscapes 2017- 2019", ODI
Claire Selby at the ODI gets in touch to tell us about the call that the ODI currently has open for artists and partnerships. The Open Data Institute's Data as Culture art programme engages new and diverse audiences with work by artists who explore data critically and materially. We commission internationally renowned artists and artists in re...
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Extraordinary AI program remakes music videos in real time

Extraordinary AI program remakes music videos in real time
Artist Mario Klingemann has produced many works using code, data and AI, but his latest project is perhaps his most stunning so far. Klingemann has developed an AI bot which "watches" video clips, and then remakes the video in real time using similarly-looking archive footage. Klingemann has pointed the bot onto some popular music videos to kick of...
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Web Curios 15/06/18

Web Curios 15/06/18
Another BIG step towards full dystopia this week - you don't need me to list all the reasons, but my favourite "Christ, we really  are  living in a poorly-crafted miserable future novel from the mid-1990s" moment came with this Twitter thread which, amidst all the furore over Don'n'Kim, really is worth reading . Otherwise though it's been...
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Elon-gate

Elon-gate JD Lasica, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/3017880307
There's a powerful argument in  ​Wired ​ as to why ubiquitous entrepreneur Elon Musk needs to have his Twitter account taken away from him. One might argue that other well-known people, formerly in business, should have theirs taken away first, but the article makes for good reading as to the damage that Musk followers are doing, to themselves...
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Becoming Leonardo da Vinci

Becoming Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, 1503-06
 Terence Eden played a fun game with Verisart, a Blockchain-based service for artworks. He convinced it that he was da Vinci, although "convinced" is somewhat extreme; he simply uploaded the painting with some personal details, and there it was, immutably verified forevermore. There's no way to permanently attach a digital certificate to a phy...
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Culture and economic development in NYC and London

Culture and economic development in NYC and London SonofErat via Wikipedia
A new paper looks at the connections between economic development and culture, taking New York and London as its two cities of analysis. Written by scientists from Nokia Bell Labs, the paper examines how cultural capital links into local economies (eg an impact on house prices) and the resulting economic development that takes place. It also studie...
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How online ads follow you around, even when you don't want them to

How online ads follow you around, even when you don't want them to
Chris Yiu, technologist at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (yes, really) has written a good thread about online advertising and targeting. His view is that it's generally A Good Thing, and there are other, bigger problems to worry about: This doesn't mean I think the status quo is OK - we could do with a lot more transparency about how a...
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Buy tickets directly from Snapchat

Buy tickets directly from Snapchat Anthony Quintano, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/quintanomedia/32926837384
​Snapchat has announced an integration with US ticket vendor SeatGeek, allowing popular event tickets to be purchased directly from the Snapchat app. While SeatGeek is only available in the US market (and Snapchat announced tickets from LA Football to be the first event provider through the partnership), it's probable that integrations with other v...
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