Chris Aldrich is reading “Lulu.com launches academic service suite – Glasstree”

Lulu.com launches academic service suite – Glasstree by David Haden (News from JURN.org)(2016 years 11 months 11 hours 19 minutes 32 seconds)
The leaders in affordable print-on-demand, Lulu.com, have just launched a book publishing service for academics. Glasstree offers the… “tools and services needed by academic authors, an…
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Chris Aldrich is reading “Aggressive design caused Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery explosions”

Aggressive design caused Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery explosions by Anna Shedletsky (Instrumental)(2016 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour)
In September, the first reports of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 batteries exploding hit social media.  At first, Samsung identified the issue as one relating to the lithium polymer battery manufacturing process by Samsung SDI, where too much tension was used in manufacturing, and offered to repair affected phones.  But several weeks later, some of the batteries in those replacement units also exploded once they were in the hands of customers -- causing Samsung to make the bold decision to not only recall everything, but to cancel the entire product line. This is every battery engineer’s nightmare. As hardware engineers ourselves, Sam and I followed the story closely.  If it was only a battery part issue and could have been salvaged by a re-spin of the battery, why cancel the product line and cede several quarters of revenue to competitors?  We believe that there was more in play: that there was a fundamental problem with the design of the phone itself.
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Chris Aldrich is reading “How The Telegraph built its new CMS by focusing on simplicity”

How The Telegraph built its new CMS by focusing on simplicity by Joseph Lichterman (Nieman Lab)
The British newspaper was previously using five separate online publishing systems, each of which larded up the publishing process with dozens of fiddly steps.
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Chris Aldrich is reading “Facebook is asking users to judge the truthfulness of news headlines”

Facebook is asking users to judge the truthfulness of news headlines by Adi Robertson (The Verge)
Facebook is apparently asking users to rate the quality of news stories on its service, after facing criticism for allowing fake or misleading news. At least three people on Twitter have posted surveys that ask whether a headline “uses misleading language” or “withholds key details of the story.” The earliest one we’ve seen was posted on December 2nd, and asked about a story from UK comedy site Chortle. Two others reference stories by Rolling Stone and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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Chris Aldrich is reading “A Facebook VR Millionaire Is Funding an Anti-Hillary Group Based on Memes”

A Facebook VR Millionaire Is Funding an Anti-Hillary Group Based on Memes by Brian Feldman (Select All)
Another Trump supporter ranks high up on Facebook’s corporate ladder.
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Chris Aldrich is reading “PolitEcho”

PolitEcho (politecho.org)
PolitEcho shows you the political biases of your Facebook friends and news feed. The app assigns each of your friends a score based on our prediction of their political leanings then displays a graph of your friend list. Then it calculates the political bias in the content of your news feed and compares it with the bias of your friends list to highlight possible differences between the two.
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Chris Aldrich is reading “A Browser Extension That Shows You Your Filter Bubble”

A Browser Extension That Shows You Your Filter Bubble by Drake Baer (Select All)
If there’s anything to take away from the madness that is 2016, it’s that everybody lives in a bubble — the combination of where you live and the media you consume, crystallized, as these things are, in your Facebook feed. If you wish to know just how much of a bubble you’re in, there’s now a handy Chrome extension for that, PolitEcho.

Be sure to check out PolitEcho.

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Chris Aldrich is reading “One Tumblr User Sent Her Pinky Toe to Another Tumblr User Because That’s Tumblr”

One Tumblr User Sent Her Pinky Toe to Another Tumblr User Because That’s Tumblr by Brian Feldman (Select All)
Tumblr continues to be the weirdest social network.
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Chris Aldrich is reading “Why It’s OK to Share This Story Without Reading It”

Why It's OK to Share This Story Without Reading It by Tim Cigelske (MediaShift)(2016 years 5 months 23 days 8 hours 33 minutes 48 seconds)
The Washington Post recently published an article about social media metrics with an alarmist headline: 6 in 10 of you will share this link without reading it, a new, depressing study says This story then predictably made the rounds in the blogosphere, from Gizmodo to Marketing Dive. The headline reads like self-referential clickbait, daring readers to click on the provocative …
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