The Digital Bible #3

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The fallout from the US elections continues. Finger pointing and recrimination along with some fine pieces about what actually went wrong for Hillary. Even if she's well on her way to winning the Popular Vote by a healthy margin. The issue of fake news stories and racist (amongst other things) trolling on social networks has at least prompted the likes of Twitter to take a long hard look at itself. Unlike Mark Zuckerberg who doesn't seem to think there's a problem. Good job some of his colleagues think differently. Bottom line, this kind of rhetoric will always exist online - it's how we fight it that is important.


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We start this week with news from Snap. Not an update to the app. Although they happen regularly at this stage. They're going public. That's right, there's an IPO in the offing at $20-25b market valuation. 


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More unwelcome news from Facebook. A bug, they say, has caused their systems to misreport on their insights page. And this isn't the first time this has happened either. 


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Snapchat is huge. We know this. And the advertising is also huge. But the measurement of it is still causing concern amongst marketers. And for good reason. Nice piece from Digiday on that here


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If you're a fan of LinkedIn and live in Russia - bad news. Looks like their data practices have run foul of Russian laws and the site is now blocked. That's not to say that the law is all that workable though.

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If you've ever tried to digitise old photos you'll know that it's a pain. Even if you have the negatives, it's a long process. So this new app Google PhotoScan is nice. And quite good too if I'm honest. 


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So Twitter have announced a raft of changes to how you and they can handle abuse and trolls. But it's far from perfect. This is a nice breakdown of what and why from Mashable. 


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Performing a search on your phone and calling a business directly from the ad isn't a new experience. But what if you could message them instead? This could be the start of a beautiful friendship. 


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I'm conflicted by this week's covetable item, Snapchat's Spectacles. I want them but I'm not sure that they're all that. But this is their first effort and $130 a pop isn't that bad either.


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Hugh CurranComment