Daily Dispatch: WayBack Machine adds improvements; Google tweaks algorithm to handle spam and content farms

Consumer Reports News: January 24, 2011 12:18 PM

In today's Digital Dispatch:

Teens Turn to Social Coding to Protect Privacy on Social Nets (MediaShift)

...In fact, there's compelling evidence the up-and-coming cohort of young Americans has grown increasingly sophisticated in navigating the public-by-default scene of social networks. Researchers say they are evolving forms of social coding to signal to each other while at the same time keeping their thoughts, activities and personal communications masked from older generations.

Google: Spam Really Has Increased Lately. We’re Fixing That, And Content Farms Are Next (TechCrunch)

...As “pure webspam” has decreased over time, attention has shifted instead to “content farms,” which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. In 2010, we launched two major algorithmic changes focused on low-quality sites.

Wayback Machine Way Better in Beta (ReadWriteWeb)

...The new version is two-fold; first, it's a wholesale migration of the site from a proprietary software to an open source platform, which should make the whole thing faster; second, there are interface changes that make it easier to be more precise in your digital time traveling.

BBC’s Big Online Cuts: Full Details Announcement (paidContent.co.uk)

The BBC is to re-shape BBC Online by 2013 to deliver its public service mission in the digital age. The reorganisation will mean the service licence budget for BBC Online is reduced by a quarter. It will also require the closure of up to 360 posts.

CHOBi CAM ONE, your “Micro” DSLR (Akihabara News)

...Announced below 10,000 Yen and available in Japan only, the CHOBi COM ONE measure just 2.5×2.5×2.6cm for just 12g and is capable to shoot picture in 1600×1200 as well as VGA video at 30fps.

User-configured multitool (Make)

Switch is the ultimate modular pocketknife, with 17 different attachments so you can mix and match your most frequently used tools. Customize your Switch's width by swapping out the inner axles, or group your tools into different "themes" - home, office, outdoors, etc. ...

Employers Tread a Minefield: Firings for Alleged Social-Media Infractions Sometimes Backfire on Companies (Wall Street Journal)

..."The intersection of social media and the office is a potential minefield,"”said Philip L. Gordon, the Denver-based chairman of the privacy and data-protection practice group at law firm Littler Mendelson PC. Even when a company prevails in such legal actions, "there are reputational risks," Mr. Gordon added.

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