Toxic Web

1_TOP NEWS

From the Web to the Capitol

On social networks, a toxic stew of lies simmered for years—until the president’s supporters responded Wednesday with a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol, Fast Company reports. Even after social media companies decided to take more decisive action in confronting misinformation, it was apparent that they were ill-equipped to keep it off their feeds.


2_BUSINESS

Twitter Acquires Design Agency Ueno


Twitter has acquired 7-year-old design agency Ueno to help accelerate the quality and execution of design and product experiences on the social media platform, Axios reports. Ueno, a full-service creative design agency, is joining Twitter's design and research teams after having served as a client previously.


3_DESIGN

Diamond Packaging Carton Wins Design Award

 

The Diamond Lockbox cannabis carton has been honored in the annual Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards competition, which recognizes graphic excellence. Dwaiter’s Josh Nordeen, who designed the blue and white cartons for Diamond Packaging, says the project "was a unique challenge. We wanted to emphasize the structural features that made the Diamond Lockbox secure and effective while also making it clear what industry the package was for and maintaining brand clarity. We implemented a bold, graphic, and modern design that leveraged Diamond's brand colors and identity and also gave Diamond the opportunity to showcase several of their printing techniques."


4_CRYPTO

Bitcoin Achieves New Record-High Value 

 

On Sunday, on the 12th anniversary of the bitcoin network being created, the digital currency hit a new high of more than $34,800—and then on Wednesday, it traded above $35,000 for the first time, Reuters reported. Bitcoin has surged more than 800 percent since mid-March.


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5_INTERNET

The Big Challenge Awaiting Wikipedia 

 

As Wikipedia begins a new year with a burnished reputation as a trusted, fact-based resource, it faces thorny questions beyond accuracy that threaten its grand, encyclopedic mission, Wired reports. The fear is that unless Wikipedia diversifies its editing ranks, it will be unable to produce the needed context, proportionality, fairness, and imagination to accurately collect the world’s knowledge.


6_TRENDS

Where Tech Workers Are Going 


A frequently heard narrative says tech workers and executives—sick of California’s oppressive policies and sky-high real estate costs—are moving en masse to Miami and Austin. In fact, Big Technology reports, new LinkedIn data that shows that the key beneficiaries of tech migration in fact are less buzzy cities like Madison, Wisc., Richmond, Va., and Sacramento.


7_SOCIAL MEDIA

Why 2020 Was a Big Year for TikTok

 

TikTok arrived in the United States in August 2018. By late 2020, it had an estimated 850 million monthly active users. The platform has become a rich social and entertainment network, and in the last year, there was hardly a corner of society it didn’t touch, the New York Times reports.


8_MARKETING

The Power of Landing Pages


Landing pages—standalone website pages dedicated to a specific marketing campaign and designed to convert site visitors into leads—are the least used type of sign-up form, but they have the highest conversion rate, HubSpot reports. It has compiled a list of 11 statistics that make a strong case for using landing pages. 


9_COMPUTING

Windows 7 Still Has 100 Million Users


Windows 7 appears to still be running on at least 100 million machines, despite Microsoft ending support for the operating system a year ago, The Verge reports. It may take considerably longer for Windows 7 to finally fade away, especially after a year when many have turned to PCs for remote working and home schooling.


10_SAY WHAT?

Artistic AI

 

Avocado-shaped armchairs, radishes in tutus and cats in sunglasses--those are among some surreal works of art created by Dall-E, an artificial-intelligence system, the BBC reports. It was trained to generate images from short text-based descriptions, using 12 billion images and their captions sourced from the internet.