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P rofessional Instagram, Death to the URL and Another EU Internet Vote

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Nick Cotton Sep 14, 2018

Here’s the news we’re talking about around the Zbra Studios water cooler. We’ve provided key bullet points from each article for the speed readers out there.

A professional photographer explains what you’re doing wrong on Instagram
By Chloe Bryan from Mashable
  • “Jade recommends sticking with a theme and a consistent color scheme. If you want your account to be noticed for professional reasons, she also recommends evaluating how much personal material you want to share.”
  • “If Instagram’s native editing options aren’t cutting it, there are always other apps. Jade uses VSCO, a tried-and-true favorite in the preset filter department. Jade also recommends Filmborn, an app designed to emulate film photography…”
  • “To avoid the over-edited look, she recommends experimenting with the warm and cold tones of the image. (You can do this right on on the Instagram app.) Lowering the image’s contrast can also help it look more even, she says.”
Google Wants to Kill the URL
By Lily Hay Newman from Wired
  • “The resulting opacity has been a boon for cyber criminals who build malicious sites to exploit the confusion. They impersonate legitimate institutions, launch phishing schemes, hawk malicious downloads, and run phony web services—all because it’s difficult for web users to keep track of who they’re dealing with. Now the Chrome team says it’s time for a massive change.”
  • “The Chrome team has been thinking about URL security for a long time. In 2014, it tried out a formatting feature called the ‘origin chip’ that only showed the main domain name of sites to help ensure that users knew which domain they were actually browsing on.”
  • “…the group notes that the goal isn’t to upend URLs haphazardly, but to enhance a vision that is already in place, given that entity identification is foundational to the overall security model of the web.”
Tomorrow, the EU will vote on the future of the internet (again)
By James Vincent
  • “You might have thought these issues were settled already if you remembered that the legislation was rejected by EU politicians in July. However, that vote only sent the directive back to the drawing board, giving MEPs a chance to suggest amendments.”
  • “EU watchers say it’s impossible to predict the outcome of today’s votes, and, whatever happens, we’re still a long way from actual legislation.”
  • “Following those negotiations, a final version of the Copyright Directive will be subject to approval by the European Parliament, a vote that will likely happen in January. The timing is notable, as it’s just before European parliamentary elections in May, meaning that MEPs seeking reelection will be eager to keep on the good side of any vocal constituents.”

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