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What We Learned This Week: Instagram Tells You Who's Getting Paid to Post

By David Schonauer   Thursday June 29, 2017

Instagram's popularity continues to grow: As we noted in April, the photo-sharing platform could reach 1 billion users by the end of 2017. But Instagram's cultural clout has led to criticism - recently, it has come under fire after celebrity "influencers" used the service to post sponsored content without adequately divulging the fact that it's paid for, in contravention of FTC guidelines ...   Read the full Story >>

Media Watch: Time Asks Trump to Remove Fake Cover

HuffPost   Wednesday June 28, 2017

President Donald Trump frequently charges mainstream media with spreading fake news about him. But this week things got more complicated: The media widely reported that Trump golf clubs around the world were displaying framed copies of the March, 1, 2009 cover of Time magazine, featuring a portrait of Trump with the headline, “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” But there was a problem with this impressive visual memento: The cover is a fake. Now, notes, HuffPost, Time has asked the Trump Organization to remove the bogus cover from the presidential family’s business properties.   Read the full Story >>

Passings: Richard Benson, Master Printer and Photographer, Dies at 73

The New York Times   Wednesday June 28, 2017

Richard Benson, who developed innovative techniques to print photographs that had the artistic depth of paintings, died on Thursday in Providence, R.I., notes The New York Times. He was 73. A longtime teacher at Yale and for 10 years the dean of its school of art, Benson mastered the use of offset press and inkjet printers to reproduce photographs. One of his notable accomplishments came in 1981, when he was asked to print 200 historic photographs from the vaunted Gilman Paper Company collection — including works by Mathew Brady, Henry Fox Talbot, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus and Alfred Stieglitz.   Read the full Story >>

State of the Art: The Pinkest Pink Vs. The Blackest Black

WIRED   Wednesday June 28, 2017

Vantablack is more than just black paint. It’s an science marvel constructed from nanotubes that capture all light originally created for aerospace and engineering purposes. But when its inventors figured out how to make a spray-on version, Vantablack went from technology to the color — the world’s blackest black — and artists became very interested. Among them was Anish Kapoor, who got an exclusive license to use the stuff. As Wired explains in an intriguing story, that led to a conflict which in turn led to the invention of the world’s pinkest pink.   Read the full Story >>

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