Curated links for Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011

Students Beware, Facebook Changes and Privacy: Karl Hughes digs into some of the changes to the new Facebook interface. I’m curious if students will really notice how much of their privacy is being given away by the new features, or if they’ll care?

The Ultimate WordPress Cheat Sheet: This is for the guts of WordPress programming, not CSS or HTML.

Digital Dualism versus Augmented Reality: “I fundamentally think this digital dualism is a fallacy. Instead, I want to argue that the digital and physical are increasingly meshed, and want to call this opposite perspective that implodes atoms and bits rather than holding them conceptually separate augmented reality.”

Figment (Found via someone on Twitter): “Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.”

Google introduces “Infinite Digital Bootcase,” acts as virtual librarian: “Google introduced the newest form of bookcase to your browsers today — what it calls an “Infinite Digital Bookcase,” and damn does it look cool.” Certainly an interesting move as more publishers move into the tablet market. More info on the official Google blog.

Hollywood unions, networks and studios mount anti-piracy offensive: “A broad coalition of film studios, TV networks and entertainment industry labor groups has launched an education campaign to teach the public about the evils of piracy and prod their employees and union members to support an anti-piracy bill in Washington.

“Through internal videos, newsletters, emails and booths set up in company commissaries , media giants such as NBCUniversal, CBS, Viacom, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. are encouraging their employees to join a newly formed group called Creative America, a grass-roots organization launched this summer to muster support in the creative community for tougher anti-piracy legislation.”

I wish people would stop using the word “grass-roots” to describe industry-backed efforts to influence policy. Also, the PROTECT IP Act will have some impact on students if its passed, so might be something to write about.

Internet links not libel, top court rules (CBC): Via @Hermida on Twitter, what should be obvious is recognized by the Canadian Supreme Court.