Australia, Polish, Quora, More: Quick Thursday Buzz, April 24, 2014

The National Library of Australia has added several newspapers to its Trove collection.

Ever wonder how much e-mail flies around the world every day? Try 204 million. Per minute.

I like reading Quora but sometimes I just want to check out an answer without logging in. Fortunately There’s an easy way to do that.

The EFF and The Sunlight Foundation have teamed up on an easier way to contact Congress.

You can now contribute content to genealogy search engine Mocavo. It’ll even be processed and indexed for you.

PC World has a review of the latest LTS version of Ubuntu, 14.04 (also known as “Trusty Tahr.”) I don’t know if I’ve frothed about it much here, but man I love Xubuntu. Not pretty-pretty-pretty but incredibly solid.

The University at Buffalo library has added two new Polish collections. I like the Polish Peace Posters. Good morning, Internet…

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Fold3, Fresno, Instagram, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, April 23, 2014

Fold3 is offering free access to its Civil War collection through April 30th.

Is Google going to buy Square?

A guy grabs a million bitcoin-related tweets and analyzes them. A name I did not expect to see: Marc Andreessen.

From Social Media Examiner: 5 Instagram Tools to better manage your marketing. Alas, I am too boring for Instagram.

A supposedly-patched router vulnerability apparently wasn’t patched that well. “The security researcher who first found a vulnerability affecting more than 20 different router models says the patch meant to fix it only hides the initial weakness and doesn’t remove it whatsoever.”

Increase your knowledge: 20 free ebooks for social media marketers.

Smashing Magazine pointed me toward, which sounds terrific: “Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web. The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image.”

Fresno State has expanded its digitized yearbook and newspaper collection. “The Henry Madden Library houses the complete collection of ‘The Collegian’ on microfilm going back to 1922. In a three-year project, the library digitized the entire microfilm collection from 1922-1998, which is now available online.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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Google, Twitter, Bing, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, April 23, 2014

An interesting argument for switching back to Firefox. I do like Firefox and NoScript.

Google reportedly wants to go to end-to-end e-mail encryption, but there are some hurdles.

More Google: Google has extended its Glass initiative for nonprofits.

More More Google: Google is testing a favoriting service. “Called Google Stars (although the Google Collections name has also been used in the past), the new option appears to still in very early testing, but it does let users star ‘items’ on the Web as well as add them to folders. “

Breaking News has launched more topic-focused Breaking News Twitter accounts. If you want an easy way to get breaking news on your phone, Breaking News accounts + Twitter text are great. You don’t even have to have a Twitter account. Here’s how to follow Twitter via text without an account.

The New York Times has launched a new site called The Upshot. “One of our highest priorities will be unearthing data sets — and analyzing existing ones — in ways that illuminate and explain the news.”

Bing is starting to offer predictions. “Based on a variety of different signals including search queries and social input from Facebook and Twitter, we are unveiling an experiment we’ve built to give you our prediction of the outcome of a given event. For example, our first iteration, live on today, attempts to predict which contestants are most likely to be eliminated or move on to the next round of voting shows like The Voice, American Idol and Dancing With The Stars.”

Facebook: Some interesting research on Facebook unfriending. “The study found four factors that predicted someone’s emotional response to being unfriended. Two factors predicted that a user would be negatively affected – if the unfriended person was once a close friend to the one who unfriended them and how closely the person monitored their own friend’s list.”

Twitter has started rolling out its new profiles to everybody. I am normally one to complain about changes like this but I gotta tell you: I am loving the new profile. So much better.

Apple’s retail stores are accepting old products for recycling. Good morning, Internet…

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Yahoo, AOL, More: Skinny Tuesday Buzz, April 22, 2014

Another good one from Social Media Examiner: How to use Twitter hashtags as a prospecting tool.

Yahoo continues to slip on its search share. “It would appear that Yahoo is continuing its long, slow, market-share decline and about to slip into single-digits for the first time. In absolute numbers, however, Yahoo search query volumes were up. So were Yahoo’s rivals.”

Zooniverse has a new crowdsourcing project: Condor Watch. “We need you to look at some photos of condors taken by our motion-activated cameras. By identifying the tag number of each condor and their behavior around the feeding carcass, we can judge if the bird’s eating or social problems can reveal lead poisoning.”

Looks like Pinterest has a big product announcement scheduled for next week.

Nice: 9 Free Books for Learning Data Mining and Data Analysis.

The things I miss working my day job: apparently there was/is an AOL e-mail spoof/hack thing going on. Interesting notes in the comments.

Just in case you need them: How to find stock photos that don’t suck. Good evening, Internet…

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Twitter, Flu, Google, More: Saturday Afternoon Buzz, April 19, 2014

Heartbleed got you a little more worried about your passwords? Here’s how to do two-factor auth on Twitter.

If you have a Facebook page and you’re as frustrated as I am: a guide to increasing your organic Facebook page reach.

Twitter has purchased Gnip. “Gnip is one of a handful of companies with full access to the stream of activity from Twitter, which has garnered it a lot of knowledge about how to deal with such immense data volumes and deliver it as a product to businesses.”

More Twitter: Scientists at Pennsylvania State University claim that can make a flu diagnosis based on Twitter data that’s availabe to the public. I assume that’s using an algorithim that looks for more than tweets saying “I have the flu.” It could get a little creepy, though: “The Penn State researches note that although they focused on remotely reconstructing a confidential diagnosis of influenza, this technique could be used to identify diseases associated with greater social stigma like HIV. Social media now clearly has a potential social cost.”

Now there’s a “Snapchat for e-mail”. “Similar to Snapchat, Pluto Mail allows you to choose when your email expires (although the options, of course, are far vaster). … Because while you can delete emails after you’ve sent them you can’t erase their subject lines from a recipient’s account.”

Google’s new terms of service make it clear: it is scanning your e-mail for the purpose of generating ads.

More Google: it has released a “Helpouts” app for iOS. “Helpouts for iOS works like Helpouts on the web, offering users the ability to connect to any of the free video chats made available on the Google-powered platform.”

Every wonder exactly what the heck you’re doing, hanging out on the Internet all day? Now you can take an Internet selfie. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Houses, DPLA, Piano Rolls, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, April 19, 2014

Danny Sullivan has been covering search for 18 years! Danny is a terrific guy and I’m so glad he’s still active in this space. The first edition of Official Netscape Guide to Internet Research was published in 1996 so I guess I’ve been covering search for 18 years, too!

Wow, this could be really useful. A new tool shows the renovation history of houses listed on “The Porch Home and Neighborhood Report, which is available on, typically includes home-improvement projects, costs, photos and the names of the contractors who worked on the house. The information is pulled from city permit departments, materials suppliers, professional associations, real-estate agents and homeowners.”

Yikes! According to research, one in three Android apps on third-party sites is in some way malicious. “[Opswat] downloaded almost 12,000 app files from various sources of Android apps other than the official Google Play store, and loaded them into their proprietary anti-malware system Metascan, which flagged 32% of the apps as suspicious.” I’d take that with a little salt because some of those marked as having malware actually had adware, which is annoying but not as bad as malware. But on the other hand… third party sites… ? Does that include, say, Amazon’s app store?

Facebook has released a new version of its Paper app. It looks interesting but I find Nuzzel much more useful (and it’s out of beta and open to anyone who wants to sign up!)

The Digital Public Library of America is celebrating its 1st anniversary by announcing six new partners: the California Digital Library, the Connecticut Digital Archive, the US Government Printing Office, Indiana Memory, the Montana Memory Project, and The J. Paul Getty Trust.

LinkedIn now has 300 million members.

Interesting: you can now subscribe to Google Trends. That is, get them delivered to your e-mail box. “You can now ‘Subscribe’ to any search topic, Hot Searches for any country, or any U.S. monthly Top Chart.”

And in the “is anybody really surprised” department, we have this: “…data from Megaupload’s database shared with TorrentFreak shows that employees of MPAA and RIAA member companies had hundreds of accounts at the file-storage site…. In total, there were 490 Megaupload accounts that were connected to MPAA and RIAA members, who sent 181 premium payments in total. Together, these users uploaded 16,455 files which are good for more than 2,097 gigabytes in storage.” Read the whole article here. Motes and eyes, anyone?

8 Digital Tools Every Journalist Should Try. I had not heard of most of these.

A little outside my purview, but SO COOL, and hey, it’s Saturday: Transcribing piano rolls with Python. Good morning, Internet…

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Instagram, InfoWorld, Indiana, More: Friday Evening Buzz, April 18, 2014

InfoWorld takes a look at Google’s growing credibility gap. “It’s time for Google to admit what it does and to act consistently on its policies (or withdraw policies it doesn’t intend to enforce). That honesty will help stem the loss of trust. People know that companies exist to make money, but they need to know the true relationship they’re entering and don’t end up feeling misled.”

I’m sure you knew about the Internet Movie Database, but did you know about the Internet Movie Cars Database? Yup: . I looked for Man of Tai Chi because it seems like Karen Mok spends the entire movie sitting around in her car waiting for something to happen, and it was there!

Going clutter and paper-free with Pocket and Evernote.

Amit Agarwal shows you how automatically save Gmail attachments to Google Drive.

Facebook has rolled out a new feature that lets you ask friends for recommendations.

Who’s that new guy on Instagram? Why, it’s Joe Biden!

WordPress 3.9 (“Smith”) is now available.

The Indiana State Library has revealed a new platform for its historic newspapers collection. “This collection contains 14,214 issues comprising 95,455 pages and is continually growing. Many of these titles are also available at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website.” Good evening, Internet…

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