Lemurs, GIFs, Tennessee, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 30th, 2014

Smithsonian Magazine: making animated GIFs from historical photos. “This summer, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), in partnership with Imgur, is rolling out the Summer of Archives, a collection of historical pictures and moving images repurposed for the digital world.”

The Wellcome Library is teaming up with 9 UK medical libraries to digitize and display their archives. “Approximately 15 million pages of printed books and pamphlets from all ten partners will be digitised over a period of two years and will be made freely available to researchers and the public under an open licence. By pooling their collections the partners will create a comprehensive online library. The content will be available on multiple platforms to broaden access, including the Internet Archive, the Wellcome Library and Jisc Historic Books.”

Fascinating paper, quick read, if you’re interested in what happens when institutions open their online archives, check this out. How the Rijksmuseum opened up its collection.

Yelp is now going to let users upload video.

The Library of Congress has made 1000 of Warren Harding’s love letters available online. Eww. “The letters were written between 1910 and 1920 during an affair that began in 1905 between then-Ohio Lt. Gov. Warren Harding and family friend Carrie Fulton Phillips. The vast majority of the letters were written by Harding, many while he served in the U.S. Senate (1915-1921).”

The Google Maps API has improved its mapping imagery.

How much video gamer “pay to play” is happening on YouTube? Not that much.

The state of Tennessee is getting more digitized newspapers. “The TNDP will digitize another 100,000 pages of Tennessee’s microfilmed newspapers dating from the late 19th century to 1922. Since the project began in 2010, the UT Libraries, working in partnership with the Tennessee State Library and Archives, has digitized 200,000 pages from Tennessee newspapers dating back to 1849.”

And now, to announce a new online database of lemur records: a lemur slideshow. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Android, Recipes, Studs Terkel, More: Morning Buzz, July 30th, 2014

Guy reports Instagram security bug to Facebook, Facebook refuses him a bug bounty, guy publishes details of the exploit online. Remember Firesheep? This is similar…

Twitter has reported its latest results and stacked up the serious dollars. “Twitter’s Q2 revenues were $312 million, which was substantially above financial analysts’ consensus estimates. In addition, earnings beat estimates by a penny. Its user numbers also were greater than expected.” Looks like they eked out a profit, too, if you look at non-GAAP.

The Daily Dot has an extensive article on making the most of Snapchat.

Flickr is going to start offering new licensing opportunities for its users.

Now available: a database detailing pay of California public school employees.

Google is turning to crowdsourcing to improve Google Translate. “We’ve just launched a new Translate Community where language enthusiasts can help us improve translation quality for the 80 languages we support, as well as help us in launching new languages.”

From Hongkiat: Create And Customize Maps With Google Map Builder

Android’s got a security problem. “Dubbed ‘Fake ID’ by Bluebox, the flaw is related to how app security is handled. In Android, each app is given its own unique cryptographic signature that determines who can update it and what privileges it has. As The Guardian explains, there are parent certificates and child certificates, both of which are checked against on another during installation to ensure they match and the app is trusted.”

The USDA has launched a new tool to help make recipes safer. You paste a recipe (or import it from a Web site) and it analyzes the recipe and makes food safety recommendations.

A Studs Terkel Audio Archive is going online. “The creation of a publicly accessible digital archive with nearly 5,000 oral history interviews, conducted by the Chicago journalist Studs Terkel, is one of 177 projects awarded a grant this week by the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

So is it legal to resell Google Glass or not?

There are a bunch of online resources for World War I available. Here’s one for WWI engineers. “The compendium includes a collection of photos, accounts, designs, journal entries and lectures. A memorial volume also provides biographies and photos of all ICE members who died in active service or by enemy action.”

Interesting: How AR apps can create a digital dance archive. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Catan, Stock Photos, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 25th, 2014

Google Voice’s web site is getting integrated with Google Hangouts. “The new feature makes it easier to quickly call friends, family, and coworkers when you’re not close to a phone connected to your Google Voice account. Even better, the new Google Voice-Hangouts integration does not require a Google+ account or Hangouts in Gmail to work, Alex Wiesen, tech lead manager for Google Voice…”

Friday fun: Microsoft has released a Web-based came based on Settlers of Catan. The blog post I’m linked to says that it was released by Internet Explorer, but I tried it just fine in Chromium.

Did you know Wikipedia has pedigree charts?

Is Instagram working on a Snapchat competitor?

Noupe takes a look at two free stock photo sites. They’re small, but the photos are available even for commercial projects (they do require attribution.)

Didja get a drone and now want to take it for a walk/fly? Not so fast: check this map first. “This map represents areas where it is not recommended to fly drones due to regulations.”

Do you use Prezi? Hongkiat has an extensive article on becoming a Prezi master.

The New Yorker isn’t the only one: The Baffler has made its back issues free to read online.

Chromecast is a year old and Google is offering some goodies. Good afternoon, Internet…

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GeoCities, Google Maps, Yelp, More: Morning Buzz, July 25th, 2014

Fascinating! How to scan 50 miles of historical documents into an online archive.

The Britain from Above project is crowdsourcing comments on over 95,000 images relevant to World War I.

IFTTT now has a littleBits channel.

Now THIS is a pretty crazy GMail trick: Search GMail and compose new e-mails straight from Chrome’s address bar.

Your Google Maps app wants you to get out there and explore. “Now, whenever you want to discover places in your area, simply tap the new Explore button at the bottom right corner of your map to get a quick look at what’s nearby (where available). With Explore as your guide, you’ll see different places and activities that adapt to each area and moment throughout your day. This also works when you’re browsing other neighborhoods and cities on the map so you can plan your day’s outing or daydream about your next vacation.”

More Google Maps: Google Street View is expanding in Asia. “As is so often the case with Google Maps and Street View projects in Asia, the internet giant has teamed up with the local government and tourism organization for what it hopes will ‘create new ways for people around the world to experience Laos, and by doing so, help create better awareness of this country and attract more tourism.'”

Yelp has launched a Trends tool. “Yelp has launched a new ‘Trends’ tool which allows users to enter search terms to compare 10 years of historical review data from around the world.”

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook search is a multiyear voyage. “In a leaky rowboat,” he did not add. Okay, Graph search is great, but a lack of a plain keyword search — even against your own wall! — is annoying. (I know there are third party tools, but why can’t it be built in?)

Google’s algos are not the same in all countries. Are you surprised? The issues seem to be languages and possibly niches.

Want to “Swipe” Reddit? You can do it with Karma Swipe.

LinkedIn, now with direct sponsored content.

Here ya go: FamilySearch’s latest big add. “Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 indexed records from the UnitedStates, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953, collection; the 50,858 indexed records from the Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997, collection; and the 99,950 indexed records from United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937, collection.”

WOW. There’s a Tumblr devoted to screenshots of old GeoCities sites. OH THE NOSTALGIA. Good morning, Internet…

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Yahoo, FamilySearch, Bing, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 24th, 2014

Yahoo has launched Yahoo Finance Contributors. “We are opening up the Yahoo Finance platform to a select group of leaders of finance from money and wealth managers to strategists and analysts to successful traders, where they will publish content directly to Yahoo Finance pages from Tumblr.”

Apple has sort-of responded to iOS security questions.

The FamilySearch indexathon was a huge success. “We hoped to have an unprecedented 50,000 contributors in a 24 hour period. FamilySearch volunteers excelled, surpassing that goal by 16,511! That’s right—66,511 participants in one day! Incredible!”

Now available: a new LGBTQ digital library. “Thanks to a generous grant from The GRAMMY Foundation®, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries recently preserved and digitized nearly 200 hours of audio recordings from early LGBTQ activists, researchers, and other pioneers. The recordings are now available via the USC Digital Library.”

Did you ever want to download one of those cool pictures on the Bing homepage? Here you go.

I need to read this several times; I very rarely use images: How to use images on Twitter.

Speaking of visuals: how to make high-quality videos with an iPhone.

Okay, one more image-related article and I’m done for this Buzz. How to resize photos for online sharing. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Dollywood, Facebook, Skype, More: Morning Buzz, July 24th, 2014

Google Street View has gone to Dollywood (PRESS RELEASE). In a less high-profile event, Google Street also mapped Connecticut College. Dig the high-five with the camel mascot.

Reddit Live is now official. “anyone can use Reddit Live and submit their ongoing threads to a dedicated subreddit.Unlike traditional Reddit posts, these threads will update in your browser automatically and in real-time. They also support embedded tweets, which can in turn facilitate images, YouTube videos and article links.”

Mashable has a roundup of weird wikis on the Web. Weird is as weird does. What’s so odd about a sandwich wiki?

Stupid search engine tricks: 21 things you didn’t know you could do with Google.

Facebook made $2.91 billion in revenue last quarter. Read this article. I’ll be in the corner boggling. “Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile compared to its services as a whole. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users.”

Using Skype? Microsoft will be retiring old versions soon. Make sure you update before your next meeting.

Foursquare is literally rebranding itself. (Giant pink F logo.)

David Strom takes a look at three new team collaboration tools.

The Wall Street Journal has been hacked.

Web site OpenCurriculum has released a free online library. “In its effort to provide high-quality learning and an openness in K-12 education, OpenCurriculum released a 5,000-document library on its website for math teachers to use as lesson materials. Anyone can use the material on the website without logging in, but to get access to tools such as the lesson plan builder, you need to create an account. The tools aren’t tailored for a particular subject matter.”

Some of Google’s quick answers can get a little weird. Good morning, Internet…

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Wikia, Glass, Robocallers, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 23, 2014

Wikia has launched interactive, embeddable maps.

Google spent $5 million lobbying in the 2nd quarter (PRESS RELEASE). ” Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Google’s spending matched its record amount for a single quarter, which was set in the first quarter of 2012. It was a 50 percent increase from $3.36 million in the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter lobbying disclosure reports were due Monday night.”

The FCC has launched its second contest to get rid of robocallers.

NY Federal judge has ruled that GMail can be accessed by prosecutors. “A New York federal judge ruled on Friday that prosecutors have a legal right to access Gmail-based emails in criminal probes that involve money laundering, a sharp turnaround from previous rulings in comparable cases and an alarm bell for privacy advocates.”

Firefox 31 is now available. (Remember when a new browser release was A Big Deal?)

IFTTT has launched a Nike+ channel.

Are you still using Windows XP? AV-Test has released is final set of AV test results for XP. And remember, even if you’re not on the Internet, keeping some kind of AV is a good idea so that a couple of bad flash drive hookups don’t turn your machine into a petri dish of nasty.

From MIT, deep look at Facebook’s new feed and how algorithms might be calculated/estimated.

From The Atlantic: Is there a place for Google Glass in hospitals?. It’s a shame that such an interesting article only has three comments, and two of them are obvious spam. Good afternoon, Internet…

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