Twitter, White House, Soil, Facebook, Human Rights, More: Morning Buzz, August 27, 2012

Twitter cuts off Tumblr. So, what, is poking yourself in the eye a thing now?

The White House is open-sourcing its online petitions system.

Baylor University is developing a new soils database. “Called the Baylor University Paleosol Informatics Cloud (BU-PIC), it combines soil, climate, topography, and vegetation data from the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), the PRISM (Parameter-elevation Regressions on Independent Slopes Model) Climate Group, the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) and peer reviewed journals.” Still in development.

It’s official: the New York Times is selling its About Group to IAC. The About Group is About.com, ConsumerSearch.com and CalorieCount.com. IAC is (among other things) Ask, or as I like to say, “Ask Not-At-All-Jeeves.” Is it wrong to think it’s funny that IAC has a higher market cap than AOL?

A new database about human rights has been launched in Pakistan: “Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) launched the first online searchable database archive comprising documents and data on human rights issues and democratic development in the country on Saturday…. Currently, the electronic archival database contains more than 600,000 records on 72 subjects from January 1, 2006 to July 30, this year.”

Google building a privacy “red team” — a smart thing to do considering how much the last FCC fine was, and the risks of similar fines in the future.

One of those who just got dragged into Facebook’s timeline? (Me!) you might like this free cover photo generator: http://www.pagemodo.com/welcome/cover-photos.

COM library has an undead libguide. AND an undead pinboard.

DirectTV has launched a Tropical Storm Issac information channel. “The DIRECTV-produced information channel will begin broadcasting at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT [Sunday Night] and will air on viewer channels 325 and 349. DIRECTV plans to provide continuous coverage until the storm has diminished in strength.”

New database of architectural, interior, and landscape images from Dering Hall is here. Choose the Portfolio section. Warning: may make you feel like a complete schlub. Good morning, Internet..
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About Tara Calishain

Covering the world of search engines, databases, and other online information collections since 1996.

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