Java AGAIN, Myspace, Chrome, Wolfram|Alpha, Twitter, More: Evening Buzz, January 18, 2013

Oh look, More Java zero-days. Why does Oracle keep trying to patch this thing? “Because Java appears to be riddled with vulnerabilities, Bitdefender’s Botezatu recommends Oracle identify the core components of the software and rewrite it from scratch.” I recommend Oracle throw it off a tall building, bury the remains deeper than the ET video game, apologize, and start over.

Hey Flickr Commons, Happy 5th Birthday!

Ancestry.com has launched new support communities.

The New MySpace is now open to the public.

Google Chrome has a new beta.

Now available a new Israel archaeology archive. “‘The archive is an invaluable project, a site that will consolidate some 30,000 Israeli antiquities web sites into one location for worldwide access,’ explained Dr. Uzi Dahari, deputy director of the Antiquities Authority.”

Wolfram|Alpha has announced a suite of finance apps.

Twitter has started a Twitter Oscars Index: https://oscars.twitter.com/.

Hey, have you had your daily stupid yet? You haven’t? Here ya go: From Ars Technica: “Congress may take books, musical compositions and other works out of the public domain, where they can be freely used and adapted, and grant them copyright status again, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.” And who will own the copyright then? Thinking about how things have changed I went to the Foreign Language Press Survey, which I wrote up early this week, and found this interesting bit from an 1894 issue of Abendpost: “Various German authors of editorials, lectures, novels, poems, etc are complaining bitterly again, that their work is reprinted here in the United States without any permit and in spite of their German copyrights. This situation is to be regretted from the legal standpoint, but cannot be remedied at present, as German literature, originally written in Germany, is protected in America only, if printed and subsequently registered for copyright in this country. On the other hand, most of those German authors and scientists would be completely unknown in this country without the unauthorized reprint of their work. The latter has proved to be a probably unintentional propaganda, which later has been used with skill and advantage by German publishers in Germany for the benefit of the wronged authors.”

Bing has added a bunch more Facebook content to its search results.

Foursquare has a new feature letting you map its last 500 million check ins. Good evening, Internet…

About Tara Calishain

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

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