Zillow, Twitter, Pinterest, Bioinformatics, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, February 6, 2013

Zillow is getting on the Pinterest train via a new site called Digs.

Twitter has purchased Bluefin Labs. Bluefin is a social TV analytics company. Add this to Twitter’s partnership with Nielsen and suddenly Twitter is a huge player in TV.

Is Pinterest worth between $2 and $2.5 billion? I don’t see it. But then, I still don’t really get Pinterest.

Softberry has released 80 free bioinformatics programs (well, sort of free– available for academic users on a limited basis.) “The programs … are available for Linux and Mac OS platforms and focus primarily on genomic and proteomic research. They include tools for analysis of next generation sequencing data: Accurate spliced alignment of RNA-Seq data to a reference genome (ReadsMap), de novo assembly of transcriptome reads into RNA transcripts (TransSeq), genome assembly (OligoZip) and a software package for SNP analysis (SNP-Toolbox).”

A nice one from Robin Good: a resource to crowdsource YouTube subtitles.

Instagram is (finally) letting you browse your Instagram feed on the Web. Which means I’ll be using it a lot more.

A site hack has triggered mass malware warnings in Google Chrome.

Productivity alert: 15+ tools for getting things done.

A new database developed by UC Irvine provides a comparison of the economic performance of US states over 20 years. “Supported by the nonprofit Next 10 foundation, Neumark and economics graduate student Jennifer Muz compiled data on fundamental economic measures – including economic growth, job growth, layoffs and unemployment, earnings, income distribution and poverty – from 1990 to 2011 for all 50 states. Sources included the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages and Current Population Survey.”

Yikes! A quick article that establishes why you shouldn’t save your password to the browser. Eeek. Good morning, Internet…

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