Trains, Bing, Feedly, Google Doodles, More: Thursday Morning Buzz, October 3, 2013

Lee Celledoni dancing the Jitterbug, 1947You can now track Amtrak trains on Google Maps. In real time, no less! “The map shows the specific locations of Amtrak’s 300 national trains and the time that train is predicted to arrive at a particular station. Sensors embedded on train tracks send location data via GPS tracking installed on each train. Then, the map data is passed to the Google Maps Engine along with station data from Amtrak’s content management system.”

You know how more and more tech companies are asking for the right to disclose more information about government data requests? It shouldn’t be too surprising that the government is opposed.

A Yale professor has done some debunking of Bing’s “Bing It On” search challenge. I never bothered with it because I hate challenges like that. “Oh, Bing finds better results for ‘cow’!” Sod that! I need information on 19th century taxidermy in the state of Oklahoma. If Microbing would just apply itself where Google isn’t even bothering, it would have plenty of room for innovation.

So speaking of that, you can now search Pinterest via Bing image search. “Today, we’re excited to announce Image collections for Bing image search, which brings together curated collections of images from around the web. Now, when you search for an image on Bing, you’ll notice related boards on Pinterest right alongside regular search results.”

A registry of stolen bikes has launched in Chicago and is trying to expand nationally.

The YouTube of code? Yes, please! Only feel free not to emulate the comments section. Check out this article about Runnable.

You know that zero-day security issue with IE I’ve mentioned in the last couple of weeks? Yeah, it’s being widely exploited. “Several groups are using an exploit that takes advantage of security bugs in Microsoft’s flagship browser software to attack financial institutions and government agencies in various countries in the far East, using various Trojans and similar strains of malware.”

Apparently a Google search for Brandy has a little hiccup. (Get it? Brandy? Hiccup? Whee! That’s what I get for writing these at the end of the day.)

Want to see if there’s an iPhone 5S available in your area? There’s a tool for that.

Lifehacker has created a roundup of the best extensions and add-ons for Feedly.

Wow! Every Google Doodle ever as one giant GIF? It’s 1809 frames and 15 MB! Good morning, Internet…

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