Iowa, Chrome, Wikipedia, Google, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, October 26, 2013

Ars Technica notes that Google is now showing banner ads on its search results pages, after promising years ago not to. Hey, they gotta fund that longevity research somehow. Now if you’ll pardon me I have to go have AltaVista flashbacks.

Even though the operating system itself is expiring in April 2014, Google is extending Chrome support for XP until April 2015. “Our goal is to support Chrome for XP users during this transition process. Most importantly, Chrome on XP will still be automatically updated with the latest security fixes to protect against malware and phishing attacks.”

The Web site Teach With Movies is now free. “TeachWithMovies offers access to more than 350 lesson plans and learning guides for movies and films.”

From TIME Magazine: the best video editing software for consumers.

The NIH and CDC have launched a registry to track sudden death in the young. “Cases of sudden cardiac death or sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) are not routinely or systematically reported, and no commonly agreed upon standards or definitions for reporting currently exist. Complete information has not been collected on the incidences, causes, and risk factors for sudden death in the young. The lack of evidence fuels disagreements about the best prevention approach.”

The state of Iowa is going to get an online history course and history Web site resource. “In parallel with the course development, the UI Digital Studio for Public Humanities, under the direction of Professor Jon Winet, will create an online Iowa History Resources website for Iowa history educators and the general public.”

Do you need to destroy CDs or DVDs with sensitive data? Here are some options.

A pilot project will offer free Wikipedia via text message. “To access Wikipedia, users will need to call *515# on their handset and then wait for a text message that requests their first search query. Hit send and a second message will arrive on their phone asking for them to clarify which Wikipedia entry they’re interested in reading. A third asks which section of the page they require first, before sending them all of the relevant text from Wikipedia.” The three month pilot project will take place in Kenya to see how well it works.

For genealogists – Nineteen kinds of death records and their uses.

Yahoo has purchased image recognition company LookFlow.

The Internet Archive has released a new 404 handler for Web sites. If a visitor can’t find a page on your site and it’s archived on the Wayback Machine, that’ll be offered to them instead. Isn’t that cool? I’m not sure I can use it on WordPress.com, though. 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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