Paleobiology, Yelp, Kickstarter, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, December 20, 2013

The Costică Acsinte Archive has joined the Flickr Commons. “Costică Acsinte was a Romanian war photographer born on July 4th, 1897. He participated as a volunteer in the war to unite the Romanian nation and attended Aviation School. After his discharge, he opened a photo studio and continued taking pictures until his death on January 7th, 1984.”

The Creative Commons has noted that a paleobiology database is making its content available under a Creative Commons license.

Google Translate is now in 80 languages.

More Google: it has released a new Transparency Report. “Over the past four years, one worrying trend has remained consistent: governments continue to ask us to remove political content. Judges have asked us to remove information that’s critical of them, police departments want us to take down videos or blogs that shine a light on their conduct, and local institutions like town councils don’t want people to be able to find information about their decision-making processes.”

This is an interesting idea, and I hope Yelp expands it. Yelp is now showing the health grades along with restaurants along with the reviews. “Although restaurant inspection scores have been available on the health department’s website since the inception of the grading program in the 1990s, this will be the first time consumers will be able to see the data in conjunction with photos and reviews, the department said Thursday.”

Hmm — Vine is getting into custom URLs. “Users can head to vine.co on Monday to register for their custom, or vanity, URL. To do so, users will log in with the information for their Vine account. They’ll then be sent to a page where they can register for their profile URL.”

A UK Web Archive is now live, but it’s not available via the Internet…

You can now embed Flickr photos.

If you’ve not been keeping up with Wolfram|Alpha, here’s a roundup of the best posts of 2013.

Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has added advanced search. “With our new Advanced Search, you can dig deep using a whole batch of filters — location, category, launch date, popularity, and tags.” VERY nice. Good afternoon, 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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