Windows 8.x, Reddit, Snapchat, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, January 1, 2014

Check out how Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Dogpile doodled up New Year’s Eve.

From New York Magazine, the 2013 Twitter Glossary. This is less about word definitions and more about cultural trends and shifts in language use. A fascinating, fun read.

Google has patented a comic generator — that kind of looks like Bitstrips…

Handy from How-To Geek: how to download Windows 8.x and Create a Bootable DVD/USB (Legally!)

Wow! Reddit had some crazy stats in 2013. “Reddit today announced that in 2013 it served an impressive 56 billion page views and 731 million unique visitors.”

The FamilySearch catalog has gotten a couple of updates.

An interesting roundup of new laws that are effective January 1, 2014.

There is an incubator dedicated to developing medical applications for Google Glass. (Video)

Snapchat user names and phone numbers – 4.6 million of them – have been leaked. “SnapchatDB, an unofficial site run by an anonymous individual or group, allows open access to two files — one an SQL dump, one CSV text — that show details of the photo-sharing app’s users alongside their location.”

Interesting: 80% of world leaders are now on Twitter. (Press release.) “In 2014, the DPC expects penetration on Twitter for world leaders to rekindle and reach 90 percent, with leaders ultimately realizing how to employ Twitter effectively as a means of strategic communications — an insight seized by Iran’s newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani who became active on Twitter in 2013 for international relations even though the site is blocked in his own country.”

File sharing apps Bump and Flock will be shut down by Google. Good morning, Internet, and I wish the best for a safe and healthy and happy 2014.

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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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