Wolfram|Alpha, Olympics, India, More: Saturday Buzz, February 1, 2014

Wolfram|Alpha now has data about languages spoken in the US.

Korea has fined Google $196,000 for unauthorized data collection.

Over at TechCrunch, an interesting discussion about whether Yahoo was building its own search products. If they do, I hope they go all-out. Confidential to Yahoo: there are lots of search gaps out there. Searchable subject indexes come to mind…

Fun! Winter Olympians to follow on Instagram.

Speaking of Olympics, I had no idea there was a database devoted to tracking cases where athletes have been suspended for doping. Unfortunately for casual curiosity, the Anti-Doping Database is subscription-based.

A really nice Facebook image cheat sheet. I need this as a poster.

From Boing Boing: The Library of Congress is adding digitized Carl Sagan items to the LoC Web site.

A column in the New York Times compares social Q&A apps Jelly and Need. For the author’s purposes (which sound like mine) Need absolutely wins.

From Small Business Trends: The 7 Best WorldPress Alternatives. After using FrontPage (MANY years ago), Moveable Type, and WordPress for ResearchBuzz, I can say with much confidence that I’m sticking with WordPress. But I was trying to use WordPress for a work problem, and it wasn’t working very well. I ended up using a site creator called Wix ( http://www.wix.com/ ) which is not mentioned in this article, and I highly recommend it. (DISCLAIMER: My link to Wix is not and affiliate link and Wix didn’t pay me to recommend them. Wix doesn’t know me from Adam’s off-ox.)

The National Film Archive of India is going to get a digital library.

Twitter has bought 900 patents from IBM? “Twitter says it has bought 900 patents from IBM and that the companies have entered into a cross-license agreement. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.”

Zooniverse has launched yet another new project: Disk Detective. “Disk Detective is backed by a team of astronomers that need your help to look at data of stars to try and find dusty debris disks – similar to our asteroid field. These disks suggest that these stars are in the early stages of forming planetary systems.” 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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