Olympics, RootsTech, Academics Torrent, More: Sunday Buzz, February 2, 2014

This might be fun: the Muppets are live-tweeting the Super Bowl.

In advance of the Olympics, Google Street View has updated a lot of its Russia imagery. “From today, Street View is available in Vladivostok, Yakutsk, Irkutsk and, of course, Sochi. Winter lovers also are treated, for the first time, to images of mountainous Slovenia. This gorgeous Central European country becomes our 55th country to launch Street View.”

The Yale University Library is going to be lending out Google Glass during the spring semester.

Genealogists! 15 RootsTech sessions will be streamed live.

Now available: a new academics torrent site to share papers and datasets. “AcademicTorrents provides researchers with a reliable and decentralized platform to share their work with peers, as well as the rest of the world. The site currently indexes over 1.5 petabytes of data, including NASA’s map of Mars.”

Google’s Chrome is making some changes to fight back against settings hijackers.

You’ve heard of keylogging, right? The next iteration of that for tablet devices may well be taplogging. “The malware monitors the smartphone or tablet it has infected and sends two streams of data back to the criminal controlling it. One stream features images of what is happening onscreen while the other contains the X-Y coordinates of exactly where on the screen the user touched.” (This is proof of concept malware and not in the wild.)

Cyndi of Cyndi’s List provides a good overview on using Facebook posts for genealogy research.

Pebble is getting an app store on Monday, apparently. 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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