Olympics, RootsTech, DARPA, Comcast, More: Tuesday Buzz, February 11, 2014
A guide to Facebook and the Olympics. (Relevant pages and such.)
Google Glass is going to get a road show. Nope, still not convinced those things are okay for my eyes.
An art historian is building an online database of World War I memorials in the United States.. and he needs help finding them. (He estimates there’s about 10,000 and he’s cataloged about 2000.)
Interviews and video highlights of RootsTech 2014 are now available on YouTube. (Confidential to Shauna H – are you not bored yet?)
Is Yahoo going to team up with Yelp for local search?
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it looks like Stanford officially released its French Revolution Digital Archive yesterday.
Apparently DARPA is getting into the search engine space. “DARPA wants a system that can tailor searches to focus on a specific topic, or realm of the internet. It would automate the process, continuously crawling the web for a mission-specific subject, and would leverage image recognition and natural language technology to find content beyond plugging in certain keywords.” Um… I don’t mean to be the dead bird in the guest bed, but this sounds very 1998. Natural language is still struggling to find its place in the search universe. If that were not the case Ask would still be Ask Jeeves, and the Electric Monk would be more than a memory.
Canada has launched an online database to help the food industry with food safety. “Industry can search the tool for food and foodborne hazards in production and processing to help guide the development of their plans.”
Apparently Comcast got hacked. From this article it doesn’t look like Comcast has provided much of a response.
The Jelly Q&A app has lost download momentum and buzz but Biz Stone is being very realistic about it.
Flickr is Ten years old.
The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is now an online resource (press release.) “Built on Safari Books Online’s innovative publishing platform, daredictionary.com transforms the dictionary’s six print volumes and 50 years of unparalleled linguistic research into an interactive, multimedia tool while giving users access to audio and new content…” It’s a pay service, of course. Good morning, Internet…
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