Carribean, Chrome, Journalists, More: Monday Morning Buzz, March 31, 2014

Wikipedia is getting ready to launch a huge, but subtle, redesign. But there are some font issues…

The Carribean film industry will be getting an online database. It’ll be launched next year. “The online database will, in the first instance, comprise independent feature-length films made in and about the Caribbean, and will act as a resource for filmmakers, producers, scholars and industry professionals. The database will be accessible in English, Spanish and French.”

Apparently 30% of Americans get at least part of their news from their Facebook page. Which means that Facebook’s organic page reach throttling is even more scary.

The Palace of the Governors Photo Archive in New Mexico is beginning a project to digitally-archive a photo collection from the Santa Fe New Mexican. “The newspaper and the photo archives signed a memorandum of understanding last year that eventually will allow public access to to the photographs, which date from the 1970s to the mid-1990s, when the newspaper launched its digital archive.”

WordPress 3.9 beta 3 is now available. WordPress is aiming for a launch final of April 16th.

Chrome OS security holes have been found and patched. “The first exploit, and prize of $150,000, was awarded to a George Hotz, a well-known researcher hacker known as ‘Geohot’ won $150,000 for an exploit chain six deep on the HP Chromebook 11. This hack resulted in a persistent program executing on Chrome OS. It was, by no means, a simple crack. It involved getting four different security holes lined up perfectly. These were: memory corruption in Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine; a command injection in Crosh, Chrome OS’s limited shell; a path traversal issue in CrosDisks, the program that mounts and unmounts file systems in Chrome OS; and an issue with file persistence at boot.”

FamilySearch has added another huge round of records. “Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; the 766,368 indexed records from the new Canadian Headstones, collection; and the 2,917,490 indexed records from the England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907, collection.”

Also in genealogy: thanks to Dick Eastman for the pointer to this article on the basics of scanning. Very useful.

Are hacking attacks on journalists mostly state-backed? “A report from a pair of Google security engineers claims that 21 of the 25 largest news outlets in the world have been attacked by hackers that were likely either working for governments or carrying out the attacks in support of them, according to Reuters.”

Hunting for something to do this summer? Wolfram|Alpha is looking for interns. 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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