Yahoo, Space War!, Font Town, More: Tuesday Morning Buzz, April 29, 2014

Sunday it was a zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability, today it’s a zero-day Flash vulnerability. It has already been patched, so be sure to run your updates.

Alicia Peaker has a brief blog post on building digital exhibits in the classroom wih open source tool Omeka and a few various plugins. She also links to several examples.

Noupe takes a look at font site Font Town. “In the game since 2009, Font Town has recently created ripples . This is mainly due to the service enhancements implemented as well as the rapid growth to over 30,000 fonts and the redesign of their UI. All the fonts hosted are free downloads and the user experience can well be called intuitive, while the actual use of the fonts is not always that straightforward. We have taken a closer look at Font Town and checked whether this is the new world capitol of free fonts.”

Fortune has a quick roundup of 8 of Google’s biggest flops. I’d forgotten about Google Lively!

Yahoo has launched Yahoo Travel. “… an immersive digital magazine that makes those daydreams to getaways near and far a reality, with all the inspiration and information you need right at your fingertips.”

Meh. I’m much more interested in Yahoo’s announcement of Yahoo Live. “Beginning this summer, Yahoo and Live Nation will begin producing the largest collection of U.S. concert live streams on the web: one live concert, every day, 365 days a year.” There will also be additional music content and sports content as well. An intelligent and oblique way to attack Google’s YouTube dominance.

Parks Canada is considering a giant database for its cultural resources. “If the plan proceeds, members of the public would likely have online access for the first time to Parks Canada information about its 700,000 historical objects and reproductions, and 30 million archeological artifacts.”

From Forbes, an article on three Web sites which can show you if you’ve been hacked.

Did you know Wolfram|Alpha has cost of living information? A blog post shows how to use it.

Wow! For the true game geeks: Internet Archive now has Space War! Space War! is… “a 1962 collaboration of multiple students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Playing off the cathode-ray tube of a Digital Equipment PDP-1 (of which less than 60 were sold), this two-player space-battle game has been lauded as a major advancement in computer gaming for over 50 years.”

MyHeritage now has over 5 billion historical records.

Over at Search Engine Land, Will Scott asks: Does Google’s Review Count Inflation Give Them An Unfair Advantage In Local Search? “Next time you’re on a Google+ Local page, check for yourself: does the quantity of reviews boasted match the actual number of reviews? Anecdotally speaking, this seems rare.”

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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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