Google, PR, WWI, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, June 11, 2014

Weotta, a Web site that provides information on nearby activities, now has a search engine. “…the company hasn’t completely abandoned its card-based interface. The results are still presented five cards at a time; when you click on a card you can see the relevant details (including commentary from Facebook friends), save them if you’re interested, and look at similar activities. One of the nice touches is that if you look at an event or venue listing and then return to your main search, the results will be readjusted to prioritize items similar to what you were just looking at.”

Barack Obama gave a Tumblr talk for the first time yesterday.

Noting for a couple of my graphics projects, perhaps you’ll like it too: 30 awesome, free to download capitals fonts.

Adobe and Microsoft have released a new round of critical fixes.

The National Library of Medicine and Wellcome Library have teamed up to digitize a great deal of content related to World War I. For example: “The Wellcome Library has digitized over 130,000 pages of correspondence, personal and field diaries and reports, photographs and memoirs associated with the allied medical services during World War I.”

Behind the scenes: How Twitter is preparing for the World Cup.

This should be interesting: PR Firms Outline Wikipedia Compliance in Joint Statement. “In an effort to mitigate the ‘complicated relationship’ between Wikipedia and PR pros, ten communications agencies have developed a joint statement outlining how they intend to comply with the online encyclopedia’s policies.”

A theater chain has banned Google Glass. Can’t say I’m surprised.

More Google: Google has launched a Street Art Project. “Here today, gone tomorrow. The transient nature of street art means it can be at risk of being scrubbed out and lost forever to its legions of fans. But long after the paint has faded from the walls, technology can help preserve street art, so people can discover it wherever and whenever they like. In a new project launching today, we’ve partnered with street art experts to bring you 5,000+ images and around 100 exhibitions in the Google Art Project—telling a story of street art around the world.”

More more Google: Google has purchased Skybox. “Skybox provides sub-meter images as well as 90-second videos from its network of small satellites. It points them at specific spots to provide analytics about how they change over time.” I am kind of creeped by this.

More more more Google: are Google users in the US going to get the “Right to be forgotten” form? Spoiler: no.

Ooopsie. Apparently Facebook accidentally launched its Snapchat clone and then revoked it. No backsies Facebook. 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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