Twitter, Civil Rights, Taiwan, More: Morning Buzz, July 11, 2014

A new Twitter account monitors Congressional edits to Wikipedia. “@Congressedits is based on a similar account devoted to the British Parliament. The IP addresses are fairly easy to come by, and it uses a script similar to what you might accomplish with an ‘If This Then That’ command to send notifications to Twitter.”

Google is using search trends to craft viral tweets.

More Google: controlling Google Glass — with your brain! “By combining the smart glasses with an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, the software makes it possible to take a picture without moving a muscle.”

The University of Southern Mississippi will double its digital archive of civil rights era histories. “Previously about 450 of the university’s oral histories have been digitized. With the new funding the university is expected to double the number of oral histories that will be available online at the Center’s website and through the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive. The new funding will allow the university to digitally preserve an additional 332 audio interviews, index 160 interviews that were previously not transcribed, and publish 443 interviews to the university’s digital collections.”

The Ministry of Culture in Taiwan has launched an online museum database. “Containing more than 260,000 images and items spanning 90 categories such as art, drama, music, natural history and traditional crafts, the undertaking is another MOC initiative following the iCulture integrated services platform launched in June 2013.”

A new tool tracks legal claims against New York City. “In fiscal year 2013, taxpayers paid $494.9 million for the city’s settlements involving property damage and personal injury—the latter, which makes up 98 percent of all the tort claims filed against the city. Another $200.6 million was paid for non-tort claims. Those include disputes about contracts between the city and its employees or contractors; and claims of overpaying taxes and fines.”

Lifehacker takes a look at a competitor to Raspberry Pi — the HummingBoard.

More Lifehacker: How to use Pocket like a pro. Great stuff! I love Pocket.

PC World compares external hard drives to cloud storage for backup. The results are mixed depending on how much you have to back up.

WordPress 4.0 beta 1 is now available.

An old API of Facebook’s left a big security hole on the site. “Skilled attackers could exploit the vector to gain almost the same control of accounts as legitimate users. They could update users’ statuses including posting links to friend timelines; publish and delete comments and notes; upload and delete photos, and ‘like’ content.”

A new open source tool lets you create open source maps without coding.

Where are expectant mothers going for health advice and information? Why, Dr. Google! 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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