Twitter, Churches, Facebook, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 31st, 2014

The Google Glass App market is showing some signs of life.

Is Spain going to pass a “Google Tax”? “Julio Alonso has the details, in which it appears that the lower house of the Spanish legislature has approved a very, very dangerous bill that creates a brand new inalienable right for news publishers to be paid for, via compulsory licenses, any ‘electronic news aggregation system,’ which is broadly defined as anyone who shares more than just anchor text with a link.”

Wolfram|Alpha crunches and munches some data to look at demographic anomalies in the US.

Have you been reading all those stories about the (lack of) employee diversity in tech companies? Here’s a roundup in a couple of charts.

Now available: a nationwide church directory (PRESS RELEASE). “. This non-denominational resource hosts over 300,000 churches organized by denomination and location on one convenient website. When users conduct a search for a local church, they are provided with a description of the church, links to the church’s website and social media accounts and a form to email the church directly.”

Image search company Madbits has been acquired by Twitter.

Facebook is shutting down its Gifts feature. “Facebook Gifts will shut down on August 12th and stop selling gift cards for businesses like Starbucks and iTunes. Facebook tells me no layoffs will occur, and most of the team has already been reassigned to other commerce initiatives it’s concentrating on.”

Google now has a search tool to filter for private content. “This type of filter will show you content that was shared with you on Google+ or Gmail if you are signed in to your Google Account.” Apparently this doesn’t work with Google Apps, you know, the version of Google that people actually pay to use. That isn’t annoying at all.

Hmm. Some very interesting Twitter search techniques. Good afternoon, Internet…

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