Kelp, NASA, Classic TV, More: Morning Buzz, August 9th, 2014

Coming soon to New Zealand: a digital archive of World War II veterans.

You probably have seen a lot of news about the Russian gang which has allegedly stolen details on more than a billion e-mail accounts. Krebs has a Q&A breakdown of information. Explain again why Amazon doesn’t offer two-factor?

Zooniverse has a new project — Floating Forests! Help researchers look for kelp!

The Siri Wars continue: Google has acquired Emu. “Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated a virtual assistant not unlike Siri to automate tasks based on your conversations – meaning you could do things like schedule appointments to your calendar, set reminders and even make reservations at a restaurant directly from your conversations.”

Now available: a database of information about prisoners of war from World War I. “According to the ICRC, 90 percent of the 5 million cards on prisoners and 500,000 pages of records associated with these cards are now searchable on the Prisoners of the First World War website.”

Do you run WordPress or Drupal? Please upgrade your installation: there’s a pretty serious security vulnerability.

IFTTT now has a Space Channel, which is interesting because it’s not a device channel but a data channel. “The Space Channel is a native IFTTT Channel powered by NASA, Open Notify, Mars Atmospheric Aggregation System, and How Many People Are In Space Right Now.” I’m excited about this because as cool as it is now, IFTTT as an even more mutable push platform with even more custom data feeds would be brilliant.

Bob Poulsen has launched a new Web site that organizes the TV episodes available in the Internet Archives. It’s called RerunCentury and it’s available at
http://www.reruncentury.com/ . Currently it indexes over 1300 episodes of 160 shows. Shows with at least 40 episodes available include Dragnet, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Jack Benny Program, and The Adventures of Robin Hood.

The Library of Congress has launched an indigenous law portal. “The Indigenous Law Portal brings together collection materials from the Law Library of Congress as well as links to tribal websites and primary source materials found on the Web. The portal is based on the structure of the Library of Congress Classification schedule for Law (Class K), specifically the Law of the Indigenous Peoples in the Americas (Classes KIA-KIP: North America).”

Gmail now works with addresses containing non-Latin characters. And about time too. 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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