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Odia, Names, Google, More: Morning Buzz, October 20th, 2014

A new tool data mines donor information and tells you if your name is liberal or conservative. “The ratings are determined by how often someone with a specific name donates to liberal or conservative politicians. (To arrive at the top 20 names in each group, Crowdpac’s number crunchers did some extra work, looking at names associated with at least 1,000 donations since 1980 to exclude outliers.)” Be sure to do all iterations of a name; according to this tool “Mike” is more conservative than “Michael.”

John Overholt has a new blog curating early versions of Wikipedia articles.

Google Translate has a new Chrome extension.

The Odia language is getting a Wikisource site. “Speakers of Odia will soon have mountains of books to read online in their mother tongue, following the launch of the Odia Wikisource, which will make accessible many rare books that have entered the public domain. Authors and publishers are also invited to donate their copyrighted work, possibly bringing open access to large volumes of books and manuscripts, creating a vast archive of educational resources. And everything will be in Odia.”

Flickr has launched an iPad app.

From How-To Geek: How to use Google Keep for frustration-free note taking. Unless Google decides to cancel it.

Do you want to remove images from Google Maps views? Here’s how.

Google has released a Penguin update.

Genealogists, FindAGrave has new upload and transcribe tools available (they’re in beta). Good morning, Internet…

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Whisper, TwitPic, BBC, More: Morning Buzz, October 19th, 2014

Hey! Use Google Sheets to have multi-lingual chats. From Amit Agarwal, of course.

FamilySearch keeps adding those records. “States. Notable collection updates include the 2,694,665 images from the Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910, collection; the 2,785,409 images from the US, New Jersey, State Census, 1915, collection; and the 2,155,570 indexed records from the US, Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001, collection.”

The ALA has archived its Ebola Webinar and made it available online.

Google is rolling out another search update in an attempt to downrank sites containing pirated content. “The update will also affect search autofill behavior to prevent sites with pirated content from appearing in results. Furthermore, “legitimate” media sites like Netflix, Amazon, and Google Play will be prioritized to the top of Google’s results page when users search for a particular movie, TV show, or song.”

Do you use Whisper? Do you think it keeps your posts completely safe and anonymous? You might want to rethink that. “The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be ‘the safest place on the internet’, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed. The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users – including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services – will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives. Whisper is also sharing information with the US Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws.”

A huge fanzine collection is getting digitized.

Is. Isn’t. Is. For reals. Twitpic is shutting down. You have until October 25th to get your pics.

Are parents going to be held accountable for what their kids do on Facebook?

The Internet Archive now has a map of book subjects. Wooooooow. “The relationship data for this map has been generated by first retrieving all the tags of the Internet Archive’s images on flickr and then connecting those subjects which appear together on an image. The resulting similarity matrix has been processed using the t-Distributed Stochastic Neighbor Embedding (t-SNE) technique which groups topics by the strength of their relationship. In the last step the layout gets cleaned up automatically so that no text blocks overlap.” When I tried this it was kludgy, but as an indicator of what might be possible I really like it.

Twitter will now show you tweets from people you don’t follow. Because marketing. And because famous people don’t have enough outlets to get their faces all up in your face. Blah.

The BBC will start keeping a public log of articles removed under “Right to be Forgotten.”

Snapchat will soon have advertising. Good morning, Internet…

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Mocavo, Antique Pianos, Philadelphia, More: Morning Buzz, October 18th, 2014

Mocavo is having an open access weekend.

IFTTT used to have great Twitter triggers that they had to shut down in 2012 because Twitter treats third-party developers like crap. Anyway, IFTTT now has much better Twitter triggers. “…today’s rollout brings additional recipes which let you query deeper into Twitter’s stream, instead of only focusing on your own actions. These new triggers are far more useful, too. They can serve as a valuable research tool, allowing to you to do things like track a hashtag or keyword and turn that into a spreadsheet of tweets, or input that info into Slack. You can also configure Twitter (via IFTTT) to alert you to things going on nearby, or set up a digest of tweets, IFTTT suggests.”

7 Useful GMail Filters. Have I mentioned lately how much I miss Eudora? And its filters which would do everything except make toast?

Case Western Reserve University has joined HaithiTrust.

From the always-marvelous Amit: How to color alternate rows in Google Sheets.

Did you know there was an online museum for antique pianos? (PRESS RELEASE)

Is the FBI going to take action against Google and Apple over encryption?

DELICIOUS, of all sites, is curating an ebola resources page.

The Wellcome Library is trying an odd little experiment where images from its archive are shown to reflect current weather conditions. Could be fun.

The Internet Archive is offering the 2014 Philly Political Media Ad Watch. “The project is a collaboration between the Internet Archive, Sunlight Foundation, Philadelphia’s Committee of Seventy (a non-partisan government watchdog), University of Delaware’s Center for Community Research & Service and the Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania. It immediately enables local media to do a better job sifting between fact and fiction in political messaging and revealing financial sources of political influence.”

IFTTT has added a Honeywell evohome channel.

Yahoo has launched a new accessibility page. Good morning, Internet…

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Facebook, Ireland, Vintage Ads, More: Fat Afternoon Buzz, October 17th, 2014

Now available: an online archive of letters from Irish soldiers during World War I. “The archive, is a collection of 453 letters from 56 servicemen who wrote to Dublin woman Monica Roberts in acknowledgement of practical gifts she sent to them during the First World War. It has been published in a fully searchable online database of text and images on http://www.dublinheritage.ie.”;

The Daily Ranger of Wyoming has put its photo archive online.

The Law Library of Congress is going to offer free access to some historical legal materials from HeinOnline. “These materials can be accessed through their Guide to Law Online: U.S. Federal and are pulled directly from the HeinOnline database. Users can download files up to 20 pages per download.”

The New York Times has started an online archive of vintage ads and wants YOUR help transcribing/identifying them! “But the Times is inviting readers to do more than just view the ads. It’s also asking readers to help shape the archive by sifting through the ads, identifying them and even transcribing their text.”

The LSE (that’s London School of Economics and Political Science, kids) has launched the Woman’s Hour of Westminster digital archive. “The archive contains audio interviews with a number of key female politicians, such as Theresa May, Harriet Harman, Eleanor Laing, Hazel Blears, Mo Mowlam, Shirley Williams and Tessa Jowell, as well as administrative items such as Parliamentary Radio board papers and official correspondence.”

The state of Connecticut is asking residents to help it preserve World War I history. “Beginning later this month, state library officials will hold a series of community events at which local residents are urged to bring in family letters, photographs, diaries, recorded stories and other objects from the World War I period.”

How do the different social networks handle major events? “ShareThis quarterly report finds that Facebook commands a large lead in total sharing of major events, but Twitter and Reddit activity ramps up the closer you get to the event.”

Now available: an an online database for Fortune 500 company compliance codes. “In October, the University of Houston Law Center launched a new searchable database that retains compliance codes for Fortune 500 companies.”

I’m not a big fan of using free/open WiFi, but sometimes it’s the only way you can get Internet. Lifehacker’s assembled a list of national chains that offer free WiFi.

Facebook has launched a new “Safety Check” feature. Hey Facebook, if you actually let posts go out to all of a user’s friends instead of throttling everything maybe something like this WOULD BE LESS NECESSARY. Grrrr…

Hate the new Facebook stickers? There’s an extension for that. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Firefox, Charts, More: Short Morning Buzz, October 17th, 2014

Moving your Web site? Google has updated its change-of-address tool.

Now available: Firefox 33. “Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 33 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Major additions include OpenH264 support as well as the ability to send video content from webpages to a second screen.”

From Sitepoint: 5 tools for creating online charts.

There’s a a new online archive of Washington DC photographs.

The BBC has launched the BBC Genome project – see what was showing on the Beeb the day you were born! “Fancy knowing the TV schedule from the day you were born? The BBC has your back, with the newly-launched project Genome — a searchable online archive of the broadcaster’s schedule. The archive, which has been available to BBC staff since last year but today has been made available to the public, was constructed out of digitised copies of the Radio Times, the schedule magazine founded and originally published by the Beeb.”

Information from UK psychiatric hospitals from the 18th to the 20th centuries will be digitized and put online. “The project will focus on records dating from the 19th and 20th century, and will touch on the movement away from institutional care as the 20th century progressed. Patient records and case notes, photographs, administrative documents and registers will be digitised, creating an extensive online archive that will be a valuable resource for historical research.” Good morning, Internet..

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Twitter, Player Pianos, Ello, More: Morning Buzz, October 16th, 2014

Hey! Happy 20th birthday, Netscape Navigator! MAN I am old.

Oops and yikes: a Dropbox bug has deleted a bunch of files from the cloud. And apparently some of those files aren’t recoverable.

Google Spreadsheets are getting Smart Autofill. Here’s hoping it’s not as much fun as AutoCorrect or who knows what’s going to end up in my spreadsheets.

Twitter users in France can transfer money through tweets.

Google is trialing doctor video consultations.

You can now use stickers in Facebook comments. Stickers are those big emojis that used to be restricted to just Facebook messages.

The British Library has put 46 more Greek manuscripts online.

LinkedIn is getting hit with a class-action lawsuit.

Ello is having some growing pains. (By the way, if you want an Ello invitation, send me a note through this site’s contract form or @researchbuzz me on Twitter.)

This sounds lovely: Stanford is starting the Player Piano Project. Restoration, digitizing!

Bing has launched an election information site.

Yahoo takes a look back at a year of bug hunting. “Our Bug Bounty program has matured and grown since last October. We are proud to now have more than 600 contributors, we’ve also paid over $700,000 in bounties to contributing researchers since our launch. Inspite of this growth we haven’t forgotten our roots. This is why we still send the occasional t-shirt to researchers who successfully identify a tech vulnerability of significant value.”

The Online Historical Newspapers Site has posted a bunch of updates. Hope your shoulder continues to do well, Miriam!

From Hongkiat: 7 New Google Chrome Features You Should Know.

Google has made some improvements to Google Classroom.

The National Library of Medicine has an Ebola information page. Good morning, Internet…

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Hawaii, Mars, Nude Meercats, More: Evening Buzz, October 11th, 2014

Jane G dropped me a note about the alternative browsers article I mentioned recently and gave a warning about the Conduit option. see Wikipedia for details or just Google conduit browser .

Google Desert View – now with camels. “Google took to the sands to expand its globe-spanning Street View imagery, using its Trekker camera pack modified and mounted to an actual camel’s hump to capture photos from the Liwa Desert, a pristine wonderland straight out of fantasy tales in the United Arab Emirates.”

Ever wanted to send your name to Mars? Here you go.

Hawaii state archives are going digital. “Officials said legislative records will go online first, but the more than half a million records will eventually include historic documents, such as an 1849 petition. The online database is expected to be completed in October 2015.”

The University of Vermont has a new online collection of Civil War broadsides and ephemera.

And today on Who Got Hacked Saturday, it’s Kmart. “Sears Holding Co. late Friday said it recently discovered that point-of-sale registers at its Kmart stores were compromised by malicious software that stole customer credit and debit card information. The company says it has removed the malware from store registers and contained the breach, but that the investigation is ongoing.”

SnapChat has had a huge photo leak.

Mocavo has a new census viewer.

Reddit is considering letting users submit self-promotional material – if they pay for it.

Google and the London Zoo are teaming up to stream LIVE NUDE MEERCATS. Good evening, Internet…

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