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Marvel, Oz, Twitter, More: Morning Buzz, August 15th, 2014

Back with a little stolen time! More catching up this weekend.

Hootsuite looks at an interesting question: when should you respond on Twitter?

UCR did a post-event breakdown of World Cup tweets. “Not surprisingly, Argentina, Brazil and Germany had the highest number of tweets during the recent World Cup, but Bosnia, Cameron and Ivory Coast saw the greatest surge in terms of percentage increase in tweets compared to a year earlier.”

OxfordDictionaries.com has added a whole bunch of words, including ones I like (“cray”), and ones I don’t (“adorbs,” which sounds like something you wear to deal with occasional incontinence.)

Another thousand Old Masters are going online. “Glasgow University is teaming up with National Museums Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery, Leeds Museums and Galleries and York Art Gallery to make 1,000 Old Masters available on the internet. Experts will explore the origins, history and attribution of each work before cataloguing them in the online database.”

Illustrated London News has launched a new archive featuring material from 1914-1918. “The first-phase website includes the digitised pages from the Illustrated London News 1914-1918; a wealth of editorial features providing rich context for the source material; a timeline; a range of topical insights from “Animals and War” and “Trench Life” to “Sport and the War”; and a blog written by young historians appointed for the project.”

Marvel now has a fashion Instagram account. Because… oh, I don’t know.

1960s Australian counterculture magazine OZ now has a digital archive.

Catching up… Twitter has busted out a new transparency report. “There were 2,058 requests from Jan. 1 to June 30, marking a 46% increase over the second half of last year. The requests affect 48% more Twitter users than in the previous report.”

From Entrepreneur: 12 Things You Should Do on Your Personal Google+ Account Right Now. (No, not deactivate it. Sheesh.) Good morning, Internet…

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Snapchat, Twitter, Google Barge, More: Afternoon Buzz, August 9th, 2014

Now available: over 700 hours of World War I film footage.

From Edudemic: 5 Unusual Ways to Use Google Presentations. I like the flash cards idea.

Interested in getting a Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections program grant? There’s a webinar for that.

From Mashable: Snapchat for beginners.

Wow: should Yahoo fire 10,000 people? “Even though the publicly reported headcount for Yahoo at the end of last quarter was 12,200, it’s been an open secret since Silver Lake was doing due diligence on the company back in 2011 that Yahoo — dating back to Carol Bartz and probably earlier than that — also employed 4,000 – 6,000 offshore contractors in the Philippines and elsewhere. Because they are on contract, they aren’t required to be reported as a full-time employee in the headcount number. This large contractor workforce likely still is on the books, making the true number of employees closer to the 18,000 number Andreessen quoted above.”

Twitter is testing “translated” hashtags. “The trial, spotted by The Wall Street Journal, provides a concise translation of trending hashtags. For example, #ointb is rendered “Orange Is the New Black” for the uninitiated…”

Sometimes it’s fun to feel old: 5 retro operating systems you can run on the Raspberry Pi.

Remember that mysterious Google Barge? It’s been sold for scrap.

Now available: an unlock key for the CryptoLocker malware. “Simply send the site one of the CryptoLocker-encrypted files on your PC, along with an email address. It’ll scan the file to figure out the encryption specifics, then send you a recovery program and master key that can be used to rescue your ransomed data.”

Wikipedia has updated its iOS app. “Wikipedia has today made a significant update to its iOS application, which most noticeably features a cleaner, “distraction-free” design, as well as the ability to edit Wikipedia articles from your smartphone or tablet device. Under the hood, the app received a number of other improvements as well, including speed increases, offline access, a reading history, and more.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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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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Sorry about the silence

Sorry about the silence, y’all — work last week has been rough. And I was doing so good too! Posts will resume shortly.

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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Text Extracting, Silent Films, Wikis, More: Morning Buzz, July 31st, 2014

A new database has been launched to remember the British soldiers of World War I. “A total of 1,117,077 service personnel from what was then the British Empire died in the war, which began in 1914. The Every Man Remembered database allows people to commemorate relatives or someone they knew, or find a person for whom no-one has yet left a tribute.”

From The New Yorker: when considering the archives of a writer, what do you do with their digital effects? The case of Salman Rushdie.

The Folger Shakespeare Library has launched Folgerpedia.

Datascope has released a new tool for extracting text from documents. “Ok, ok, ok. You can’t extract text from any document at the moment, but textract integrates support for many common formats and we designed it to be as easy as possible to add other document formats. The whole thing is up on github, to make it easier for the community to add their own integrations.”

Apple has purchased podcast app Swell. Swell immediately shut down, and as you may have noticed on Twitter, I was very upset. I loved Swell. It made it easy to listen to news podcasts without using iTunes’ horrible podcast tools, and you have no idea how much I’m going to miss it. Another heart broken by a free app.

An article in the New York Times asks: Can Reddit Grow Up? In my Real Job I buy a pretty good amount of advertising, and I’d love to advertise on Reddit. Unfortunately there’s no way to do geographically-specific advertising that I can find. (Please let me know if you’re aware of one!)

Amazon has launched a 3-D printing store. “Amazon has launched a new store for 3D-printed goods, which include items that can be customized to change their size, color, material and even aspects of their design. The store covers a range of types of products, including jewelry, electronics, toys and games, home decor and kitchen supplies, and items are supplied by a number of partners including Mixee, Sculpteo and 3DLT.”

Wow! Using regular screenings to crowdsource information on silent films. “Deep in the archives of the Library of Congress’ Culpeper, Va., film preservation center lie thousands of movies in cool, climate-controlled vaults. Hundreds are a century old or older, and unidentified. Their titles have been lost over the years and the library knows little about them, so it started inviting fans of early film to a yearly event called Mostly Lost to help figure out what they are.”

This is rather recursive: people are trying to de-index pages from Chilling Effects, the DCMA notice archive. But Google isn’t having it. “Chilling Effects is the largest public repository of DMCA notices on the planet, providing a unique insight into the Internet’s copyright battles. However, each month people try to de-index pages of the site but Google has Chilling Effects’ back and routinely rejects copyright claims.”

The FamilySearch Research Wiki will be getting a new look.

Google is testing a Timeline View for its knowledge graph.

A little far afield, but you may find it useful: a roundup of 44 tutorials on how to take perfect product shots. Good morning, Internet…

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Lemurs, GIFs, Tennessee, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 30th, 2014

Smithsonian Magazine: making animated GIFs from historical photos. “This summer, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), in partnership with Imgur, is rolling out the Summer of Archives, a collection of historical pictures and moving images repurposed for the digital world.”

The Wellcome Library is teaming up with 9 UK medical libraries to digitize and display their archives. “Approximately 15 million pages of printed books and pamphlets from all ten partners will be digitised over a period of two years and will be made freely available to researchers and the public under an open licence. By pooling their collections the partners will create a comprehensive online library. The content will be available on multiple platforms to broaden access, including the Internet Archive, the Wellcome Library and Jisc Historic Books.”

Fascinating paper, quick read, if you’re interested in what happens when institutions open their online archives, check this out. How the Rijksmuseum opened up its collection.

Yelp is now going to let users upload video.

The Library of Congress has made 1000 of Warren Harding’s love letters available online. Eww. “The letters were written between 1910 and 1920 during an affair that began in 1905 between then-Ohio Lt. Gov. Warren Harding and family friend Carrie Fulton Phillips. The vast majority of the letters were written by Harding, many while he served in the U.S. Senate (1915-1921).”

The Google Maps API has improved its mapping imagery.

How much video gamer “pay to play” is happening on YouTube? Not that much.

The state of Tennessee is getting more digitized newspapers. “The TNDP will digitize another 100,000 pages of Tennessee’s microfilmed newspapers dating from the late 19th century to 1922. Since the project began in 2010, the UT Libraries, working in partnership with the Tennessee State Library and Archives, has digitized 200,000 pages from Tennessee newspapers dating back to 1849.”

And now, to announce a new online database of lemur records: a lemur slideshow. Good afternoon, Internet…

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