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Dollywood, Facebook, Skype, More: Morning Buzz, July 24th, 2014

Google Street View has gone to Dollywood (PRESS RELEASE). In a less high-profile event, Google Street also mapped Connecticut College. Dig the high-five with the camel mascot.

Reddit Live is now official. “anyone can use Reddit Live and submit their ongoing threads to a dedicated subreddit.Unlike traditional Reddit posts, these threads will update in your browser automatically and in real-time. They also support embedded tweets, which can in turn facilitate images, YouTube videos and article links.”

Mashable has a roundup of weird wikis on the Web. Weird is as weird does. What’s so odd about a sandwich wiki?

Stupid search engine tricks: 21 things you didn’t know you could do with Google.

Facebook made $2.91 billion in revenue last quarter. Read this article. I’ll be in the corner boggling. “Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile compared to its services as a whole. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users.”

Using Skype? Microsoft will be retiring old versions soon. Make sure you update before your next meeting.

Foursquare is literally rebranding itself. (Giant pink F logo.)

David Strom takes a look at three new team collaboration tools.

The Wall Street Journal has been hacked.

Web site OpenCurriculum has released a free online library. “In its effort to provide high-quality learning and an openness in K-12 education, OpenCurriculum released a 5,000-document library on its website for math teachers to use as lesson materials. Anyone can use the material on the website without logging in, but to get access to tools such as the lesson plan builder, you need to create an account. The tools aren’t tailored for a particular subject matter.”

Some of Google’s quick answers can get a little weird. Good morning, Internet…

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Wikia, Glass, Robocallers, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 23, 2014

Wikia has launched interactive, embeddable maps.

Google spent $5 million lobbying in the 2nd quarter (PRESS RELEASE). ” Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Google’s spending matched its record amount for a single quarter, which was set in the first quarter of 2012. It was a 50 percent increase from $3.36 million in the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter lobbying disclosure reports were due Monday night.”

The FCC has launched its second contest to get rid of robocallers.

NY Federal judge has ruled that GMail can be accessed by prosecutors. “A New York federal judge ruled on Friday that prosecutors have a legal right to access Gmail-based emails in criminal probes that involve money laundering, a sharp turnaround from previous rulings in comparable cases and an alarm bell for privacy advocates.”

Firefox 31 is now available. (Remember when a new browser release was A Big Deal?)

IFTTT has launched a Nike+ channel.

Are you still using Windows XP? AV-Test has released is final set of AV test results for XP. And remember, even if you’re not on the Internet, keeping some kind of AV is a good idea so that a couple of bad flash drive hookups don’t turn your machine into a petri dish of nasty.

From MIT, deep look at Facebook’s new feed and how algorithms might be calculated/estimated.

From The Atlantic: Is there a place for Google Glass in hospitals?. It’s a shame that such an interesting article only has three comments, and two of them are obvious spam. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Tennessee, Molecules, Jimmy Carter, More: Morning Buzz, July 23, 2014

The EFF’s Privacy Badger browser plugin is now in beta.

The state of Tennessee has put up a database of over 1500 family bibles.

More Tennessee: the state is putting daycare inspection reports online.

Aaron Tay, who has a lovely blog, wonders whether nested Boolean statements are useful anymore. I don’t use them as much as I used to, but they still come in handy on occasion.

Hawaii Business writes about a digital archive of Hawaiian-language materials.

Does iOS have backdoors built in?

Google has launched the Little Box Challenge. “Today, together with the IEEE, we’re adding one more: shrinking a big box into a little box….Of course, there’s more to it than that. Especially when the big box is a power inverter, a picnic cooler-sized device used to convert the energy that comes from solar, electric vehicles & wind (DC power) into something you can use in your home (AC power). We want to shrink it down to the size of a small laptop, roughly 1/10th of its current size. Put a little more technically, we’re looking for someone to build a kW-scale inverter with a power density greater than 50W per cubic inch. Do it best and we’ll give you a million bucks.”

The New Jimmy Carter Digital Library has gone live. “The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum is excited to announce the official start of its online Digital Library with the ‘release’ of approximately 89,000 pages of digitized textual records from the Presidential ‘Handwriting’ Files of the Office of Staff Secretary. These documents, previously only available in physical form, have been digitized and placed online for easier access. Each file unit has been digitized into a single PDF.”

Hey! You can get 3D molecules on Google’s Knowledge Graph now.

Twitter has apparently been playing Whac-A-Mole with bogus pro-China Twitter accounts.

Eeek: Tor may not be as secure as you think. “However, a presentation promising to detail flaws in the anonymising network has been cancelled, organisers of a major hacker conference have confirmed.”

Facebook, while throttling organic page reach almost to oblivion, apparently still drives more page traffic than any other social network. Good morning, Internet…

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Yahoo, Italy, Eye Strain, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 22, 2014

Yahoo’s search share just keeps dropping and dropping.

Italy is giving Google 18 months to comply with its privacy laws.

From GigaOm: how to fact check breaking news.

Google Maps is now available in Hindi.

From Ars Technica: Why did it take Google so long to address the Chome battery-drain bug?

Possibly useful from Hongkiat: 9 Free Tools to Reduce Computer-Related Eye Strain.

Now available: an e-book publishing platform based on Google Drive.

Direct messaging on Twitter is getting a tweak. “The update will synchronize conversations between web and mobile interfaces. ‘We’re also making an update to the Twitter iPhone and Android apps that will allow you to access your entire DM history,’ Twitter support said in a Tweet.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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WordPress, Words, Bing, More: Morning Buzz, July 22, 2014

WordPress 4.0 Beta 2 is now available.

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus is official.

Yahoo is purchasing analytics app Flurry.

There’s some new malware spreading via Facebook.

Satellite imagery of the Flight 17 debris field has been released by Google and Airbus Defense and Space.

It’s that time again: a dictionary has added new words. YOLO, amazeballs (shudder), and… underperform?

This’ll come in handy: you can create reminders in Google search.

Interesting: 7 Creative Ways to Organize Your Mobile Apps. I have the most frequently-used on the first screen, then in folders organized by function.

Bing search is showing up on Chrome.

Have you heard about a new tracking technology called canvas fingerprinting? ProPublica has a good overview here.

Mmmmkay. A fashion show with themes based on Instagram filters. Whatever floats your boat. Good morning, Internet…

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Anglo-Saxon Poetry, Google Earth, Fancy Dress Balls, More: Evening Buzz, July 21, 2014

“In a labor of love dating back seven years, [Aaron Hostetter] has translated 66 percent of extant Old English poetry – and counting – on his web-based Anglo-Saxon Narrative Poetry Project.” More details here..

The Marine Corps is offering a new historical database. “Family members of Marines who were wounded, killed, deemed a prisoner of war or missing during past wars can now access their loved ones’ casualty card using the Marine Corps History Division’s new online database.”

Oregon State University has a nifty, free PDF available called Google Earth for Landowners. It’s about how to manage and map your property using Google Earth.

Speaking of Google Earth, Google is now making images available for purchase by businesses.

Possibly useful? 14 Mozilla articles to make you a better Firefox user.

Interesting: 6 Uses for Foursquare You Never Considered.

From the Sydney Morning Herald: the importance of archiving our digital culture.

Facebook has launched a Save feature. It’s the lack of features like this that made me figure out how to pull out all my Liked pages to RSS feeds and install the Pocket bookmarklet on my browser. In other words, not gonna use it.

Lifehacker has published its latest list of essential Linux apps. They left off Gnumeric.

Libraries and Archives Canada has put up a small Flickr set of Victorian fancy dress ball photographs. Neat. Good evening, Internet…

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FDA, Google, Washington, More: Morning Buzz, July 19, 2014

Google Translate has some new tools.

More Google: it has pushed out its new alerts design. It would be nice if they pushed out the volume that the alerts used to have.

More More Google: it’s finally going to fix the Chrome bug that drains Windows laptop batteries.

More x3 Google: it is now showing zip code listings.

You know that Kindle Unlimited rumor? It’s true (PRESS RELEASE).

The National Library of Medicine is offering a free online TOXNET class this fall. “TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Has-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox and more. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.”

Hackers are working on a tool to keep Nest/Google (Noogle?) from collecting user data.

Image site Imgur has added tagging and other new features.

Very interesting article from the Atlantic: How to Teach Google What a Story Is.

The state of Washington has launched a new online map of public lands.

The FDA has released a data API that allows access to all recall data going back to 2004. “More APIs will follow in the weeks ahead. OpenFDA is taking an agile (development in small chunks of iterations) approach in the creation and release of these APIs, with the objective of getting feedback from developers and researchers (as well as from industry and the public) at the GitHub and StackExchange forums that serve our project. We plan to incorporate some of the feedback into future iterations of the API.”

Saturday fun infographic: What happens on the Internet in a minute? Good morning, Internet…

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