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Newsreels, Heartbleed, Weeds, More: Thursday Morning Buzz, April 17, 2014

Wow! British Pathé has uploaded 85,000 films to YouTube. “Founded in Paris in 1896, Pathé launched in Britain 14 years later. It single-handedly invented the modern television news format but ceased recording in 1970.”

The UC San Diego Library has launched a digital archive of the United Farm Workers movement. “The archive contains thousands of items, including a timeline of the labor union’s milestones, oral histories and manuscripts, photographs and videos. All of the content can be accessed on the library’s website.”

Google has patented tiny cameras embedded in contact lenses. “Google has previously detailed a plan to build smart contacts that measure blood glucose levels in diabetics to provide non-invasive, constant feedback to both a wearer and potentially their doctor, too. This new system describes uses that could also benefit the medical community, like using input from the camera to spot obstacles and alert a wearer who has vision problems as to their whereabouts.”

More Google: there is now a Google Map of Westeros — along with a tool to prevent against spoilers.

For your protection: a couple of browser extensions that protect against Heartbleed.

The “dark Web” has a new search engine. “Grams, which launched last week and is patterned after Google, is accessible only through the Tor anonymizing browser … but fills a niche for anyone seeking quick access to sites selling drugs, guns, stolen credit card numbers, counterfeit cash and fake IDs — sites that previously only could be found by users who knew the exact URL for the site.” Based on the Grams logo, I suspect there are lawyers writing up C&Ds right this second…

Amit Agarwal keeps it going: How to embed tables and spreadsheet data in Web pages.

The publishers of Farm Industry News have developed a new smart phone app to identify weeds. Good morning, Internet…

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NASA, Nightingale, Instagram, More: Sunday Buzz, April 13, 2014

NASA has released 1000 apps to the public. “Software makes up about a third of reported NASA inventions each year, and by publishing a software catalogue the agency hopes to increase the ability of others to make use of its software significantly, said Daniel Lockney, who manages NASA’s Technology Transfer Program.”

Interesting: Wellcome Library now has a SoundCloud account.

Google Translate now lets you edit translations.

I’m kind of surprised: apparently 44% of Twitter users have never tweeted.

A collection of Florence Nightingale letters are now online

Building the perfect portfolio – on Instagram? “In creative fields, having an impressive portfolio of work to show off at interviews or to HR managers is no longer necessarily the key to landing a job. Instagram and, in some fields, Pinterest, have become an important marker of taste and talent alike.”

From Lifehacker: the coolest things you can automatically add to Google Calendar. I like the stardates and the weather forecasts.

Genealogy search engine Mocavo has announced another new set of search features.

Did you have some trouble with Instagram over the weekend? You weren’t alone.

Dropbox has announced some new products. “Amidst the flurry of announcements, one thing became startlingly clear: Google Drive may have the cheapest consumer cloud prices around, but Dropbox wants to be more than just a simple storage locker.”

So who missed the Windows XP shutdown deadline? Why, the IRS. “According to the IRS, it has approximately 110,000 Windows-powered desktops and notebooks. Of those, 52,000, or about 47%, have been upgraded to Windows 7. The remainder continue to run the aged, now retired, XP.” (They’re getting custom support from Microsoft.) Good morning, Internet…

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WordPress, YouTube, WWI, More: Saturday Buzz, April 12, 2014

Wow: YouTube live streaming is now available on Chromecast.

More YouTube – Coachella is streaming live!

The McDuffie Museum Collection has been added to the Digital Library of Georgia. “The collection includes digitized photographs, letters, newspapers, postcards, maps and government documents from the American Revolution through the early twentieth century. Though a small collection of fifty-three items, it is a highly curated group of high-interest pieces, including an 1864 map of Cobb County hand-drawn by a Union spy, a letter written by Abraham Lincoln while an attorney in Illinois, and an 1864 photograph of General Sherman and his troops gathered near Atlanta.”

Are you having trouble installing a recent Windows 8.1 update? You’re not alone.

WordPress 3.9 is coming next week!

More Twitter search options! You can now search for timelines and lists.

Google Chrome Beta 35 is now available.

Facebook has released more transparency report details. “Facebook revealed that it has allowed the Indian government to censor the content its inhabitants are allowed to see on the social network 4,765 times between July and December 2013. Why? Indian legislation outlaws criticizing a religion or the state, so when government officials call blasphemy, Facebook investigates and eradicates.”

Top secret MI5 files of WWI have gone online. “The files contain a wealth of material about organisations and individuals involved in espionage or under surveillance during the period of the First World War. They are part of the wider security service personal file series (file reference KV 2) held by The National Archives.”

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Music, Reddit, Facebook, More: Fat Friday Buzz, April 11, 2014

Twitter isn’t happy just rolling out a design to look more like Facebook, it wants to act more like Facebook too – with bunches of new ads.

The Tate has launched a digital archive of Audio Arts magazine. This magazine was actually distributed on cassette. “The uniquely formatted magazine collected more than 1,640 interviews with artists, critics, and other art world illuminati including Marina Abramovic, Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Daniel Buren, John Cage, Tacita Dean, Sarah Lucas, Nancy Spero, and Rachel Whiteread, among many others.”

Reddit has started showing trending subreddits. That could be a fun exploration tool…

The British Library has begun a big Hebrew manuscript digitizing push with an initial 45 manuscripts. “With the Jewish Passover approaching, we are also thrilled to launch digitally the Golden Haggadah (Add. 27210), one of the finest surviving Haggdah manuscripts from medieval Spain and the British Library’s most famous Hebraic treasure.”

Facebook is cracking down on newsfeed spam. “Today we are announcing a series of improvements to News Feed to reduce stories that people frequently tell us are spammy and that they don’t want to see. Many of these stories are published by Pages that deliberately try and game News Feed to get more distribution than they normally would. Our update targets three broad categories of this type of feed spam behavior.” I would like to think that this means that non-spammy Facebook pages will get more distribution, but I’m not holding my breath.

Want to buy Google Glass? You’ll have your chance… for one day only…. next week!

The 2014 selections for the National Recording Registry have been released. And it includes… the THEME FROM SHAFT! Can you dig it?

The Connecticut Digital Archive now contains photographs from the New Haven Railroad Glass Negatives Collection. “There are 148 photographs of New Haven Railroad cars — baggage, parlor, dining, sleeping and coaches — from the early 1900s. Many of the exterior views of the cars are accompanied by an interior view, like the photograph above of parlor car 2153.”

Welp, support for Windows XP has officially expired. If you insist on still running it, here are some hints to make it safer.

And if you did switch, but you’re finding yourself bereft, here’s a nice article on running XP programs with Linux Mint and Crossover.

The temples of Angkor are now on Google Street View. Or temple view.

Could be useful! 10 Free Project Management Applications.

And here’s some Friday fun for you: iconic album cover locations in Google Street View. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Bing, Twitter, Stanford, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, April 8, 2014

Google is apparently trying to trademark the word “glass.” Seriously? Seriously? Feh.

More Google: it has launched a “Know Your Candidates” tool in India.

Fast Company has an article on the “ideal length” of various social things — tweets, Facebook posts — and other items like seminars and domain names. On the one hand when I think of short good Facebook updates I think of Frank Coniff. On the other hand does this mean I can’t post cat stories anymore?

Interesting: Four alternative browsers based on Google Chrome. Read the comments (Lifehacker is unusual in that it’s almost always worthwhile to read the comments).

Twitter is rolling out its redesign — and my, isn’t it Facebook-y.

More Twitter: you can now search for Tweets by date? I apparently completely missed this —

Boing Boing looks at CC attribution and Flickr, and fixing something that’s broken.

Stanford University has started an online archive of civil rights photos. I say “has started” because the new online archive has 200 photos in it, and the online archive has over 200,000. More photos will be added in phases.

Bing is apparently testing a (slightly) different search results design. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Boston, Twitter, eBay, More: Saturday Afternoon Buzz, April 5, 2014

TechCrunch has an interesting article on Sitedrop, a Dropbox tool. “After signing up for Sitedrop and authenticating with Dropbox, the files in your shared folder are visible online through a custom subdomain, where they can be displayed in lists or in a more visual format, like slideshows. The service also supports previews for files created by Photoshop (which Dropbox does not), making Sitedrop popular among the creative set, including photographers and designers.”

The city of Boston has a new online local band database. “[Tim Oxton] hopes Noise Atlas becomes a tool for not just Boston bands, but touring acts looking to fill bills with appropriate support or headliner. He envisions Noise Atlas as a tool for promoters, musicians, journalists, and pretty much anyone seeking out music. And stresses that the site is an ongoing work-in-progress — by no means is this a finished project.”

Desktop users can now enjoy emojis on Twitter. LET THE EMOJIPOCOLYPSE BEGIN!

Vine now has private messaging.

This is a little outside my remit, but hey, it’s Saturday: eBay has a new category for virtual currencies.

Google has provided a sneak peek at its new do-it-yourself smartphone. “With different block components that users can affix and detach from a basic frame — such as keyboards, cameras, batteries and speakers, for instance — Project Ara allows radical personalization in terms of both functionality and aesthetics.”

Weekend fun from Amit Agarwal – how to send personalized e-mail using mail merge in GMail.

Microsoft has released details for the final security patches for Windows XP. “According to ZDNet, the “Critical” Windows XP fix addresses problems in Internet Explorer versions 6-9 and 11, though it doesn’t apply to Internet Explorer 10. Meanwhile, the second update is marked “Important” for all versions of Windows, including XP.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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Dancing, Predicting, Oregon, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, April 5, 2014

Now available: a database of cleared plant leaf images. (Cleared leaves are leaves that have been bleached to make their vein structure more visible.)

Beyond Search has a quick writeup on Similarsitecheck, which — guess! — lets you look for similar sites.

A non-profit has launched an online database of alleged misconduct by the Oakland California police. “Police Beat publishes stories and interactive graphics twice a week from 1,368 lawsuits and complaints filed against Oakland PD and settled out of court from 1990-2013. Almost 400 of those cases detailed violations of Oakland citizens’ civil rights.”

Man, look at all the people clinging to Windows XP. Have you switched yet?

The New York Public Library has digitized thousands of hours of videos from the Jerome Robbins collection.. “The Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image contains over 24,000 dance films and tapes, and the selection of its holdings now available through the new online portal includes items that span the history of the genre, from the earliest films of the late nineteenth century — such as Thomas Edison’s hand-colored 1897 film Annabella — to the latest HD recordings of modern artists and contemporary productions.” Unfortunately a lot of it looks like it’s not viewable online, probably due to intellectual property issues.

Computer scientists at Stanford has developed a method to help predict which shared photos will go viral.

More predicting: can Twitter be used for economic forecasting?

Good article from Lifehacker — read the comments, too — on tools and apps to make the most of Flickr.

The folks at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission have added photos to the OregonLiquorSearch.com Web site. Over 1100.

The ACLU has has launched an NSA documents database. “We have made all of the documents text-searchable to allow users to investigate particular key words or phrases. Alternatively, the filter function allows users to sort based on the type of surveillance involved, the specific legal authorities implicated, the purpose of the surveillance, or the source of the disclosure.”

Mmmkay. You can now search Yelp with emoji.

Well crap! You can’t send SMS through Google Chat anymore.

Hey, Google Glass is two.

More Google: You can now share your GMail theme. Good morning, Internet…

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