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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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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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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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Google, Methane, Pinterest, More, More: Morning Buzz, July 18, 2014

Pinterest is making it easier to discover content on its site. “Pinterest already offered a categories tabs where users could search for pins by more general groupings, but now, those categories include more specific interests that users can subscribe to.”

Use self-hosted WordPress? Checked your plugins lately? Violet Blue has a roundup of four popular WordPress plugins with security issues.

Google has launched security initiative Project Zero. “Our objective is to significantly reduce the number of people harmed by targeted attacks. We’re hiring the best practically-minded security researchers and contributing 100% of their time toward improving security across the Internet.”

The latest use for Google Street View? Mapping out methane leaks.

Similarly, solutions are being developed to use Google Glass as radiation detectors.

Amazon is testing an ebook subscription service.

Now no less a site than eBay is complaining it was hit by Google’s Panda algorthim.

More Google: Thanks to oceans of stupidness, Google has to process millions of useless DMCA notices.

From Wired: How to download and archive your social media.

Useful from the American Press Institute: How to spot a fake photo.

Good stuff from Helen Brown: social media searching for prospect research.

And good stuff from Social Media Examiner: 3 Steps to Create Podcasts with Google Hangouts on Air. Good morning, Internet…

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Fonts, Twitter, House of Commons, More: Morning Buzz, July 17, 2014

Twitter is apparently cracking down on companies which provide information on its user base. If the facts are as they’re presented in this article it makes me really wonder about Twitter.

Yoiks, looks like CNET got hacked.

Google has finally dropped its real name requirement for Google+. “After three-plus years of restricting users to their real names on the network, Google+ announced today that it is abandoning the policy and allowing people to use any username they choose.” This may be too little too late…

Fun: check out these very brilliant Facebook profile/cover pages.

The NOAA has improved its wrecks and obstructions database. “Historically, Coast Survey has maintained two separate sources of information on wrecks. We recently combined the sources, bringing together information on nearly 20,000 wrecks and obstructions.”

Google is now letting you schedule events directly from its search page.

More Google: Google has added Bitcoin exchange rates to instant search results.

More More Google: it has disabled discussion search — for real this time.

Now available: a new open source font for the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean languages. “Adobe and Google today announced the launch of a new open-source font for Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages that covers 65,535 glyphs, making it one — if not the — largest font to cover these languages. The font, which was optimized for both print and screen, is now available for free through Google Fonts and through Adobe’s Typekit, where it is included in the free tier.”

Remember that Twitter account that tweets when edits to Wikipedia are made from Congress-related IP addresses? Now there’s one for the House of Commons in Canada.

Useful information: Going beyond 1922: Finding periodicals with (and without) renewed copyrights.

30 social media monitoring tools for businesses. This goes deep… Icerocket‘s in here….

Yahoo’s most recent quarterly results were not all that.

Possibly useful: How to mute, unfollow, and ignore people on social media.

Do you want to make comments to the FCC on Net Neutrality? You have until the end of the day Friday.

As you may have read, Yelp is not happy with how Google displays search results for local businesses. There are leaked documents allegedly from Yelp in this article, but more interesting are some of the comments. Some of them are positively vicious towards Yelp. I had no idea. Good morning, Internet…

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Copyright, Snapchat, HMS Beagle, More: Morning Buzz, July 16, 2014

Do you (still) hate the new GMail compose window? Do you wish you had the old compose environment? There’s an extension for that.

Mozilla has launched an improved JPEG encoder. “Mozilla promises that version 2.0 of its encoder reduces the file size of both baseline and progressive JPEGs by about 5 percent on average. Depending on the image, that number can be significantly higher (up to 15 percent) or slightly lower. Unlike the first version, which only focused on progressive JPEGS, this new version also improves images saved in the baseline format.”

There’s a new digital preservation tool available – CSV Validator. Article here.

How do you feel about the SCOTUS Aereo decision? The US Copyright Office wants to know.

Nifty: Snapchat has added filters that unlock art based on your location. “Snapchat users can now add specific art and labels to snaps take in certain cities and destinations. For example, if you’re taking a photo at Disneyland, you’ll be able to swipe right to see art related to the amusement park; if you’re passing through a particular area of New York City such as the Flatiron District, you can add an overlay label to your picture based on that neighborhood.”

Kingston University in the UK has launched a new digital archive. “The Collection currently features more than 500 historic images with many more to be uploaded in the future.The archivists have put out a call for more historic photos of the University and help with background information on items currently in the collection.”

The library of the HMS Beagle has been reconstructed and is now available online. “Led by John van Wyhe, a historian of science at the National University of Singapore, a research team compiled digital copies of what they believe to be the complete set of 404 books, including thousands of stunning illustrations, that accompanied Darwin aboard HMS Beagle.”

Read your Reddit, via Google Glass, with Monocle. I am more amused by this than I should be. Maybe I just dig monocles.

The Digital Library of Georgia has added WSB Radio logs to its archive. “The radio logs document programming in the early years of WSB Radio, Atlanta’s first radio broadcast station. The logs, which span 1922 to 1949, document WSB programming during the ‘Golden Age of Radio.’”

A GMail concept redesign. Always amazes me how deep designers can get.

Genealogists, FamilySearch has a couple of new mobile apps available.

Is Yahoo thinking about buying AOL? Oh no. No no no no no no no. Pardon me while I facepalm. Good morning, Internet…

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Civil War, World Cup, Electricity, More: Morning Buzz, July 15, 2014

A collection of Civil War letters has been digitized by a group of students in New Hampshire.

Is there a new Google Alerts interface afoot?

YouTube is thinking about funding premium content sources… again….

In case the sudden dearth of soccer in the world is giving you the heebies: every World Cup 2014 Google Doodle. Google also looked at the World Cup through search.

Not surprisingly, the World Cup broke Twitter and Facebook records.

Why Google+ is still a ghost town. Chris Abraham gives G+ a thumping.

The guy behind Google Glass has gone to Amazon. Drones with hipster glasses….

There is now a database of electricity rates across the US. “Electricity rates from nearly 3,500 utilities across the country are now available in a free online database developed by Illinois State University in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.”

From Social Media Examiner: How to use Facebook Pages to Watch to track competitors. Ooooo….

Sotheby’s is going to start streaming some of its auctions live on eBay. MMmkay.

Should tech giants be regulated like utilities?

Hey, the Raspberry Pi has a new version! “The new board costs the same $35 (£20) as the original but has two more USB ports, bringing the total to four, a microSD card slot for memory and a neater design, which should make fitting the board into custom projects easier and Raspberry Pi cases smaller.” The extra USB ports will come in handy.

From PC World (Warning! PC World!) – How to find anything in Evernote.

Theodore Roosevelt is getting a digital library. Good morning, Internet…

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