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Instagram, Movies, Krispy Kreme, More: Morning Buzz, December 18th, 2014

That’s different: a Twitter-based clock. “A new browser-based clock shows you the time by displaying tweets that mention the current hour and minute.”

Google has brought back the Google News archive. That’s excellent news.

More Google: it is thinking about warning people every time they visit a site that does not use https. Seems like it’s going to really scare people who are just visiting little mom-and-pop sites for stores and stuff that don’t sell online but want a Web presence.

More More you get it: Krispy Kreme is celebrating with in-store holiday hangouts (PRESS RELEASE). “The Joy Goes Around Holiday Hangouts is an interactive experience that utilizes Google Chromebook to connect up to fifteen in-store guests at Krispy Kreme shops in sixteen different countries via a two-minute live video chat on a customized Hangouts page. Playful on-screen prompts such as ‘wave your hand, show off your doughnut, or toast your coffee’ make the Holiday Hangouts experience even more enjoyable.”

You can now add Google Drive files as GMail attachments.

Google Maps: now with Google Cardboard integration.

Someone at TIME tested Twitter’s new harassment reporting tools and then reported on the results.

Ever want to drop a bunch of your recent Instagram photos into a digital blender? Hey, I don’t judge: here ya go. “[Metagramme] takes 36 or 64 of your most recent Instagram photos and combines them into a single image. The result is a colorful, crazy digital amalgam that is part photography and part abstract art. Metagramme can pull from hashtags too, just in case you ever wondered what a blend of 50 photos of a #shark looks like.”

The new National Film Registry List is out!. It’s a wonderful mix of movies and includes Ruggles of Red Gap! Yay! Very funny movie.

The Washington Post looks at the top 20 Web sites through the years. The big lesson I get from this, since I’ve been writing about search engines since 1996, is that nothing is invulnerable and that things change. Google can lose its prominence. Facebook can become an also-ran. I’m not saying I want this to happen, I’m just saying that things are always changing.

A huge number of WordPress sites have become malware-infected because of a vulnerable plugin.

The Nasher Sculpture Center is creating a French sculpture census. “Nasher officials say that for the census [Laure] de Margerie has produced ‘a digital archive of 7,000 French sculptures dating between 1500 and 1960 that are found in American museums, public buildings, historic homes and estates, or displayed in public space. Offered in both English and French, the census presents in rich detail the breadth, quality and diversity of nearly 500 years of French sculpture collected in the United States.'”

Well that’s interesting. Chinese search engine Baidu is investing in Uber. Good morning, Internet…

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Kenya, Twitter, Instagram, More: Morning Buzz, December 17, 2014

Google has updated its high-res 3D imagery for New York and San Francisco.

More Google: it is retiring the Google Earth API.

More more Google: Google shuts down Google News in Spain, and external traffic to Spanish news publishers drops a lot. What did anybody think was going to happen??

YouTube is testing an autoplay feature that streams suggested videos automatically. But you can turn it off.

More YouTube: apparently it is testing a GIF tool.

Nielsen has released its Twitter television rankings for 2014. And I know I’m old because I didn’t watch any of the shows it mentions. Whipper snappers! Get off my lawn! And so forth.

More Twitter: 200 librarians to follow on Twitter.

Facebook has started auto-enhancing photographs.
“We’re not ace photographers, but we all take photos. Most could use a little help with light and shadow. So rather than making you manually filter them, Facebook tells me it will now auto-enhance newly uploaded photos starting today on iOS and soon on Android. You’ll be able to adjust a slider to control just how enhanced you want the light, shadow, and clarity, or revert back to your original shot.”

Speaking of photos, Instagram is offering five new photo filters. “Inspired by the photography, art, fashion and design of the global Instagram community, we’re releasing five new filters that we believe are our best yet. You’ll see the filters at the front of your filter tray: Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua. They soften and subtly shift colors to achieve the look and feel you want for your each photo.”

Virginia Tech has created a digital archive of The Kenya Gazette. “The Kenya Gazette is the official record of all laws, ordinances, and appointments made by the colonial and independent governments of Kenya. The historic database currently covers the years from 1977 to 1989, and will eventually include all Kenya Gazettes published since the 1890s.” Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Skype, Facebook, More: Morning Buzz, December 16, 2014

Apparently high-level participation in comment sections can reduce trolling. I don’t know if you’ve ever done it, but community moderating/wrangling is a seriously tough job.

You can now control your Nest by voice. And yet, still no jet pack…..

Central Michigan University is digitizing its plant and fish samples into an online database. “Thanks to $7.5 million in grants from the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections Program, CMU is among a group of universities that will help put together an online database featuring more than 1.7 million specimens of plant and fish life.”

Google Cardboard has a new app collection.

More Google: You can now make custom Google Maps from within Google Drive. “As well as adding the option to access Maps directly in Drive, you can also now add more layers and points of interest. There’s also support for importing bigger spreadsheets and more info.”

More more Google: Google’s constitution archive has added Arabic documents. These are translations for the most part. “The site allows users to search for different constitutions by country or by year, and is subdivided into themes such as citizenship, foreign policy or judicial autonomy and power.”

The Skype Translator Preview has launched. So exciting! “he preview program will kick-off with two spoken languages, Spanish and English, and 40+ instant messaging languages will be available to Skype customers who have signed-up via the Skype Translator sign-up page and are using Windows 8.1 on the desktop or device.”

Google is closing Google News in Spain today. Not surprising at all. It’ll be interesting to see what fills that void.

Facebook has stopped serving search results from Bing.

Merriam-Webster has announced its 2014 Word of the Year… and it’s culture! Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Lutes, Hip-Hop, More: Saturday Buzz, December 13th, 2014

You can now add mini-charts into Google Sheet cells. These are adorable.

More Google: GMail is now available in Irish.

More More Google: Google Translate has ten new languages.

WordPress 4.1 now has a release candidate.

Ars Technica has a review of Mint 17.1 and quite likes it. At work I switch between using a Mint machine and a regular Ubuntu machine and the Mint machine gives me fewer headaches.

Instagram has topped 300 million active users and may be bigger than Twitter.

Now in the Cambridge Digital Library: lute manuscripts. “A ‘remarkable’ collection of lute manuscripts dating back to the 16th Century has been put online by the University of Cambridge. The 650 pieces include handwritten scores by John Dowland, Francis Cutting and other early modern composers.”

Do you want to know who said something first on Twitter, created a hashtag or coined a term? There’s a Web app for that.

Cornell University will be digitizing the collections of Bill Adler, the founding publicity director of Def Jam Records. “Adler sent Cornell University 500 vinyl recordings, an impressive collection of books in several languages and roughly 100,000 newspaper and magazine articles about rap and hip-hop.”

Facebook and Twitter have both launched their Year in Review.

Facebook now offers a way to specify end dates to page posts. This would have come in real handy last winter in my Real Job, when I had to post many “We are closed today because of the weather” posts and then had to make sure to remove them in a timely manner to avoid confusion.

Bing has launched Insights for Office. “It can use the words from your entire document (or also those you select) to pinpoint exactly what you are looking for. With the help of this context, we are able to rank the most relevant result at the top. Now Abraham Lincoln the president, is shown and not Lincoln the car company – all displayed conveniently next to your Word document. The results are also prioritized by relevance, including Snapshot, Wikipedia, Bing Image Search, and related web content to help find what you need.” So it’s using your entire document for search context, which assuming privacy issues have been ironed out, is quite clever. Good morning, Internet…

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New Orleans, New York Times, New Patches, More: Morning Buzz, December 10, 2014

There is now an online oral history archive of New Orleans hip hop.

GMail now has a phone calls tab.

More Google: My Maps Pro is going free.

More More Google: Over 30 vulnerabilities have been found in the Google App engine. (Warning! PC World!)

From Amit, who is always terrific, I do not know how he does it: 20 examples of spidering a Web site with wget.

TechCrunch takes a look at Facebook post search. I still don’t have it.

This could be very interesting. The Royal Mail has launched a 3D printing service.

Tumblr has a new explore button. “Explore dishes up text, photos, GIFs, quotes, audio, video and other content based on other Tumblr blog posts that a user has liked. It also mixes in content that is ‘trending’ on the service in real-time, and it adds ‘staff picks’ which have been highlighted by the folks at Tumblr HQ.”

Adobe has released another handful of updates. Patch patch patch!

Bing has launched a new “Fact Answers” search feature. “These new facts at the top of the search page aim to provide simple answers to searches for things like phone numbers for restaurants, the hours of your local mall, or directions to your friend’s house.”

Greenbot really likes Google Keep.

The New York Times has open-sourced its crowdsourcing tool, Hive. “A couple of months ago, the New York Times rolled out an interesting project called Madison, in which the newspaper asked readers to help the paper identify old print ads by going to a website and answering questions — and even in some cases transcribing the actual text in the ads. Now, the company is open-sourcing the platform it built for that project, known as Hive, so that others can use it for their own experiments in crowdsourcing.” Good morning, Internet.

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Twitter, Troubadour Crusade Poetry, More: Morning Buzz, December 9, 2014

According to an article in PC World (Warning! PC World!) Google Translate is going to get more muscle.

Ready for some navel-gazing? Here’s How to analyze all your 2014 tweets.

More Twitter: 10 Twitter Analytics and Visualization Tools.

Created and still developing: an online archive of troubadour crusade poetry. How cool is that? “Researchers from the University of Warwick are editing and collating the first comprehensive archive of troubadour and trouvere poetry and songs covering the Crusades as part of a new Anglo-Italian research project which will open up the lyric poetry of the medieval troubadours and trouveres to its widest-ever audience. The poetry, some of it long forgotten to modern audiences, will be published on the University of Warwick and University of Naples websites complete with translations, information on manuscripts and earlier editions, and details of the historical circumstances of their original composition and performance.”

Theses of Delhi University scholars will be going online. “Delhi University will develop a digital repository of research conducted by its students. The digital repository will be part of the University Grants Commission’s digital database, called Shodhganga repository, and will include doctoral theses and dissertations.”

GMail has some more categories if you poke around a little.

YouTube can now tell you how copyrighted music will affect your video before you upload it. “Say you want to use Boom Clap from TechCrunch friend Charli XCX. You can now check and see that your video will still be viewable worldwide and that ads can appear on your video — but chances are you won’t be able to monetize your video through ads yourself.”

The publication Literary Review has launched an online archive. Looks like a pay service, though print subscribers will get free access.

Facebook has reportedly added the ability to search for individual posts, but I haven’t seen it yet. Repeated attempts to try it have failed, but it’s still rolling out.

FamilySearch has another big update. Looks like most of it’s FindAGrave. “Notable collection updates include the 124,060,301 indexed records from the Find A Grave Index collection; the 830,416 indexed records and images from the US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 collection; and the 497,490 images from the US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 collection.”

There’s an effort underway to crowdsource a list of old NBA games that are available via YouTube. “Corbin Smith of biscutblog has created a Google document for fans to jump in an add any links to old NBA games they know of, and it’s growing rapidly. The list is arranged in chronological order, and is currently at 50+ full basketball games, ranging from an “aggressively truncated” version of Game 1 of the 1954 (!) NBA Finals to a mid-February 2008 Lakers vs. Magic contest. And in between? Playoffs games, Finals games, All-Star games, Rookie-Sophomore games, Jordan games… you name it.”

More Charles Darwin archives are now available online.

Kenya News Agency’s (KNA) multimedia archives are getting digitzed. “The KNA digitization drive aims to scan all multimedia assets and catalog at least 30 per cent of the collection by December 2015. The scanning process will generate a high resolution digital copy of the asset…. Digitization is expected to begin early 2015. The estimated volume of KNA assets is as follows: 500,000 photos, 6,000 hours videos, 20,000 hours audio, 500,000 articles and 40,000 bounded books.”

Yahoo has released its top searches for 2014.. Ebola was the top search, to no one’s surprise ever.

Hmm! Looks like Google has a mortgage calculator. Good morning, Internet..

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Office Documents, Vine, Google, More: Short Morning Buzz, December 4, 2014

Medium has launched a free charting tool.

Yahoo CIO Mike Kail is being sued by Netflix, his former employer. “In a lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court in Santa Clara County, Netflix accused Mr. Kail of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and other improper actions. Netflix alleged that Mr. Kail accepted commissions of 12% to 15% on a total of $3.7 million paid to two IT service companies from 2012 until his August departure from the company, where he had served as vice president of IT. In the complaint, Netflix said that Mr. Kail ‘may have received other benefits from companies that contracted with Netflix including but not limited to, stock, gift certificates, and cash.'”

Possibly useful: you can now edit Microsoft Office documents from within Dropbox.

Oh and hey: you can now Edit Office files from GMail. “Google also added support for 15 new Microsoft Office file types, including .pps and .ppsx presentation files, along with templates and macro-enabled files. The company says it has also improved its ability to convert charts, tables and graphics within documents”

Vine has added a Favorites option. Batdad!

Google is launching a new kind of CAPTCHA. “This new API also lets us experiment with new types of challenges that are easier for us humans to use, particularly on mobile devices. In the example below, you can see a CAPTCHA based on a classic Computer Vision problem of image labeling. In this version of the CAPTCHA challenge, you’re asked to select all of the images that correspond with the clue. It’s much easier to tap photos of cats or turkeys than to tediously type a line of distorted text on your phone.”

From the Library of Congress: a research guide to tracing federal regulations.

Microsoft has opened up its audience polling tool, Bing Pulse, to everybody. “Bing Pulse is still in beta testing and will be available for free until January 31, 2015. Gottheimer said the plan is to move to a freemium model, where a basic version is available for free, but customers have to pay for additional usage or features.” Good morning, Internet…

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