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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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LastPass, MyHeritage, Skybox, More: Sunday Buzz, July 13, 2014

Google has launched an “advisory council” page on the right to be forgotten. “Google launched a dedicated page on Friday to publicise its advisory council on the right to be forgotten case which invites the public to submit their comments on the ruling and how the search giant should apply it.”

Digg has relaunched as a news alerting service. “… is being rebranded as ‘Digg Deeper,’ and is designed to alert you to the best stories from your friends and trusted sources on Twitter. After logging in, Digg Deeper dives into your Twitter timeline to surface the links being shared the most, then offers these as a scrolling list on the Digg homepage, as real-time email alerts, and as mobile notifications from the Digg iOS app.” I would be very interested in this if Nuzzel wasn’t around.

From Mashable: 7 Things We’d Change About Google Hangouts.

Google-owned Skybox has released images from its new satellite. Wow!

More Google: Google has started rolling out desktop home screens for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

YouTube is getting a new radio show on SiriusXM.

Search Engine Land tested Google vs. Bing on which search engine was better at showing movie show times. Guess who won? (Hint: not Google.)

MyHeritage is offering free access to WWI collections through the end of the month.

Wow, I had no idea that there was such a huge time lag between an article being pulled from a journal and then retracted in PubMed.

Were you disappointed the the number of Android devices that the Chromecast is initially supporting for mirrored screening? An experimental hack increases the number of Android devices available… but your device does have to be rooted.

I hope you never need this, but just in case: How to bypass and reset the password on most operating systems. The headline reads “every operating system” but that isn’t really the case…

LastPass apparently had a couple of security holes but doesn’t think anyone exploited them. Good morning, Internet…

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Twitter, Civil Rights, Taiwan, More: Morning Buzz, July 11, 2014

A new Twitter account monitors Congressional edits to Wikipedia. “@Congressedits is based on a similar account devoted to the British Parliament. The IP addresses are fairly easy to come by, and it uses a script similar to what you might accomplish with an ‘If This Then That’ command to send notifications to Twitter.”

Google is using search trends to craft viral tweets.

More Google: controlling Google Glass — with your brain! “By combining the smart glasses with an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, the software makes it possible to take a picture without moving a muscle.”

The University of Southern Mississippi will double its digital archive of civil rights era histories. “Previously about 450 of the university’s oral histories have been digitized. With the new funding the university is expected to double the number of oral histories that will be available online at the Center’s website and through the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive. The new funding will allow the university to digitally preserve an additional 332 audio interviews, index 160 interviews that were previously not transcribed, and publish 443 interviews to the university’s digital collections.”

The Ministry of Culture in Taiwan has launched an online museum database. “Containing more than 260,000 images and items spanning 90 categories such as art, drama, music, natural history and traditional crafts, the undertaking is another MOC initiative following the iCulture integrated services platform launched in June 2013.”

A new tool tracks legal claims against New York City. “In fiscal year 2013, taxpayers paid $494.9 million for the city’s settlements involving property damage and personal injury—the latter, which makes up 98 percent of all the tort claims filed against the city. Another $200.6 million was paid for non-tort claims. Those include disputes about contracts between the city and its employees or contractors; and claims of overpaying taxes and fines.”

Lifehacker takes a look at a competitor to Raspberry Pi — the HummingBoard.

More Lifehacker: How to use Pocket like a pro. Great stuff! I love Pocket.

PC World compares external hard drives to cloud storage for backup. The results are mixed depending on how much you have to back up.

WordPress 4.0 beta 1 is now available.

An old API of Facebook’s left a big security hole on the site. “Skilled attackers could exploit the vector to gain almost the same control of accounts as legitimate users. They could update users’ statuses including posting links to friend timelines; publish and delete comments and notes; upload and delete photos, and ‘like’ content.”

A new open source tool lets you create open source maps without coding.

Where are expectant mothers going for health advice and information? Why, Dr. Google! Good morning, Internet…

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YouTube, Verizon, Yelp, More: Morning Buzz, July 10, 2014

I occasionally have people ask why I moved ResearchBuzz to, instead of continuing to host it on my own site. This article does a great job of explaining why – it’s by David Gerwitz and it’s called One of my sites got hacked, and it’s my own fault. I already have a full-time job, and do ResearchBuzz out of love. However, I want to spend my time finding and sharing cool site information with you, not keeping one step ahead of every WordPress vulnerability out there. Thus, moving the site to It’s not free, and I do miss some of the options I had with a self-hosted WordPress install …. but it’s a big worry taken off my plate. LESS WORRIES ON PLATES!

The New Yorker is making changes to its paywall, but they won’t be ready until the fall. Starting July 21, it’s making all articles published since 2007 free for three months and after that introducting a new paywall.

Amnesty International has launched a new site to help journalists verify YouTube videos.

Google may not have changed its tune on net neutrality, but according to Bloomberg it’s definitely getting quieter.

Verizon has released a transparency report. “According to Verizon it was presented with 72,342 subpoenas with almost half of them requesting the carrier to divulge information on a phone number or IP address. Others requested transactional information such as the list of phone numbers called by a particular customer.”

Goodness from Hongkiat: 15 video editing apps for Android and iOS devices.

Yelp is jumping into opposition to Google’s EU antitrust settlement.

Xodo has announced free, real-time, browser-based PDF collaboration (press release, natch.) “The highlight of Xodo 2.0, Xodo Connect is the first completely free service of its kind, allowing an unlimited number of users to work together on any PDF from both mobile and desktop devices without awkward attachments, downloads, or installs. Invited collaborators can view, annotate, mark up, and discuss a document at the same time from their web browsers.”

Apparently factory-resetting your Android phone before selling it doesn’t do all the good you might think.

Stone Temple Consulting took a deep look at how Google indexes tweets. (Or, as you’ll see after reading the study, Google doesn’t index tweets.)

Chromecast has added support for Android screen mirroring. “The feature is still in beta and it’s limited to a few high-end Android phones and tablets running Android KitKat 4.4.1+: Nexus 4, 5, 7 (second generation only) and 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, Note 3 and 10, HTC One M7, LG G2, G3 and G Pro 2. Google promises to add more devices to the list.”

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E-Books, Music Vault, Android, More: Morning Buzz, July 9, 2014

SEO, but an interesting slant: How to use Wikipedia for keyword research.

From PC World (WARNING! PC WORLD!) How to make great charts and graphics in Excel.

From Wired: How Google Map hackers can destroy businesses at will. Google has absolutely — and please excuse my language, it’s the only word that serves — shitty oversight of Google Maps listings. From the small business side, I have no love for Google Maps.

Free from Microsoft: a huge e-book collection! “Although the individual books in the collection have been available previously for those who knew where to look, Microsoft’s Eric Ligman has posted a collection to MSDN which makes locating and downloading your topics of choice significantly easier. Impressively, the collection includes more than 300 titles – and every single one is available cost-free.”

In case you’re still using it, Guy Kawasaki shares some tips for creating a terrific Google+ profile. He says I need a mantra. How about Nuts about searching?

Quick tips from Mashable: 5 Alternatives to Unfriending Someone on Facebook.

It’s boggling enough that YouTube brought in over $3 billion in advertising last year. But more boggling is the fact that this is apparently couch cushion money to Google. “If the figure is accurate, it would account for just seven percent of the $58 billion the search giant brought in 2013.”

Music Vault has put 12,000 concert clips on YouTube. It totals almost 2000 hours of content. You didn’t have anything else to do, right?

I’m actually happy with Google Voice, but I’m constantly worried it’s going to get suddenly killed off. So I’m hanging on to this article from Lifehacker about ditching Google Voice while keeping all its best features.

No, I didn’t. Maybe you don’t either. From Hongkiat: 8 Tumblr Limitations You Probably Don’t Know.

Fortune Magazine reviews Android Wear. I think they gave it a Meh+.

Ooo. How to use your Android tablet as a second laptop screen.

Oh good grief. I have to worry about a billion other daily Internet security concerns, and now I have to worry about a smart lightbulb giving up my WiFi password? I think I’ll be passing on the Internet of Things for now. Good morning, Internet…

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GMail, Iowa, Twitter, More: Morning Buzz, July 8, 2014

GMail supports 13 more languages. That’s a total of 71 if you’re counting. “These 13 new languages are joining the Gmail family: Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, and Zulu.”

Monitoring/trend tool Bottlenose has some new features.

Christopher Null explains it all. Well, not everything. But he does lay out Google’s different Drive offerings.

More Google: Google Street View — now for cruise ships.

More More Google: it’s still ironing out all the kinks in this “right to be forgotten” idea. ” Google’s efforts to carry out a European court order on the “right to be forgotten” took another twist on Friday as the company restored search-engine links to several newspaper articles from The Guardian whose delinking had stirred a public furor only a day earlier.”

A new historical Iowa newspaper archive is now available online. “It holds historic editions of The Messenger, the Fort Dodge Daily Chronicle, the Gowrie News, Dayton Leader and more dating back to 1856.”

Twitter and the World Cup. The World Cup and Twitter. “This World Cup could have been designed for Twitter – it’s the perfect conduit for mutterings. In the US it’s been pointed out that it may do for soccer what radio did for baseball, allowing fringe supporters such as Stonestreet and millions of other Americans a way to come closer to the fire.”

Beth M. tipped me to a nifty blog called Rare Cooking. Early modern (1600-1800) recipes are updated for today and tried out. Very new but I like what I see so far.

On the drawing board: a new encrypted instant messaging project.

Social Media Examiner has an interesting article on how to schedule and edit Facebook posts. Too bad that Facebook’s organic reach is getting so rotten that it hardly seems worth the effort.

Interesting: a concept redesign of Wikipedia.

But do they have DF Tram? Lifehacker looks at Four alternatives to SoundCloud.

Genealogists, if you want to contribute to GenForum, You better hurry up. Good morning, Internet…

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