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Whisper, TwitPic, BBC, More: Morning Buzz, October 19th, 2014

Hey! Use Google Sheets to have multi-lingual chats. From Amit Agarwal, of course.

FamilySearch keeps adding those records. “States. Notable collection updates include the 2,694,665 images from the Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910, collection; the 2,785,409 images from the US, New Jersey, State Census, 1915, collection; and the 2,155,570 indexed records from the US, Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001, collection.”

The ALA has archived its Ebola Webinar and made it available online.

Google is rolling out another search update in an attempt to downrank sites containing pirated content. “The update will also affect search autofill behavior to prevent sites with pirated content from appearing in results. Furthermore, “legitimate” media sites like Netflix, Amazon, and Google Play will be prioritized to the top of Google’s results page when users search for a particular movie, TV show, or song.”

Do you use Whisper? Do you think it keeps your posts completely safe and anonymous? You might want to rethink that. “The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be ‘the safest place on the internet’, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed. The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users – including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services – will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives. Whisper is also sharing information with the US Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws.”

A huge fanzine collection is getting digitized.

Is. Isn’t. Is. For reals. Twitpic is shutting down. You have until October 25th to get your pics.

Are parents going to be held accountable for what their kids do on Facebook?

The Internet Archive now has a map of book subjects. Wooooooow. “The relationship data for this map has been generated by first retrieving all the tags of the Internet Archive’s images on flickr and then connecting those subjects which appear together on an image. The resulting similarity matrix has been processed using the t-Distributed Stochastic Neighbor Embedding (t-SNE) technique which groups topics by the strength of their relationship. In the last step the layout gets cleaned up automatically so that no text blocks overlap.” When I tried this it was kludgy, but as an indicator of what might be possible I really like it.

Twitter will now show you tweets from people you don’t follow. Because marketing. And because famous people don’t have enough outlets to get their faces all up in your face. Blah.

The BBC will start keeping a public log of articles removed under “Right to be Forgotten.”

Snapchat will soon have advertising. Good morning, Internet…

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Mocavo, Antique Pianos, Philadelphia, More: Morning Buzz, October 18th, 2014

Mocavo is having an open access weekend.

IFTTT used to have great Twitter triggers that they had to shut down in 2012 because Twitter treats third-party developers like crap. Anyway, IFTTT now has much better Twitter triggers. “…today’s rollout brings additional recipes which let you query deeper into Twitter’s stream, instead of only focusing on your own actions. These new triggers are far more useful, too. They can serve as a valuable research tool, allowing to you to do things like track a hashtag or keyword and turn that into a spreadsheet of tweets, or input that info into Slack. You can also configure Twitter (via IFTTT) to alert you to things going on nearby, or set up a digest of tweets, IFTTT suggests.”

7 Useful GMail Filters. Have I mentioned lately how much I miss Eudora? And its filters which would do everything except make toast?

Case Western Reserve University has joined HaithiTrust.

From the always-marvelous Amit: How to color alternate rows in Google Sheets.

Did you know there was an online museum for antique pianos? (PRESS RELEASE)

Is the FBI going to take action against Google and Apple over encryption?

DELICIOUS, of all sites, is curating an ebola resources page.

The Wellcome Library is trying an odd little experiment where images from its archive are shown to reflect current weather conditions. Could be fun.

The Internet Archive is offering the 2014 Philly Political Media Ad Watch. “The project is a collaboration between the Internet Archive, Sunlight Foundation, Philadelphia’s Committee of Seventy (a non-partisan government watchdog), University of Delaware’s Center for Community Research & Service and the Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania. It immediately enables local media to do a better job sifting between fact and fiction in political messaging and revealing financial sources of political influence.”

IFTTT has added a Honeywell evohome channel.

Yahoo has launched a new accessibility page. Good morning, Internet…

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Firefox, Charts, More: Short Morning Buzz, October 17th, 2014

Moving your Web site? Google has updated its change-of-address tool.

Now available: Firefox 33. “Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 33 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Major additions include OpenH264 support as well as the ability to send video content from webpages to a second screen.”

From Sitepoint: 5 tools for creating online charts.

There’s a a new online archive of Washington DC photographs.

The BBC has launched the BBC Genome project – see what was showing on the Beeb the day you were born! “Fancy knowing the TV schedule from the day you were born? The BBC has your back, with the newly-launched project Genome — a searchable online archive of the broadcaster’s schedule. The archive, which has been available to BBC staff since last year but today has been made available to the public, was constructed out of digitised copies of the Radio Times, the schedule magazine founded and originally published by the Beeb.”

Information from UK psychiatric hospitals from the 18th to the 20th centuries will be digitized and put online. “The project will focus on records dating from the 19th and 20th century, and will touch on the movement away from institutional care as the 20th century progressed. Patient records and case notes, photographs, administrative documents and registers will be digitised, creating an extensive online archive that will be a valuable resource for historical research.” Good morning, Internet..

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Twitter, Player Pianos, Ello, More: Morning Buzz, October 16th, 2014

Hey! Happy 20th birthday, Netscape Navigator! MAN I am old.

Oops and yikes: a Dropbox bug has deleted a bunch of files from the cloud. And apparently some of those files aren’t recoverable.

Google Spreadsheets are getting Smart Autofill. Here’s hoping it’s not as much fun as AutoCorrect or who knows what’s going to end up in my spreadsheets.

Twitter users in France can transfer money through tweets.

Google is trialing doctor video consultations.

You can now use stickers in Facebook comments. Stickers are those big emojis that used to be restricted to just Facebook messages.

The British Library has put 46 more Greek manuscripts online.

LinkedIn is getting hit with a class-action lawsuit.

Ello is having some growing pains. (By the way, if you want an Ello invitation, send me a note through this site’s contract form or @researchbuzz me on Twitter.)

This sounds lovely: Stanford is starting the Player Piano Project. Restoration, digitizing!

Bing has launched an election information site.

Yahoo takes a look back at a year of bug hunting. “Our Bug Bounty program has matured and grown since last October. We are proud to now have more than 600 contributors, we’ve also paid over $700,000 in bounties to contributing researchers since our launch. Inspite of this growth we haven’t forgotten our roots. This is why we still send the occasional t-shirt to researchers who successfully identify a tech vulnerability of significant value.”

The Online Historical Newspapers Site has posted a bunch of updates. Hope your shoulder continues to do well, Miriam!

From Hongkiat: 7 New Google Chrome Features You Should Know.

Google has made some improvements to Google Classroom.

The National Library of Medicine has an Ebola information page. Good morning, Internet…

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Wisconsin, Scholarly Papers, Rock Art, More: Morning Buzz, October 11th, 2014

UC Irvine has won a grant to grow a brain cell activity database. “Researchers at UC Irvine will study brain cell activity in disorders such as Lou Gehrig’s disease to create a digital library of information that it is hoped will help lead to treatments.”

So how many scholarly papers are on the Web, anyway? “Using statistical methods, [Lee] Giles and [Madian] Khabsa estimated that at least 114 million English-language scholarly documents are accessible on the Web, of which Google Scholar has nearly 100 million. They estimate that at least 27 million (24 percent) are freely available since they do not require a subscription or payment of any kind. The estimates are limited to English documents only.”

Papers from six Nobel Prize winners are now freely available through the end of the year. “Research papers published by six 2014 Nobel Prize recipients whose accomplishments in physics and chemistry have been enabled by photonics are being made freely available in the SPIE Digital Library through the end of 2014.”

There is now a way to schedule your Instagram posts.

A new public portal provides information about endangered resources in Wisconsin. “The Natural Heritage Inventory Public Portal is a free, online mapping application available to anyone who owns land or is an authorized representative of property in Wisconsin. The public portal allows individuals to complete an Endangered Resources Preliminary Assessment. … Now, the preliminary assessment provides an instant record and summary of the project, a map of the project area and determining results based on the impact to endangered resources. These results will indicate to a landowner if they need to continue by requesting an ER Review.”

The British Museum has acquired the TARA archive. No, not me. TARA stands for Trust for African Rock Art. “TARA’s 25,000-image-strong digital archive has been acquired by the British Museum and will be cataloged and made available online over the next five years, the Telegraph reports. By joining TARA’s efforts, the British Museum seeks to ensure that African rock art sites are recorded and preserved for future generations.”

Google’s “Right to be Forgotten” has hit the New York Times. “Over the weekend, the NY Times revealed that it is the latest publication to receive notification from Google that some of its results will no longer show up for searches on certain people’s names, under the whole “right to be forgotten” nuttiness going on in Europe these days. As people in our comments have pointed out in the past, it’s important to note that the stories themselves aren’t erased from Google’s index entirely — they just won’t show up when someone searches on the particular name of the person who complained. Still, the whole effort is creating a bit of a Streisand Effect in calling new attention to the impacted articles.”

From the Buffer blog – 23 tools and resources to create images for social media.

Twitter has sued the US government for the right to be more transparent. “After months of attempted negotiations, the company has filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging that the restrictions imposed by the government — which regulate what Twitter can publish about national security related surveillance requests — violate its First Amendment rights.”

IFTTT now has a Sina Weibo channel. Good morning, Internet…

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Bing, FamilySearch, Nebraska, More: Morning Buzz, October 8th, 2014

FamilySearch is offering a free Webinar on searching US military records.

Speaking of FamilySearch, it has added another big set of records. “Notable collection updates include the 469,781 images from the Italy, Caltanissetta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820–1935, collection; the 1,334,890 images from the US, Georgia, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1897–1942, collection; and the 343,005 images from the Portugal, Braga, Priest Application Files (Genere et Moribus), 1596–1911, collection.”

Google is offering a crapware-removal tool for Chrome.

Bing is offering new lyrics search functionality.

Bored with your current anxiety? Want something new and different to be worried about? read this article on USB malware.

Hey! The American Folklife Center wants you to share your Halloween photos.

Nebraska courts have expanded online case search options. “The Nebraska Judicial Branch is making Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska Court of Appeals case information available to the public through the court’s online court case search system. Using the appellate case search feature, individuals are now able to search cases and view filed briefs, motions, and other documents in both the trial and appellate levels of court.”

Google has launched YouTube for Government, because, goodness knows, our government has very few options for reaching the populace as it stands. Wake me up when you launch YouTube for third party candidates who are ignored by established parties even though political dissatisfaction is rife with over 23% of California’s voters, for example, having no political party preference. Feel free to make it shorter and snappier. (Here’s the source for that bit of information on California, by the way, and I’m sorry to get political so early in the morning.)

The FDA has launched a new data dashboard. “This new dynamic tool represents a departure from the downloadable spreadsheet-based datasets that we have posted in the past. Instead, the FDA data dashboard presents information in an easy-to-read graphical format. It also provides access to the underlying data allowing anyone interested to see related data and trends.”

Is Google working on giant TV screens?

A new site wants to debunk Internet rumors. I’m glad. I like Snopes but man, its advertising is annoying.

HEY LIBRARIANS: The Library of Congress wants your feedback about file formats used for digital preservation. Good morning, Internet…

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Huge, Overdue, and Stuffed With Random: Morning Buzz, October 7th, 2014

FamilySearch and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania are teaming up to publish historical documents online. “The initiative will digitally preserve and publish online the society’s many genealogies and local histories, family trees, and related family documents and manuscripts that contribute to the understanding of many family histories. Collections of particular interest might be those of Pennsylvania’s founding families, including William Penn and others.”

EBSCO has launched a new database of American doctoral dissertations (PRESS RELEASE.) “American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 includes nearly 100,000 dissertations from 1933 through 1955. This print index was compiled annually by the H.W. Wilson Company for the National Research Council and The American Council of Learned Societies by the Association of Research Libraries. “

Speaking of academic endeavors, Princeton is now is now making 2013 and 2014 senior theses available online.

Interesting roundup from Hongkiat: 20 alternative browsers for Windows. Wow. I had not heard of most of these.

Google and Microsoft patents may be invalid? Do what now? “Over the last few months, since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank, we’ve been noting the good news that the courts seem to be interpreting the ruling to invalidate a ton of software patents. Even some trolls have decided to just give up after seeing how the Alice ruling is being interpreted. A new analytical study of patents held by big tech companies, done by ktMINE, suggests that more than half of Google and Microsoft’s patents are invalid under Alice.”

Possibly useful: Three online translation tools for genealogists.

The National Library of Medicine is now in the Flickr Commons.

Arnold IT has an article on searching through the Internet of Things.

Yahoo is going to livestream its 3rd quarter results.

Google has been asked to remove half a BILLION allegedly pirate search results.

Relationship breakups shown via Twitter data mining. “Garimella and co also found evidence for post-break up depression by analysing the language used in tweets. However, it is not clear whether the depression is the result of the break up or the cause of it. They also say that the person who initiated the end of the relationship, feels less depressed than the person who is rejected. In other words, being dumped hurts more than dumping.” Well, duh.

An Ebola genome browser is now online. “UC Santa Cruz has established the UCSC Ebola Genome Portal, with links to the new Ebola genome browser as well as links to all the relevant scientific literature on the virus.”

The 1885 New Mexico Territorial Census is now online for free.

From the ever-awesome Amit – 10 Tips for Evernote Users.

Facebook is suing fake “Like” scammers. Good morning, Internet…

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