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NYPL, Google, The Office, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, March 29, 2014

The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 maps as public domain, high-resolution downloads.

Google is going to let you customize its nav bar.

From Mashable: 10 GMail Hacks to help you master your in-box.

More More More Google: are you irritated by some of the search options Google has recently removed? Google Operating System has a trick to bring them back.

Is Yahoo considering making its own YouTube? File that one under “R” for REALLY BAD IDEA.

Now that Facebook has changed its newsfeed, here is a guide to the new feed image sizes.

Yow! Google’s DMCA takedown notices are up a ridiculous amount. “A new paper published in the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology shows that the number of DMCA notices received by Google increased 711,887 percent in four years “

14 Photojournalists to Follow on Instagram.

Here’s some weekend fun for you. I have never watched The Office (American or UK verison, this is about the UK version), but I understand it’s very funny. Some very dedicated individual went through all the episodes, tagged every cultural reference, then created a “time machine”. Read all about it here Wow. Good morning, Internet…

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19th Century Medical Books, Bing, Archives, More: Thursday Morning Buzz, March 27, 2014

Bing has launched product ads.

Twitter is going to let you tag people in photos. You’ll also be able to share multiple photos in one tweet, which is nice.

Library and Archives Canada has launched an initial set of Alberta Residential School photos. More are coming. “Some 150,000 Aboriginal children attended over 130 residential schools located across the country.”

The Wellcome Library has undertaken a huge project to digitize 25,000 19th century medical books. “As with the Wellcome Library’s own collections we are interpreting ‘medicine’ quite broadly, to include related sciences, consumer health, sport and fitness and food and nutrition, as well as kinds of medical practice – mesmerism, phrenology and hydrotherapy, for example – that have since fallen out of favour, but which were important in their time.”

OOoooh, Lifehacker! How to stream your movie collection anywhere with Google Drive. This article also goes into other media like music.

Fun from Mashable: 10 Amazing Google Earth & Maps Discoveries.

More Google: A new Web tool lets you search Google without being tracked: “Disconnect routes your searches through a proxy before the major search engines receive your request. This way, it looks to Google or Bing like the search request is coming from Disconnect and they never know any information about you.”

A bunch of new collections are available at “These birth, death, and marriage indexes from Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, and Montana contain more than 10 million records.” Good morning, Internet…

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DOS, Python, D&AD, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, March 26, 2014

Microsoft has released the source code for early versions of DOS and Word.

Wow! Quartz took a look at the Million Dollar Homepage (remember the Million Dollar Homepage?) and finds that 22% of it has “rotted away” (or 404′d away).

Instagram now has 200 million users.

China has a new search engine, but it appears unlikely it’ll get much traction: “The search engine was built by the IT arm jointly funded by China’s state-run media outlets including four local newspapers, two news agencies, and the state broadcaster China Central Television. People’s Daily and Xinhua are among the founders., though, is unlikely to gain much share in a market that’s already pretty much fossilized.”

Twitter is investigating a bug that is apparently causing missing tweets.

Fun with the Internet Archive. Fun with Python. ALMOST TOO MUCH FUN! Downloading all the items in an Internet Archive collection using Python.

Google has has announced big price drops for its cloud computing services. “Google Compute Engine is seeing a 32 percent reduction in prices across all regions, sizes and classes. App Engine prices are down 30 percent, and the company is also simplifying its price structure.”

More Google: it has been granted a patent for the Panda algorithm.

Design and Art Direction (D&AD) is launching an online archive that will be available via free membership. “At present, the online archive only goes back as far as 1990, but the full archive, dating back to the first D&AD Professional Awards in 1963, is scheduled to available from August 2014.” Good morning, Internet…

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Tumblr, SAS, Quora, More: Tuesday Morning Buzz, March 25, 2014

Nice one from MakeUseOf: 4 Ways to Make Photo and Movie Slideshows with Music.

The British Library has added its part of the Codex Sinaiticus to its digitized manuscripts collection. “The manuscript itself is now distributed between four institutions: the British Library, the Universitäts-Bibliothek at Leipzig, the National Library of Russia in St Petersburg, and the Monastery of St Catherine at Mt Sinai. … Over the next twelve months, a further 350 Greek manuscripts will be added to Digitised Manuscripts, in a project funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, and a range of other donors.”

There’s a zero-day exploit out there targeting Outlook and Word 2010. “To be clear, Microsoft said the exploits it has seen so far attacking this vulnerability have targeted Word 2010 users, but according to Microsoft’s advisory the flaw is also present in Word 2003, 2007, 2013, Word Viewer and Office for Mac 2011.”

Google Now is going to start warning of traffic accidents.

Quora has launched verified profiles starting with Barack Obama. “Being verified doesn’t give users any additional functionality besides a blue check mark next to their questions, answers, and comments. However, it could make other readers more confident they’re getting answers from real experts, not fakers. Quora says it isn’t taking requests to be verified right now and has a long list of people its hoping to get into the system.”

Hey! Tumblr now has two-factor authentication! AND AMAZON STILL DOESN’T! ARGH!

Data wonks: universities will be able to use SAS Analytics for free. “SAS has already teamed up with universities to create graduate degrees in advanced analytics, and the free offering is an expansion of those ongoing efforts.” Good morning, Internet…

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Shakespeare, Glass, Vanishing Planes, More: Monday Buzz, March 24, 2014

Transparency reports are the new black. Here’s one from Time-Warner.

It looks like Twitter is testing showing the number of views your tweet got.

And yet I still don’t know what to do for ResearchBuzz: 20 Ideas for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn Cover Images.

Open Culture has a nifty post on where to read Shakespeare online. I had no idea there were so many versions.

“Well, that was a complete surprise,” said nobody ever: Google Glass spyware. “The stealthy software, designed by 22-year-old Mike Lady and 24-year-old Kim Paterson, takes a photo every ten seconds when Glass’s display is off, uploading the images to a remote server without giving the wearer any sign that his or her vision is being practically livestreamed to a stranger.”

More Google: Google Alerts has added filters for region and language.

Wondering how many planes have vanished since the end of World War II? Here’s a map. Note that this is not a static image and you can hover over one of the dots to get more information about that particular plane.

MIT Technology Review: How your tweets reveal your home location. This is not about geo-tagging. This is about a method developed that can guess home location (city) with an accuracy of almost 70 percent. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Fonts, New York City, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, March 22, 2014

The London borough of Merton is getting a digital photo archive. “Up to 15,000 images covering over a century of local history as part of the Merton Memories project will be launched at Morden library on Saturday, March 22.”

Pinterest is now available in Hindi (it wasn’t before?)

The Vatican Library will digitize its archives and put them online. “Working with the Japanese technology group NTT Data, the library intends to scan and digitally archive about 1.5 million pages from the library’s collection of manuscripts, which comprises some 82,000 items and 41 million pages. The initial project will take four years and may be extended.”

If you do too much of this, it’s dithering. But sometimes it really is necessary: Type Connection helps you find matching typefaces. “Start by choosing a typeface to pair. Like a conventional dating website, Type Connection presents you with potential ‘dates’ for each main character–without the misleading profile photos and commitment-phobes. The game features well-known, workhorse typefaces and portrays each as a character searching for love.”

Amit Agarwal continues his reign of grooviness by howing how to schedule Gmail messages with a Google Sheet.

More Google: Google has worked with the NYPD to put together the New York City Crime Map.

More More Google: Google can now solve geometry problems.

Genealogy search engine Mocavo has added some new features.

This sounds cool: Reddit is planning to offer embeds for breaking news discussions.

Did you know there was a “Pinterest for education”? Learnist is getting a refresh. Good morning, Internet…

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Stamp Collecting, Scotland, Facebook, More: Friday Morning Buzz, March 21, 2014

I came across a paper yesterday that looked really interesting; it’s called “A Tool for Personal Data Extraction” and it will be presented at the 10th International Workshop on Information Integration on the Web (IIWeb 2014). Many thanks to Professor Amélie Marian for answering my questions about the paper; it’s available at .

The American Revenuer – a magazine dedicated to revenue stamp enthusiasts – is in the process of building a digital archive. The most recent five years of the publication will be available only to members of the American Revenue Association, but older issues will be freely available. Considering that the archive starts with 1970, that means that there are plenty of issues freely available.

Now available: a map showing 1200 years of Scotland shipwrecks. There are thousands of listings here.

Is Twitter going to get rid of @ replies?

Facebook has introduced a new programming language called Hack. “Working alongside a handful of others inside the social networking giant, they fashioned a language that lets programmers build complex websites and other software at great speed while still ensuring that their software code is precisely organized and relatively free of flaws — a combination that few of today’s languages even approach. “

Gmail is going HTTPS-only.

More Google: it has started rolling out its new version of Sheets to everybody.

MORE Transparency Reports! This time it’s Comcast. “The report, released on Thursday, revealed that Comcast has received 25,000 requests from the U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement and government agencies in 2013.” Good morning, Internet….

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