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Illinois, Disqus, SoundCloud, More: Morning Buzz, November 6th, 2014

It’s not Wilmette, it’s Willamette. Man, did I screw that one up. Thanks to Dean for getting me to correct it (he spelled it wrong too but I figured it out.) In the meantime, I am completely winging this story and people keep showing up. #nanowrimo

The Illinois State Genealogical Society has announced its free Webinar lineup for 2015. “The ISGS webinars, which are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of each webinars is FREE to the public.” (They are not all about Illinois by the way.)

Adobe has taken its open source text editor out of beta.

Apparently Disqus is getting into sponsored comments. Ick.

Google-owned Nest has tweaked its hardware. “Among the new features in version 4.3 are a smarter automatic scheduler, which the company says is more efficient and so saves you more money, and a Quick View option that displays the time and outdoor temperature at a glance, alongside info about your thermostat.”

LinkedIn has made it easier to use its site for blogging. Not really sure why.

Lifehacker has a writeup on a tool called Norbert, which is a tool for finding e-mail addresses. It’s got some limitations, though.

From Social Media Examiner: How to Build a Powerful Network Using LinkedIn. If you need an okra folder, please think of me.

From How-To Geek: How to make your computer read documents to you.

The National Archives’ 2014 Virtual Genealogy Fair has put some of its materials online. Presentations on YouTube by the end of November.

Number crunching: how social cues affect perceptions on Twitter.

The Internet Archive has an update on its new online arcade. Spoiler: server crashes out the wazoo. But they’re okay now.

SoundCloud is going to launch a subscription service. Good morning, Internet…

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Maps, Google, LinkedIn, More: Morning Buzz, November 5th, 2014

I found out last night that my hero has a brother! Where did that come from? #NaNoWriMo

Mark Zuckerberg is hosting a Facebook AMA tomorrow. One hour only.

The British Library wants YOU to help it tag its maps!

Amazon Prime members now get unlimited photo storage. And yet you still can’t log into Amazon using two-factor authentication. The more features Amazon adds to prime without also adding two-factor login – especially considering the recent security issues that we’ve seen online – the more irresponsible Amazon looks.

The Buffer blog has a constantly-updated post on visibility factors used by the Facebook algorithim. As someone who administers Facebook pages in my Real Job and buys Facebook advertising, I’ve just accepted the idea that if I want visibility on Facebook I have to pay for it, but considering how hard Facebook throttles my page posts, money I used to spend on Facebook campaigns now goes elsewhere.

More Facebook, this time from The Atlantic: How Facebook Could Skew an Election.

Dropbox and Microsoft are teaming up. “The integration will launch with new versions of Office for iOS and Android in the next few weeks, and let users of both services save into Dropbox directly from Office, and edit Office documents directly from Dropbox.”

This is for the truly nerdy, but it’s fascinating: How Flickr is Learning to See What’s in Your Photos.

Do you use LinkedIn? Here are 19 Ninja Tricks. These are very interesting – they involve URL hacking and Boolean searches, etc.

Google has dropped some of its cloud computing prices. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Mozilla, Flu, More: Morning Buzz, November 4th, 2014

Sunday and Monday were NOT good NaNo days! Getting back on track today.

Google has announced a new business-friendly feature of its Inbox app. “With a few lines of prescribed code, developers can mark up parts of their emails that they want users to be able to spot quickly, and these details appear as easy-to-view ‘chips’ right in the inbox.”

More Google: you can now be logged in to multiple Google accounts simultaneously. Because you need more reasons to be confused? I don’t know…

The California State Library is digitizing 3-D images… from the 19th century!

What’s behind the great podcast renaissance? Perhaps the fact that podcasts are awesome and a great way to keep up with the news. I listen to podcasts 1-2 hours a day during the week, usually the BBC and World Radio Japan. And there still isn’t a good search engine for podcasts.

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) has launched a Web site on international clinical research regulations. “Topic areas covered on the website include clinical trial lifecycle, competent authority oversight, ethics committee review, informed consent, investigational products, specimens, and sponsorship. The search countries currently include Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Malawi, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The ClinRegs team plans to further expand its country list in alignment with NIAID research priorities, including incorporating regulations from Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014.”

Mozilla is launching a new browser for developers next week.

Ever wonder how your Web site stacks up? check out this roundup of Web site graders.

From MIT Technology Review: How Wikipedia Data is Revolutionizing Flu Forecasting. “Epidemiologist want to forecast disease like meteorologists forecast rain. And the way people browse Wikipedia could be the key, they say.”

Do you want to try the Skype Translator? An early preview sign-up is available.

Google Calendar has a new app.

HongKiat has a roundup of over 100 Google Now Voice Commands.

The OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University) Library has received a grant to digitize public health data.

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Arcade Games, Twitter, Disney, More: Sunday Buzz, November 2nd, 2014

Haven’t started writing today and in a few minutes I need to go to work. Sundays are going to be my tough days, I can see that now… #nanowrimo

Harvard Business Review has an excellent article on Twitter called How the Market Ruined Twitter. It’s an articulate discussion of how Twitter went from welcoming to hostile of third-party developers and what that might mean for the company. “In the early days, Twitter clearly owed much of its growth to its open, ecosystem-like approach. That growth would have slowed eventually in any case, but it’s hard not to think Twitter’s prospects as a network and as a societal force would be much greater if it had remained more like an ecosystem and less like a conventional corporation.”

You can now access Facebook via Tor. For some reason.

Disney has apparently patented a piracy-free search engine. Good luck with that. “It’s unclear whether Disney has any plans to implement the patent in the wild. The company currently has a search engine but this only includes links to its own properties.”

FamilySearch has treated us to some more genealogy data. “Notable collection updates include the 2,623,218 indexed records from the US, New York, State Census, 1865 collection; the 178,692 images from the US, Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1988 collection; and the 163,023 images from theUS, Ohio, Trumbull County Records, 1795-2010 collection.”

Citizens of Missouri how have a new tool to track their representatives. “, an online database that tracks voting records of members of the Missouri General Assembly and contributions to lawmakers, went live this week. The website acts as database, aggregating voting information from the House and Senate journals and financial information from the Missouri Ethics Commission.”

So how did the American Folklife Center’s effort to collect Halloween pictures go? Find out here.

Internet Explorer, the world’s most popular browser?. Wow.

Google Flu Trends has a new engine. Not surprising, since last year it did not do a terrific job of modeling trends; in fact it overguessed.

You didn’t have anything to do today anyway: The Internet Archive has launched 900 classic arcade games you can play on your browser. Good morning, Internet…

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Reddit, CERN, Food, More: Morning Buzz, October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Nordstrom has started its own Reddit community. If Reddit manages to do things like this and maintain its sense of identity, it will be pulling off a balancing act worthy of Cirque du Soleil.

IBM and Twitter are teaming up. “Watson, the artificially intelligent IBM supercomputer, can already beat you at Jeopardy. And soon, it will know more than you do about what’s happening on Twitter, too. It’s part of a deal the two companies announced on Wednesday that’s designed to let IBM’s business clients mine the 500 million daily Twitter messages for competitive intel.”

A new app monitors Twitter feeds for suicide warnings. “The Samaritans charity has launched a new app which will notify Twitter users if people they follow on the site appear to be suicidal. Samaritans Radar uses an algorithm to identify key words and phrases which indicate distress.”

The research center CERN has released a large archive of photographs, but needs your help identifying the people, and in some cases the equipment, in them.

A new database of community food policies is now available. “The Growing Food Connections Policy Database is a searchable collection of local public policies that explicitly support community food systems. This database provides policymakers, government staff, and others interested in food policy with concrete examples of local public policies that have been adopted to address a range of food systems issues…”

Ever wonder How much money Facebook loses during an outage?

The UK has opened access to millions of orphaned works. “These works are covered by copyright, but rights holders cannot be found by those who need to seek permission to reproduce them. Under the new scheme, a licence can be granted by the Intellectual Property Office so that these works can be reproduced on websites, in books and on TV without breaking the law, while protecting the rights of owners so they can be remunerated if they come forward.”

Hey! Sketchfab now allows downloading of 3D objects.

Lifehacker breaks down the secret powers of Chrome’s address bar. I use the math trick several times a day. Good morning, Internet…

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100% Googly: Morning Buzz, October 30th, 2014

It ended up that the first five items I pulled last night/this morning to write about were all about Google, so I decided to make this issue 100% about Google and its properties. If you are not a fan, you can skip. The Afternoon Buzz will be the usual varied selection. Thank you!

Want to try Google Inbox but don’t have an invite? You’ve got options.

More Google: it wants to Halloweenify your photos.

More More Google: Google Glass has been completely banned from movie theatres.

Sorry, I’m getting really Googly here: Google has released a new bookmark manager for Chrome.

Okay, I give up, this Buzz is going to be 100% Google: a cat showed up on Google Maps.

Thought-provoking article: Is Google responsible for delivering accurate and truthful search results?

Hoo boy: malware updating via GMail draft. “With the Gmail drafts folder open and hidden, the malware is programmed to use a Python script to retrieve commands and code that the hacker enters into that draft field. The malware responds with its own acknowledgments in Gmail draft form, along with the target data it’s programmed to exfiltrate from the victim’s network. All the communication is encoded to prevent it being spotted by intrusion detection or data-leak prevention. The use of a reputable web service instead of the usual IRC or HTTP protocols that hackers typically use to command their malware also helps keep the hack hidden.”

Google’s anti-piracy algo is apparently doing its job.

Wondering what Google’s DeepMind startup has been up to? Here ya go. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Story Maps, Vine, More: Morning Buzz, October 29th, 2014

Use Vine? Here are 7 Tips and Tricks. I didn’t know most of these but I’m not a huge Vine user.

Do you use Tor? Might want to check for malware.

Now available: a seriously digital Susan Sontag archive. “UCLA’s Library of Special Collections has enabled your voyeurism by making public everything that was once on Susan Sontag’s Power Mac G4 and iBook. And when they say everything, they mean it: The digital archive contains all 17,198 of her emails, Word documents, and MP3s, from the 1990s to the early 2000s.”

FamilySearch has added another new round of records. “Notable collection updates include the 161,880 images from the Australia, New South Wales, Cemetery, Military, and Church Record Transcripts, 1816-1982, collection; the 195,602 images from the Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991, collection; and the 57,359 indexed records from the Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975, collection.”

Apparently people are more afraid of Google using their personal information than the NSA. “In light of the many detailed reports based on Edward Snowden’s leaks that revealed the sophisticated technologies the NSA and other spying agencies can employ for mass surveillance purposes, a new survey from Survata seems to indicate that Internet users are more afraid of their personal data being used by Google than the NSA.” I wonder if “all of the above” was a choice….

Google is offering the first minute of international calls free via Google Hangouts. This is apparently only through the end of the year.

More Google: it is apparently developing a cancer and heart attack detector. “The idea is to identify slight changes in the person’s biochemistry that could act as an early warning system.” You get that? Google wants to index your biochemical system. One tweak to the algorithm and POW! Your liver falls out.

Tumblr is rolling out Yahoo ads.

YouTube is apparently considering ad-free paid subscriptions.

One of the Duke Libraries blogs has a great post on story maps, both on what they are and resources to make them.

The Archive of Contemporary Music and The Internet Archive are teaming up. “Powered by teams of volunteers, the two archives are partnering to digitize CDs and LPs and then use audio fingerprinting to match tracks with metadata from catalogs and other services. Using Internet Archive scanners, the ARC is digitizing its books and photographs at its New York facility. When complete, this music library will be a rich resource for historians, musicologists and the general public.”

Google Apps for Education users are getting unlimited Drive storage. Good morning, Internet…

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