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Android, Recipes, Studs Terkel, More: Morning Buzz, July 30th, 2014

Guy reports Instagram security bug to Facebook, Facebook refuses him a bug bounty, guy publishes details of the exploit online. Remember Firesheep? This is similar…

Twitter has reported its latest results and stacked up the serious dollars. “Twitter’s Q2 revenues were $312 million, which was substantially above financial analysts’ consensus estimates. In addition, earnings beat estimates by a penny. Its user numbers also were greater than expected.” Looks like they eked out a profit, too, if you look at non-GAAP.

The Daily Dot has an extensive article on making the most of Snapchat.

Flickr is going to start offering new licensing opportunities for its users.

Now available: a database detailing pay of California public school employees.

Google is turning to crowdsourcing to improve Google Translate. “We’ve just launched a new Translate Community where language enthusiasts can help us improve translation quality for the 80 languages we support, as well as help us in launching new languages.”

From Hongkiat: Create And Customize Maps With Google Map Builder

Android’s got a security problem. “Dubbed ‘Fake ID’ by Bluebox, the flaw is related to how app security is handled. In Android, each app is given its own unique cryptographic signature that determines who can update it and what privileges it has. As The Guardian explains, there are parent certificates and child certificates, both of which are checked against on another during installation to ensure they match and the app is trusted.”

The USDA has launched a new tool to help make recipes safer. You paste a recipe (or import it from a Web site) and it analyzes the recipe and makes food safety recommendations.

A Studs Terkel Audio Archive is going online. “The creation of a publicly accessible digital archive with nearly 5,000 oral history interviews, conducted by the Chicago journalist Studs Terkel, is one of 177 projects awarded a grant this week by the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

So is it legal to resell Google Glass or not?

There are a bunch of online resources for World War I available. Here’s one for WWI engineers. “The compendium includes a collection of photos, accounts, designs, journal entries and lectures. A memorial volume also provides biographies and photos of all ICE members who died in active service or by enemy action.”

Interesting: How AR apps can create a digital dance archive. Good morning, Internet…

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GeoCities, Google Maps, Yelp, More: Morning Buzz, July 25th, 2014

Fascinating! How to scan 50 miles of historical documents into an online archive.

The Britain from Above project is crowdsourcing comments on over 95,000 images relevant to World War I.

IFTTT now has a littleBits channel.

Now THIS is a pretty crazy GMail trick: Search GMail and compose new e-mails straight from Chrome’s address bar.

Your Google Maps app wants you to get out there and explore. “Now, whenever you want to discover places in your area, simply tap the new Explore button at the bottom right corner of your map to get a quick look at what’s nearby (where available). With Explore as your guide, you’ll see different places and activities that adapt to each area and moment throughout your day. This also works when you’re browsing other neighborhoods and cities on the map so you can plan your day’s outing or daydream about your next vacation.”

More Google Maps: Google Street View is expanding in Asia. “As is so often the case with Google Maps and Street View projects in Asia, the internet giant has teamed up with the local government and tourism organization for what it hopes will ‘create new ways for people around the world to experience Laos, and by doing so, help create better awareness of this country and attract more tourism.'”

Yelp has launched a Trends tool. “Yelp has launched a new ‘Trends’ tool which allows users to enter search terms to compare 10 years of historical review data from around the world.”

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook search is a multiyear voyage. “In a leaky rowboat,” he did not add. Okay, Graph search is great, but a lack of a plain keyword search — even against your own wall! — is annoying. (I know there are third party tools, but why can’t it be built in?)

Google’s algos are not the same in all countries. Are you surprised? The issues seem to be languages and possibly niches.

Want to “Swipe” Reddit? You can do it with Karma Swipe.

LinkedIn, now with direct sponsored content.

Here ya go: FamilySearch’s latest big add. “Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 indexed records from the UnitedStates, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953, collection; the 50,858 indexed records from the Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997, collection; and the 99,950 indexed records from United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937, collection.”

WOW. There’s a Tumblr devoted to screenshots of old GeoCities sites. OH THE NOSTALGIA. Good morning, Internet…

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Dollywood, Facebook, Skype, More: Morning Buzz, July 24th, 2014

Google Street View has gone to Dollywood (PRESS RELEASE). In a less high-profile event, Google Street also mapped Connecticut College. Dig the high-five with the camel mascot.

Reddit Live is now official. “anyone can use Reddit Live and submit their ongoing threads to a dedicated subreddit.Unlike traditional Reddit posts, these threads will update in your browser automatically and in real-time. They also support embedded tweets, which can in turn facilitate images, YouTube videos and article links.”

Mashable has a roundup of weird wikis on the Web. Weird is as weird does. What’s so odd about a sandwich wiki?

Stupid search engine tricks: 21 things you didn’t know you could do with Google.

Facebook made $2.91 billion in revenue last quarter. Read this article. I’ll be in the corner boggling. “Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile compared to its services as a whole. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users.”

Using Skype? Microsoft will be retiring old versions soon. Make sure you update before your next meeting.

Foursquare is literally rebranding itself. (Giant pink F logo.)

David Strom takes a look at three new team collaboration tools.

The Wall Street Journal has been hacked.

Web site OpenCurriculum has released a free online library. “In its effort to provide high-quality learning and an openness in K-12 education, OpenCurriculum released a 5,000-document library on its website for math teachers to use as lesson materials. Anyone can use the material on the website without logging in, but to get access to tools such as the lesson plan builder, you need to create an account. The tools aren’t tailored for a particular subject matter.”

Some of Google’s quick answers can get a little weird. Good morning, Internet…

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Tennessee, Molecules, Jimmy Carter, More: Morning Buzz, July 23, 2014

The EFF’s Privacy Badger browser plugin is now in beta.

The state of Tennessee has put up a database of over 1500 family bibles.

More Tennessee: the state is putting daycare inspection reports online.

Aaron Tay, who has a lovely blog, wonders whether nested Boolean statements are useful anymore. I don’t use them as much as I used to, but they still come in handy on occasion.

Hawaii Business writes about a digital archive of Hawaiian-language materials.

Does iOS have backdoors built in?

Google has launched the Little Box Challenge. “Today, together with the IEEE, we’re adding one more: shrinking a big box into a little box….Of course, there’s more to it than that. Especially when the big box is a power inverter, a picnic cooler-sized device used to convert the energy that comes from solar, electric vehicles & wind (DC power) into something you can use in your home (AC power). We want to shrink it down to the size of a small laptop, roughly 1/10th of its current size. Put a little more technically, we’re looking for someone to build a kW-scale inverter with a power density greater than 50W per cubic inch. Do it best and we’ll give you a million bucks.”

The New Jimmy Carter Digital Library has gone live. “The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum is excited to announce the official start of its online Digital Library with the ‘release’ of approximately 89,000 pages of digitized textual records from the Presidential ‘Handwriting’ Files of the Office of Staff Secretary. These documents, previously only available in physical form, have been digitized and placed online for easier access. Each file unit has been digitized into a single PDF.”

Hey! You can get 3D molecules on Google’s Knowledge Graph now.

Twitter has apparently been playing Whac-A-Mole with bogus pro-China Twitter accounts.

Eeek: Tor may not be as secure as you think. “However, a presentation promising to detail flaws in the anonymising network has been cancelled, organisers of a major hacker conference have confirmed.”

Facebook, while throttling organic page reach almost to oblivion, apparently still drives more page traffic than any other social network. Good morning, Internet…

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WordPress, Words, Bing, More: Morning Buzz, July 22, 2014

WordPress 4.0 Beta 2 is now available.

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus is official.

Yahoo is purchasing analytics app Flurry.

There’s some new malware spreading via Facebook.

Satellite imagery of the Flight 17 debris field has been released by Google and Airbus Defense and Space.

It’s that time again: a dictionary has added new words. YOLO, amazeballs (shudder), and… underperform?

This’ll come in handy: you can create reminders in Google search.

Interesting: 7 Creative Ways to Organize Your Mobile Apps. I have the most frequently-used on the first screen, then in folders organized by function.

Bing search is showing up on Chrome.

Have you heard about a new tracking technology called canvas fingerprinting? ProPublica has a good overview here.

Mmmmkay. A fashion show with themes based on Instagram filters. Whatever floats your boat. Good morning, Internet…

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FDA, Google, Washington, More: Morning Buzz, July 19, 2014

Google Translate has some new tools.

More Google: it has pushed out its new alerts design. It would be nice if they pushed out the volume that the alerts used to have.

More More Google: it’s finally going to fix the Chrome bug that drains Windows laptop batteries.

More x3 Google: it is now showing zip code listings.

You know that Kindle Unlimited rumor? It’s true (PRESS RELEASE).

The National Library of Medicine is offering a free online TOXNET class this fall. “TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Has-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox and more. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.”

Hackers are working on a tool to keep Nest/Google (Noogle?) from collecting user data.

Image site Imgur has added tagging and other new features.

Very interesting article from the Atlantic: How to Teach Google What a Story Is.

The state of Washington has launched a new online map of public lands.

The FDA has released a data API that allows access to all recall data going back to 2004. “More APIs will follow in the weeks ahead. OpenFDA is taking an agile (development in small chunks of iterations) approach in the creation and release of these APIs, with the objective of getting feedback from developers and researchers (as well as from industry and the public) at the GitHub and StackExchange forums that serve our project. We plan to incorporate some of the feedback into future iterations of the API.”

Saturday fun infographic: What happens on the Internet in a minute? Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Methane, Pinterest, More, More: Morning Buzz, July 18, 2014

Pinterest is making it easier to discover content on its site. “Pinterest already offered a categories tabs where users could search for pins by more general groupings, but now, those categories include more specific interests that users can subscribe to.”

Use self-hosted WordPress? Checked your plugins lately? Violet Blue has a roundup of four popular WordPress plugins with security issues.

Google has launched security initiative Project Zero. “Our objective is to significantly reduce the number of people harmed by targeted attacks. We’re hiring the best practically-minded security researchers and contributing 100% of their time toward improving security across the Internet.”

The latest use for Google Street View? Mapping out methane leaks.

Similarly, solutions are being developed to use Google Glass as radiation detectors.

Amazon is testing an ebook subscription service.

Now no less a site than eBay is complaining it was hit by Google’s Panda algorthim.

More Google: Thanks to oceans of stupidness, Google has to process millions of useless DMCA notices.

From Wired: How to download and archive your social media.

Useful from the American Press Institute: How to spot a fake photo.

Good stuff from Helen Brown: social media searching for prospect research.

And good stuff from Social Media Examiner: 3 Steps to Create Podcasts with Google Hangouts on Air. Good morning, Internet…

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