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WordPress, Bauhaus, Physics, More: Morning Buzz, September 2nd, 2014

Well, there’s a match made in heaven: The Internet Archive has joined Flickr Commons.

Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 has been released. (That’s Utopic Unicorn for those of you playing along at home.)

Georgia State University Library has released its WordPress plugin, “Library Instruction Recorder”, as open source.

Infographic: How to get more interaction on Google+. They left off a tip: be way cooler than me.

From Lifehacker: How to turn GMail into your central productivity hub. Well, it’s a nice idea….

Several Bauhaus texts are now available for free.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics are now available in their entirety online and for free. “First presented in the early 1960s at Caltech by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, the lectures were eventually turned into a book by Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands. The text went on to become arguably the most popular physics book ever written, selling more than 1.5 million copies in English, and getting translated into a dozen languages.”

A TweetDeck for Instagram? Hey, I could handle that. Check out this article on Picdeck.

The federal government is creating a database to track hate speech on Twitter. Hey, you know who I’d like to track hate speech on Twitter? TWITTER ITSELF.

In case you’ve been living under a rock: Amazon has acquired Twitch.

Google Search now understands more than one language at a time.

Pointer from the always-awesome Robin Good: send files up to 5GB without using mail – https://ydray.com/ . Now of course I wouldn’t use this to send anything sensitive, but things like innocuous pictures or videos that happened to be very large? There you go.

Wanna feel old? Browse around these images of first-gen Web sites from the mid-90s. Actually some of them don’t look THAT different from today. Good morning, Internet…

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WordPress, Pacer, Museums, More: Morning Buzz, August 30th, 2014

Remixing EVERYWHERE: The British Library meets Burning Man.

WordPress has released the first candidate for WordPress 4.0.

Wondering why your GMail has all those weird ads? XRay might be able to tell you.

Wondering what theme a WordPress site is using? There’s a Web tool for that. (Thanks Robin Good!)

Pacer is deleting old court files because they’re “incompatible”. “On Aug. 10, the federal courts announced that older court records were being deleted from Pacer for federal appeals courts for the Federal Circuit, and the 2nd, 7th and 11th Circuits, report Legal Times, the Washington Post blog the Switch and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog. Older bankruptcy cases in the Central District of California were also removed. The files were deleted Aug. 11.” How wrong is this?

Lovely! Guy puts America’s museums onto a map – and then he supplemented the map with data from Wikipedia. (It’s amazing how many museums don’t have Web pages.

Google has made is security compliance audit report public. “The new reports and certificates now cover Google+ and Hangouts, which is nice, but the real news here is that Google is making both its ISO 27001 certificate and SOC 3 audit report easily available to anybody who wants to take a look. The SOC 3 report is about a 10-page document that summarizes the audit’s finding and lists the services that the auditors inspected. By default, this report is meant to be made public. The SOC 2 report is significantly more in-depth and runs a few hundred pages, but sadly Google isn’t making that one public.”

Do you have an HP laptop? Check your power cord. HP is recalling some power cords as fire hazards. There are over five million of these bad boys floating around out there, so check your cables!

A new project makes the pictures taken by the Farm Security Administration between 1935 and 1945 easier to explore. Among other things, over 90,000 of them are mapped.

Twitter has opened up its analytics dashboard to everybody. Now you can see how many more people see your posts on Twitter than Facebook, despite your Facebook fan page having far more followers. That’s what happened with me, anyway.

Dropbox Pro has added a couple new features as well as a terabyte of space for Pro subscribers. That’ll be handy.

The FBI has digitized millions of files in what it calls a “modernization push.” Good morning, Internet…

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Instagram, Bing, NOLA, Biodiversity, More: Morning Buzz, August 29th, 2014

Still getting crushed at work!

Google Authorship is now kaput. Really glad I didn’t put too much energy into this one.

Lifehacker is putting out a call for the best free online classes.

Instagram has launched a new app called Hyperlapse, and BOY does it sound cool: “Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment.”

Microsoft has re-issued a Windows security update after some initial problems.

NOLA.com has launched a searchable online database of property transactions in the New Orleans area. “The data, so far, ranges from January 2014 to now, but transfers from the past five years will eventually be added. The sale price is always included when available.”

Bing is taking aim at Web spam.

More Bing: Bing Maps has a bunch of new imagery.

Appalachian State University has been awarded a grant for a very exciting biodiversity database project. “Professor Zack E. Murrell is leading a multi-state, $2.545 million project to create a digitized database of more than 3 million plant specimens from across the Southeast.”

Google has launched a new Google for Education blog. “We love to focus on solving problems. Sometimes practically and other times with wild, imaginative—or even highly unexpected—ideas. These ideas are born through education, when curiosity meets access to information. That’s why we have a vested interest in, and commitment to, learning in all forms. It’s also why we’re starting this Google for Education Blog: a new destination to share our work that’s happening across education, from products to programs, from the practical to the unimaginable.”

From Entrepreneur: four steps to plan a successful tweetup.

Yahoo is apparently experimenting with a new user interface. Don’t everybody hit the link at once.

Kanasas State University is creating a digital archive of agricultural writing. “The contract, worth more than $7,000, allows the team to digitize and preserve important Kansas youth-in-agriculture, agricultural education and rural life publications. Titles include Kansas 4‐H Journal, 1955-1988; Kansas Future Farmer, 1929-1979; and five additional newsletters and magazines.”

Did you know you could search for special characters in Google Drive by drawing them? Good morning, Internet…

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IFTTT, Yearbooks, NHTSA, More: Morning Buzz, August 20th, 2014

WordPress 4.0 beta 4 is now available.

Get inspired: 9 Amazing Projects Made in Microsoft Excel.

Here’s a lovely browser-based tool for generating image thumbnails.

This is interesting: IFTTT is teaming up with ADT (ADT press release). “ADT and IFTTT are planning to test a beta version of an ADT Pulse® Channel on IFTTT, connecting a customer’s ADT Pulse-enabled home with more than 100 existing Channel partners. Whether it’s adjusting the thermostat to react to local weather conditions, or arming the security system based on users’ GPS data, an ADT Pulse® Channel on IFTTT could enable users to put many aspects of their home on auto-pilot.”

The Smithsonian is asking for help in transcribing its collections. “After about a year of testing with a small group of volunteers, the Smithsonian opened up their Transcription Center website to the public last month. Today, they issued a called [sic] for volunteers to help decipher everything from handwritten specimen tags to the personal letters of iconic artists to early U.S. currency.”

A new Web site wants to shame apps with lax security. “One high-profile example includes well-liked travel-information firm TripIt. TripIt allows users to bring together information on their tickets, flight times, and itinerary and then sync it with other devices and share the information with friends and co-workers. Information shared with calendar applications, however, is not encrypted, Webster says, leaving it open to eavesdropping on public networks. Among the details that could be plucked from the air by anyone on the same wireless network: a user’s full name, phone number, e-mail address, the last four digits of a credit card number, and emergency contact information. An attacker could even change or cancel the victim’s flight, he says.”

Entrepreneur: The Five Problems Google Will Face in the Next Ten Years. Only Five?

The UT Health Science Center Libraries have digitized a bunch of medical school yearbooks.

The NHTSA is finally launching its vehicle recall tracking tool.

The North Dakota State Historical Society now has an online archive.

The Royal Air Force Museum has launched the RAF Museum Storyvault. “The archive provides free access to recently digitized records, including a Muster Roll of NCO’s and men, an Air Force List of Officers, and a selection of Casualty Cards and other records for those who were wounded or killed in the air service.”

The Drug Industry Documents Archive (DIDA) has been expanded with additional documents on Zyprexa and clincal study reports related to neuraminidase inhibitors. Good morning, Internet…

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Yahoo, Twitter Bots, NASA, More: Morning Buzz, August 16th, 2014

Catching up… Yahoo has a new Finance app.

A small selection of the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine yearbooks are now available online. The yearbooks are from 1952-1967.

When does Amit Agarwal do an article that isn’t handy and useful? How to transfer files between mobile phones and computers.

You know that handle Google Package Tracking tool? You can opt-out if you like.

Sometimes you say “bots on Twitter” and people will reflexively think they’re bad, pointless, etc. But check out this collection of river gauges on Twitter which tweet their levels twice a day but can increase communications in times of flood or emergency. “Users can visit the website to search by geographical location, river name, catchment area or status (normal level, below average or risk of flooding) and are also able to follow on Twitter any gauges that will be of interest to them. The website map features all of the Environment Agency river level and tidal gauges, and a unique Twitter account has been created for each of them. Twice per day, each gauge tweets its current status. For example, Teddington Lock now has its own Twitter account: https://twitter.com/riverlevel_1182.”

Related: Are 8.5% of Twitter’s active users bots?

The US Department of Energy is making its researchers’ papers free. “The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today unveiled its answer to a White House mandate to make the research papers it funds free for anyone to read: a Web portal that will link to full-text papers a year after they’re published. Once researchers are up to speed and submitting their manuscripts, that will mean 20,000 to 30,000 new free papers a year on energy research, physics, and other scientific topics.”

And in the same vein, NASA is giving away free ebooks.

Congratulations to Search Engine Land, which has a new look! Good morning, Internet…

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Marvel, Oz, Twitter, More: Morning Buzz, August 15th, 2014

Back with a little stolen time! More catching up this weekend.

Hootsuite looks at an interesting question: when should you respond on Twitter?

UCR did a post-event breakdown of World Cup tweets. “Not surprisingly, Argentina, Brazil and Germany had the highest number of tweets during the recent World Cup, but Bosnia, Cameron and Ivory Coast saw the greatest surge in terms of percentage increase in tweets compared to a year earlier.”

OxfordDictionaries.com has added a whole bunch of words, including ones I like (“cray”), and ones I don’t (“adorbs,” which sounds like something you wear to deal with occasional incontinence.)

Another thousand Old Masters are going online. “Glasgow University is teaming up with National Museums Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery, Leeds Museums and Galleries and York Art Gallery to make 1,000 Old Masters available on the internet. Experts will explore the origins, history and attribution of each work before cataloguing them in the online database.”

Illustrated London News has launched a new archive featuring material from 1914-1918. “The first-phase website includes the digitised pages from the Illustrated London News 1914-1918; a wealth of editorial features providing rich context for the source material; a timeline; a range of topical insights from “Animals and War” and “Trench Life” to “Sport and the War”; and a blog written by young historians appointed for the project.”

Marvel now has a fashion Instagram account. Because… oh, I don’t know.

1960s Australian counterculture magazine OZ now has a digital archive.

Catching up… Twitter has busted out a new transparency report. “There were 2,058 requests from Jan. 1 to June 30, marking a 46% increase over the second half of last year. The requests affect 48% more Twitter users than in the previous report.”

From Entrepreneur: 12 Things You Should Do on Your Personal Google+ Account Right Now. (No, not deactivate it. Sheesh.) Good morning, Internet…

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Kelp, NASA, Classic TV, More: Morning Buzz, August 9th, 2014

Coming soon to New Zealand: a digital archive of World War II veterans.

You probably have seen a lot of news about the Russian gang which has allegedly stolen details on more than a billion e-mail accounts. Krebs has a Q&A breakdown of information. Explain again why Amazon doesn’t offer two-factor?

Zooniverse has a new project — Floating Forests! Help researchers look for kelp!

The Siri Wars continue: Google has acquired Emu. “Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated a virtual assistant not unlike Siri to automate tasks based on your conversations – meaning you could do things like schedule appointments to your calendar, set reminders and even make reservations at a restaurant directly from your conversations.”

Now available: a database of information about prisoners of war from World War I. “According to the ICRC, 90 percent of the 5 million cards on prisoners and 500,000 pages of records associated with these cards are now searchable on the Prisoners of the First World War website.”

Do you run WordPress or Drupal? Please upgrade your installation: there’s a pretty serious security vulnerability.

IFTTT now has a Space Channel, which is interesting because it’s not a device channel but a data channel. “The Space Channel is a native IFTTT Channel powered by NASA, Open Notify, Mars Atmospheric Aggregation System, and How Many People Are In Space Right Now.” I’m excited about this because as cool as it is now, IFTTT as an even more mutable push platform with even more custom data feeds would be brilliant.

Bob Poulsen has launched a new Web site that organizes the TV episodes available in the Internet Archives. It’s called RerunCentury and it’s available at
http://www.reruncentury.com/ . Currently it indexes over 1300 episodes of 160 shows. Shows with at least 40 episodes available include Dragnet, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Jack Benny Program, and The Adventures of Robin Hood.

The Library of Congress has launched an indigenous law portal. “The Indigenous Law Portal brings together collection materials from the Law Library of Congress as well as links to tribal websites and primary source materials found on the Web. The portal is based on the structure of the Library of Congress Classification schedule for Law (Class K), specifically the Law of the Indigenous Peoples in the Americas (Classes KIA-KIP: North America).”

Gmail now works with addresses containing non-Latin characters. And about time too. Good morning, Internet…

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