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Twitter, Javanese, WWII, More: Morning Buzz, December 3, 2014

Twitter now has adjustable photo filters. “Each filter can be double-tapped to reveal an intensity slider so you can lay that sepia effect on heavy or light to get the perfect hipster sheen.” I’m pretty sure “hipster sheen” is Charlie Sheen’s younger brother.

More Twitter: it has released a new suite of anti-harassment tools. “Twitter had made it fairly simple to report spam, but the new tools allow users to report a variety of troubles, including impersonations, harassment, and even self-harm or suicide. In addition, users can report the harassment on behalf of other users, even if they’re not the target themselves, which is a big change.”

A professor at Earlham College is developing a database of translated Javanese gamelan music. “[Marc] Benamou is developing the world’s first searchable database and website containing Javanese gamelan song texts that will be translated into Indonesian and English.”

Now available: a database of FDA warning letters to dietary supplement firms. “Warning letters in the database include those related to good manufacturing practices (GMP) violations; impermissible product claims, such as disease claims; and products containing illegal ingredients. Using the CRN database, companies can search warning letters by date, product name, ingredient, type of violation, and other criteria. So far, the database includes nearly 300 warning letters sent by FDA between January 2008 and August 2014.”

From BizSugar: 15 Tools to Edit Videos for Business.

The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois has completed the first phase of a large digitization project (PRESS RELEASE). “The project involved digitizing part of the research center’s extensive microfilm reel collection of the 1st Infantry Division’s WWII battle documents. Researchers, students and the general public now have remote access to WWII-era records of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division concerning D-Day and other historic battles.” Access is free.

Google has launched a new service that allows you to contribute to keep Google Ads off your favorite Web sites. This feels icky for some reason.

From the always-lovely Larry Ferlazzo: A short list of the best resources for learning how to use Google Docs / Google Drive.

From the also-always-lovely Amit Agarwal, Scraping Web pages with YQL and Apps Script.

Do you remember that old stat that 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute? Well, now apparently it’s 300 hours. Yow!

And: Happy Birthday Search Engine Roundtable! And good morning, Internet!

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NCSU, Bing, Santa, More: Morning Buzz, December 2, 2014

The first 70 years of the North Carolina State University student newspaper, The Technician, are now available online.

There is now an online database of STEM resources focused on the state of Montana.

The Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) has apparently been completed. It’s a collection of digtized museum catalogs.

Yup, it’s that time again: Google’s Santa Tracker is here.

More Google: it has Created software that can describe what it sees in images.

From Hongkiat: 10 free tools for creating your own maps.

From the Library of Congress: a beginner’s guide to US Treaties.

DuckDuckGo is adding New Jersey Transit information to its searches.

The Bing homepage has gone HD. Pretty.

The Gates Foundation is pushing for more free access to academic papers. “Under the new policy, the researchers that the organization funds will only be able to publish papers that are immediately freely accessible to the public. That means that these scientists wouldn’t necessarily be able to publish in top journals like Science that charge for access to its articles — unless these journals change their policies or open up those particular papers. And, since the Gates Foundation funds so much research, there will be pressure on these journals to do so (or else they’ll lose out on potentially important papers).”

The Catholic Church and the National Library of Ireland are teaming up to make parish records free online. “A National Library of Ireland statement called the records the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census. Dating from the 1740s to the 1880s, they cover nearly 1,100 parishes throughout the island of Ireland and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.” The project just launched and the records are expected to be available online starting next summer.

From Bing: the top trends of 2014. Good morning, Internet…

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Short Morning Buzz, November 22th, 2014


From Buffer: Counterunitive tips for using Twitter well. I don’t like a lot of the Twitter articles I see because they feel like primers on how to hustle people on Twitter. This one is better.

Cycle World now has an online digital archive (it’s a paid service.)

Yemen is adding Ottoman scripts to a digital library. “The Yemeni Manuscripts Department are restorating 20,000 Ottoman scripts to a digital library, with many of them written in Ottoman, Turkish Arabic and Persian script. The works that are held at the Yemeni Manuscripts Department in Old Sana’a, are being rebound and restored.”

Now available: an online database of German companies and branches in the United States (PRESS RELEASE). This is a pay-to-access database.

WordPress 4.0.1 is now available. It’s a security release so upgrade upgrade upgrade!

The Oxford Dictionary word of the year is… vape. “Usage of vape peaked in April 2014 – as the graph below indicates – around the time that the UK’s first ‘vape café’ (The Vape Lab in Shoreditch, London) opened its doors, and protests were held in response to New York City banning indoor vaping. In the same month, the issue of vaping was debated by The Washington Post, the BBC, and the British newspaper The Telegraph, amongst others.” At least it wasn’t normcore. Good morning, Internet…

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Kickstarter, TIME, Montevallo, More: Short Saturday Morning Buzz, November 15th, 2014

BusinessWire and ITDatabase have teamed up to launch TechCalendar for tech events (press release, of course). “TechCalendar features a number of options for tech companies to track events important to their brand: one-click ‘following’ of relevant opportunities, the ability to search, find and track specific consumer and enterprise topics of interest, easy options to follow specific event organizers, and a variety of sharing and exporting tools for easy data integration.”

Google has launched a new tool to track illegal fishing worldwide. “Google Inc. has teamed up with mapping company SkyTruth and marine-advocacy group Oceana to create a prototype interactive tool, aimed to track illegal fishing world-wide. This new tool called Global Fishing Watch was launched in Sydney.”

TIME Magazine has opened a digital archive. It looks like everything back to 1923 is available, and access is $40 a year – and that includes a subscription to the magazine.

The University of Montevallo (Alabama) has launched a digital archive for local newspapers. “The W.M. ‘Mack’ Wyatt Digital Archive will serve as a repository for archived newspapers printed in Montevallo and Shelby County, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”

The City of Baltimore will begin building an online database of police brutality lawsuits. “Baltimore officials will begin this month posting the outcomes of all civil lawsuits alleging police brutality and will reconsider their policy of requiring plaintiffs to keep silent after settlements are reached — part of a series of changes made in response to a six-month Baltimore Sun investigation of police misconduct.”

Now there is an online archive of Kickstarter projects which received absolutely no funding. As in zero. There are over nine thousand projects here.

WordPress has released WordPress 4.1, beta 1. Good morning, Internet…

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Adobe, Facebook, Google, More: Morning Buzz, November 13th, 2014

Google has launched Fiber for Small Business.

Adobe has done a big patch update for Flash player, so be sure to update.

Yahoo has purchased ad company BrightRoll. And apparently has no plans to shut it down!

Google Trends now shows what’s trending on YouTube.

From Search Engine Journal: Google News drives more traffic than Facebook. “Digiday reports that Google still sends 35% of a publisher’s total referral traffic, while Google News makes up 10% to 25% of a publisher’s total traffic.” This doesn’t surprise me at all, as Facebook seems more focused on keeping people on-site while Google News is more of a waystation.

YouTube has finally launched its music service. At the moment it’s invite-only.

Using the Twitter firehose to find out how late people sleep on Sundays.

The Twitter timeline is going to get some changes. Because apparently just giving us lists of recent tweets is too easy.

Facebook has launched a new Places directory but apparently it’s not ready for prime time. “The new directory invites a Place lookup by city name or other place name. The search box doesn’t respond to all queries and even common local queries. For example, ‘best sushi London’ doesn’t deliver any results. In my tests I also couldn’t look up individual businesses that I knew had Facebook Pages.”

Google has already created a doodle for the comet landing. Good morning, Internet…

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Wolfram|Alpha, Fold3, Flickr, More: Morning Buzz, November 12th, 2014

From How-To Geek: How to find and remove duplicate files on any operating system.

Wolfram|Alpha now offers step-by-step solutions for definite integrals.

Greenbot compares Google’s Inbox to the regular ol’ GMail app. Haven’t tried Inbox yet. After reading this article I’m not rushing off to do so, either…

Marketing Land looks at a possible different direction for Google Glass. “Whether or not Google wants to publicly admit it, the company knows it’s not a home run in its current form. Perhaps that’s why Google is taking a big gamble on a shadowy little startup called Magic Leap. Magic Leap, Inc., a Florida-based software development company, has raised $542 million in series B funding led by Google Inc., with participation from several other well-known venture capital firms.”

Amazon Cloud Drive now has its own API.

Mozilla has launched an Oculus-compatible virtual reality site. Anybody remember VRML?

YouTube has struck a licensing deal with many small record labels. I guess this means we’ll be seeing a streaming music service any day now —

Yahoo Japan has started a genomics analysis service.”The service allows users to investigate disease risk factors including 22 different kinds of cancers, diabetes, cardiac infarction, cerebral stoke, etc. as well as physical condition factors such as muscle strength, blood pressure, amount of alcohol intake, blood urate level, etc. It can analyze about 290 items, and even conduct family analysis telling where a group with the same gene as yours originated and its migration over time.”

Fold3 is offering free access to its World War II collection through the end of the month.

Interesting! Flickr is offering a free travel photography Webinar. Good morning, Internet…

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Bing, LinkedIn, iOS, More: Tuesday Morning Buzz, November 11th, 2014

(Due to a computer problem, yesterday’s ResearchBuzz will not be posted until this weekend. The resources were all tweeted by @ResearchBuzz if you can’t wait.)

The Obama administration is making a big push for net neutrality. I have incredibly ambiguous feelings about net neutrality, though in the light of NSA monitoring revelation and security issues, I’m a bit flabbergasted at the White House calling out a tech sector for more transparency.

Google is launching a public campaign to fight Ebola.

There’s a plug-in available that Removes all numbers/metrics from Facebook. “By removing the metrics, [Benjamin] Grosser found that people were less competitive, anxious and preoccupied with the numbers.”

Hey! Is there an Apple Web crawler running around out there?

Raspberry has announced a new Pi model. “While the processor and RAM — a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC and 256MB, to be specific — remain the same as its predecessor, the new model is far smaller at just 65mm (2.6 inches) in length versus the old model’s 86mm (3.4 inches). It also draws less power and has improved audio circuitry.” 20 bucks.

Bing is bragging on its prediction powers. “We weren’t perfect but we are proud to report that we got it right in more than 95% of the races – and we did better head-to-head than renowned forecasters including Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.”

LinkedIn is getting integrated with the Veterans Employment Center. “LinkedIn will also be integrated with the Veterans Employment Center, the online database system the VA launched this year to help veterans connect with employers. Veterans will be able to upload their VEC profile to LinkedIn as well as access resources specifically for veterans.”

Are you a breaking news junkie? Here are five browser extensions for you.

There’s a very serious iOS bug out there. “Cybersecurity firm FireEye published details about the vulnerability on its blog Monday, saying the bug enables hackers to access their devices by persuading users to install malicious applications with tainted text messages, emails and web links. The malicious application can then be used to replace genuine, trusted apps that were installed through Apple’s App Store, including email and banking programs, with malicious software through a technique that FireEye has dubbed ‘Masque Attack.'”

I have never thought much of Google Glass as a consumer device, but I really like its potential for medical and industrial application. Researchers at the University of Kansas are looking at its potential for training caregivers to autistic people. “Currently, a parent being trained remotely through OASIS [Online and Applied System for Intervention Skills] has to be in a room with a computer and a two-way video hookup to get the teleconference training. Google Glass would make the training mobile…. [Jay] Buzhardt explained that a mom wearing Google Glass during an actual daily routine could get live feedback from an instructional coach, who is getting live video and sound from the mom’s point of view back on his own computer.”

From Business Insider: the 20 most popular YouTubers. The only one I’ve heard of is PewDiePie because I’m old.

It’s always a nice day when Amit Agarwal updates his blog: how to Add the Same File to Multiple Folders in Google Drive without Copying

Mozilla is celebrating 10 years of Firefox with a “Forget” button. “Forget gives you an easy way to tell Firefox to clear out some of your recent activity. Instead of asking a lot of complex technical questions, Forget asks you only one: how much do you want to forget? Once you tell Firefox you want to forget the last 5 minutes, or 2 hours, or 24 hours, it takes care of the rest. Many of our users share a computer with friends or family, and it’s easy to forget to open a private browsing window first; with Forget, clearing that information is quick, and easy to understand.”

Just in time for Veterans Day, FamilySearch has added three World War I collections. Good morning, Internet…

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