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Twitter, Flu, Google, More: Saturday Afternoon Buzz, April 19, 2014

Heartbleed got you a little more worried about your passwords? Here’s how to do two-factor auth on Twitter.

If you have a Facebook page and you’re as frustrated as I am: a guide to increasing your organic Facebook page reach.

Twitter has purchased Gnip. “Gnip is one of a handful of companies with full access to the stream of activity from Twitter, which has garnered it a lot of knowledge about how to deal with such immense data volumes and deliver it as a product to businesses.”

More Twitter: Scientists at Pennsylvania State University claim that can make a flu diagnosis based on Twitter data that’s availabe to the public. I assume that’s using an algorithim that looks for more than tweets saying “I have the flu.” It could get a little creepy, though: “The Penn State researches note that although they focused on remotely reconstructing a confidential diagnosis of influenza, this technique could be used to identify diseases associated with greater social stigma like HIV. Social media now clearly has a potential social cost.”

Now there’s a “Snapchat for e-mail”. “Similar to Snapchat, Pluto Mail allows you to choose when your email expires (although the options, of course, are far vaster). … Because while you can delete emails after you’ve sent them you can’t erase their subject lines from a recipient’s account.”

Google’s new terms of service make it clear: it is scanning your e-mail for the purpose of generating ads.

More Google: it has released a “Helpouts” app for iOS. “Helpouts for iOS works like Helpouts on the web, offering users the ability to connect to any of the free video chats made available on the Google-powered platform.”

Every wonder exactly what the heck you’re doing, hanging out on the Internet all day? Now you can take an Internet selfie. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Words, Facebook, ‘Bots, Passwords, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, December 11, 2013

The Merriam-Webster word of the year is… SCIENCE!

A look at Google Glass in the operating room.

More Google Glass: it now has a WordPress plugin.

Well, this had to happen: a search engine for government secrets. “The project, based out of Columbia University and launched about a year ago, uses advanced computer science methods in big data, machine learning, and natural language processing to scale up what some scholars have been struggling to do by hand for a decade: Document the rise of government secrecy, learn more about what the government isn’t releasing, and uncover new patterns and information in the millions of documents that do get declassified but contain heavy redactions.”

So Facebook is launching an “Unfollow” button. I’m looking forward to the “If I see one more ad about Ellen’s ‘secret’ there will be mayhem” button.

More Facebook: check out the biggest trends of 2013, according to it.

One minute on the Internet, 2013 vs. 2012. The YouTube stat is positively mind-blowing.

I like this because I’m a stats wonk: a Twitter bot that second-guesses 4th down calls in the NFL.

National Geographic is sharing maps on Google. Niiice.

Microsoft Research has released a new tool that shows how guessable your password is.

More password tools: a new Web site lets you check and see if your e-mail address was part of one of the recent high-profile hacks. Good afternoon, Internet…

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IFTTT, Google Glass, Kansas, Fishing, More: Afternoon Buzz, November 29, 2013

IFTTT has added a Facebook Groups channel.

If you’re looking for some Google Glass, there’s apparently plenty of places to find one for sale online.

Opinion: YouTube needs a GIF creator. I can dig it. Also, Facebook needs to be able to natively display GIFs.

YouTube’s commenting system went to Google+ and all I got was this lousy t-shirt and a huge mess. “As security researcher Graham Cluley explains today, YouTube may have been home to ‘some of the most unpleasant, purile and single-braincelled comments in the universe’ but it never before had a problem with link spam, because the older commenting system prevented users from leaving messages which included clickable links. But that changed when Google+ comments arrived.” Bonus points for purile.

The state of Tennessee has launched a new feature allowing residents to download their driving records.

More states! The state of Kansas has launched a mobile version of its criminal history records search.

Researchers are alleging that Persian Gulf countries are actually catching more fish than they’re reporting. How did they come to this conclusion? Using Google Earth. “Researchers Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak and Daniel Pauly estimated the fish catch in 2005, for instance, was 31,433 tonnes, six times what nations bordering the Persian Gulf reported.”

Coming soon – the PubMed Commons!

From MacWorld: 16 Secrets of Google Drive. The current thing about Google Drive which is driving me crazy: you can’t upload images into Google Spreadsheet cells. (into the sheet itself, yes. Into specific cells, no.) Good afternoon, Internet…

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Blekko, Adobe, Glass, Folklife : Saturday Afternoon Buzz, November 2, 2013

Blekko turned three on Halloween! Happy Birthday Blekko. Here is Danny Sullivan’s launch story. Here’s the one from ResearchBuzz.

Yikes! Adobe’s security breach was over ten times larger than originally reported!

WordPress has released version 3.7.1 as a maintenance release.

Have you taken some great fall pictures? Because Yahoo News and Flickr are having a photography contest…

You may have noticed that Google+ has started offering custom URLs. However, Barry Schwartz noticed that they may not always be free.

Here’s a milestone you don’t want: a California woman has gotten what appears to be the first ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass. It should be noted that she was initially stopped for speeding.

Longtime SEO expert Jill Whalen is moving on to bigger and better things. I have never been a huge fan of SEO in and of itself, but Jill has always been, as Barry Schwartz describes her, a voice of reason, and I have always admired her thoughtful approach. Have fun Jill!

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has a new blog. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Google, PDFs, Focus, More : Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, October 30, 2013

Google Street View, now on the river Thames.

Nice from TheNextWeb: 10 new IFTTT recipes now that Twitter support is back.

Is there going to be a Google Smartwatch in the next few months?

Sometimes I need this: 5 Productivity Tools to Help You Focus.

A really nice article breaking down the syntax for Facebook Graph Search.

Wow. Google is now the third largest US company? “Google’s reached an all-time high of $1,015.46 soon after its results announcement. The stock is trading at $1,011.41 with a market capitalization $337.4 billion. Google is now the third largest U.S. company after Apple and ExxonMobil.”

More Google: GMail and Google Docs now accept handwriting input. Interesting but not particularly useful over here.

Practical Ecommerce has an overview of five popular Web clipping software platforms.

UbuntuGeek has a quick writeup of a tool that lets you compare two PDF files.

From Mashable: the five best read-it later apps. Pocket. Pocket Pocket Pocket! Good afternoon, Internet…

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Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair Back Soon

Hey y’all, if you’re wondering what went with me I’m at the Fair. Back soon.

Though my brain is still doing its thing and keeps reminding me about That One Time.

You may see a new post from me as early as tonight, if not then it’ll be the next couple of days.

Google, Kentucky, SERPS, More: Short Saturday PM Buzz, October 12, 2013

Google+ Communities has gotten a couple of improvements.

Search Engine Journal looks at 5 free tool to keep you from drowning in content.

First Google, and now Microsoft is planning to drop cookies.

Google Maps has added some new features.

The state of Kentucky has created a list of Halloween attractions in its state.

From Larry Ferlazzo, the best resources for understanding the debt ceiling.

Oh look! More Facebook malware! Blah.

Wow, the Moz Blog, has a huge visual guide to Google’s SERP.

Google has extended its bug bounty program to security fixes for open source software. Good afternoon, Internet…

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