Sorry about the silence

Sorry about the silence, y’all — work last week has been rough. And I was doing so good too! Posts will resume shortly.

Twitter, Churches, Facebook, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 31st, 2014

The Google Glass App market is showing some signs of life.

Is Spain going to pass a “Google Tax”? “Julio Alonso has the details, in which it appears that the lower house of the Spanish legislature has approved a very, very dangerous bill that creates a brand new inalienable right for news publishers to be paid for, via compulsory licenses, any ‘electronic news aggregation system,’ which is broadly defined as anyone who shares more than just anchor text with a link.”

Wolfram|Alpha crunches and munches some data to look at demographic anomalies in the US.

Have you been reading all those stories about the (lack of) employee diversity in tech companies? Here’s a roundup in a couple of charts.

Now available: a nationwide church directory (PRESS RELEASE). “. This non-denominational resource hosts over 300,000 churches organized by denomination and location on one convenient website. When users conduct a search for a local church, they are provided with a description of the church, links to the church’s website and social media accounts and a form to email the church directly.”

Image search company Madbits has been acquired by Twitter.

Facebook is shutting down its Gifts feature. “Facebook Gifts will shut down on August 12th and stop selling gift cards for businesses like Starbucks and iTunes. Facebook tells me no layoffs will occur, and most of the team has already been reassigned to other commerce initiatives it’s concentrating on.”

Google now has a search tool to filter for private content. “This type of filter will show you content that was shared with you on Google+ or Gmail if you are signed in to your Google Account.” Apparently this doesn’t work with Google Apps, you know, the version of Google that people actually pay to use. That isn’t annoying at all.

Hmm. Some very interesting Twitter search techniques. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Text Extracting, Silent Films, Wikis, More: Morning Buzz, July 31st, 2014

A new database has been launched to remember the British soldiers of World War I. “A total of 1,117,077 service personnel from what was then the British Empire died in the war, which began in 1914. The Every Man Remembered database allows people to commemorate relatives or someone they knew, or find a person for whom no-one has yet left a tribute.”

From The New Yorker: when considering the archives of a writer, what do you do with their digital effects? The case of Salman Rushdie.

The Folger Shakespeare Library has launched Folgerpedia.

Datascope has released a new tool for extracting text from documents. “Ok, ok, ok. You can’t extract text from any document at the moment, but textract integrates support for many common formats and we designed it to be as easy as possible to add other document formats. The whole thing is up on github, to make it easier for the community to add their own integrations.”

Apple has purchased podcast app Swell. Swell immediately shut down, and as you may have noticed on Twitter, I was very upset. I loved Swell. It made it easy to listen to news podcasts without using iTunes’ horrible podcast tools, and you have no idea how much I’m going to miss it. Another heart broken by a free app.

An article in the New York Times asks: Can Reddit Grow Up? In my Real Job I buy a pretty good amount of advertising, and I’d love to advertise on Reddit. Unfortunately there’s no way to do geographically-specific advertising that I can find. (Please let me know if you’re aware of one!)

Amazon has launched a 3-D printing store. “Amazon has launched a new store for 3D-printed goods, which include items that can be customized to change their size, color, material and even aspects of their design. The store covers a range of types of products, including jewelry, electronics, toys and games, home decor and kitchen supplies, and items are supplied by a number of partners including Mixee, Sculpteo and 3DLT.”

Wow! Using regular screenings to crowdsource information on silent films. “Deep in the archives of the Library of Congress’ Culpeper, Va., film preservation center lie thousands of movies in cool, climate-controlled vaults. Hundreds are a century old or older, and unidentified. Their titles have been lost over the years and the library knows little about them, so it started inviting fans of early film to a yearly event called Mostly Lost to help figure out what they are.”

This is rather recursive: people are trying to de-index pages from Chilling Effects, the DCMA notice archive. But Google isn’t having it. “Chilling Effects is the largest public repository of DMCA notices on the planet, providing a unique insight into the Internet’s copyright battles. However, each month people try to de-index pages of the site but Google has Chilling Effects’ back and routinely rejects copyright claims.”

The FamilySearch Research Wiki will be getting a new look.

Google is testing a Timeline View for its knowledge graph.

A little far afield, but you may find it useful: a roundup of 44 tutorials on how to take perfect product shots. Good morning, Internet…

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Lemurs, GIFs, Tennessee, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 30th, 2014

Smithsonian Magazine: making animated GIFs from historical photos. “This summer, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), in partnership with Imgur, is rolling out the Summer of Archives, a collection of historical pictures and moving images repurposed for the digital world.”

The Wellcome Library is teaming up with 9 UK medical libraries to digitize and display their archives. “Approximately 15 million pages of printed books and pamphlets from all ten partners will be digitised over a period of two years and will be made freely available to researchers and the public under an open licence. By pooling their collections the partners will create a comprehensive online library. The content will be available on multiple platforms to broaden access, including the Internet Archive, the Wellcome Library and Jisc Historic Books.”

Fascinating paper, quick read, if you’re interested in what happens when institutions open their online archives, check this out. How the Rijksmuseum opened up its collection.

Yelp is now going to let users upload video.

The Library of Congress has made 1000 of Warren Harding’s love letters available online. Eww. “The letters were written between 1910 and 1920 during an affair that began in 1905 between then-Ohio Lt. Gov. Warren Harding and family friend Carrie Fulton Phillips. The vast majority of the letters were written by Harding, many while he served in the U.S. Senate (1915-1921).”

The Google Maps API has improved its mapping imagery.

How much video gamer “pay to play” is happening on YouTube? Not that much.

The state of Tennessee is getting more digitized newspapers. “The TNDP will digitize another 100,000 pages of Tennessee’s microfilmed newspapers dating from the late 19th century to 1922. Since the project began in 2010, the UT Libraries, working in partnership with the Tennessee State Library and Archives, has digitized 200,000 pages from Tennessee newspapers dating back to 1849.”

And now, to announce a new online database of lemur records: a lemur slideshow. Good afternoon, Internet…

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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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Google, Catan, Stock Photos, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 25th, 2014

Google Voice’s web site is getting integrated with Google Hangouts. “The new feature makes it easier to quickly call friends, family, and coworkers when you’re not close to a phone connected to your Google Voice account. Even better, the new Google Voice-Hangouts integration does not require a Google+ account or Hangouts in Gmail to work, Alex Wiesen, tech lead manager for Google Voice…”

Friday fun: Microsoft has released a Web-based came based on Settlers of Catan. The blog post I’m linked to says that it was released by Internet Explorer, but I tried it just fine in Chromium.

Did you know Wikipedia has pedigree charts?

Is Instagram working on a Snapchat competitor?

Noupe takes a look at two free stock photo sites. They’re small, but the photos are available even for commercial projects (they do require attribution.)

Didja get a drone and now want to take it for a walk/fly? Not so fast: check this map first. “This map represents areas where it is not recommended to fly drones due to regulations.”

Do you use Prezi? Hongkiat has an extensive article on becoming a Prezi master.

The New Yorker isn’t the only one: The Baffler has made its back issues free to read online.

Chromecast is a year old and Google is offering some goodies. Good afternoon, 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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