Dancing, Predicting, Oregon, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, April 5, 2014

Now available: a database of cleared plant leaf images. (Cleared leaves are leaves that have been bleached to make their vein structure more visible.)

Beyond Search has a quick writeup on Similarsitecheck, which — guess! — lets you look for similar sites.

A non-profit has launched an online database of alleged misconduct by the Oakland California police. “Police Beat publishes stories and interactive graphics twice a week from 1,368 lawsuits and complaints filed against Oakland PD and settled out of court from 1990-2013. Almost 400 of those cases detailed violations of Oakland citizens’ civil rights.”

Man, look at all the people clinging to Windows XP. Have you switched yet?

The New York Public Library has digitized thousands of hours of videos from the Jerome Robbins collection.. “The Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image contains over 24,000 dance films and tapes, and the selection of its holdings now available through the new online portal includes items that span the history of the genre, from the earliest films of the late nineteenth century — such as Thomas Edison’s hand-colored 1897 film Annabella — to the latest HD recordings of modern artists and contemporary productions.” Unfortunately a lot of it looks like it’s not viewable online, probably due to intellectual property issues.

Computer scientists at Stanford has developed a method to help predict which shared photos will go viral.

More predicting: can Twitter be used for economic forecasting?

Good article from Lifehacker — read the comments, too — on tools and apps to make the most of Flickr.

The folks at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission have added photos to the OregonLiquorSearch.com Web site. Over 1100.

The ACLU has has launched an NSA documents database. “We have made all of the documents text-searchable to allow users to investigate particular key words or phrases. Alternatively, the filter function allows users to sort based on the type of surveillance involved, the specific legal authorities implicated, the purpose of the surveillance, or the source of the disclosure.”

Mmmkay. You can now search Yelp with emoji.

Well crap! You can’t send SMS through Google Chat anymore.

Hey, Google Glass is two.

More Google: You can now share your GMail theme. Good morning, Internet…

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Bing, XP, DuckDuckGo, More: No-Foolin’ Afternoon Buzz, April 1, 2014

If you happen to groove on April Fool’s Day, Lifehacker is aggregating a prank list.

Phil Bradley lists some interesting search operators for DuckDuckGo. I didn’t know about the QR code one.

Why yes, I AM still worried about the XP transition, and this article isn’t helping any. “To take fullest advantage of the situation, black-market vendors selling new XP exploits have been stockpiling them, waiting to release them until after Microsoft is no longer monitoring and repairing security flaws. Though third-party security firms will continue to update anti-malware programs for XP, users not running or updating such software could be permanently vulnerable to an ever-growing set of exploits.”

Search engine Bing has has extended its “Snapshot” feature.. “Snapshot brings together information that you need at a glance, with rich connections to deeper information on the people, places, and things you care about made possible by our deep understanding of the real world. To accomplish this, Bing now tracks billions of entities and perhaps more importantly, the billions of relationships between them, all to get you the right data instantly while you search.” The examples on the blog post included real estate listings, people, and universities.

I’m not even sure I can wrap my head around this: Google+ is as popular in the US as Twitter? Seriously?

Speaking of Google+, it is now showing you how many times your profile and content have been viewed. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Mocavo, Facebook, Timelines, More: No-Foolin’ Morning Buzz, April 1, 2014

Today’s April Fool’s, and I don’t play. I’m sure I’ll have a Fool-ish roundup tomorrow, but in the meantime here’s a little something to get you started: Google’s Pokemon Challenge.

Oh, why not: 9 weird Chrome extensions. I like the Doge one.

The Isle of Wight County Press is getting an online archive. “Working with Island web company Matrix Create, we have digitised the extensive archive of Isle of Wight County Press editions, dating back to our launch in 1884.” This is a pay archive.

Should Apple buy Yahoo? Here’s one take. Oh, ick. Ick ick ick ick ick ick.

How does Dropbox know when you’re sharing copyrighted stuff without actually looking at the stuff? Here’s the explanation. Interesting read.

Genealogy search engine Mocavo has added a bunch of new features to celebrate its 300K databases.

Google and Facebook are being sued over “incomprehensible” privacy policies.

More Facebook: if you have too many things set to public, Facebook may give you a “Privacy Checkup.”

The MIT Technology Review always has fun articles: The Anatomy of a Forgotten Social Network: “The most significant difference between Tumblr and its bigger cousin, Twitter, is that there is no limit to the size of the posts that users can create. By contrast, Twitter imposes the famous 140-character limit on all of its posts. Tumblr also supports multimedia posts, such as images, audio, and video.” (Tumblr and Twitter are cousins?)

Michigan State had an interesting writeup about a timeline creation tool called Tiki Toki. I’m gonna have to check this out.

There’s always great stuff on the Social Media Examiner. How Boolean search improves your social media monitoring. Good morning, Internet…

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How to Turn Your Facebook “Likes” Into RSS Feeds

As you probably know doing ResearchBuzz is not my real job; I love it but “love” and “pays the electric bill” are sometimes quite a ways apart.

However I have been consciously working to become more efficient in my information gathering and writing (you may have noticed that the daily ‘Buzz has been a lot more consistent since last December) and I have been trying to set aside more time to write.

That came to fruition this month when I wrote my first article in a long time. It was for IT World and it’s called
How to make a Facebook Page RSS list in 6 easy steps. You can read it here (it’s free):


If you use Facebook for resource gathering, Facebook’s throttling of how many Page posts reach fans can be very frustrating. In the article I outline a way to turn your “Liked” Facebook pages into a set of RSS feeds that you can easily monitor without worrying about what Facebook is going to decide to put in your newsfeed.

I hope you like it. And I hope I get the opportunity to write more articles like this.

Carribean, Chrome, Journalists, More: Monday Morning Buzz, March 31, 2014

Wikipedia is getting ready to launch a huge, but subtle, redesign. But there are some font issues…

The Carribean film industry will be getting an online database. It’ll be launched next year. “The online database will, in the first instance, comprise independent feature-length films made in and about the Caribbean, and will act as a resource for filmmakers, producers, scholars and industry professionals. The database will be accessible in English, Spanish and French.”

Apparently 30% of Americans get at least part of their news from their Facebook page. Which means that Facebook’s organic page reach throttling is even more scary.

The Palace of the Governors Photo Archive in New Mexico is beginning a project to digitally-archive a photo collection from the Santa Fe New Mexican. “The newspaper and the photo archives signed a memorandum of understanding last year that eventually will allow public access to to the photographs, which date from the 1970s to the mid-1990s, when the newspaper launched its digital archive.”

WordPress 3.9 beta 3 is now available. WordPress is aiming for a launch final of April 16th.

Chrome OS security holes have been found and patched. “The first exploit, and prize of $150,000, was awarded to a George Hotz, a well-known researcher hacker known as ‘Geohot’ won $150,000 for an exploit chain six deep on the HP Chromebook 11. This hack resulted in a persistent program executing on Chrome OS. It was, by no means, a simple crack. It involved getting four different security holes lined up perfectly. These were: memory corruption in Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine; a command injection in Crosh, Chrome OS’s limited shell; a path traversal issue in CrosDisks, the program that mounts and unmounts file systems in Chrome OS; and an issue with file persistence at boot.”

FamilySearch has added another huge round of records. “Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; the 766,368 indexed records from the new Canadian Headstones, collection; and the 2,917,490 indexed records from the England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907, collection.”

Also in genealogy: thanks to Dick Eastman for the pointer to this article on the basics of scanning. Very useful.

Are hacking attacks on journalists mostly state-backed? “A report from a pair of Google security engineers claims that 21 of the 25 largest news outlets in the world have been attacked by hackers that were likely either working for governments or carrying out the attacks in support of them, according to Reuters.”

Hunting for something to do this summer? Wolfram|Alpha is looking for interns. Good morning, Internet…

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Cyprus, Canada, FCC, More: Sunday Buzz, March 30, 2014

The UNFICYP (United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus) is getting an online archive. “Fifty years later, UNFICYP is launching an online archive of the Blue Beret Magazine, documenting the history and happenings of the Mission from its beginnings in 1964 to the present day.” Good morning, Internet…

Vatican Radio has created a digital archive of papal talks. “Vatican Radio has compiled a digital archive to store recordings of all the Roman Pontiffs from Pius XI to Francis.”

China has launched a virtual museum documenting the Second Sino-Japanese War. “The virtual museum was jointly launched by the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, the Beijing Internet Association, major Beijing-based websites, and the Beijing Radio and Television Network.”

I’ll have to check this out since I’m still struggling to get Pinterest: 21 blogs to read for the best Pinterest tips.

The Canadian Museum of Nature has launched an online database. “Access to records of more than 710,000 plants, animals, fossils and minerals that are part of the Canadian Museum of Nature is now just a click away. The museum has launched a new online database to give the public and researchers access to about 22 per cent of their collection. The goal is to continue adding to that number.”

I hope you’re using a good password: stolen Twitter accounts are more valuable than stolen credit cards. “Just how much is a hacked social media account worth on the black market? Rand says depending on the type, costs range from $16 to $325. During a large credit card breach, the value of stolen credit card data can costs as little as $0.75 per record.”

Two senators are requesting the creation of an online FCC complaint database.

The final beta for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS has been released. (Trusty Tahr?)

If you’re not all about Photoshop: 12 free image manipulation tools for Windows.

Yahoo has issued its second transparency report. Good morning, Internet…

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NYPL, Google, The Office, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, March 29, 2014

The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 maps as public domain, high-resolution downloads.

Google is going to let you customize its nav bar.

From Mashable: 10 GMail Hacks to help you master your in-box.

More More More Google: are you irritated by some of the search options Google has recently removed? Google Operating System has a trick to bring them back.

Is Yahoo considering making its own YouTube? File that one under “R” for REALLY BAD IDEA.

Now that Facebook has changed its newsfeed, here is a guide to the new feed image sizes.

Yow! Google’s DMCA takedown notices are up a ridiculous amount. “A new paper published in the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology shows that the number of DMCA notices received by Google increased 711,887 percent in four years “

14 Photojournalists to Follow on Instagram.

Here’s some weekend fun for you. I have never watched The Office (American or UK verison, this is about the UK version), but I understand it’s very funny. Some very dedicated individual went through all the episodes, tagged every cultural reference, then created a “time machine”. Read all about it here Wow. Good morning, Internet…

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