Commons, Ireland, Instagram, More: Afternoon Buzz, September 5th, 2014

Creative Commons has launched a new Tumblr for a CC “Thing of the Day”.

Facebook, letting users search for content by keyword? How very 1999 of it. Despite the headline on the article I linked to, this will not be threatening to Google at all, but it will be useful. If you want to try some keyword searching of social sites now, check out http://www.social-searcher.com/ .

Are spambots invading Instagram? “The latest crop of spambots on Instagram are employing a trick even slimier than just buying fake followers: They’re stealing profiles. As The Verge reported today, some Instagram users are getting followed by their bot doppelgängers, profiles made up entirely from their ripped-off images.”

Are you into Raspberry Pi? It’s got a better browser.

Twitter is apparently offering a new font and more color options — while at the same time apparently planning to filter your actual content. stupid stupid stupid.

The State Library of NSW (New South Wales) is fast-tracking its digitzing strategy.

A new archive of the Northern Ireland “Troubles” is now available. “Accounts of the Conflict is a digital archiving project that will preserve and make available stories related to the conflict in, and about, Northern Ireland.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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Twitter, Nest, IFTTT, More: Morning Buzz, September 5th, 2014

Twitpic is shutting down. This service, which has been around since 2008, is being forced to shut down because Twitter has suddenly gotten a bee in its bonnet about TwitPic’s trademark application, which has been in process since 2009. Twitpic doesn’t have the resources for a legal fight with Twitter. Barf.

Speaking of barfing, Twitter is apparently going to ram a filtered feed, Facebook style, down the throats of its Twitter users. From the article: “The impetus for Twitter to filter is obvious: the service needs to show growth in both number of users and engagement in order to satisfy investors, and finding relevant content as a new user can be a challenge, which is why the company recently updated its so-called ‘on-boarding’ process.” You know, I get that. I really do – Twitter needs new users. But filtering feeds should be an option, not the only way a user’s Twitter feed is available. Otherwise, Twitter is attracting and integrating new users at the cost of alienating and angering its established user base. And there’s a word for that kind of strategy: stupid.

Apparently Google Glass’ partners aren’t all that thrilled about Google Glass either. Too bad we can’t harness PR spin to engage turbines and power cities.

More Google: Google has revealed The Cartographer, its indoor mapping backpack. “As the backpacker walks through a building, the floor plan is automatically generated in real time, Google says. The wearer also uses a tablet to add points of interest while walking around the building (say room numbers in a hotel or the exhibits in a museum).”

WordPress has released WordPress 4.0, “Benny”.

IFTTT now has a Best Buy channel. “The Best Buy Channel enables you to catch products as they become available in stores, follow when their prices change, and watch what the world is browsing today.” Hmm.. dear IFTTT, I would like a Tiger Direct channel, please.

Nest has released a 2.0 software update to its smoke alarm. “In the first major update to its smoke alarm software since the system was introduced last October, Google-acquired Nest Labs has developed a spate of new features designed to keep homes safe from fires and carbon monoxide, and to keep annoying alarms from going off when they shouldn’t be.” Good morning, Internet…

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Baidu, FamilySearch, More: Brief Buzz, September 4th, 2014

FamilySearch, which is really busting out the Webinars lately, is going to offer one on doing Danish research.

Baidu is building its own version of Google Glass. Sort of. “The device does not feature a screen, and instead just beams information to a user’s smartphone.”

Microsoft’s Cortana can now predict NFL games.

Krebs on Security did some more research on the Home Depot breach: apparently it’s pretty huge. Good morning, Internet…

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Infographics, Yahoo, Sushi, More: Afternoon Buzz, September 3rd, 2014

Yahoo has introduced Yahoo Style. Joe Zee: “I joined Yahoo a few months ago to launch a unique digital fashion magazine that would combine my expertise as a veteran print magazine editor with my love of innovation and the internet. Today, I am excited to introduce Yahoo Style: a sophisticated, fresh take on fashion for everyone, from enthusiasts to those who love it from the sidelines.”

Stephen Arnold has a writeup on Picturegr.am, a new search engine for Instagram images. “A user can query Picturegr.am by hashtags or user name. Instagram users assign hashtags and their handles.”

Google’s quick answers are getting into fail territory. Reminds me of when Ask was doing a similar “quick answers” thing, and similarly was not really vetting the results the search engine was scraping. And that’s how you end up with a British euphemism for tonker on your search results page. (Uh, a euphemism for tonker that is not, in fact, “tonker.”)

From How-To Geek: 10 Tips and Tricks for Google Docs.

Mozilla has released security updates for Firefox and Thunderbird.

From the CIT Blog at Duke: Google Glass for teaching and learning, Part I. “Since the Spring of 2014, CIT has been testing the Google Glass Explorer Edition for potential teaching and learning uses at Duke. We’ve discovered some interesting uses for this revolutionary technology which could impact the Duke academic community in positive, engaging ways.”

From Noupe: 10 Tools to Create Beautiful Infographics. Hmm…. beautiful… You know Cakewrecks? We need Infographicwrecks, because sometimes it just doesn’t end up like it looks on the screen. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Google Forms, About.com, Getty, More: Morning Buzz, September 3rd, 2014

FamilySearch is offering a free Webinar on doing South Africa research.

Google Forms is finally offering themes. About time.

Google Enterprise has changed its name to Google for Work.

Have you shopped at Home Depot lately? You may want to keep an eye on your credit card.

Reddit has launched an AMA app.

YouTube creators can now get “tips” from fans.

Interesting: Tocomail gives parents controls for a teen’s GMail account.

About.com is getting a redesign. Remember when it was called The Mining Company?

Catching up … the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names has been released as linked open data. “The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names is a resource of over 2,000,000 names of current and historical places, including cities, archaeological sites, nations, and physical features. It focuses mainly on places relevant to art, architecture, archaeology, art conservation, and related fields.”

From the Washington Post: three ways to step up your own cloud security. And the reason Amazon still doesn’t offer two-factor is…. ?

FamilySearch: now with another heapin’ helpin’ of records. “Notable collection updates include the 1,703,079 indexed records from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999, collection; the 2,522,767 indexed records and images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014, collection; and the 852,481 indexed records from U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891, collection. “

NARA is going to host its second virtual genealogy fair at the end of October.

Bing Maps: now with much more South Korea data.

Sigh: Hackers are using Google’s VirusTotal to test their attacks. This is why we can’t have nice things. Good morning, Internet…

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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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