Yacht Club, Trees, iPhones, More: Short Morning Buzz, September 28th, 2014

Yahoo is closing its directory, the thing that started Yahoo in the first place. That shouldn’t be surprising to anyone; Yahoo had been letting the directory fall apart for years. The core of the company died an extended death due to neglect. The stupid thing about it is that with Google’s frequent algorithm changes, spammers, and the sheer ridiculous size of the ‘net, there is a place for a well-maintained searchable subject index. In fact, there’s investment money going into link directories, as I mentioned just a few days ago. But link directories aren’t sexy, so in the bin it goes…

Here’s something you don’t read about every day – a digitized collection of yacht club yearbooks. “The Avalon Library is pleased to announce the Avalon Digital Archive and its first collection: 1953 to 2007 Avalon Club Yacht Club yearbooks, digitized with cooperation from the Avalon History Center and the Avalon Yacht Club.”

Limerick (Ireland) has a new online archive of photographs. “A NEW WEBSITE featuring 25,000 photographs of life in Limerick during the 1970s has been launched as part of the Limerick City of Culture. ‘From Limerick with Love’ contains images from the archives of The Limerick Leader newspaper, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.”

I love this: British Columbia has a registry of big trees.

The Guggenheim free online modern art book collection is up to 109 volumes. “Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky.” And more, as they say.

Amazon has expanded its Twitter integration. “Today, the company is expanding on its Twitter functionality with the introduction of a new hashtag, #AmazonWishList, which – as you can guess – will post a tweeted product to your Amazon Wish List.”

This hoax keeps coming up over and over again. Hopefully you know better, but in case you don’t – or you know someone who doesn’t – please do not try to charge your iPhone in the microwave. Good morning, Internet…

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Raleigh, Getty, California, More: Afternoon Buzz, September 24th, 2014

Everything old is new again: a link directory is getting funding.

Google has announced the winners of the 2014 Google Science Fair.

More Google: it has tightened its European de-listing process.

The city of Raleigh, North Carolina, has launched an online database for its public art collection.

China is using search data from Baidu to predict housing prices. “Using Baidu’s search data allows the National Bureau of Statistics to select a series of keywords related to housing prices which have helped establish a projection model for the future by analyzing the relevance of the frequency of these keywords and the prices for new and previously occupied homes, the paper said.”

Dataminr is now available for news organizations.

The Getty Research Institute has added the Knoedler Gallery’s business records. “Books 1 through 6, which span the years 1872 to 1920, are now available online here and others will be added soon, according to a post on the Getty’s Iris blog. ‘This newly enhanced database can be used to reconstruct the itineraries of thousands of paintings that crossed the Atlantic during the Gilded Age—including many that ended up in major American museums’ according to the blog post.”

The state of California will be establishing a sea rise level database. “On Sunday, Brown signed Assemblyman Rich Gordon’s Assembly Bill 2516, which requires cities, counties, coastal and Bayside airports, ports, state environmental agencies and utilities to share their studies, plans and actions through the database.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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Minecraft, Google Maps, DuckDuckGo, More: Morning Buzz, September 23rd, 2014

Check out this cool-but-simple chart of educational Web tools! Lots of stuff to see here.

Adobe has acquired Aviary. I remember how cool Aviary used to be, back in the day….

Be careful: Marketing Land has the skinny on a very dodgy Google “support” service.

The British Museum in London — AND all its exhibits — will be recreated in Minecraft.

Washington University Libraries is building Ferguson archives. (Hat tip @LibraryStuff). “The library at Washington University in St. Louis is building a digital repository called ‘Documenting Ferguson.’ The collection will provide the community with a space to save the media they’ve captured since the death of Michael Brown. The online collection is open for anyone to contribute material.The archive will accept photos, audio, video, and written stories.”

Oooh, check out this Forbes article on Dadaviz. Looks like a fun curated collection of data visualizations. “Online since June 11th, it’s a collection of the best dataviz selected from different sources by an invite-only community.”

Wow, Windows XP really is the OS that won’t die.

Yossarian is a search engine that wants to make you more creative.

Google Maps Navigation has expanded to 19 new countries.

They’ve hit the big time: DuckDuckGo is being blocked in China.

You can now sign up for a Google account without having to get a Google+ account. “Prior to this, anyone signing up for a Google account was obligated to create a Google+ account as well. Now, users can simply click a ‘No, thanks’ button when prompted to join the three-year-old social network.”

PACER is going to restore deleted documents to its repository. Good.

The Pantagraph is getting a digital archive.

Nerd Titan has a roundup of golden age comic digital archives. Good morning, Internet…

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TwitPic, Google, CIA, More: Brief Afternoon Buzz, September 19th, 2014

(Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, Mateys!)

Twitter is getting more like Facebook and now apparently Facebook is getting more like Twitter. I’m not too chuffed about either of those things. “Facebook wants to steal discussion of real-time events from Twitter and stop being perceived as a slow social network. So today it announced News Feed changes that will surface posts that mention Trending Topics sooner and higher in the feed.”

Ready to upgrade to iOS 8? It’s a huge download. Here’s how to handle it.

TwitPic has been acquired and will soldier on.

The CIA has posted hundreds of declassified journal articles. “The documents, posted on the agency’s website Thursday, are from ‘Studies in Intelligence,’ the CIA’s in-house professional journal. The publication’s mission is ‘to stimulate within the Intelligence Community the constructive discussion of important issues of the day, to expand knowledge of lessons learned from past experiences, to increase understanding of the history of the profession, and to provide readers with considered reviews of public literature concerning intelligence,’ the agency said.”

The Loeb Classical Library has gone digital (but it’ll cost you.) Hat tip to @LibraryStuff.

Google’s going to be showing you a lot more photos. “Abby from Google quietly announced in the Google Maps Help forum that those who share photos publicly and have location data on the photos within Google+ may find their photos automatically within Google Views and Photo Sphere.”

Yahoo is going on the road. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Yahoo, Kindle, Music, Mathematica, More: Evening Buzz, September 17th, 2014

Bing is predicting the Scotland independence vote.

Lifehacker links to a huge list of how to close over 60 online accounts. This list was apparently put together for shutting down accounts when someone passes away, but don’t feel like you need to wait for that unhappy event to dump the account of your choice.

From Greenbot: How to use Google Voice with the new Hangouts app.

The British Library will digitize fifty more Malay manuscripts.

Apparently your Kindle is vulnerable to hacking by dodgy ebooks. And by “hacking,” I mean, “Your account gets stolen.” Amazon, tell me again why you don’t offer two-factor?

There’s a Twitter bot out there that can make music recommendations for you.

Law.gov is making available more international law information. “The archived information includes English language summaries of laws, regulations, and related legal instruments that in turn link to the full-text PDFs that are in the official language(s) of the country. Legal items from the gazettes of the following countries are now available under the ‘Legislative’ sources list for each jurisdiction: Brazil, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, and United States.”

Wolfram|Alpha has launched a cloud-based version of Mathematica. “It’s a notebook interface, just like on the desktop. You interactively build up a computable document, mixing text, code, graphics, and so on—with inputs you can immediately run, hierarchies of cells, and even things like Manipulate.”

More security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat! Patch patch patch!

Yahoo has launched a new Yahoo Developer Network Web site. Good evening, Internet…

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Minecraft, Egypt, EBSCO, More: Quick Afternoon Buzz, September 116th, 2014

Microsoft bought the Minecraft company. And while I’m very happy those folks made bank – they’ve earned it – I worry about the future of the game.

Dropbox has released a transparency report. “Dropbox received 268 requests for user information from law enforcement agencies in the first half of 2014, the company has revealed in its updated transparency report.”

Web browsing via text message? Why not. If you’re old like me you’ll remember all the services that let you access the Web by e-mail ages ago. (And do Gopher, FTP, etc. Check this out for memory lane: http://www.faqs.org/faqs/internet-services/access-via-email/ )

Is Google not putting malware warnings on search results that appear due to an ad purchase? This is kind of disturbing.

More Google: Google Maps has more Street View images of Egypt.

So if you have iTunes, you got the new U2 album whether you wanted it or not. Now Apple is offering a tool to remove it.

EBSCO has launched two magazine archives. “Libraries can own the 20th century collections of two of the leading business magazines now that the complete backfiles for Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek are available from EBSCO Information Services.”

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Apps, GPO, GIFs, More: Morning Buzz, September 11th, 2014

From an archiving point of view — physical diaries versus digital calendars. This is “diaries” in the British sense… I think we’d say “appointment books” here in the US.

Like something you see on Google Hangouts? Now you can applaud.

The first digital library from the GPO depository program has gone live in North Dakota. “The library, part of North Dakota’s Sitting Bull College servicing the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation community, ‘is opting to meet their community’s needs by developing an online government information collection,’ a release from the GPO said. ‘In choosing this format, the library will not receive print materials from GPO.'”

Google Hangouts now offers free voice calls. “Starting today you can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android, iOS and the web. It’s free to call other Hangouts users, it’s free to call numbers in the U.S. and Canada, and the international rates are really low. So keeping in touch is easier and more affordable than ever.”

Adobe and Microsoft have both pushed out a bunch of critical fixes — get patchin’ y’all!

Well, crap. There’s been a leak of 5 million GMail names and passwords. Based on an article in The Mary Sue, however, looks like this data might be pretty old. Still… turned on 2-factor lately?

The state of Florida has created an online database of prison deaths. “The database lists inmates by name, prison, race and manner of death, and supplies other details that the Miami Herald had been trying to obtain from the department since May, when the newspaper began a series of articles about prison deaths.”

Wow! Check out these animated GIFs made from archival photos at the Library of Congress. Creeeeepy.

Facebook is apparently testing a feature that lets you schedule the deletion of your posts in advance.

Can you imagine getting coupons or other promotional material based on predicted behavior? Using tweets and other data to forecast behavior. “Some people are very careful about what data they give out, but the algorithms can work pretty well with anonymized data. Usable predictions can be made more than 60 percent of the time, if the right data are aggregated. And that data isn’t just coming from social media: Think about sources such as credit card transactions, monitored telephone calls, e-mail, GPS data.”

From Hongkiat: 10 Handy Pinterest Tools for Business.

CTIA has tested 1,000 apps for KnowMyApp.org (PRESS RELEASE). “Launched in December 2013, KnowMyApp.org informs customers how much data their favorite apps use before they download them while also providing app developers with resources to build more data-efficient apps. Testing the top paid and free apps from both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores as well app submissions directly from developers, Intertek, the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, tests and provides information to consumers on: How the app was tested; How much data is used when downloaded, when opened initially, during active run time and background time; How the app impacts data plans (i.e., 300MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB); and How users can conserve data usage.” Good morning, Internet…

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