DocSouth, Yale, Google Glass, More: Tuesday Buzz, January 13th, 2015

Elsevier has acquired Newsflo, described in this TechCrunch article as “…a bespoke media monitoring service that enables academics to get ‘impact’ analytics for their published research, thus helping academic institutions keep track of media coverage and social media mentions, as an additional metric to more traditional citations.”

Yale University Library has announced that the complete holdings of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies have been converted into digital files. (before the archive comprised over 12,000 video tapes.) “This process assures preservation of these unique video documents, many recorded thirty-five years ago. It is also the first stage of the plan to provide free remote access to the Fortunoff collection to university libraries and to Holocaust museums and resource centers.” has a roundup of Chrome extensions for journalists. 16 of them. I’m going to have to try HashPlug.

Looks like Google will be taking on Skype with real-time translation. “According to a New York Times report Sunday, the [Google Translate] app, which has improved markedly in the last couple of years, is about to take a significant step forward with functionality that’ll allow it to convert speech to text instantly.”

Did you know about the database of cultural landscapes? “The database at offers photos and information about designed landscapes (as opposed to natural or unaltered landscapes) in order to promote awareness and preservation efforts.”

Google Glass continues to make headway in medical-specific scenarios: Augmedix has raised $16 million. “Augmedix, a startup that uses Google Glass as an electronic medical record solution, just raised $16 million. The company, which is already working with five national health systems, will use the money for further product development and deployment.”

More Google: Chrome Remote Desktop is now available for iOS. “If you’ve got the Chrome Remote Desktop extension installed, you can install the free iOS app and control your computer from your iPhone or iPad with ease.”

Amanda Goodman is making a Google Map of libraries with 3D printers. Does your library have one? Pin the map!

Instagram has patched a “private didn’t mean quite what it was supposed to” security flaw.

Chromebooks are getting more open to different operating systems.

How-To Geek experimented with downloading the top ten apps from and it was a huge mess. I remember when was a great place to get software. That was a very, very long time ago.

Google wants the Oracle Java copyright case to be decided by the US Supreme Court. “Google has had enough of its long-running legal battle with Oracle over whether application programming interfaces (API)s can be copyrighted. The search giant has asked the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to bypass further battles in lower courts and address the API copyright issue once and for all. SCOTUS, in return, is soliciting the Obama administration for its view of the case before moving forward.”

The UNC Library has announced DocSouth Data. “When the UNC Library launched Documenting the American South (DocSouth) in 1996, the project helped set the standard for publishing historic texts online. Nearly twenty years later, DocSouth is poised to reach a new set of readers—the computers that digest and find patterns in immense bodies of text through techniques known as digital text analysis. The newly-released DocSouth Data makes the full text of hundreds of nineteenth-century books and pamphlets available for easy download as text-only files. The materials come from four text-heavy Documenting the American South collections: The Church in the Southern Black Community; First-Person Narratives of the American South; Library of Southern Literature; and North American Slave Narratives.” WOW! Good morning, Internet…

Microsoft, Hong Kong, Agriculture, More: Monday Buzz, January 12th, 2015

Anyone know what’s up with Bloglines? It was down in September, then it came up again, then Norma G dropped me a note to let me know it was down again. At this writing I can’t reach it. No activity on the Twitter account for almost a year. If you have any skinny leave a comment.

Minda Zetlin tried Google Inbox but disliked it so much she’s going back to GMail. No e-mail signatures? Seriously?

The Chilling Effects DMCA archive is chilling itself. “The much-praised Chilling Effects DMCA archive has taken an unprecedented step by censoring its own website. Facing criticism from copyright holders, the organization decided to wipe its presence from all popular search engines.”

Microsoft is dropping its patch Tuesday alerts for all except premier support subscribers. “For the first time in a decade, Microsoft today did not give all customers advance warning of next week’s upcoming Patch Tuesday slate. Instead, the company suddenly announced it is dropping the public service and limiting the alerts and information to customers who pay for premium support…. the change also applies to the occasional alerts that Microsoft issued when it gave customers a heads-up about an impending emergency patch.” I have a few words about this but I try to keep this blog rated PG.

The waters off Hong Kong are being surveyed with the intent of creating a database of reef fish. “Researchers from the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation studied 20 sites in Sai Kung and the city’s northeastern waters between June and November last year. They recorded 175 species of reef fish, of which 44 are classified as rare. There were sightings of two fish never before recorded in government or academic studies: the yellowbar sandperch, which has a distinctive yellow stripe across its body, and the goby, a tiny fish that hides from predators in a shrimp’s burrow.”

Business Insider took a look at Twizoo, which uses public Twitter data to power restaurant and bar recommendations.

The American Farm Bureau Foundation is launching an agricultural literacy database. “The new ‘Best of Ag Literacy’ database will include more than 200 publicly submitted tools and resources tailored to multiple grade levels. Users will be able to review and download the resources for free, in addition to interacting with other users to share feedback and implementation strategies.”

Simon & Schuster is going to launch online courses taught by its authors. “The cost of the first batch of online courses ranges from $25 to $85, and includes workbooks and access to live question-and-answer sessions with three authors: Dr. David B. Agus, the best-selling author of ‘The End of Illness'; Zhena Muzyka, who wrote the self-help book ‘Life by the Cup'; and Tosha Silver, the author of the spiritual advice book ‘Outrageous Openness.’ The courses will be available on the authors’ individual websites and on the company’s new site, SimonSays.”

From Lifehacker: the best (online) tools for finding information when Google isn’t enough.

According to PC World (Warning! PC World!) macro-based malware is making a comeback. “Two such threats that primarily target users in the U.S. and U.K. and whose activity peaked in mid-December are called Adnel and Tarbir. Both are distributed through macros embedded in .doc and .xls documents that are delivered via spam emails and typically masquerade as receipts, invoices, wire transfer confirmations, bills and shipping notices.”

Microsoft is calling out Google for releasing information about a Microsoft security bug. Good morning, Internet…

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Short Afternoon Buzz, January 9th, 2015

Speculations: should Twitter buy Yahoo? No. One mess plus one mess = one bigger mess.

Twitter won an Emmy. I wonder if it’s going to go in its cafeteria, in one of the log cabins.

Bing now has best-sellers search. “Search on best-sellers in categories including fiction, non-fiction, even manga, and the New York Times best-sellers list will appear at the top of the page. Books are ranked by The New York Times based on weekly or monthly sales data.”

Is Google going to get into auto insurance comparison?

The Overseas Koreans Foundations has launched an online library for Korean language study. “The service will make 7,060 ebooks available for viewing on PCs, smartphones and tablets. Content includes language books by level, as well as books related to the Korean language, history, culture and science, the foundation said.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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Short Morning Buzz, January 9th, 2015

UC San Diego is starting a Hellenic Studies Center, which will include a digital archive. “The center will feature an expansive digital archive detailing Greek history, people and settlement dispersion. Once completed, scholars will have access to high-definition renderings of Greek inscriptions, historical manuscripts, oral histories, archaeological surveys and more. The collection will be digitized and made public, allowing all who are interested in learning about the Hellenic world the opportunity to explore by date and region.”

Google is offering security tips for staying safe online. Most of these are common sense.

Cardiff Carnival is getting a digital archive.

The Whitney Museum has greatly expanded its online collections database. Here’s the Whitney announcement on Tumblr: “For the first time, our incomparable collection of twentieth-century and contemporary American art is available online. Explore over 21,000 works by more than 3,000 artists.”

A bicyclist has launched a database to track “close call” encounters between bicyclists and car drivers. “When a rider experiences a close call or hears curses shouted at them from a car window, he or she can report and geotag the incident on the database. According to Bicycling, when reporting an incident, a cyclist should provide the location, time, license plate number, car details, and a measure of the level of danger. Once a report is filed, Close Call will warn members within a 60-mile radius in case they also happen to run into the driver.”

The Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum is creating an online database to document the service of veterans from Louisiana. “The Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum in Abbeville is on a quest to archive the service of more than 500,000 Louisiana veterans…. The city of Abbeville and the Vermilion Parish Police Jury both put up the funds to create the online database and so far, the museum has added information for roughly 35,000 service members into the system.” Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Twitter, Toyota, More: Afternoon Buzz, January 8, 2015

Google has lost a hunk of search share, mostly because of Yahoo making a deal with Firefox. “Google’s slice of the U.S. search market fell to 75.2 percent in December from 79.3 percent a year ago, while Yahoo jumped to 10.4 percent from 7.4 percent, according to analytics firm StatCounter. That put Google at its smallest share of the U.S. Web search market since at least 2008, when StatCounter first started tracking the numbers, and the highest share for Yahoo since 2009.”

Hongkiat looks at 8 nifty Twitter bots.

A new Web site is available for finding reconstruction-era genealogy records for African-Americans. “Researchers can use the website’s interactive map to learn which of these services were located near their area of research interest. If the records are online, the map provides a link to the records that tell the stories of newly-freed former slaves in the United States. The site also maps the locations where African Americans who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) fought in battle.”

The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of Camilo José Vergara. 400 images are already available for viewing at the LoC.

Toyota has released a huge number of patents related to hydrogen fuel cells. “Toyota will invite royalty-free use of approximately 5,680 fuel cell related patents held globally, including critical technologies developed for the new Toyota Mirai. The list includes approximately 1,970 patents related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, 3,350 related to fuel cell system software control and 70 patents related to hydrogen production and supply.”

The FTC has closed its investigation of Yelp without taking action.

Vestfold Museums of Norway has joined the Flickr Commons. “Vestfold is a consolidated museum located in Vestfold in the south-eastern part of Norway. The museums and archival institution in about one to two hours by train or car from Oslo, the capital. The museums are diverse, ranging from Viking and medieval history, the development of the cities of Tønsberg and Larvik, industrialization in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of whaling to contemporary art.”

YouTube will be adding native support for 360 degree videos. Good afternoon, Internet…

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