Apple, Partpic, Astronomy, More: Afternoon Buzz, September 10th, 2014

(Hearing from a lot of y’all that Bloglines is down, but I can’t get any info as to why as I write this. If you’ve got the skinny send me a note.)

Want to see all the videos Apple played during its live event yesterday? Here ya go.

You should not be surprised by this: social media apps have data leaks. “Researchers from the University of New Haven have uncovered a mixed bag of security issues involving the Android apps of a number of popular social media sites including Instagram, Vine, Nimbuzz, OoVoo and Voxer, just to name a few.”

Oh wow, Partpic sounds like a great idea. “Are your thingamobs broken? Did the knob fall off of your widget? Partpic has you covered. The company, which is launching at the TC Startup Battlefield in San Francisco, was created to allow consumers to snap a picture of a replacement part and immediately receive a part number and order page in return.”

Hmm: tracking biometrics with Google Glass.

Yup, Home Depot got hacked. Krebs has the serious lowdown.

Interested in astronomy? Join the crowdsourced effort to transcribe log books! “We need to transcribe more than 100 logbooks containing about 10,000 pages of text. We seek volunteers to type in a few numbers per line of text onto web-based forms, since optical character recognition (OCR) doesn’t work on these hand-written entries. Harvard is partnering with the Smithsonian Transcription Center to recruit digital volunteers.” (Thanks to Matt S. for the heads-up!)

Cornell University is undertaking two large digitizing projects. (Glacier images and Latin American journals!)

The Israel Antiques Authority has launched an online museum. “In a statement, the IAA said the site will feature some 2,500 rare artifacts, representing ‘the most important archaeological collections in the Middle East.'” Good afternoon, Internet…

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IoT, Maps, Group Study, More: Morning Buzz, September 10th, 2014

Did you get to watch the Apple livestream yesterday? If you didn’t, you didn’t miss anything; it was a real clusterpuddle. Here’s a roundup from Wired.

Speaking of Apple, it has lowered its iCloud pricing.

Wondering what the Internet of Things is all about? IEEE has you covered (press release). “The IEEE IoT eNewsletter is a bi-monthly, technically focused online publication that highlights important, current IoT-related technology developments, innovations, and trends from the world’s top subject matter experts, researchers and practitioners.” A Webinar series is starting too.

Malicious advertising is showing up on big Web sites. (Warning! PC World!) “When encountered, the malicious advertisements cause a person to be redirected to a different website, which triggers a download based on whether the computer is running Windows or Apple’s OS X, wrote Armin Pelkmann, a threat researcher.”

Mapperz hipped me to this online translater for GIS data. “The Easy Translator is available as a free web service, for immediately translating data into your required format and coordinate system.”

Speaking of maps, Larry Ferlazzo has an overview of easy map making site Heganoo.

MMmmkay: Amazon has launched a drone store.

Bloomberg is helping museums and other cultural institutions go digital. “Today, we announced the expansion and rebranding of Bloomberg Connects (formerly known as the Digital Engagement Initiative), which provides funding for cultural institutions to enhance the visitor experiences and increase access to culture using innovative technology tools.”

Do you remember the Ellis Island Passenger Search site? It’s gotten an extensive revamp and more records.

From Hongkiat: 5 Useful Tools for Online Group Study.

The Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts has joined the Flickr Commons. “Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. The Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts supports the music faculty of the college and contains a small but important collection of special collections and archives. The majority of this collection relates to the former Trinity College of Music (founded in 1872), its staff and students.”

Archiving challenge: What does Duke University do with 12,000 VHS tapes? Good morning, Internet…

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Greek Manuscripts, Downtown Atlanta, Craigslist, More: Big Buzz, September 9th, 2014

Want to keep up with the big Apple news today? Yahoo’s got you covered.

Google has launched the School of YouTube. “The School of YouTube will see many of your favorite YouTube stars learn or teach something new. From figure-skating to salsa dancing, baking a cake to landing a plane, you’ll be able to watch a whole range of weird and wonderful lessons during the week of September 8 to 12.”

The British Library has put another 44 Greek manuscripts online.

Speaking of British, FamilySearch is doing a free Webinar for British Isles research.

From Greenbot, for all your returning students: manage your school day with Google Now.

It’s amazing and a bit scary to learn that just five gangs in Nigeria are behind most Craigslist buyer scams. “Five Nigerian criminal gangs are behind most scams targeting sellers on Craigslist, and they’ve taken new measures to make their swindles appear legitimate, according to a new study.” (Warning! PC World!)

Now you can visit the “Destiny” universe via Google Street View.

How-To Geek has a beginner’s article on creating using virtual machines.

Want to boot Google Glass and similar devices off your WiFi network? There’s a gadget for that (or there will be soon, anyway.)

The Georgia State Library has digitized a small collection of glass plate negatives of downtown Atlanta circa 1927. “The collection of nearly 100 images consists of downtown Atlanta storefronts and streets before the viaduct construction of 1927-1929. Later, some of these covered streets became part of what is now known as Underground Atlanta.”

This is interesting: Google Chrome is testing a more visible in-browser password generator.

More Google: Google has settled with another group over its Google Books program. “The agreement, reached late last week, is with a group of photographers, including the American Society of Media Photographers Inc., and settles charges filed in 2010 that Google’s scanning project was copyright infringement.”

Twitter has officially begun testing a “Buy” button. “The button will roll out to a select group of users first before being introduced more broadly. The initial sellers range from brands like Burberry and The Home Depot to artists like Ryan Adams and Megadeth.” Hmm… Home Depot?

Facebook video appears to be getting really popular, but I’m a bit cynical about how video “likes” are counted. “This spring, those clips started ramping up, because Facebook changed its algorithm to start showing more videos to people who like videos. But Facebook doesn’t require you to actively ‘engage’ with a video — by turning on the sound, or sharing it, or anything else — to decide that you like videos. All it needs you to do is watch a portion of the clip — Facebook won’t say out loud how long that is — without scrolling past.” Uh-huh.

Bing launched the Image Widget Tool, Getty sued, and now the Image Widget Tool is offline. The comments noted that it was working, but when I tried it myself it didn’t work. Good morning, Internet…

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Stanford, Getty ,Textiles, More: Evening Buzz, September 7th, 2014

Suffolk University has launched a new digital collections site.

A new Facebook tool will give your privacy settings a checkup. (Warning! PC World!)

Oregon State University is starting a crowdsourcing project to digitize letters from the start of the Cold War. “After the atomic attack on Nagasaki at the end of World War II, America’s jubilation at the ending of the conflict turned to fear as the real implications of nuclear war began to sink in. In 1946, Albert Einstein founded the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists to educate the public on the dangers of atomic warfare and the mounting need for world peace…. The exhibit includes documents and letters to and from the nine scientists making up the committee, including appeals for donations to support the group’s mission of peace. Though only a portion of the collection has been loaded into the exhibit so far, each letter will be digitized and available for reading within the exhibit. Special Collections is crowdsourcing transcription of the letters, and encourages viewers to help create a full-text database of the letters’ contents.”

The state of Washington has launched an online database showing the levels of toxic chemicals in products. “Products in the database so far include children’s and baby’s items, clothing, personal care items, and toys. Information on more product types, such as children’s upholstered furniture, electrical and electronic items, and office and art supplies, will be added in the future.”

Stanford has released the new Revs Digital Library. “The digital trove is a Stanford University Libraries project for the Revs Program on campus. The new content comes from the Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Naples, Florida. Thanks to a gift from Revs Institute president Miles Collier, Stanford Libraries recently launched the online site, which includes nearly 200,000 images from 12 collections.”

Speaking of images, Getty is suing Microsoft over the new Bing Image Widget. “The lawsuit, filed by Seattle-based Getty Images, a leading photo repository, against cross-town Microsoft essentially alleges that Bing is making it too easy to steal copyrighted images, whether they are owned by Getty or not.”

A new online textile collection is now available. “The Textile Hive is a new web initiative that serves to make the contents of the Andrea Aranow Textile Archive accessible for fashion educators, individuals, and organisations – with an innovative app and membership program.” It doesn’t look like the membership program has quite launched yet.

Twitter has launched its own bug bounty program. Minimum payout? $140. Good evening, Internet…

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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 .

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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