WordPress, Words, Bing, More: Morning Buzz, July 22, 2014

WordPress 4.0 Beta 2 is now available.

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus is official.

Yahoo is purchasing analytics app Flurry.

There’s some new malware spreading via Facebook.

Satellite imagery of the Flight 17 debris field has been released by Google and Airbus Defense and Space.

It’s that time again: a dictionary has added new words. YOLO, amazeballs (shudder), and… underperform?

This’ll come in handy: you can create reminders in Google search.

Interesting: 7 Creative Ways to Organize Your Mobile Apps. I have the most frequently-used on the first screen, then in folders organized by function.

Bing search is showing up on Chrome.

Have you heard about a new tracking technology called canvas fingerprinting? ProPublica has a good overview here.

Mmmmkay. A fashion show with themes based on Instagram filters. Whatever floats your boat. Good morning, Internet…

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Anglo-Saxon Poetry, Google Earth, Fancy Dress Balls, More: Evening Buzz, July 21, 2014

“In a labor of love dating back seven years, [Aaron Hostetter] has translated 66 percent of extant Old English poetry – and counting – on his web-based Anglo-Saxon Narrative Poetry Project.” More details here..

The Marine Corps is offering a new historical database. “Family members of Marines who were wounded, killed, deemed a prisoner of war or missing during past wars can now access their loved ones’ casualty card using the Marine Corps History Division’s new online database.”

Oregon State University has a nifty, free PDF available called Google Earth for Landowners. It’s about how to manage and map your property using Google Earth.

Speaking of Google Earth, Google is now making images available for purchase by businesses.

Possibly useful? 14 Mozilla articles to make you a better Firefox user.

Interesting: 6 Uses for Foursquare You Never Considered.

From the Sydney Morning Herald: the importance of archiving our digital culture.

Facebook has launched a Save feature. It’s the lack of features like this that made me figure out how to pull out all my Liked pages to RSS feeds and install the Pocket bookmarklet on my browser. In other words, not gonna use it.

Lifehacker has published its latest list of essential Linux apps. They left off Gnumeric.

Libraries and Archives Canada has put up a small Flickr set of Victorian fancy dress ball photographs. Neat. Good evening, Internet…

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FDA, Google, Washington, More: Morning Buzz, July 19, 2014

Google Translate has some new tools.

More Google: it has pushed out its new alerts design. It would be nice if they pushed out the volume that the alerts used to have.

More More Google: it’s finally going to fix the Chrome bug that drains Windows laptop batteries.

More x3 Google: it is now showing zip code listings.

You know that Kindle Unlimited rumor? It’s true (PRESS RELEASE).

The National Library of Medicine is offering a free online TOXNET class this fall. “TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Has-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox and more. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.”

Hackers are working on a tool to keep Nest/Google (Noogle?) from collecting user data.

Image site Imgur has added tagging and other new features.

Very interesting article from the Atlantic: How to Teach Google What a Story Is.

The state of Washington has launched a new online map of public lands.

The FDA has released a data API that allows access to all recall data going back to 2004. “More APIs will follow in the weeks ahead. OpenFDA is taking an agile (development in small chunks of iterations) approach in the creation and release of these APIs, with the objective of getting feedback from developers and researchers (as well as from industry and the public) at the GitHub and StackExchange forums that serve our project. We plan to incorporate some of the feedback into future iterations of the API.”

Saturday fun infographic: What happens on the Internet in a minute? Good morning, Internet…

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Oil, London, Literary Journals, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 18, 2014

Following in the footsteps of Twitter bots that track changes by Congress and the House of Commons in Canada, now there’s @oiledits, that tracks changes to Wikipedia made by IP addresses associated with oil companies. The IP ranges tracked by the bot are available here.

Genealogists! Creating an ancestor timeline on Pinterest.

Google Maps now offers 3-D imagery of London. “Using 45-degree aerial imagery, Google has updated its digital representation of London with 3D buildings you can pan, zoom, tilt and rotate at will.”

More Google: it released its second quarter results yesterday. Good grief. “The search engine behemoth reported adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $6.08 on revenues of $15.96 billion including traffic acquisition costs (TAC).” Behemoth is right.

FamilySearch has added another set of records. “Notable collection updates include the 148,960 images from the England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills, 1650–1857, collection; the 91,952 indexed records from the South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972, collection; and the 804,247 indexed records and images from U.S., Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878–1922, 1959–1994, collection.”

Bing is going to start honoring “the right to be forgotten” in the EU as well.

Coming July 30th: the Rookery, a digital archive for defunct literary journals. “Scheduled to launch July 30, the Rookery will not simply acquire and archive content; it will host shuttered magazines in as close to their original form as possible—including design, art, layout, and navigation—so that by clicking a link on the Literary Orphans website, a reader can experience a magazine the way its editors intended, rather than merely glimpsing its text-only ghost.”

30-second video tip: How to take a screen grab on a Chromebook.

The FCC has gotten over one million comments on net neutrality. You have until the end of the day to comment. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Google, Methane, Pinterest, More, More: Morning Buzz, July 18, 2014

Pinterest is making it easier to discover content on its site. “Pinterest already offered a categories tabs where users could search for pins by more general groupings, but now, those categories include more specific interests that users can subscribe to.”

Use self-hosted WordPress? Checked your plugins lately? Violet Blue has a roundup of four popular WordPress plugins with security issues.

Google has launched security initiative Project Zero. “Our objective is to significantly reduce the number of people harmed by targeted attacks. We’re hiring the best practically-minded security researchers and contributing 100% of their time toward improving security across the Internet.”

The latest use for Google Street View? Mapping out methane leaks.

Similarly, solutions are being developed to use Google Glass as radiation detectors.

Amazon is testing an ebook subscription service.

Now no less a site than eBay is complaining it was hit by Google’s Panda algorthim.

More Google: Thanks to oceans of stupidness, Google has to process millions of useless DMCA notices.

From Wired: How to download and archive your social media.

Useful from the American Press Institute: How to spot a fake photo.

Good stuff from Helen Brown: social media searching for prospect research.

And good stuff from Social Media Examiner: 3 Steps to Create Podcasts with Google Hangouts on Air. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Historical Radio, Yelp, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 17, 2014

THIS IS POST TWO THOUSAND Y’ALL! Of course this incarnation of ResearchBuzz only goes back to 2006 and is very incomplete. Moving from FrontPage, to Movable Type, to self-hosted WordPress, to WordPress.com has made things a bit chaotic. I’ve been doing ResearchBuzz since 1998 (sixteen years!) and I still love it and I’m still crazy about search engines and I’m still so grateful you’re reading!

Historical radio site ReelRadio has been forced to gut much of its archive because of the RIAA.

All sessions from Google I/O 2014 are now available online.

Apparently if you use Windows, Chrome is rough on your laptop battery. Apparently Mac and Linux machines don’t have the problem.

More Google: Google is teaming up with Novartis to make “smart” contact lenses. Should be on the market within five years.

The “Rickmote” pranks people using Chromecast. Use your powers for silly.

This is a very Googly ResearchBuzz — Google is now cataloging Chromecast apps.

Yelp is opening up its API. “Yelp wants as many inroads and reminders for its service around the web as possible, so today it upped the limit on its API for pulling nearby places, ratings, and photos from 100 calls a day to 25,000 without the need for pre-approval.”

Microsoft has restored its security alert e-mail service. Here’s how to sign up.

Keeping this handy: How to install, remove, and manage fonts on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Fonts, Twitter, House of Commons, More: Morning Buzz, July 17, 2014

Twitter is apparently cracking down on companies which provide information on its user base. If the facts are as they’re presented in this article it makes me really wonder about Twitter.

Yoiks, looks like CNET got hacked.

Google has finally dropped its real name requirement for Google+. “After three-plus years of restricting users to their real names on the network, Google+ announced today that it is abandoning the policy and allowing people to use any username they choose.” This may be too little too late…

Fun: check out these very brilliant Facebook profile/cover pages.

The NOAA has improved its wrecks and obstructions database. “Historically, Coast Survey has maintained two separate sources of information on wrecks. We recently combined the sources, bringing together information on nearly 20,000 wrecks and obstructions.”

Google is now letting you schedule events directly from its search page.

More Google: Google has added Bitcoin exchange rates to instant search results.

More More Google: it has disabled discussion search — for real this time.

Now available: a new open source font for the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean languages. “Adobe and Google today announced the launch of a new open-source font for Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) languages that covers 65,535 glyphs, making it one — if not the — largest font to cover these languages. The font, which was optimized for both print and screen, is now available for free through Google Fonts and through Adobe’s Typekit, where it is included in the free tier.”

Remember that Twitter account that tweets when edits to Wikipedia are made from Congress-related IP addresses? Now there’s one for the House of Commons in Canada.

Useful information: Going beyond 1922: Finding periodicals with (and without) renewed copyrights.

30 social media monitoring tools for businesses. This goes deep… Icerocket‘s in here….

Yahoo’s most recent quarterly results were not all that.

Possibly useful: How to mute, unfollow, and ignore people on social media.

Do you want to make comments to the FCC on Net Neutrality? You have until the end of the day Friday.

As you may have read, Yelp is not happy with how Google displays search results for local businesses. There are leaked documents allegedly from Yelp in this article, but more interesting are some of the comments. Some of them are positively vicious towards Yelp. I had no idea. Good morning, Internet…

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