LastPass, MyHeritage, Skybox, More: Sunday Buzz, July 13, 2014

Google has launched an “advisory council” page on the right to be forgotten. “Google launched a dedicated page on Friday to publicise its advisory council on the right to be forgotten case which invites the public to submit their comments on the ruling and how the search giant should apply it.”

Digg has relaunched as a news alerting service. “… is being rebranded as ‘Digg Deeper,’ and is designed to alert you to the best stories from your friends and trusted sources on Twitter. After logging in, Digg Deeper dives into your Twitter timeline to surface the links being shared the most, then offers these as a scrolling list on the Digg homepage, as real-time email alerts, and as mobile notifications from the Digg iOS app.” I would be very interested in this if Nuzzel wasn’t around.

From Mashable: 7 Things We’d Change About Google Hangouts.

Google-owned Skybox has released images from its new satellite. Wow!

More Google: Google has started rolling out desktop home screens for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

YouTube is getting a new radio show on SiriusXM.

Search Engine Land tested Google vs. Bing on which search engine was better at showing movie show times. Guess who won? (Hint: not Google.)

MyHeritage is offering free access to WWI collections through the end of the month.

Wow, I had no idea that there was such a huge time lag between an article being pulled from a journal and then retracted in PubMed.

Were you disappointed the the number of Android devices that the Chromecast is initially supporting for mirrored screening? An experimental hack increases the number of Android devices available… but your device does have to be rooted.

I hope you never need this, but just in case: How to bypass and reset the password on most operating systems. The headline reads “every operating system” but that isn’t really the case…

LastPass apparently had a couple of security holes but doesn’t think anyone exploited them. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Twitter, YouTube, More: Short Saturday Buzz, July 12, 2014

Twitter has released a new set of analytics tools. The article I’m linking to makes them sound kind of like they’re just for advertisers only, but really they’re not. Looking at this and comparing it to Facebook (where the ResearchBuzz fan page has many more “fans” than my Twitter account has “followers” makes Facebook look really, really sad.

From Digital Trends: How to download YouTube videos. (Note that this is not necessarily legal and you should proceed at your own risk.)

Genealogy blogger Myrtle is having a geneasleepover for the FamilySearch worldwide indexing event. It’s a Google Hangout and everybody’s invited.

Google is predicting Germany will win the World Cup.

From Amit: The best services for sharing large files over the Internet.

Saturday fun: a Twitter bot will generate your very own emoji doll. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Maps, Joyce, Likes, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 11, 2014

The British Library has released another big group of maps – and it needs your help! “Help us identify the locations of historic maps by participating in the largest release yet of BL Georeferencer. Over 3,100 maps, previously hidden within the pages of 17th, 18th, and 19th century books, are now available to georeference and overlay on modern mapping at”

James Joyce papers are now online.

The Google Maps measure distance drawing tool is back!

From Hubspot: 10 visual content tools for beginners.

Yahoo researchers have gotten a lot better at finding the scenic route. “These guys have worked out how to measure the ‘beauty’ of specific locations within cities and then designed an algorithm that automatically chooses a route between two locations in a way that maximizes the beauty along it. “The goal of this work is to automatically suggest routes that are not only short but also emotionally pleasant,” they say.”

The Next Web looks at LikeManager, which, as you might imagine, lets you organize and manage the content you have “Liked” on Facebook. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Twitter, Civil Rights, Taiwan, More: Morning Buzz, July 11, 2014

A new Twitter account monitors Congressional edits to Wikipedia. “@Congressedits is based on a similar account devoted to the British Parliament. The IP addresses are fairly easy to come by, and it uses a script similar to what you might accomplish with an ‘If This Then That’ command to send notifications to Twitter.”

Google is using search trends to craft viral tweets.

More Google: controlling Google Glass — with your brain! “By combining the smart glasses with an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, the software makes it possible to take a picture without moving a muscle.”

The University of Southern Mississippi will double its digital archive of civil rights era histories. “Previously about 450 of the university’s oral histories have been digitized. With the new funding the university is expected to double the number of oral histories that will be available online at the Center’s website and through the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive. The new funding will allow the university to digitally preserve an additional 332 audio interviews, index 160 interviews that were previously not transcribed, and publish 443 interviews to the university’s digital collections.”

The Ministry of Culture in Taiwan has launched an online museum database. “Containing more than 260,000 images and items spanning 90 categories such as art, drama, music, natural history and traditional crafts, the undertaking is another MOC initiative following the iCulture integrated services platform launched in June 2013.”

A new tool tracks legal claims against New York City. “In fiscal year 2013, taxpayers paid $494.9 million for the city’s settlements involving property damage and personal injury—the latter, which makes up 98 percent of all the tort claims filed against the city. Another $200.6 million was paid for non-tort claims. Those include disputes about contracts between the city and its employees or contractors; and claims of overpaying taxes and fines.”

Lifehacker takes a look at a competitor to Raspberry Pi — the HummingBoard.

More Lifehacker: How to use Pocket like a pro. Great stuff! I love Pocket.

PC World compares external hard drives to cloud storage for backup. The results are mixed depending on how much you have to back up.

WordPress 4.0 beta 1 is now available.

An old API of Facebook’s left a big security hole on the site. “Skilled attackers could exploit the vector to gain almost the same control of accounts as legitimate users. They could update users’ statuses including posting links to friend timelines; publish and delete comments and notes; upload and delete photos, and ‘like’ content.”

A new open source tool lets you create open source maps without coding.

Where are expectant mothers going for health advice and information? Why, Dr. Google! Good morning, Internet…

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YouTube, Verizon, Yelp, More: Morning Buzz, July 10, 2014

I occasionally have people ask why I moved ResearchBuzz to, instead of continuing to host it on my own site. This article does a great job of explaining why – it’s by David Gerwitz and it’s called One of my sites got hacked, and it’s my own fault. I already have a full-time job, and do ResearchBuzz out of love. However, I want to spend my time finding and sharing cool site information with you, not keeping one step ahead of every WordPress vulnerability out there. Thus, moving the site to It’s not free, and I do miss some of the options I had with a self-hosted WordPress install …. but it’s a big worry taken off my plate. LESS WORRIES ON PLATES!

The New Yorker is making changes to its paywall, but they won’t be ready until the fall. Starting July 21, it’s making all articles published since 2007 free for three months and after that introducting a new paywall.

Amnesty International has launched a new site to help journalists verify YouTube videos.

Google may not have changed its tune on net neutrality, but according to Bloomberg it’s definitely getting quieter.

Verizon has released a transparency report. “According to Verizon it was presented with 72,342 subpoenas with almost half of them requesting the carrier to divulge information on a phone number or IP address. Others requested transactional information such as the list of phone numbers called by a particular customer.”

Goodness from Hongkiat: 15 video editing apps for Android and iOS devices.

Yelp is jumping into opposition to Google’s EU antitrust settlement.

Xodo has announced free, real-time, browser-based PDF collaboration (press release, natch.) “The highlight of Xodo 2.0, Xodo Connect is the first completely free service of its kind, allowing an unlimited number of users to work together on any PDF from both mobile and desktop devices without awkward attachments, downloads, or installs. Invited collaborators can view, annotate, mark up, and discuss a document at the same time from their web browsers.”

Apparently factory-resetting your Android phone before selling it doesn’t do all the good you might think.

Stone Temple Consulting took a deep look at how Google indexes tweets. (Or, as you’ll see after reading the study, Google doesn’t index tweets.)

Chromecast has added support for Android screen mirroring. “The feature is still in beta and it’s limited to a few high-end Android phones and tablets running Android KitKat 4.4.1+: Nexus 4, 5, 7 (second generation only) and 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, Note 3 and 10, HTC One M7, LG G2, G3 and G Pro 2. Google promises to add more devices to the list.”

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IFTTT, Arizona, Twitter, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 9, 2014

Interesting from TechDirt: Distributed search engines, and why we need them in the post-Snowden world. “One of the many important lessons from Edward Snowden’s leaks is that centralized services are particularly vulnerable to surveillance, because they offer a single point of weakness. The solution is obvious, in theory at least: move to decentralized systems where subversion of one node poses little or no threat to the others. Of course, putting this into practice is not so straightforward. That’s especially true for search engines: creating distributed systems that are nonetheless capable of scaling so that they can index most of the Web is hard.”

A digital archive providing history of Jews in Morocco is now available online. The collection is in its preliminary stages, but: “The collection at the museum consists of documents both sacred and secular from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries; items range from canonical Jewish texts to community records and public notices.”

IFTTT, in a continuing attempt to make my head spin, now has a Manything channel.

First it was Nebraska, now Arizona homestead records will be digitized. (Hat tip Genealogy Blog.)

The Commonweath War Graves Commission has updated its online archives. “The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, has completed a five-year project to digitise more than 300,000 documents relating to those who died in the two world wars. Updated online archives, launched yesterday to coincide with the centenary of the First World War, will make it easier for people to find information about family members and loved ones who died during the two world wars.”

From PC World: How to avoid PUPs and shovelware.

Paper at MIT: Twitter as Social Sensor: Dynamics and Structure in Major Sporting Events. “Twitter often behaves like a ‘social sensor’ in which users actively sense real-world events and spontaneously mention these events in cyberspace. Here, we study the temporal dynamics and structural properties of Twitter as a social sensor in major sporting events. By examining Japanese professional baseball games, we found that Twitter as a social sensor can immediately show reactions to positive and negative events by a burst of tweets, but only positive events induce a burst of retweets to follow. In addition, retweet networks during the baseball games exhibit clear polarization in user clusters depending on baseball teams, as well as a scale-free in-degree distribution. These empirical findings provide mechanistic insights into the emergence and evolution of social sensors.” Download a free PDF paper at the same link.

Whoops: big Flash security flaw. Go patch.

TIME asks: How smart are your tweets? You can test the grade level of your tweets at . ResearchBuzz scored an 8.8. Good afternoon, Internet…

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E-Books, Music Vault, Android, More: Morning Buzz, July 9, 2014

SEO, but an interesting slant: How to use Wikipedia for keyword research.

From PC World (WARNING! PC WORLD!) How to make great charts and graphics in Excel.

From Wired: How Google Map hackers can destroy businesses at will. Google has absolutely — and please excuse my language, it’s the only word that serves — shitty oversight of Google Maps listings. From the small business side, I have no love for Google Maps.

Free from Microsoft: a huge e-book collection! “Although the individual books in the collection have been available previously for those who knew where to look, Microsoft’s Eric Ligman has posted a collection to MSDN which makes locating and downloading your topics of choice significantly easier. Impressively, the collection includes more than 300 titles – and every single one is available cost-free.”

In case you’re still using it, Guy Kawasaki shares some tips for creating a terrific Google+ profile. He says I need a mantra. How about Nuts about searching?

Quick tips from Mashable: 5 Alternatives to Unfriending Someone on Facebook.

It’s boggling enough that YouTube brought in over $3 billion in advertising last year. But more boggling is the fact that this is apparently couch cushion money to Google. “If the figure is accurate, it would account for just seven percent of the $58 billion the search giant brought in 2013.”

Music Vault has put 12,000 concert clips on YouTube. It totals almost 2000 hours of content. You didn’t have anything else to do, right?

I’m actually happy with Google Voice, but I’m constantly worried it’s going to get suddenly killed off. So I’m hanging on to this article from Lifehacker about ditching Google Voice while keeping all its best features.

No, I didn’t. Maybe you don’t either. From Hongkiat: 8 Tumblr Limitations You Probably Don’t Know.

Fortune Magazine reviews Android Wear. I think they gave it a Meh+.

Ooo. How to use your Android tablet as a second laptop screen.

Oh good grief. I have to worry about a billion other daily Internet security concerns, and now I have to worry about a smart lightbulb giving up my WiFi password? I think I’ll be passing on the Internet of Things for now. Good morning, Internet…

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