Lifehacker has a neat story about Songdrop, which allows you to organize music you find all over the Web into one place.
Nathan Safran, over at SearchEngineLand, blue skies on what he’d like a search engine to look like. Frankenresults.
IFTTT has added new triggers for SoundCloud and Foursquare.
From HostDime: a big roundup of Google+ tips and tools.
Wow! Using Web searches to find side effects for drugs.
Someone did some research on digital media sales after Megaupload was shut down, and the results aren’t surprising (at least not to me): “While Kim Dotcom continues to fight his Megaupload copyright case in New Zealand and the United States, a new academic study concludes that ‘the closing of a major online piracy site can increase digital media sales, and by extension we provide evidence that Internet movie piracy displaces digital film sales.’”
A UK regional newspaper publisher is opening up a new free newspaper archive.
CNET takes a thoughtful look at the new Facebook news feed.
Hey, I didn’t know you could inserted animated GIFs in Google Docs!
Google+ has added a bunch of updates. (Is it just me or does the cover photo seem unaccountably huge?)
FamilySearch has added a ton of records (like, over eight million images) to its New York Probate Records collection.
Now available: a new online archive for Egyptian stamps. Good afternoon, Internet…
A very interesting story at Reason about a one-man digitizing juggernaut. Wow.
This proposal from Darpa sounds pretty scary. “Analyzing speech and improving speech-to-text machines has been a hobby horse for Darpa in recent years. But this takes it a step further, in exploring the ways crowdsourcing can make it possible for our speech to be recorded and stored forever. But it’s not just about better recordings of what you say. It’ll lead to more recorded conversations, quickly transcribed and then stored in perpetuity — like a Twitter feed or e-mail archive for everyday speech. Imagine living in a world where every errant utterance you make is preserved forever.” I spend a lot of time working at home alone. I guarantee most of the archive would be me swearing at the computer and singing to the cat.
Is YouTube going to launch a streaming music service later this year?
In our “Weird Data” department: check out this story correlating hospital “likes” on Facebook to mortality from heart attacks. “Researcher Alex Timian and his coauthors looked at the Facebook pages of 82 hospitals in the New York City area. They also catalogued the mortality rates of heart attack patients at these hospitals, as measured by the percentage of said patients who died in 30 days. They found that more Facebook likes meant lower mortality — every 1% drop in mortality rate was associated with 93 extra likes.”
The information and communication technology industry of South Africa is going to get an online database.
Are you going to miss TweetDeck? PC Magazine has some alternatives.
A new version of MediaWiki is out with some security fixes. Good morning, Internet…
LifeHacker has a great article on all the cool stuff you can do with an old smartphone.
The University of Southern California is digitizing all its student publications. (Thanks to LibraryStuff for the tip.)
There’s a new archive available to celebrate the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Brooklyn New York is getting a huge online photo archive.
Now showing up in Google Search — Events on Google Calendar.
The OEDb has launched a new directory of free open courses online. There are over 10,000 courses in this directory!
The Census Bureau has made new Congressional districts and three decades’ worth of demographic data available in its API.
Out now: yet another emergency patch for Java. Have you disabled Java in your browser today?
Interesting: 16 Ways Businesses are Using Twitter Vine.
Some nice thoughts on Teaching with Google Docs.
Happy Birthday Cyndi’s List, 17 years old this week! Good morning, Internet..
The White House has requested advice on pursuing government transparency — and it’s asking on Quora. Some interesting discussion here which, as you might expect, goes far afield from transparency.
Interesting: the Smithsonian Institution is using Archive-It to crawl its Web sites.
Replacing library OPAC computers … with Raspberry Pis! So exciting.
Google has a new Story Builder tool.
A new app shows you what Earth used to look like — up to billions of years ago.
Like crowdsourcing? Like birds? Check out BirdFellow.
The latest hack victim? Evernote. Go change your password.
Facebook’s news feed is getting a new look. I knew this would happen because I was just getting used to the old one.
If you’ve ever wondered just how much time you’re spending on Facebook — now you can find out with TimeRabbit. Good morning, Internet..
Barry reports a problem with the Google query do a barrel roll — Google Instant gets a little enthusiastic and barrel rolls before you can complete the search. That means that if you weren’t trying to do a barrel roll, you’ll have a hard time completing your search. You can avoid this by beginning your search with +, or if you’re worried about a modifier try beginning with “”.
This is interesting — using Vine to make six-second library instructional videos.
The MLB has apparently released tons of archives.
App.net is moving to a freemium model (and I have invites on Facebook.)
Does something appear to be missing in your life? Feeling a little … empty? It’s nothing, you just went a few days without hearing about yet another zero-day Java exploit. See? All better.
Google has announced several accessibility features for Chrome as well as a sign language interpreter app for Hangouts.
Meanwhile, Yahoo has announced that it’s killing off several properties. I’m looking forward to the announcement of the properties into which it’s putting in extra resources and development.
Photography, Scorecards, Vaccination Laws, Adidas, More: Mindbendingly Random Morning Buzz, February 28, 2013
Wow, Geekosystem spotted a Dragon Magazine collection over at the Internet Archive.
Photographer Lee Miller’s work will be made available in an online archive starting in April.
I must have been under a rock and missed the White House announcement of the college scorecard database. “The interactive College Scorecard gives students and families five key pieces of data about a college: costs, graduation rate, loan default rate, average amount borrowed, and employment.”
A new database of British citizens who owned slaves is now online. “Researchers at University College London spent three years compiling a searchable listing of thousands of people who received compensation for loss of their ‘possessions’ when slave ownership was outlawed by Britain in 1833.” The list has about 46,000 people.
Now available: a State Vaccination Requirements and Exemption Law Database from data gathered in 2011. “The primary objective of this project was to prepare a complete and comprehensive database of state laws pertaining to immunization requirements and exemptions. To that end, the LexisNexis Academic search engine was used to search statutory and administrative materials for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, using the search term “immunization” together with other relevant terms. That search retrieved 1,991 laws whose characteristics were coded in the database by project staff. This data collection comprises a data file with the coded information and a ZIP archive which contains 1,991 PDF files with the full text of the laws.”
The University of California, Irvine has a new digital archive.
I had no idea there was large-scale Italian immigration to Scotland starting in the late 19th century. Soon you’ll be able to visit an archive all about it.
Is Google going to launch a streaming music service?
From Lifehacker: a GMail script that automatically cleans out
Another nice one from Lifehacker: How to conduct scientific research on the Internet (without getting duped.)
A Pinterest for creative professionals? Check out The Matboard.
VERY nice. 8 Hidden but Powerful Google Tools for Business.
Codeacademy is offering a new round of lessons for APIs.
New at the UK Web Archive — a collection of Web sites relating to 19th century English literature.
From PC World: 21 Time-Saving Tricks to power through your e-mail. Ooooh, I like the one about saving attachments to Dropbox…
Ubuntu — coming soon to a tablet near you.
Google has announced the new Chromebook Pixel and it’s A ZILLION DOLLARS. Actually it’s $1299, but it might as well be a zillion.. that’s an Apple price right there.
The New Jersey state police have announced an online municipal crime statistics database.
The Kerala State Central Library of India has started digitizing hundreds of rare books.
Sounds very interesting: Pop-Up Archive is looking for beta testers.
“So what does Pop Up Archive do exactly? Put plainly, we’re building an oral history archive service that: Preserves digital audio. … Pop Up Archive enables anyone to add archival records and safeguard media privately on Pop Up Archive servers or publicly at the Internet Archive. … Pop Up Archive uses speech-to-text software to create useful subject tags about your audio automatically. You’ll also be able to add custom metadata using a simple form or by importing your existing CSV or XML records.”
Drat you Phil Bradley for writing about this Web site full of opening themes for TV shows. Must… not… browse… … good… morning… Internet…