Google, Fonts, New York City, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, March 22, 2014

The London borough of Merton is getting a digital photo archive. “Up to 15,000 images covering over a century of local history as part of the Merton Memories project will be launched at Morden library on Saturday, March 22.”

Pinterest is now available in Hindi (it wasn’t before?)

The Vatican Library will digitize its archives and put them online. “Working with the Japanese technology group NTT Data, the library intends to scan and digitally archive about 1.5 million pages from the library’s collection of manuscripts, which comprises some 82,000 items and 41 million pages. The initial project will take four years and may be extended.”

If you do too much of this, it’s dithering. But sometimes it really is necessary: Type Connection helps you find matching typefaces. “Start by choosing a typeface to pair. Like a conventional dating website, Type Connection presents you with potential ‘dates’ for each main character–without the misleading profile photos and commitment-phobes. The game features well-known, workhorse typefaces and portrays each as a character searching for love.”

Amit Agarwal continues his reign of grooviness by howing how to schedule Gmail messages with a Google Sheet.

More Google: Google has worked with the NYPD to put together the New York City Crime Map.

More More Google: Google can now solve geometry problems.

Genealogy search engine Mocavo has added some new features.

This sounds cool: Reddit is planning to offer embeds for breaking news discussions.

Did you know there was a “Pinterest for education”? Learnist is getting a refresh. Good morning, Internet…

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Twitter, YouTube, Illuminated Manuscripts, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, March 21, 2014

Twitter has released a tool that lets you see anybody’s first tweet. Mine is really boring. (“Figuring out Twitter,” June 20, 2007)

Duke University has created a library guide to the crisis in Ukraine. Some of these are university-specific but hit all the tabs.

With the huge amount of content that’s uploaded to YouTube every minute, I’m stunned that the site has only 200 “super-flaggers”. “While the site already allows users to report videos containing possibly suspect content, it’s likely the material highlighted by those in the flagger program is fast-tracked to the YouTube team for evaluation. In addition, the Web giant has reportedly set up the system so that the flaggers can highlight content ‘at scale,’ instead of selecting one video at a time.”

So this guy in Sweden developed a Google Maps hack that shows you locations “urban jungle-ized” or maybe “swamp-ized.” This would not run in Linux but I got it to run in Windows. I also discovered to my amusement that if a business interior is available, it’ll “jungle-ize” that too…

Facebook is signaling yet ANOTHER drop in organic page reach. Bad for page owners, certainly, but TERRIBLE for those of us who try to use Facebook as an information service.

The British Library has updated its Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. “Recently updated, CIM (as we like to call it) now boasts a total of 4,277 manuscripts and some 36,163 images. These range from a 4th/5th-century copy of Cyprian’s Epistles, perhaps brought to England by Theodore of Tarsus and Hadrian of Canterbury (Add MS 40165A), to a collection of facsimile manuscript pages produced in 1873 by John Obadiah Westwood, a palaeographer and entomologist (Egerton MS 2263) – with a lot in between.”

Social Media Examiner hipped me to a very sweet looking curation tool called Dragdis – . Haven’t tried it yet. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Stamp Collecting, Scotland, Facebook, More: Friday Morning Buzz, March 21, 2014

I came across a paper yesterday that looked really interesting; it’s called “A Tool for Personal Data Extraction” and it will be presented at the 10th International Workshop on Information Integration on the Web (IIWeb 2014). Many thanks to Professor Amélie Marian for answering my questions about the paper; it’s available at .

The American Revenuer – a magazine dedicated to revenue stamp enthusiasts – is in the process of building a digital archive. The most recent five years of the publication will be available only to members of the American Revenue Association, but older issues will be freely available. Considering that the archive starts with 1970, that means that there are plenty of issues freely available.

Now available: a map showing 1200 years of Scotland shipwrecks. There are thousands of listings here.

Is Twitter going to get rid of @ replies?

Facebook has introduced a new programming language called Hack. “Working alongside a handful of others inside the social networking giant, they fashioned a language that lets programmers build complex websites and other software at great speed while still ensuring that their software code is precisely organized and relatively free of flaws — a combination that few of today’s languages even approach. “

Gmail is going HTTPS-only.

More Google: it has started rolling out its new version of Sheets to everybody.

MORE Transparency Reports! This time it’s Comcast. “The report, released on Thursday, revealed that Comcast has received 25,000 requests from the U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement and government agencies in 2013.” Good morning, Internet….

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Google, Facebook, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, March 20, 2014

Google has launched Android Wear, which is just what is says on the tin: Android for wearables.

More Google: Looks like Google Voice is getting smushed into Google Hangouts. (“Smushed” is a technical term. It means smushed.)

Fast Company Labs has an interesting article on how Wolfram|Alpha extends its dataset algorithms with human knowledge.

From BuzzFeed: Twitter and periods: a two step guide.

Want to keep up with all the Web sites offering two-factor authentication? Here you go. (And have I mentioned lately how ridiculous it is that Amazon doesn’t offer two-factor???!)

Facebook’s face-recognition tech is creepily good: “Asked whether two unfamiliar photos of faces show the same person, a human being will get it right 97.53 percent of the time. New software developed by researchers at Facebook can score 97.25 percent on the same challenge, regardless of variations in lighting or whether the person in the picture is directly facing the camera.”

Nice: 15 Tips for Facilitating Online Discussion.

After I wrote about that site that shows you whether you’re using Windows XP or not, I got a pointer from Sander R to , which provides an array of useful tech information about your computer setup that can be easily e-mailed, exported to CSV, or saved as a PDF. Brilliant. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Sheet Music, Google, Firefox, More: Thursday Morning Buzz, March 20, 2014

Wow! How to extract sheet music from YouTube videos. “Picking out the different parts of a song after it’s been recorded is like naming every ingredient of a cooked dessert: It’s difficult. With its new algorithmic approach, Chordify is the latest to attempt the dissection. The service not only displays sheet music for locally uploaded songs, but for a wide selection of streaming music found online.”

Did you know there were online archives of museum lectures? I had no idea. Nifty!

More Wow: Tokyo has created the first solar panel feasibility database in Japan. “The metropolitan government spent ¥50 million to create the database. Aerial photos were taken of about 2.6 million buildings across all areas of Tokyo, except outlying islands. The photos were then turned into 3-D images. By analyzing the heights of surrounding buildings and trees as well as angles of roofs, the amount of exposure to the sun’s rays for each roof was calculated. If a database user inputs an address and points a cursor to an image of a relevant roof, the database will show an estimated amount of electricity generation and indicate the adequacy of solar panels through a three-level, color-coded system.”

It’s not even Easter yet and we are still getting silly Google Easter eggs.

More Google: Google is being sued for data-mining students’ e-mail. “The thing is, Google’s own court filings in the California suit contradict Bout’s assertion that his employer [Google] doesn’t use data mining to target ads to Apps for Education users unless they opt to receive them, according to student-data-privacy experts, Education Week reports.”

If this is true, this is very bad: NSA says that tech companies knew about its data collection. “Rajesh De, the spy agency’s general counsel, said that the companies knew that the NSA was collecting data from them. This revelation comes after months of repeated — and very similar — denials by the tech companies.”

Apparently most ATMs are going to stay with Windows XP after Microsoft stops security updates. Um, yuck.

Speaking of security, Ars Technica has a rather scary writeup of 10,000 compromised Linux servers which are serving up blizzards of spam and malware.

Firefox 28 has launched. “Without Windows 8 support, the new features in today’s release are relatively minor. They include support for VP9 video decoding and the OS X notification center, so that notifications from web apps can now appear there. Also new is support for volume control for HTML5 audio and video and support for WebM Opus audio.”

This is kind of cool: Turn a Twitter handle into a chat room with Nurph.

Bing has tweaked its map directions. Good morning, Internet…

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Craigslist, Flooding, Medieval Maps, More: Monday Buzz, March 17, 2014

Yesterday I mentioned a paper that examined Craigslist’s role in crippling the newspaper industry. I also mentioned the paper cost money to access. But because I have THE MOST BRILLIANT READERS ON THE PLANET, I can share how to get it for free. Joe L. pointed out the paper’s available at . Oxa found the paper at , as did Glenn Mercer. I gave up too quickly and y’all schooled me. Thank you!

Are you tech support for your family? Better (or worse) yet, are you REMOTE tech support for your family? Do you get answers like, “PC,” “Firefox,” and “I don’t know,” when you ask which OS they’re running? You may find this Web site useful when trying to determine if they’re at risk for Windows XP’s upcoming end of support.

The most exploited and attacked browser at Pwn2own 2014 was… Firefox.

Larry Ferlazzo continues to populate his Ukraine resource list.

The Red Cross has released a new flood information app (press release). “This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed.”

More Twitter-as-news-outlet: How Twitter confirmed the explosion in Harlem before the news did.

Useful for the teachers out there? iPad screencasting apps for schools.

The British Library has launched a medieval maps project called Virtual Mappa. “High-resolution images of these maps will be available online for public use, with transcribed and translated text, notes, links to outside resources and other tools for understanding these marvellous mappaemundi.”

The Library Company of Philadelphia has joined Flickr Commons. “The Library Company is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art.”

Hat tip to Dick Eastman to this pointer about a very nice book photography stand. Good morning, Internet, and happy Saint Patrick’s Day…

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Maps, Google, Craigslist, More: Sunday Buzz, March 16, 2014

You know how Ancestry is offering free access to Irish records through St. Patrick’s Day? So is MyHeritage.

Google has added concert dates to its knowledge graph.

More Google: Matt Cutts says Google stopped doing a search change log because the world got bored. LAME. Run the search “Search quality highlights” google Over 53,000 results when I tried it. Yeah, the world looks really bored. If Google doesn’t want to be that transparent or simply doesn’t want to be bothered, that’s one thing. But the excuse “the world got bored” is pathetic.

More More Google: There’s a very scary Google phishing scam going around! Are you using two-factor with your Google account? WHY NOT?

More More More.. you get the idea. The World Bank has added maps to the Google Maps Gallery.

Google Search will now be encrypted globally be default.

I have been thinking for a long time that the initial kneecapping of the newspaper industry had less to do with the Internet in general and more to do with one specific site – Craigslist. Now there’s an actual study on the subject. I’m not sure I’ll read the whole paper — not for $30 for just two days’ access — but I’m tempted…

From Small Business Trends: 20 Apps You’ll Need for Better Instagram Pics and Videos.

You know all those movies funded via Kickstarter? Now they’re available via iTunes!

PolicyMap has released a tool to let you do your own dataset mapping (press release). “PolicyMap is putting data mapping tools in the hands of the masses with a new Web tool that launched today at The site features an online mapping tool and access to more than 15,000 sets of public and commercial data – from demographics and crime stats to housing, bank loans, consumer spending, education, jobs, healthcare and much more.” Good morning, Internet…

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