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Facebook, Twitter, Aereo, More: Morning Buzz, June 30, 2014

File hosting site Bayfiles has apparently been completely removed from Google’s search results. And the Bayfiles operators claim they have no idea why. “The most likely explanation is that Google found Bayfiles guilty of some sort of violation for which the site has been removed from Google as a penalty. What type of violation that might be remains a mystery to the site’s operators.”

From How-To Geek: 5 Ways to Access Your PC’s Files Over the Internet.

Because you can, but don’t get ridiculous: how to host a Web site with Raspberry Pi.

Interesting. Researchers have created an algorithm that makes highlight reels from long videos.

Fun with Hongkiat: 15 Tips to Get More Out of Dropbox.

The Next Web has a story on Dave Winer’s Twitter tool, Happy Friends. “Happy Friends is a mailbox-like reader for organizing the feeds of your Twitter friends. You sign into your Twitter account on the Happy Friends site, add your favorite Twitter feeds via the Friends dropdown in the menu bar and those friends will appear in the white box. Double click on a friend’s name and you see their recent tweets.” I adore this idea and wish I had more time to play with it.

Digital Trends has a substantial article on Aereo alternatives. I have read several such articles over the last few days and this is one of the few that a) gives a lot of hardware alternatives and b) mentions Plex, so in it goes.

I think Aaron T told me about this… thanks Aaron! It’s an article about using Google Voice to hear students proofreading their papers. “The intent of this is to have students provide proof that they have read their papers aloud as part of the proofreading process. ” The article also mentions Speak Pipe, another option for hearing students proofreading papers.

Here’s an article on that massive Facebook psychology study from the Atlantic (it was updated last night.) Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Patent Trolls, Mocavo, More: Morning Buzz, June 26, 2014

Do patent trolls have a negative impact on entrepreneurs? The answer appears to be yes. “The paper says that VC investment would have been more than $21 billion higher over five years if not for lawsuits brought over patents by frequent litigators.”

Now that the Supreme Court has put the kibosh on Aereo, Mashable shows you how to set up your own completely legal version. Warning: it will cost you some dollars.

Hey, a useful plugin for you political wonks out there. It’s called Greenhouse. “After installing the plugin on Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, Greenhouse will highlight the names of any members of Congress no matter what webpage you’re on. When you hover your mouse of the highlighted name, a list pops up showing the elected official, their political affiliation and state, and a full list of their biggest contributors, as well as dollar amounts. The pop-up also shows what percentage of the official’s donations were $200 or less, and which campaign finance measures they supported.”

From Poynter: How to do Twitter research on a shoestring.

Google has opened Gmail for developers with the addition of an API. “Using the Gmail API, Streak developed a new feature that puts a snooze button at the top of a user’s inbox. If they don’t have time to read an email right away, they can click the button and the message will be archived and bumped to the top of the inbox at a later, scheduled time.”

More Google: it is dialing back its “authorship” listing in search results.

More More Google: it has given Drive a makeover.

More more more Google: Nest will start sharing information with Google. “Most of the data that Nest will share – with Google and others – will focus on whether users are at home or not, as detected by sensors on the thermostat. When people link a home device and related account with Nest, the company will not share their email address, name or home address with other companies, Rogers said.” That’s not creepy at all. Nope.

More MORE — you get the idea. Google has dropped search queries from Google My Business.

From Mocavo: 5 Tips for Working with the US Census.

YouTube is getting a bigger video player — and apparently there’s more to come.

The Technorati Top Bloggers index has gone bye-bye. It hasn’t been relevant in seven or eight years, and it’s a little funny to think that you could once get a line on the blogosphere from just one list. But it’s true! Now gather ’round and I’ll tell you how I used to walk five miles through the snow to connect my acoustic coupler. Good morning, Internet…

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Greek Manuscripts, Google, Twitter, More: Buzz, June 22, 2014

How-To Geek! 10 of the Most Popular Linux Distributions Compared.

Nest has purchased Dropcam. And of course, Google owns Nest. Why did Google not buy Nest directly? No idea. I have actually used Dropcams at work. They are, as advertised, extremely easy to set up and administer, and the one time I had to use the tech support it was instant and friendly. Here’s hoping the acquistion doesn’t mess that up.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has launched a database of extremist and racist symbols and tattoos. Obviously some of these are contextual.

DigitalTrends: How to use Pinterest Like a Pro. DISCLAIMER: I still don’t get Pinterest.

Twitter is being sued for sending unwanted text messages. “Social media site Twitter has been blasting spam messages to ‘recycled’ phone numbers and ignoring the recipients’ pleas to stop, according to a class action lawsuit filed this week in San Francisco.”

A team in Sweden are working on a Google app that would translate sign language into speech. “The app — called Google Gesture — is paired with a band worn on the forearm that analyzes muscle movements made when signing — a process known as electromyography. These movements are then sent to the app, which translates them into audible words as they are signed.”

More Google: its browser, Chrome, has a new experiment called Kick: “In Kick with Chrome, you can play three different games: Infinite Dribble, Space Kick, and Shootout. In Infinite Dribble, tilt your phone or tablet to dodge defenders and roadblocks. Kick the ball high in the sky in Space Kick. Or kick and block penalty shots in the best-of-three game Shootout.”

Soccer/Football: Larry Ferlazzo continues to update his World Cup resource list.

The British Library has entered phase 3 of its Greek Manuscripts Digitization project. “In the coming months, we will be adding over 300 more Greek manuscripts to Digitised Manuscripts, and there will be many blog posts detailing the process. Among other exciting items, this phase of the project will see the digitisation of the Codex Crippsianus (Burney MS 95), the Howard Greek Lectionary, a Gospel lectionary owned and annoted by John Ruskin, Burney MS 69, containing illustrated Greek treatises on warfare, and a wide variety of other manuscripts, including many of those from the collections of Charles Burney, Robert Curzon, Samuel Dawes, and Sir Ivor Bertie Guest.”

The Digital Library of Georgia has added the Southern School News archive – 1954-1965 – to its holdings. “The monthly paper was the product of the Southern Education Reporting Service, a Ford Foundation-backed group of Southern newspaper editors who sought to report on issues in desegregation in schools of all sizes and levels — from the smallest rural schoolhouses to large state universities — across the American South.”

Google’s “Loon Balloons” are causing a bit of consternation. Good morning, Internet…

Firefox wranglers! Greasemonkey 2.0 has been released.

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David Byrne, Kickstarter, Pennsylvania Roller Coasters, More: Sunday Morning Buzz, May 18, 2014

David Byrne thinks Google is Evil. Read the article and then wonder if Google will dare fling a C&D at him for the logo job.

Which UK and US universities are the most infuential on Twitter, according to THE?

From Amit Agarwal – Getting more advanced GMail filters with Google Scripts.

Bing has added more “Snapshot” information, this time for food and drugs.

Copyblogger has posted an extensive article on its lessons from running a Kickstarter campaign.

What should you post on Pinterest? Apparently it depends on the day of the week.

Yow. Yahoo Likely to Slip Below 10% Search Share Next Month. “In July 2009 when the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal was first announced Yahoo had 19.3 percent of the US search market according to comScore data. Microsoft had 8.9 percent. Now the numbers are almost exactly reversed and Google’s share is 3 points higher than in 2009. So much for strengthening competition.” I guess the question “Is Yahoo a search or a media company” is pretty much moot; it better be a media company or it’s doomed.

Google Play, now with PayPal support.

Facebook continues its quest to belt sand all my nerves with the addition of an ‘Ask’ button. “Now, when Facebook users peek at friends in their network on desktop Web browsers, they’ll see an ‘ask’ button on a profile’s top-left ‘about’ box when pertinent information has been left blank. (These ‘ask’ buttons also appear when clicking through a user’s profile on mobile browsers.)”

Pennsylvania’s amusement park safety records are going online. “Just four inspectors in the department’s Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards cover 800 ride operators. Reports last year showed flaws in how the department handles inspection records, said Michael Rader, executive director of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.”

The British Library wants your help tagging its comic art.

Google has released a Hangouts extension for Outlook. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Facebook, Yahoo, More: Saturday Buzz, May 17, 2014

Still looking for free images for your blog? Buffer has a huge list of sources.

Andrew Ng, formerly of Google, has gone to Baidu.

Google has purchased Word Lens.

Interesting: Google and Apple have dropped all patent suits against each other. “To gang up on Samsung!” my brain adds.

Facebook really does not want us to read our wall in chronological order. “But even if only a minority of users want to read their News Feed in chronological order, and even if there are clear business reasons for the changes, that still doesn’t excuse the outright hostility Facebook is expressing to its users in the most recent ‘most recent’ update. The redesign is a flipped middle finger aimed directly at users who just want to do the most natural thing anyone wants to do with a piece of software: configure it to serve their own interests.”

Building a wikipedia-style platform for real time news? “As it stands now, the site is essentially an automated system for pulling in Twitter posts and images related to the upheaval in Ukraine and in Syria, which it displays in a stream that can be ranked either by recency or relevance. Each update also includes a ‘fact check’ feature, which allows anyone to submit a report stating why they believe the information or the image to be true or untrue, with supporting links or documentation. Its founder said the site will soon include YouTube videos and images from Instagram as well as other social-media sources.”

Did the Google Maps Pokemon winners actually win anything?

Yahoo has launched Yahoo Movies. “Whether you’re heading out to the theater or looking for something to stream at home, our writers will guide you to the must-see films, both new releases and lost classics. We’ll also feature in-depth essays from top critics, interviews with Hollywood’s biggest stars , and sneak peeks of the most anticipated films. And with our exclusive live stream events, we’ll continue to put you on the red carpet at movie premieres as well as the year’s top awards shows.” Meh.

Google Glass: four new Glass apps are available. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Google, Foreclosure, Bruce Springsteen, More: Tuesday Morning Buzz, May 13, 2014

Google has made a couple of tweaks to Hangout.

More Google: is it completely redesigning its GMail interface?

Oh look, a judge denied a GMail search warrant. “A federal judge in Silicon Valley took the unusual step last week of rejecting a routine email search request, and suggested that Google and the government take steps to halt the now-routine practice in which tech companies hand over the entirety of their customer’s cloud-based computer accounts.”

So apparently if people ignore your Facebook posts your self-esteem is in danger of going down?

From the Library of Congress and I hope none of y’all need it: A Beginner’s Guide to Foreclosure Defense.

Twitter has officially rolled out its mute feature.

Coming soon: an online museum for Bruce Springsteen. “An online Bruce Springsteen museum,, will feature 300 artifacts when it launches in June, a date that coincides with the 30th anniversary of Born in the U.S.A. Among the collected objects are handwritten lyrics, concert posters, report cards and more, with more to be added in subsequent months. The site’s Facebook page currently features images of a number of Springsteen artifacts, including a passport photo, his driver’s license and the lyrics to a song called ‘Henry Boy’ that would become ‘Rosalita.'”

A new computing project helps you donate your computer power to help research Alzheimer’s.

The British Libray’s Endangered Archives blog has news about four new online collections. “Two of the collections hail from African countries, Nigeria and Malawi. The other two collections are from India and Mexico.”

Pinterest has launched paid advertising with “Promoted Pins”. A $30 to $40 CPM? Holy bean dip.

If you’re looking for a quick, useful video to explain 3-D printing, Mashable’s got your back.

Ouch; looks like Tumblr is losing users. Good morning, Internet…

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Twitter, Instapaper, Wayback Machine, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, May 10, 2014

UGA Study: celebrities on Twitter can be credible brand endorsers. “Celebrities with a high number of Twitter followers and who are perceived positively in the public eye have the potential to be credible and influential brand endorsers, according to research by Joe Phua, an assistant professor of advertising in the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.”

Using Google Glass in a warehouse. Very sensible.

Google has launched a new tool for Google Apps for Education: Classroom. “It helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease. Classroom is based on the principle that educational tools should be simple and easy to use, and is designed to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.”

TechCrunch covers a new text and chatting service — Twoople. “It’s really simple to get started with Twoople: you just sign up on the website and create your personalized URL (e.g. Then you share the address however you wish – the same way you’d share your phone number or email. Those who want to chat with you don’t have to create an account, however. They can just go to the URL and start chatting.”

Instapaper is getting some tweaks and upgrades. I use Paper more but these look like some nice changes.

Congratulations to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine for indexing FOUR HUNDRED BILLION URLs!

Uh-oh: Bitly got hacked.

Uh-oh part II: Are we going to get an established legal precendent that APIs are copyrightable?

Facebook has gotten rid of its Poke app, but you can still Poke people on Facebook.

Zillow has added a new tool to forecast home values over the next year. “Zillow creates the forecast by combining home details, including the square footage, and number of bedrooms and bathrooms, with local economic and housing data, including the supply of homes for sale, percentage of delinquent loans, population growth, income growth and unemployment. It updates the forecasts monthly.”

You’ve seen all the posts about the best times to post on social media. Now here’s an article about the best times NOT to post on social media.

Google has rolled out several upgrades for its Maps app. “Google Maps is rolling out a number of new features for its iPhone and Android app today, including an integration with Uber, the transportation company that connects people in need of a ride with available drivers.” Good morning, Internet…

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