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Instagram, InfoWorld, Indiana, More: Friday Evening Buzz, April 18, 2014

InfoWorld takes a look at Google’s growing credibility gap. “It’s time for Google to admit what it does and to act consistently on its policies (or withdraw policies it doesn’t intend to enforce). That honesty will help stem the loss of trust. People know that companies exist to make money, but they need to know the true relationship they’re entering and don’t end up feeling misled.”

I’m sure you knew about the Internet Movie Database, but did you know about the Internet Movie Cars Database? Yup: . I looked for Man of Tai Chi because it seems like Karen Mok spends the entire movie sitting around in her car waiting for something to happen, and it was there!

Going clutter and paper-free with Pocket and Evernote.

Amit Agarwal shows you how automatically save Gmail attachments to Google Drive.

Facebook has rolled out a new feature that lets you ask friends for recommendations.

Who’s that new guy on Instagram? Why, it’s Joe Biden!

WordPress 3.9 (“Smith”) is now available.

The Indiana State Library has revealed a new platform for its historic newspapers collection. “This collection contains 14,214 issues comprising 95,455 pages and is continually growing. Many of these titles are also available at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website.” Good evening, Internet…

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Timelines, Water, Google, More: Fat Friday Morning Buzz, April 18, 2014

Could be useful: 7 simple ways to make your own GIFs. GIFs in this case being animated.

Brands can now turn Google+ posts into interactive display ads… if they have at least 1,000 followers.

Genealogists: Family Tree University is offering a free e-book of Ancestry search tips.

Google is launching a ‘try-it-on’ home program for Google Glass. The Glass doesn’t work. It’s just so you can see what they look/feel like. This seems kind of silly.

More Glass: Air Force researchers are testing Google Glass for battlefield use. “Still in beta-testing as part of Google’s Explorer program, the trials are conducted by the Battlefield Air Targeting, Man-Aided Knowledge, or BATMA(N) group, an advanced technology demonstration and research program commissioned by the Air Force Special Operations Command to develop, build and investigate advanced wearable technologies.”

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has released a new Produced Waters Geochemical Database. “Produced waters are those volumes of water that are typically recovered during oil and gas exploration, development, or production. This database is an update of the 2002 USGS Produced Waters Database, adding more than 100,000 new samples with greater spatial coverage and from both conventional and unconventional oil and gas development…. The USGS Produced Waters Geochemical Database has data on a comprehensive list of chemicals, including major elements, trace elements, isotopes, and time-series data.”

Useful? 30 simple tools for data visualization.

Facebook now has a nearby friends feature. “Similar to Apple’s Find My Friends app, Facebook’s Nearby Friends can notify users if people they’re connected to on the social network are close by. To address privacy concerns, the social network emphasizes that the feature is entirely optional and requires both parties to opt in.”

More Facebook: can Facebook profiles predict work performance?

Hmm: Wikipedia appears to be better than Google at tracking flu trends. “When compared to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the prevalence of flu-like illnesses in the US (which is released to the public with a two-week lag) the Wikipedia model was found to be more accurate than Google’s.”

Google has launched Chrome Remote Desktop for Android.

More Google, and a wow: Google’s Street View image recognition algorithm can beat most CAPTCHAS. “Google’s new algorithm for detecting street numbers can accurately detect and read difficult numbers in Street View 90 percent of the time, Google disclosed today.”

Very nice, Duke: Using Google Spreadsheets with Timeline.js. Good morning, Internet…

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Mocavo, Facebook, Timelines, More: No-Foolin’ Morning Buzz, April 1, 2014

Today’s April Fool’s, and I don’t play. I’m sure I’ll have a Fool-ish roundup tomorrow, but in the meantime here’s a little something to get you started: Google’s Pokemon Challenge.

Oh, why not: 9 weird Chrome extensions. I like the Doge one.

The Isle of Wight County Press is getting an online archive. “Working with Island web company Matrix Create, we have digitised the extensive archive of Isle of Wight County Press editions, dating back to our launch in 1884.” This is a pay archive.

Should Apple buy Yahoo? Here’s one take. Oh, ick. Ick ick ick ick ick ick.

How does Dropbox know when you’re sharing copyrighted stuff without actually looking at the stuff? Here’s the explanation. Interesting read.

Genealogy search engine Mocavo has added a bunch of new features to celebrate its 300K databases.

Google and Facebook are being sued over “incomprehensible” privacy policies.

More Facebook: if you have too many things set to public, Facebook may give you a “Privacy Checkup.”

The MIT Technology Review always has fun articles: The Anatomy of a Forgotten Social Network: “The most significant difference between Tumblr and its bigger cousin, Twitter, is that there is no limit to the size of the posts that users can create. By contrast, Twitter imposes the famous 140-character limit on all of its posts. Tumblr also supports multimedia posts, such as images, audio, and video.” (Tumblr and Twitter are cousins?)

Michigan State had an interesting writeup about a timeline creation tool called Tiki Toki. I’m gonna have to check this out.

There’s always great stuff on the Social Media Examiner. How Boolean search improves your social media monitoring. Good morning, Internet…

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NYPL, Google, The Office, More: Saturday Morning Buzz, March 29, 2014

The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 maps as public domain, high-resolution downloads.

Google is going to let you customize its nav bar.

From Mashable: 10 GMail Hacks to help you master your in-box.

More More More Google: are you irritated by some of the search options Google has recently removed? Google Operating System has a trick to bring them back.

Is Yahoo considering making its own YouTube? File that one under “R” for REALLY BAD IDEA.

Now that Facebook has changed its newsfeed, here is a guide to the new feed image sizes.

Yow! Google’s DMCA takedown notices are up a ridiculous amount. “A new paper published in the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology shows that the number of DMCA notices received by Google increased 711,887 percent in four years “

14 Photojournalists to Follow on Instagram.

Here’s some weekend fun for you. I have never watched The Office (American or UK verison, this is about the UK version), but I understand it’s very funny. Some very dedicated individual went through all the episodes, tagged every cultural reference, then created a “time machine”. Read all about it here Wow. Good morning, Internet…

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Billboard, Breaking, Elsevier, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, March 28, 2014

Billboard and Twitter are teaming up to create the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Chart, “…which will track the real-time U.S. music conversation, using Twitter data.”

Speaking of music, there’s a rumor going around that Amazon is considering a free streaming media service in addition to providing media streaming to Prime subscribers. Amazon is denying it.

Google has released another update to its transparency report. “Government requests for user information in criminal cases have increased by about 120 percent since we first began publishing these numbers in 2009. Though our number of users has grown throughout the time period, we’re also seeing more and more governments start to exercise their authority to make requests.”

More Google: you can now edit images in Google Slides.

Pinterest has apparently gotten hacked and flooded with weight loss spam. Hey, finally a reason to be happy that I don’t get Pinterest!

A little nervous now that people on Twitter can tag you in photos? Here’s how to prevent it.

Interesting from the MIT Technology Review: The Evolution of Automated Breaking News Stories. “A Google engineer has developed an algorithm that spots breaking news stories on the Web and illustrates them with pictures. And it is now filing its first stories on Twitter.”

Elsevier has announced a new open access journal (press release). “As a spin-off from companion journal Schizophrenia Research, which is one of the most recognized journals in the field, Schizophrenia Research: Cognition specializes in providing a forum on all aspects of cognition in schizophrenia, including clinical neuropsychology, neurocognition, social cognition, functional capacity, cognitive and social neuroscience, and aspects of everyday outcome as related to cognition.”

Wikimedia is testing a hovercards feature. Good afternoon, Internet…

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Schema, Twitter, Sanskrit, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, March 25, 2014

Google has integrated Google Custom Search with the standard.

More Google: Google Now is now available for Chrome on desktops.

Ray-Ban Google Glass: you’ll be able to buy more fashionable versions of the tech everybody loves to hate.

Google wants to make the Gmail promotions tab more visual. “To take part in this field trial, you can sign up at and if you’re selected, a new grid view will bring to the top of your inbox key images from deals, offers, and other marketing emails if you have the Promotions tab enabled. Grid view also comes with infinite scrolling, making it easy to quickly scan through your messages and find the ones that look interesting.”

Remember that article about tech company collusion I linked to recently? Turns out Facebook was invited to play and refused.

Now available: a free textbook for learning Sansrkit. “The e-text was developed by Grazia Scotellaro in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s Digital Learning Project and Sanskrit lecturer Dr McComas Taylor. Scotellaro says the e-text gives students unprecedented access to their teachers.”

First there was a tool to see your first tweet. Now there’s a tool to discover your first Twitter follower.

More Twitter: This is a slightly scary stat: only 11% of new Twitter accounts from 2012 are still tweeting. Good afternoon, Internet…

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XP, Music, Twitter, More: Sunday Buzz, March 23, 2014

Lifehacker has a nifty sites that lets you grab videos and images from different services and do various things with them. For example, If I wanted to use “The Pizza Song” as a ringtone, I could go to and I would get links to various tools to download the video, convert it to MP3, etc. (Warning: do not watch the video unless you want a pizza-flavored earworm.)

This is a long, tough read, but man, is it important: “Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets and reviewed by PandoDaily, clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.”

Are you going to keep your Windows XP machine despite the fact that security support ends next month? Here are some hints so you can stay as safe as you can. Disclosure: I’m keeping it too because I’ve got some software programs that really run best on XP. But it’s never going on the Internet again!

More good stuff from Hongkiat: 20 (More) Websites To Download Creative Commons Music for Free. Note that all of these are not free commercial use, so check your licenses…

Sunday fun: there’s a Twitter bot that randomly generates a new verse for the song 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover every few hours. Note the chances of these making sense are minimal (“Ferret a spud, Bud”.) I think my favorite one is “Seed the calm twitch, Rich.”

I recently mentioned that Yahoo is teaming up with Yelp. Now Yelp is also teaming up with YP (press release). Interesting.

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