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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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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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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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